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About Tempe

Home to Arizona State University, the City of Tempe offers the vibrant and diverse culture that you would expect of a metropolitan college town and all the attractions you’d expect of the ideal vacation destination. When you pair this with beautiful natural landscape, great weather, and an abundance of exceptional housing opportunities, it is easy to understand why CNN Money ranked Tempe among the “Best Places to Live” in the United States for 2012.

Home to more than 168,000 residents, business have also taken note in Tempe’s strong economic climate and workforce. In fact, Tempe is home to a number of Fortune 500 companies, including U.S. Airways and Insight Enterprises. Also headquartered in Tempe are LifeLock, First Solar, Circle K, Fulton Homes, and Limelight Networks to name a few.

Historically, Tempe and the surrounding communities has always been a crossroads for different people and cultures. For centuries, everyone from farmers and traders to pioneers and families has made their home here. Today, Tempe remains home to thousands of university students, high-powered business professionals, artists, free thinkers, and more.

Living in Tempe

Often called the “Heartbeat of Phoenix,” Tempe is the lively connection between Phoenix and the cities in the East Valley. Whether you’re looking to spend an afternoon boating at Tempe Town Lake, are looking forward to this year’s Tempe Music Festival, or simply want to spend a relaxing weekend playing golf with friends, you’ll find it all here in Tempe. Nestled in Maricopa County, with Scottsdale, Mesa, and Chandler in close proximity, Tempe provides residents with the opportunity to live in a suburban setting without sacrificing the many amenities and conveniences of a large city.

Schools, Health and Transportation in Tempe

The Tempe Union High School District and the Tempe Elementary School District service the majority of Tempe. However, depending on location, there are some areas of Tempe that fall under the jurisdiction of the Kyrene School District, Scottsdale Unified School District, or Mesa Public Schools. In total, more there are more than 25 schools within the Tempe Elementary School District and seven high schools. Of course, Arizona State University is another major draw to Tempe, and features not only college programs, but also programs designed for students of all ages throughout the year.

Excellent public transportation is available in Tempe, with Valley Metro operating busses, light rail and RideShare in and around the community. The METRO runs from Montebello in Phoenix to Sky Harbor Airport, Tempe, and ends at Mesa. It is estimated that more than 40,000 riders use the METRO each day.

Residents of Tempe also have access to excellent health centers such as the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and a number of other world-class area hospitals.

Tempe Parks and Recreation

Tempe residents are fortunate to benefit from the clear blue skies and balmy winter weather that Arizona is known for, which makes outdoor recreation popular year-round. On any given day, you’ll find Tempe residents enjoying the Salt River, Tempe’s vast trail system, numerous golf courses, and an extensive list of parks and green spaces. Throughout the year, Tempe is also home to a number of sporting events – from the Fiesta Bowl football game to neighborhood tee-ball games. The Ford Ironman Tempe also takes in Tempe, as well as the P.F. Changes Rock and Roll Marathon. Public pools, urban fishing, tennis courts, batting cages, and more can all be found throughout the community.

Similar to other Phoenix suburbs, Tempe is also home to a number of golfing options. The ASU Karsten Golf Course, the historic Shalimar Golf Course, rolling Hills, Ken MacDonald, and the Rio Salado Golf Club are some of the area’s top choices.

Tempe Shopping and Dining

The Mill Avenue District is perhaps Tempe’s main shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Imagine red brick sidewalks, tree-lined streets, turn of the century architecture, outdoor dining, and street entertainment – this is the Mill Avenue District. Featuring local boutiques, popular retailers, theaters, music venues, and a number of great restaurants, Mill Avenue offers far more than just wonderful events and live music! Tempe Marketplace is another popular destination, and is a sprawling outdoor shopping hub that features many national chain stores and small boutiques. Here you can find retailers such as Gap, Barnes & Noble, World Market and more. Residents of Tempe can rest assured knowing that world-class shopping and a wide variety of world cuisine and family-friendly restaurants are literally minutes from their front door no matter which subdivision or neighborhood they choose.

To learn more about the City of Tempe or to explore the housing options available to you, please do not hesitate to contact the team at Phoenix Urban Spaces today. They look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming you home to Tempe. Connect today!



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