Mesa Newcomers Guide

Sonoran Desert MesaMesa, Arizona is a boundless destination surrounded by the natural Sonoran Desert beauty of Tonto National Forest and the communities of Gilbert, Apache Junction, and Queen Creek. This regional recreation playground boasts an assortment of lifestyle and leisure pursuits for newcomers. In Mesa, you will find the largest arts and cultural complex in the Southwest, shopping at every turn; delectable locally owned restaurants and an award-winning collection of golf courses and premier hotels. As the third largest city in Arizona, Mesa is a modern-day desert urban retreat, where landscapes are legendary and its deep-rooted agricultural heritage still shines. From Spring Training baseball to countless events to suit residents and visitorse of all ages, the possibilities are endless.1

Relocating to Mesa

Downtown MesaMesa isn't a small town anymore, but the city has managed to retain a cozy feel while offering the excitement and culture of a big city. Sitting in the shadow of Phoenix, Mesa has quietly built a reputation as a great place to raise children, and start a small business.

If you are looking to buy a home, Mesa offers some of the most affordable homes in the southeast Valley, along with a variety of neighborhoods to choose from. An added bonus to keep your mortgage payment low: Mesa is the largest municipality in the nation without a city property tax.

Downtown is where you'll find the heart of Mesa, with historic buildings, nationally recognized museums and quaint shops along Main Street. The Arizona Museum of Natural History, the Arizona Museum for Youth and the Mesa Historical Museum host national exhibits that play to statewide audiences, while the Cubs flood the city with spring-training fans each March. The Mesa Arts Center is one of the biggest and newest arts venues in the Southwest, with four theaters, art exhibit halls and art studios offering an array of classes. The city also has 25 public and private golf courses, dozens of parks, and nearly a dozen public pools, many with water-park amenities.2

Mesa Real Estate Snapshot

The city of Mesa boasts an assortment of lifestyle and leisure pursuits. Surrounded by the desert - a playground for sought after outdoor recreation, upscale shopping, delectable dining options and a renowned school district that has an on-going reputation for producing some of the Phoenix Valley's best and brightest students. As the third largest city in Arizona, Mesa is the modern-day urban desert retreat where landscapes are beautiful and tradition and heritage still shine.

On average, real estate prices in Mesa have steadily risen year-over-year. Trulia reported a median sales price of $168,000 between February 2014 and May 2014 (up 5% from the year prior). Popular neighborhoods in Mesa include Fountain of the Sun and Red Mountain Ranch, with average listing prices of $152,824 and $464,341.3

Taylor Morrison currently offers a number of new homes in three of the most in-demand Mesa communities.

Eastmark in Mesa offers innovative one to two-story homes located in the future hub of the East Valley, and nestled next to the expansive 100-acre Great Park, the heart of Eastmark. These single-family homes ranging from 1,573 to 2,985 square feet start in the low $200s.

Lehi Crossing is an all new gated community situated along the Northern border of the prestigious orange grove corridor of East Mesa, Arizona. Priced from the mid $300s, it features one to two-story homes ranging from 2,478 to 4,675 square feet.

Trovita Estates offers a new home enclave tucked within the heart of Mesa's Grove Corridor – a prestigious area that doubles as a quiet retreat from busy life. These luxurious one to two-story homes range from 2,691 to 5,798 square feet and are priced from the high $300s.

Mesa Economy

Mesa Arizona LDS TempleWith a population of nearly 500,000 and part of Greater Phoenix, Mesa, Arizona is the 38th largest city in the United States, and offers a diverse and sustainable economy that features a balance of base industries that creates high quality jobs. The city profile lists the following as the top employers:

  • Banner Health Systems
  • Mesa Public Schools
  • The Boeing Company
  • City of Mesa
  • Maricopa County Government
  • Wal-Mart
  • Maricopa Community College
  • Kroger (Fry’s)
  • Gilbert Unified

The city has also implemented a strategic initiative referred to as The Office of Economic Development, which is involved with numerous activities aimed at increasing the economic opportunities for the citizens of Mesa. These initiatives vary in size and scope but are always focused on Mesa's growth and prosperity.4

Mesa Schools

Mesa’s schools are nationally recognized for excellence in teaching and support services, for student achievement in academics, sports, creative and performing arts, and career and technical programs. It is also known as the largest school district in the state of Arizona, with about 70,000 students.

Its six public high schools boast several specialized programs focusing on engineering, foreign language and international relations. Its sports teams don't fare too badly either, with numerous championships at the state's highest level of football, boys and girls basketball, and other sports.

Mesa also has a number of charter and private schools and a strong home-schooled community.

Mesa Community College, with three campuses and more than 25,000 students, is the flagship of the nation's largest community-college system. Arizona State University's burgeoning polytechnic campus sits at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, and Northern Arizona University has a growing presence, with classes downtown.2

Mesa Living

Chicago Cubs Spring Training MesaQuality of life for Mesa’s citizens and youth offers safe and clean neighborhoods, invests in outstanding recreation, libraries and community open space, delivers transportation choices, elevates culture, arts and education, and ensures solutions are sustainable and environmentally responsible.

The city’s Mayor and Council aim to focus on a vision that includes greater access & variety of recreation options, downtown activation, vibrancy and nightlife, culture of investment in high-quality city amenities and programs, community safety, neighborhood cleanups, and innovative interaction with the local parks, neighborhoods, arts, culture, sports, streets and community spaces.4

Make Yourself at Home in Mesa

For more information about new homes for sale in Mesa and Mesa real estate, send an email request to Taylor Morrison’s Internet Home Consultant or visit http://www.taylormorrison.com/new-homes/arizona/phoenix/mesa.


1 “Welcome to Mesa, Arizona,” www.visitmesa.com

2 “Mesa Arizona Relocation Information,” http://archive.azcentral.com/realestate/relocation/articles/0728relo-mesa0808.html#ixzz332JY2dcc

3 “Mesa Real Estate Overview,” http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Mesa-Arizona/

4 “The Official Website of the City of Mesa, Arizona,” http://www.mesaaz.gov/

Photo credit:
Image 1: Sonoran Desert | Ottoson Photography flickr
Image 2: Chicago Cubs Spring Training | Butch Siemens flickr
Image 3: Downtown Mesa | Syd_AZ flickr
Image 4: Mesa Arizona LDS Temple | Matt Granz Photography flickr