Top Five Phoenix Neighborhoods
Learn about the best places to call home in the capital's metro areaArcadia
This east Phoenix neighborhood tops the list for a simple reason: LOCATION. Arcadia offers urban dwelling with a rural feel, and it's 15 minutes or less from the airport and downtown Scottsdale. Bordered by 44th and 68th streets to the west and east, respectively, Camelback Road to the north and the Arizona Crosscut Canal to the south, Arcadia was once home to orange and grapefruit groves. Lots are relatively large and irrigated, dotted with some of those original citrus trees. Many of the Arcadia's original 1950s homes have been flattened to make way for McMansions, but some of those low-slung old ranch houses still stand. They're a good deal if you're looking to live in this pricey area and can't afford a big mortgage. Arcadia's streets are wide and the schools in this part of the Scottsdale School District are exceptionally good.