Overview of Ahwatukee
Adopted from the Crow Indian language, the word "Ahwatukee" translates to "house of my dreams," which is exactly what you’ll find if you choose to rent an apartment in this area. Known for its variety of outdoor activities, strong sense of community, and serene desert location, Ahwatukee is fantastic place for those looking to establish roots in Phoenix. The Ahwatukee village is the southernmost of the city’s urban villages, and is somewhat isolated from its neighbors by South Mountain which borders the village to the north. Because of this, there are relatively few access points to Ahwatukee, mainly through a few bridges across I-10 (some even refer to it as “The world’s largest cul-de-sac”). But don’t let that suggest that it’s far away from everything! Approximately 10 minutes driving will get you to Mill Avenue District in Tempe, and it’s a 15 minute drive to Old Town Scottsdale; both of which have loads of bars, restaurants, and shopping.
If you’re searching for the perfect balance of activity and tranquility, read on to learn more about whether Ahwatukee is the ideal home for you.
Ahwatukee Apartments & Rental Market
Like most parts of Phoenix, Ahwatukee is teeming with condos and apartments that accommodate most any budget and come with a host of conveniences. While it’s not as cheap as other parts of the city, Ahwatukee apartments start as low as $575 for a basic one-bedroom and max out around $2000 for an extravagant three-bedroom. Not only are most apartments pet-friendly, they feature typical amenities like swimming pools and covered parking as well as luxury amenities like sand volleyball courts, outdoor fireplace lounges, and stainless steel appliances. Most of the apartments in Ahwatukee that we offer have convenient access to the I-10 highway which makes it easy to commute to other areas of Phoenix and beyond.
Ahwatukee, AZ Dining & Entertainment
The Ahwatukee Foothills are probably best known as a hotspot for outdoor activities. South Mountain Park runs along the northern border of the village, and is perfect for cycling, hiking, baseball, and soccer. Not to be outdone by the surrounding areas of Phoenix, Ahwatukee contains four golf courses; the most frequented being the Foothills Golf Club.
When it comes to shopping for fun or for errands, you don’t have to go far from home for anything you need. The Ahwatukee Foothills Towne Center features large department stores as well as several dining options like On the Border and The Bone Appetit Bakery. Other areas of the neighborhood offer abundant grocers, general retail outlets, and specialty boutiques.
And as we mentioned earlier, it’s a short drive to several other areas that shopping, dining, and nightlife. Let’s highlight a few, shall we?
- 10 minute drive to bars, restaurants, and shopping on Mill Avenue in Tempe
- 15 minute drive to nightlife and restaurants in Old Town Scottsdale
- 20 minute drive to the airport and baseball games in Downtown Phoenix
Pet-Friendly Ahwatukee Apartments
Almost all apartments in Ahwatukee accept both dogs and cats, so finding a place to live with your furry friends is no problem at all. Most complexes even offer designated areas that provide waste bags and refuse bins and a grassy area for your pet to enjoy. Additionally, one of the highest rated businesses in Ahwatukee is Desert Dog Pet Care, which provides dog walking and pet boarding services at your home and they even deliver food and treats to your doorstep. With the Ahwatukee Animal Care Hospital also close by, caring for you pets in this area is super simple.
Commuting From Ahwatukee, AZ
There are limited access points to Ahwatukee which makes it a pleasant place to live, but also slightly difficult to commute from. If you work in North Phoenix, it’s probably not a great idea to live in South Phoenix. But if you work near Downtown or anywhere in South Phoenix or Tempe, living in Ahwatukee is totally doable. I-10 borders Ahwatukee to the east, so if you’re commuting north or south that will be your main way in and out of the city. There are also many bridges that cross I-10 which will take you to Tempe or anywhere to the east that you may need to go.
Ahwatukee AZ School Districts
The Ahwatukee Foothills Village is known for its serene atmosphere is a popular place for families of all ages. Because Phoenix acquired many of its outer laying areas as the city expanded, different age groups are served by different school districts. K-8 students are served by the Kyrene School District while high school students attend schools operated by the Tempe Union High School District which is the best (according to test scores) school district in Arizona.