The Differences Between Mesa, Tempe and Scottsdale, Arizona

If a move to Arizona is in your future, you may be considering some of these well-loved cities. Here are some comparisons to determine what city is the best fit for you and your lifestyle. 

Mesa, Arizona The Differences Between Mesa, Tempe and Scottsdale, Arizona

Voted one of the best places to live in Arizona, Mesa is the third-largest city in Arizona, just twenty miles east of Phoenix.  It has a population of 500,000 and is in Maricopa County.  Mesa has a dense suburban feel, with stunning views of the Superstition Mountains and a beautiful desert climate. The amazing weather allows for an active lifestyle, with big city life in the comfort of a suburb. There are highly rated public schools, which attract many families and young professionals. The median home price is $330,000 and rent averages between $580 to $775, dependent upon the neighborhood. There are many recreation opportunities, such as Dobson Ranch Golf Course; but this city screams for baseball fans as it holds Hohokam Stadium, host of the Oakland A’s Spring Training; and Sloan Park, host of the Chicago Cubs Spring Training. So, whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a baseball fanatic, Mesa is calling your name. 

Tempe, Arizona The Differences Between Mesa, Tempe and Scottsdale, Arizona

Situated in the Salt River Valley, near the northern edge of the Sonoran Desert sits Tempe.  Tempe has a population of 187,500 and is home of one of the longest-standing arts festivals, the Tempe Festival of the Arts.  Tempe is known for its affordability in the Phoenix area, with a cost of living just 2% higher than the national average. There is budget-friendly housing available with a median price of $219,900 to own a home and a median rent of $985. Tempe was rated number one as the best college town in the nation, according to research by Livability analysts. Tempe is the home of the main Arizona State University campus. It has ample amounts of support for student academics, many opportunities for unique entertainment experiences and a variety of opportunities for cultural engagement. Arizona State has over 51,000 in-person attendees, with a total enrollment of over 90,000. Whether you’re an art connoisseur, have an up-and-coming college-bound student, or want to enjoy the perks of college town living, Tempe is a fabulous place to settle down. 

Scottsdale, Arizona  The Differences Between Mesa, Tempe and Scottsdale, Arizona

Rated one of the nation’s most desirable communities to live in, Scottsdale has a population of 250,000.  At the foot of the scenic McDowell Mountains, bordered by Phoenix to the west and Tonto National Forest to the north, Scottsdale is loved for its sprawling luxurious resorts, bountiful golf courses, high-end boutiques, and historic Old Town Scottsdale. This is a great place to raise a family, as it is a safe suburban area with a low crime rate and some of the best schools in the state.  Nature lovers are drawn to the trails around the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in northern Scottsdale, which is the largest urban wilderness area in the United States and features more than 60 miles of trails through scenic desert terrain. But, you’ll pay for these perks, as Scottsdale housing expenses are 44% higher than the national average.  The residents tend to be well-educated and earn a higher income resulting in higher salaries, higher median home prices, more private schools and art galleries and fewer fast-food restaurants. However, if you’re willing to expend the higher costs, Scottsdale is well-known and loved for so many reasons. 

There are clearly differences between the sports-minded and outdoorsy feel of Mesa, the art-loving and budget-friendly college town of Tempe, and the high-end feel of Scottsdale but each of these cities has something different to offer. Now the question lies with you and what area is beckoning you. 

1931 Properties
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$2,000,000
Subdivision: Val Vista Lakes
6
Beds
3
Baths
4,029
Sq.Ft.
1994
Year Built
2
Days on Site
6311961
MLS
Beautiful home on the water with your own dock in Val Vista Lake Regatta Neighborhood. This is a rare property with a great location. Don't let this one pass you by.
$135,000
Subdivision: Sunrise Heights 55+ Mobile Home Community
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,152
Sq.Ft.
1980
Year Built
2
Days on Site
6311962
MLS
WHAT A VIEW!! This is considered one of Sunrise Heights a ''55+ Adult Mobile Home Community'' BEST LOTS! The home has been totally updated with new electrical and plumbing. The Kitchen has a modern...
$350,000
Subdivision: Bella Vista
2
Beds
2
Baths
885
Sq.Ft.
2002
Year Built
2
Days on Site
6311963
MLS
Luxury Bella Vista penthouse east side oriented with beautiful mountain views Two bedroom ,two bathroom with great split floor.Underground parking garage with car wash, elevator access to unit.Gas...
$1,245,000
Subdivision: Triple D Ranches
5
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
4,404
Sq.Ft.
2000
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6311977
MLS
Gorgeous Great Size Home you can own in Great location in Gilbert ,5 Great bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms .This property is really something special. It was built with attention to detail, efficiency...
$325,000
Subdivision: Camelback Greens 1 Lot 1-226 Tr A-T
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,290
Sq.Ft.
1987
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6311978
MLS
Welcome to this delightful 2 bed, 2 bath home in Camelback Greens Community! Providing a 2 car garage and mature landscape. Inside this gem, you'll find a spacious living room w/vaulted ceiling,...
$380,000
Subdivision: Villa De Paz Unit 7
2
Beds
3
Baths
1,936
Sq.Ft.
1982
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6311979
MLS
This a well-maintained property just painted outside and inside, 18''ceramic tile and laminate flooring. Pool was re-plastered in September and is fenced. Beautiful master bedroom and bath has own...
$599,900
Subdivision: Cox Heights Unit 1
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,485
Sq.Ft.
1965
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6311980
MLS
No Sign on Property. Pride of ownership. Large walk-in closet at master bedroom. 2-car garage with storage cabinets. Many updates including newer roof, HVAC, laminate flooring, whole house water...
$600,000
Subdivision: Roadrunner Estates
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,142
Sq.Ft.
1976
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6311983
MLS
ARE YOU READY FOR RESORT STYLE LIVING? Well then you will love this delightful 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home where you will enjoy breathtaking views of your resort like backyard through your energy...
$1,400,000
Subdivision: Casa Del Mar
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,479
Sq.Ft.
1980
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6311984
MLS
Gorgeous new modern home coming soon! Completely renovated with huge glass walls that open to the outdoors. Vaulted ceilings, no interior steps and a gorgeous pool. Hop on your bike and ride the...
$425,000
Subdivision: Tempe Royal Palms Unit 8
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,030
Sq.Ft.
1971
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6311986
MLS
72 Hour Home Sale! WOW!!! This home is all about Location in the heart of Tempe. With ease of access to the 60 and 101 this location is hard to beat. This 3bd/2ba home with a 2016 Trane Air...
$624,900
Subdivision: Trilogy
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,551
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6311992
MLS
72 HOUR HOME SALE! More information and photos to come.
$599,900
Subdivision: Millsite Village
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,814
Sq.Ft.
1994
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6311993
MLS
Nestled 90 Minutes North of Loop 101/Interstate 17 in the tall cool pines of the Prescott National Forest, situated on just under an Acre at an elevation of 6940'. Property amongst tall Ponderosa,...

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