Phoenix is known for having near-perfect weather year round. The vast horizon displays blue skies and soaks the desert with sun. For this reason, the area is popular for those who want to experience the great outdoors. If you love taking long walks, here are a few Phoenix neighborhoods you’re sure to love:
The Encanto-Palmcroft Historic District of Phoenix was born during the “City Beautiful” movement. At the turn of the 20th century, some architects and city planners believed that a beautiful city would be a harmonious one, and it influenced the way neighborhoods were built. Encanto-Palmcroft developed during that time, so homes and apartment buildings in this Phoenix neighborhood were designed as a part of the community whole. The tree-lined streets and period revival mansions might cause you to forget just how close you are to downtown. Take a stroll through the neighborhood to admire the weather and architecture.
Encanto-Palmcroft is also home to one of the largest parks in Phoenix. If checking out the homes isn’t your ideal walk, the park is sure to please. Grand Avenue, which cuts through this neighborhood, features converted warehouses, art galleries, unique bars and boutiques.
Directly adjacent to downtown Phoenix, the Evans Churchill neighborhood is a close enough area to walk to. If you want your Phoenix apartment to be an easy walk into the city, this neighborhood is a perfect choice. One of the more artistic areas, Evans Churchill hosts art walks every first and third Friday of the month. Saunter down the street to see the work of local artists before you hit up the shops and restaurants.
The Roosevelt Row district has recently hit a boom. This mostly commercial area is known for its boutiques and live music, and connects Evans Churchill with the Garfield neighborhood. You will have no trouble finding activities here, as there are plenty of award-winning galleries and theater venues.
Roosevelt Row is a very walkable neighborhood with access to the rail line. You’ll also be located near downtown to have access to all the benefits of an urban lifestyle. Don’t forget to check out some of the major events that Roosevelt Row hosts. There’s the Taste of Trucks, featuring tons of unique food truck dining experiences, and the Chili Pepper Festival and Pie Social. These culinary events are sure to open your taste buds to all Phoenix has to offer.
Another Historic District, Garfield is a great Phoenix neighborhood for an affordable urban experience. Your Phoenix apartment will be walking distance from downtown, giving you access to museums, theaters and entertainment. Because there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby, a night on the town can take you walking from your front door to a local pub or all the way into the city.
If you’re a student at Arizona State University or University of Arizona’s downtown campuses, Garfield is the perfect neighborhood. Between walking and taking public transportation, you’ll have no problems getting to class.
Downtown / Central City
For the most walkablilty, look for your apartment in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, which is also considered Central City. Considered the most walkable neighborhood in Phoenix by Walk Score, you’ll be able to access all this urban mecca has to offer without getting in your car.