5 Great Phoenix Neighborhoods for Starter Homes

Home, sweet home.
Home, sweet home.
Katie Johnson

We get it. First times can be scary. And when you're buying your first home, nothing spells panic attack like shaving off most of your savings for a down payment. But thanks to the many affordable up-and-coming neighborhoods in Phoenix, easing into domestic life doesn't have to be so daunting. Here are our top five picks for beginning buyers.

See also: 5 Up-and-Coming Phoenix Neighborhoods

Homes in Fairview come at a fair price.
Homes in Fairview come at a fair price.
Katie Johnson

Fairview Place Between 15th and 17th avenues, McDowell Road and Encanto Boulevard Prices of homes for sale range from $199,000 to $319,000

We can think of several reasons to throw down the welcome mat at Fairview Place. The downtown-adjacent neighborhood is in a prime location for both young families and young adults with close proximity to the Arizona State Fairgrounds, Encanto Park, and the Grand Avenue arts district. Did we mention it's also a historic neighborhood? Talk about a good investment. For those who envy neighborhoods like Palmcroft and F.Q Story but can't quite afford the price tag that come with them, Fairview Place is a great compromise.

How stinking cute are these homes?
How stinking cute are these homes?
Katie Johnson

Coronado Between Seventh and 16th streets, McDowell and Thomas roads Prices of homes for sale range from $145,000 and $439,000

Coronado hardly needs an introduction, but here it goes. One of the larger historic neighborhoods around town, Coronado offers a central location with popular hangouts like The Main Ingredient, Sutra Midtown, Tuck Shop, and MacAlpine's Soda Fountain in walking or biking distance. Of course, with all its expanse, Coronado does come with a few patchy areas here and there. But since the neighborhood is very much reaping the benefits of the downtown renaissance, you can just look at these less refined properties and your cheap ticket into a covetable community.



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