Families looking to move into a new area research the school district, recreation, cost-of-living, and proximity to resources in the community. Thinking about moving to Arcadia should be no different.

Moving to Arcadia

There are many reasons why moving to Arcadia  is a good idea, especially for individuals and families who are looking for an abundance of outdoor fitness opportunities, for those who enjoy blue skies, for college students looking for great schools large and small, and for those who would like to live in a beautiful house – basically anyone.

1. Location and Demographics

Arcadia is a neighborhood in Phoenix, Arizona and Scottsdale, Arizona. The boundaries lie between 44th Street to 68th Street and from Thomas Road to Camelback Mountain. Arcadia contains well-kept homes on large lots which boast relatively high property values, as the neighborhood is adjacent to the upscale suburbs of Paradise Valley, the Biltmore area, Scottsdale and north Phoenix.

The Phoenix portion of Arcadia is located in the 85018 zip code, where approximately 37,000 residents reside, and the Scottsdale portion is in the 85251 zip code, which has about 36,000 residents, according to City-Data.

2. Art and Culture

You won’t have to travel far to experience some of the best art and cultural events in the southwest. The OdySea Aquarium is scheduled to open in Scottsdale this year and will be the largest aquarium in the Southwest. The Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum and Herberger Theater Center are are just a short trip from Arcadia, and families also can visit the Arizona Science Center or the Desert Botanical Gardens.

3. Outdoor Recreation and Hiking

Outdoor enthusiasts considering moving to Arcadia, Arizona, have hundreds of resources available in and around the area.

Camelback Mountain, Tom’s Thumb, Flat Iron, Bell Pass, Brown’s Mountain, and the Apache Wash Loop are only a handful of the mountains to navigate and trails to hike in and near the Arcadia, Arizona area, according to Arizona Hiking.

Scottsdale is known for its many award-winning, luxurious golf courses, including the Coronado Golf Course, Continental Golf Course, The Phoenician, and the Camelback Golf Club, according to Golf Link.

A variety of resort-style community pools and parks can be found throughout the community as well, such as the Big Surf Waterpark in nearby in Tempe, Arizona.

4. The Weather

While Arizona is known for its especially warm temperatures, the lowest average temperature actually can be seen in December and January at only 68 degrees. The average temperature in February, March and November isn’t much higher, as it is in the 70s. April, May and October temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and the above 100 degree temperatures Arizona is known for come in the summer months of June, July, August and September. Overall, the average temperature is 70.8 degrees. With normally blue, sunny skies, the average rainfall is 7.89 inches in an entire year.

5. Higher Education

Young adults considering moving to Arcadia, can take advantage of nearby institutes for higher learning including Estrella Mountain Community College (part of Maricopa Community College District), Arizona State University­, Grand Canyon University, Midwestern University­ Glendale and Thunderbird School of Global Management, Keller Graduate School of Management, and the University of Phoenix.

6. Culinary Attractions

 Unique restaurants can be found throughout Arcadia and nearby communities.

According to USA Today, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson writer Patricia Escarcega names her top 10 eateries in Arcadia.

She especially highlights Nook, a small 50-seat eatery in the Gaslight Square shopping center.

Her Top 10 Eateries in Arcadia are:

– The Vig Uptown: Known for its sleek décor and laid-back patio, Escarcega says it offers unique yet unpretentious American comfort food.

– Posting Arcadia: Adapted from what used to be a neighborhood post office, this trendy wine bar’s menu is rustic and flavorful, she says.

– La Grande Orange Pizzeria: La Grande is one of Phoenix’s most popular grocery, café, breakfast bar and pizzeria locations.

– Beckett’s Table: The restaurant showcases Chef Justin Beckett’s desire to create a restaurant that celebrates the values of farm-to-table cuisine in a friendly setting.

– North Fattoria Italiana: Authentic Italian food is made from scratch.

– Ingo’s Tasty Food: Describing itself as a “gourmet food stand,” Ingo’s is an Arcadia original.

– Crude: Sushi meets traditional Italian flavors at Crudo, an Italian café specializing in sashimi-style seafood.

– Chelsea’s Kitchen: This casual restaurant appeals to upscale families and uses premium ingredients.

– O.H.S.O. Eatery & NanoBrewery: The extensive menu offers a huge variety of selections.

– Nook: Everything from light cafe fare to hearty Mediterranean dinners is available at Nook.

7. Real Estate Trends in Arizona

If you’re thinking about moving to Arcadia, 2016 could be your year. Analysts predict that the potential real estate trends in 2016 will show moderate gains in sales prices and a continued growth in home sales.

The state of Arizona also is expected to see job growth. That increase in jobs and housing sales, however, is expected to be slow and steady, which economists say is more favorable than a fluctuating market.