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published on 2015-10-03

If the thought of living a lifestyle that’s not dependent on a vehicle for transportation intrigues you, the ever-increasing “walkability” of downtown Phoenix offers a lifestyle where everything from work to recreation is just a short stroll away. The advantages of living a walking lifestyle are many, from eliminating the expense of a car payment and insurance to the health benefits and convenience of letting your legs be your guide.

ASU Adds to the Downtown Energy

The large satellite campus of Arizona State University is encouraging more downtown Phoenix. The downtown ASU campus is a bustling environment with more than 11,000 students taking advantage of flexible scheduling. New construction that includes a building for the ASU law school ensures continued growth and opportunity for downtown students on a campus that already offers classes in a wide variety of disciplines. One of our favorite townhome communities near this area is St. Croix Villas, just a block away from campus.


Pick Up Fresh Produce at the Farmer's Market

For some of the freshest produce in town, the Phoenix Open Air Market on 1st Street and Mckinley runs all year round from 8-12 on Saturday mornings. Farmers bring in seasonal offerings to sell in an informal atmosphere. Handmade arts and crafts, jams, honey and other foodstuffs are also available. The same location is home to Food Truck Friday, where many different culinary delights make this a special place to drop by. Whether you like falafel or hot dogs loaded with all the fixins, there is sure to be a food truck for you. The Phoenix Public Market Cafe next door is a lively hangout place as well, with a comfortable patio and delicious breakfasts.

Put On Your Jersey and Walk to the Game

With baseball’s Diamondbacks, basketball’s Suns and Mercury and the Arena Football League Rattlers all playing within a few hundred yards of each other downtown, sports fans who live in downtown Phoenix condos and lofts can attend an event most times of the year. The Stadium Lofts are located just behind the arenas, while the condos at Summit at Copper Square can give you a birdseye view of Chase Field. Don’t forget you can hop on the light rail at many points in mid- and downtown to make your transit a little easier.

Let Your Friendly Mixologist be Your Guide

One of the advantages of living in a walkable neighborhood is the chance to get to know local restaurant owners and bartenders. The bar scene in downtown Phoenix is evolving, as evidenced by the newly-opened Bitter and Twisted Cocktail Parlor located in one of the city’s original buildings. Hanny’s, Lustre Bar and the Crescent Ballroom are downtown hot spots where you can beat the heat with a cold highball. If you’d rather cool your whistle with a cold craft beer, the Mother Bunch Brewery has a good variety on tap to go along with some great pub food.

Hit CityScape for a Little of Everything

From your home in the historic building that is Orpheum Lofts, it’s a just a minor stretch of the legs to the newly developed CityScape, the site of a new downtown hotel that provides lodging for conventioneers and other visitors. CityScape has a bowling alley, cocktail lounge, numerous eateries, boutique shops and a comedy club to make it a great place to let an afternoon of shopping extend into a night of fun.

Although Phoenix isn’t quite as walkable as some more established cities, it has come a long way in the last decade or so. If the convenience of simply changing shoes over the hassle of changing oil excites you, consider making you next home in downtown Phoenix .


Though not guaranteed, information and statistics in this article have been acquired from sources believed to be reliable.

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