Phoenix Newcomers Guide

Camelback Mountain PhoenixNewcomers will hardly feel alone in Phoenix. The city gets 100,000 of them every year, more than double the national average. Sports bars stake claims as the headquarters of teams from back home, and "Where are you from?" is as common as "Where do you live?" Homesickness is not likely because friends and family are within easy reach.1

Relocating to Phoenix

Chase Field PhoenixThanksgiving dinner on the patio, New Year's hikes up South Mountain. Two thriving downtowns and another awakening. More manageable mortgages and mountain views. Phoenix-area residents tote thick brag books on their hometown, adopted as it may be. And they're not just filled with sunny skies and sparkling swimming pools.

Where weather was long the area's main appeal- and remains a big seller- the attraction has broadened. There is a lifestyle for virtually everyone but diehard New Yorkers and their big-city brethren.

Like sports? Phoenix fields a team in every major professional sport- you might spot Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson at the Paradise Valley Blimpies, chatting with former D-back fan favorite Luis Gonzalez. There is also a rich college rivalry in Arizona State University vs. the University of Arizona and several national sporting events including the Fiesta Bowl, FBR Open and two NASCAR races.

Outdoor enthusiasts have a ring of mountains to choose from, not to mention the incomparable Grand Canyon a few hours away.

The area's upscale restaurants rival those in culinary hotspots, and there are chains galore for families and the budget minded. You can order the country's best gourmet pizza or Mexican food that has seared the mouths of presidents, sip high tea or a $10,000 margarita. Many chain restaurants and stores have their highest-volume restaurants in the Phoenix area, guaranteeing a first look at the latest trends. Chinese food favorite P.F. Chang's started here and has spawned other Asian-food offshoots.

There's an unparalleled collection of upscale resorts, which locals flock to in the summer when rates drop by more than half (and temperatures climb).

There are theaters and concert venues in every pocket of the region and the world-class Heard Museum and Phoenix Art Museum.

On the job front, no metropolitan area can match Greater Phoenix's job growth. Real estate and service jobs reign supreme, but efforts to diversify have drawn a promising new cluster of biotech companies and research.

Where else can you watch a city that is already the nation's fifth largest unfold in front of you? Downtown Phoenix is in the midst of a long-hoped-for renaissance, with a $1.4 billion light-rail project, sprawling new convention center and hotels, the relocation of key Arizona State University programs and proposals for a teaching hospital.1

Phoenix Real Estate Snapshot

Washington Street Downtown PhoenixAccording to Trulia, the median sales price for homes in Phoenix increased 4.2% from the same period one year ago, making the average listing price approximately $315,551. Despite the increase, the Phoenix real estate market has swung in the favor of buyers. There are roughly 64% more listings to choose from compared to a year ago.2

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

Desert Wind Discovery Collection consists of one and two story homes ranging in size from 1,573 to 2,936 square feet. This community is centrally located and only minutes from the 101 Freeway and the Desert Ridge Marketplace.

Norterra is a brand new community located in the neighborhood of Sierra Vista. It will offer a full array of amenities with its six one and two story home designs, ranging in size from 1,573 to 2,985 square feet.

Reserve in Fireside at Norterra is set in the picturesque, high Sonoran desert terrain of Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Priced from the low $400s, this gated community offers one-story homes ranging from 3,179 to 4,290 square feet.

Sonoran Commons is a highly sought after neighborhood conveniently located near all major freeways, making it easy to travel to different parts of the Phoenix Valley. This community offers 14 unique and thoughtfully designed floor plans ranging from 1,733 to 3,958 square feet.

Phoenix Economy

ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism PhoenixThe primary employment sectors and their share of total employment in the Phoenix metropolitan area consist of service industry (43%); trade (18%); government (14%); construction (5%); financial activities (8%); and manufacturing (6%). Major employers of the Phoenix metropolitan area include the state of Arizona, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Banner Health Systems, City of Phoenix, Wells Fargo and Company, Apollo Group, Inc., Maricopa County, Arizona State University, Bank of America, Intel Corporation, JP Morgan Chase and US Airways Group, Inc.

Greater Phoenix is a $181 billion marketplace that serves as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurs by providing international access for aerospace, high-technology, bioscience, advanced business services and sustainable technology companies. Global companies such as Honeywell Aerospace, Freeport McMoran, Avnet, and Republic Services call Phoenix home, while companies such as American Express, USAA, SUMCO Phoenix Corporation, Charles Schwab, and Mayo Clinic have major operations here.3

Phoenix Schools

Phoenix is home to 325 public schools in 30 school districts along with more than 200 charter and private schools.

Phoenix Living

The lifestyle in the Phoenix area is one of the finest in the U.S., especially if you like sun, golf, tennis, hiking, baseball and nightlife. Housing, taxes and cost of living are all moderately low. Infrastructure is fresh and new – and crime rate is low.

Make Yourself at Home in Phoenix

For more information about new homes for sale in Phoenix, and Phoenix real estate, send an email request to Taylor Morrison’s Internet Home Consultant, or visit

Photo credit:
Image 1: Camelback Mountain | Jack Haskell flickr
Image 2: Chase Field | Mark Whitt flickr
Image 3: Washington Street Downtown Phoenix | Garry Wilmore flickr
Image 4: ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism | Jeremy Knop flickr