Tempe is the eighth largest city in the state of Arizona. Tempe, located in Maricopa County near Phoenix, is home to Arizona State University. The sunny city has hot summers and mild winters with July highs reaching 104 degrees on average annually and January lows at 34 degrees Fahrenheit.
The history of Tempe starts with the Hohokam. The Hohokam were Native Americans that built canals to support the agriculture in the area, but in the 15th century, most of them abandoned their settlements while others stayed behind. In 1865, Fort McDowell was established about 25 miles away from downtown Tempe on the Salt River. Shortly after, new towns formed further down the river. Several military service members and Hispanic workers were hired to grow food and animal feed, and soon after that, small camps were set up near the river. This became the first permanent community in Tempe since the Hohokam. Crossing the river was done by ferry, and the service operator’s name was Charles T. Hayden. The area of Tempe actually became known as “Hayden’s Ferry” during these territorial times before its received its name. Darrell Duppa compared the Salt River Valley to the Vale of Tempe in Greece and suggested the city be named Tempe. The Maricopa and Phoenix rail road came to the area in 1887 making Tempe an economic hub for agricultural area, and the city was incorporated in 1894.
The city has grown into an enjoyable family-friendly town with a lot to offer. Tempe’s neighborhoods play a key role in the character of its community. The neighborhoods in this city focus on the quality and comfort with incredible communities like Warner Ranch, Circle G Ranch, Gray Stone, The Lakes, Pecan Groves Village, Dorsey Lane, Oasis at Anozira, Toscana, Tempe Gardens, Coventry Tempe, Northshore, Wingfoot, Corona Ranch, Harmon Ranch, Corona Del Sol, and so many more.
Warner Ranch is a low-maintenance single-family master planned community that borders both Chandler and Tempe. There are schools nearby as well as shopping centers, golf courses and hospitals almost within walking distance. The Lakes residents enjoy a beach and tennis club, as well as close proximity to freeways, major employers, restaurants, shops and businesses. Other conveniences nearby include coffee shops, hotels, and popular health food chains like Whole Foods and Trader Joes. Pecan Groves Village is in a choice location with easy access to walking and biking trails, restaurants, and shops as well. Dorsey Lane offers urban townhomes that are just two miles from downtown Tempe, making this a convenient place for professionals to call home. Oasis at Anozira is a lakefront community with lighted sidewalks, park benches, and gorgeously mature landscapes. Toscana is a luxurious master planned community that overlooks the distinguished JW Marriot’s Wild Fore Golf Course. The homes in this community are affordable, starting in the $200s! Tempe Gardens is in close proximity to Arizona State University, Arizona Mills Mall, the Sky Harbor International Airport, fine dining, and entertainment. Coventry Tempe is a spectacular gated community with sport courts, wide open spaces, and a tot lot. Northshore offers classy living in an exclusive location with outdoor fireplaces, pools with cabanas, and a Jacuzzi right by the lake. Wingfoot is a quaint community, but it is the second most expensive neighborhood in Tempe. The residents here take pleasure in many amenities in this marvelous and luxurious neighborhood. Each of these unique neighborhoods has something to offer that the other one doesn’t and all are equally amazing, so the key is deciding which one is best for you.
If you’re looking to catch some fun outdoors, Tempe Beach Park is the central park in Tempe. This park is host to many festivals and concerts year round. Take a tour of Tempe Town Lake on one of the city’s boat rentals. Bring your children out to play at the splash playground. Practice pitching at the baseball diamond, get some exercise in the open field, or walk the park’s trails. Jogging along the water is a great way to release all of your week’s stresses and then take in the beautiful scenery and fresh air before heading over to the art district for a bite or drink. The SEA LIFE Aquarium is an extraordinary experience for children. Come and watch sea creatures as they live naturally in their own environments. Starfish, seahorse, shrimp, lobster, sharks, and octopus are among the many amazing sea creatures you’ll find. Cool off from the dry desert heat at the Big Surf Water Park. This park may be a little dated, but don’t underestimate the amount of fun you will have. The park is very affordable, friendly for all ages, has great reviews, and offers plenty of attractions.
When lunch time comes around, treat yourself to a bite at the House of Tricks. The menu is constantly changing and always delicious. The espresso crème brulee, mismatched china, espresso crème brulee and outdoor fireplaces are more than enough reasons to try out this popular magical eatery. Vincitorio’s is a welcoming Italian restaurant that plays live music five days out of the week. The menu selection is wonderful, and the service is always great. Yupha’s Thai Kitchen is another restaurant with excellent service, food and choices. Many satisfied customers rave about this authentic Thai restaurant and recommend dishes like Buddha Delight, Tom Yum soup, Yupha’s fried rice, the soup and salad bar, and the coconut ice cream with sticky rice.
Tempe gives you everything you need from affordable living to luxurious lifestyles. You can choose to live in a neighborhood that allows you to walk to the hospital, run to the mountains, and jog to the grocery store. All of your shopping and dining needs are right next door in one direction, while your adventurous side can set out for a hike in the park in the other direction. Families with are welcome with open arms to call this city their home.
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