Centerpiece of the Valley of the Sun, the City of Phoenix, Arizona is not unlike the mythological bird from which it derived its name.
Ancient people known as the Hohokam called this place home from about 200 A.D. to the mid-15th century. Agrarian people who grew corn and beans, the Hohokam were responsible for traversing the land with a crude but effective canal system that brought water to what would one day become the Phoenix area. Their early understanding of the land and engineering inspired later settlers to develop today’s Central Arizona Project, an extensive network of canals and dams, which nourishes much of Arizona with water.
Phoenix’s population comes from a diverse group of residents from many walks of life. With a boom in Phoenix’s population occurring over the past several decades, many of the city’s residents relocated from colder parts of the country to experience Arizona’s famous year-round warmth. Phoenix is home to some of the nation’s leading technology companies and many fresh startups have started to call the city home as well. And of course, Phoenix’s world-class golf courses and resorts entice a large number of active older adults to call the city home as well.
Located in the Northeast part of the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix has more than 300 days of sunshine each year. It’s true that things can certainly heat up, especially during the summer when temperatures are routinely in the triple-digits. But those gloriously sunny days also mean that Phoenix is coveted as a year-round vacation destination for travelers from around the globe. That international appeal has also made Phoenix a magnet for luxurious resorts, championship golf, fine dining and fabulous shopping that will definitely delight your inner diva.
Phoenix’s world-renowned desert landscapes definitely provide spectacular views, but don’t be expecting too much change in winter-time scenery – there’s plenty of sunshine year-round! Snowfall and pines are a short drive away, however, meaning crisp, cool seasons and even skiing are just a couple of hours away.
Enamored with downtown city life? No problem — conveniently located near hop-and-go light rail lines, urban-living-lovers will find elegant restored buildings filled with sophisticated lofts. For those who prefer the lush quiet of upscale suburbia, head further east and enter one of the Phoenix’s original swank neighborhoods, Arcadia, where right-there views of Camelback Mountain abound and mini-citrus orchards and carpets of soft grass dominate the acreage surrounding traditional sprawling ranch homes and contemporary custom estates.
Phoenix is home to some of the nation’s highest rated golf courses, restaurants, resorts and nightlife destinations. No matter what your preferred lifestyle is, Phoenix has plenty of options for you every night of the week.