City Hall
200 W. Washington Street
Phoenix 602-262-6011


Chamber of Commerce
Chase Tower
201 North Central Avenue
Phoenix 602-254-5521



During the 1970s and ‘80s, Phoenix grew in population and sophistication as a home to small-scale enterprises, branch offices, and secondary research facilities. It was in the last decade of the 20th century that Phoenix truly reinvented itself—pulsating almost overnight with gleaming high-rise towers, stunning arenas, and widespread economic expansion. New high-tech enterprises sprung up and flooded into the Valley at a phenomenal rate. Corporations from domestic to international began to consider Phoenix as a prime location for regional or headquarter offices, while entrepreneurs planted roots in the state’s fertile economic soil.


Real estate construction and sales, both commercial and residential, broke records on every front. Throughout the incredible growth cycle that spanned the 1990s, the city managed to maintain an enviable position on the cost of living index—particularly in the area of housing. Phoenix began construction on a massive highway system in 1985 that represents the largest locally funded endeavor in the nation. Strategic freeway connections have greatly reduced travel times within the city itself and to surrounding communities. The metro bus system and ride-share programs offer mass transportation alternatives, while Sky Harbor International Airport continually expands to accommodate the Valley’s exponential growth.


State-of-the-art medical facilities, research institutions, specialized health centers, and hundreds of highly skilled professionals serve the Phoenix community. Phoenix is home to more than 20 hospitals, medical centers, and specialized centers that include the highly respected Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dedicated facilities like Barrow Neurological Institute and Banner Baywood Heart Hospital complement a selection of wellness centers to meet every need from advanced care to proactive programs like public health screenings.


Committed to providing a quality education, Phoenix schools harmonize leading-edge classroom technology with traditional core values and a progressive attitude. Basic skills are emphasized in the strong basic curriculum. Opportunities for the expansion of self-expression and involvement in other positive learning experiences are provided by art, music, health education, physical development, foreign languages, vocational training, or career studies. The result is a well-rounded and enriched education. On the primary level, reinforcing each child’s self-esteem is at the core of the educational environment, providing lessons that allow discovery, problem solving, and mastery.


The metropolitan region’s public charter schools develop and implement bold and creative approaches to education, stressing themes from “high-tech” to the fine arts. Private schools that are either independent or parochial are plentiful throughout the Valley, providing parents with alternative educational choices. The quality selection of institutions of higher education ranges from community colleges and universities to vocational and technical schools, adult education resources, and leading business academies. Students of all ages can pursue almost any career path close to home.



From sports to the fine arts, newcomers of all ages and interests will discover many rich treasures in Phoenix. The city’s cultural jewels have become more polished and abundant with the increase in population, supporting permanent companies for ballet, opera, theatre, and symphony. Dazzling venues showcase the latest Broadway hits as well as stellar national and international talent. Venues range from the magnificently restored historic Orpheum Theatre to the popular open-air Cricket Pavilion or the reconfigurable Dodge Theatre. Fine galleries join the Phoenix Art Museum in providing a visual feast of sculpture, photography, and painting. The internationally famous Heard Museum highlights primitive and modern Native American artistry.


Lovers of spectator sports can jump to their feet around the four seasons to cheer on their favorite teams. Phoenix is one of the few cities in the nation to attract a major league team in every sport. From the collegiate sports fever that never fails to rise with ASU Sun Devils football to the popular Phoenix Suns NBA basketball team, the Metropolitan Phoenix sports scene is filled with surprises. Crowds from across the Valley flock to spectacular new stadiums and state-of-the-art arenas to watch Phoenix Coyotes hockey, Arizona Diamondbacks baseball, and football with the NFL Cardinals.


Those who prefer to make their own tracks in the great outdoors can enjoy Arizona’s blue skies, vast desert, or pristine lakes. Hot air balloons, four-wheel drive recreational vehicles, hang gliders, jet skis, and dirt bikes are just a few of the common diversions in a state where open space and natural beauty seem unlimited. The city maintains 200 parks for year-round enjoyment, including desert-mountain parks. Picnic areas, trails, playgrounds, ponds, natural attractions, and first-rate sports facilities are all available for public use and enjoyment. The Arizona Desert Botanical Gardens and the Phoenix Zoo are nestled in the Papago Park area of the city, presenting a magnificent display of wildlife, trees, and plants set against the Sonoran desert’s haunting beauty.


Neighborhoods throughout Phoenix offer a diversity of homes in varying architectural styles, settings, sizes, and real estate price ranges. Historic neighborhoods in the heart of the city are climbing rapidly in value as charming bungalows and high-rise lofts or apartments are being built or renovated for convenient downtown living. The vintage homes nestled in the Encanto Park region showcase elegant architecture against the backdrop of ancient trees, lush gardens, and meticulous landscaping. The ever-popular Arcadia neighborhood spans both Phoenix and Scottsdale, offering another selection of beautiful homes nestled in deep lots with mature greenery. Few locations in the Valley can rival the prestigious Biltmore area for sheer elegance and a centralized location.


The city limits of Phoenix are amazingly far reaching, encompassing the Ahwatukee Foothills area. This panoramic urban village has the appearance and feeling of a separate city, stretching between the South Mountain foothills and the city of Tempe in the East Valley. Each one of the four major quadrants of the City of Phoenix—East, West, North, and South—plays a unique role in the area’s vitality. Nationally recognized as the nation’s “best managed city,” Phoenix organizes its neighborhoods into 14 urban villages—each one with its own planning committee appointed by the city council. Some of these villages have also developed unique and distinctive “neighborhoods” with a close-knit community spirit. Take your time discovering and exploring all that the City of Phoenix has to offer. With its exceptionally high quality of life, vibrant economy, virtually limitless recreational opportunities, affordable housing, and relaxing southwestern lifestyle—Phoenix is an ideal place to call home.





The upscale core neighborhood associated with the legendary Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa spans out from the Camelback Road corridor between 24th and 44th streets. The desirable Biltmore area is second only to downtown as the premier entertainment, shopping, and business district of Phoenix. Biltmore Fashion Park offers an oasis of fountains, lushly landscaped courtyards, brick walkways, cafes, restaurants, and high fashion. Striking a perfect blend between historic significance, new-world elegance, and international glamour, the Arizona Biltmore Resort is known throughout the world as the “Jewel of the Desert.” Nearly 40 acres of gardens, fairways, fine recreational facilities, and architecture influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright have enabled the resort to preserve an international reputation for superb hospitality. Residential development harmonizes beautifully with the resort’s luxurious atmosphere, from charming patio homes to stunning estates. Wrigley Mansion stands as the pinnacle of opulence, perched on a hill north of Biltmore Fashion Park. The chewing-gum magnate’s former estate now houses a restaurant and other fine amenities that are available to the public. Because the mansion is forced to maintain a private club status, an annual membership fee of $10 is donated in full to charity.

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