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

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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.

 

We things are coming sunnyside up in Sunnyslope.
We things are coming sunnyside up in Sunnyslope.
Katie Johnson

Norton Hatcher Park Area Between 12th and 16th streets, Mission and Mountain View roads Prices of homes for sale range from $119,000 to $295,000

Although the north Phoenix neighborhood is not quite where we'd like it to be, we have faith that in a few years time, Sunnyslope will be soaking up some much deserved attention. Which is why we've been eyeballing neighborhoods like High Point Park and areas surrounding North Hatcher Park. Many of these east Sunnyslope properties are fixer-uppers but come with a great mountainside location as well as close proximity to Sunnyslope staples like Let it Roll Bowl and El Rinconcito del D.F. With great views, central location, and cheap prices, it's easy to see why Sunnyslope is a part of the starter home scene.

Lower prices and a central location make for a winning combo at Loma Linda
Lower prices and a central location make for a winning combo at Loma Linda
Katie Johnson

Loma Linda Between 24th Street and 51 Freeway, Thomas and Indian School roads Prices of homes for sale range from $90,000 to $485,000

If you can't afford Arcadia, don't want to live downtown, but want to have easy access to both, we highly recommend a drive through the expansive Loma Linda neighborhood. The 51-adjacent 'hood has a good blend of homes that are either renovated or ready for some TLC with a close proximity to the essentials: Sprouts, Shady's, and Town & Country. Although Loma Linda doesn't have registered historic status, the neighborhood association takes care of its own. Community and a killer location? We'll bite.

The Orangewood area definitely gets the green light.
The Orangewood area definitely gets the green light.
Katie Johnson

The Surrounding Orangewood Area Between 15th and 19th avenues, Glendale and Northern roads Prices of homes for sale range from $184,900 to $495,000

As the Light Rail expands north up 19th Avenue, so do Phoenix residents. Endearing older neighborhoods like the one that surrounds Orangewood Elementary are ripe for picking when it comes to young families and first-time home buyers thanks to its clean curb appeal, promising public transportationm and close proximity to Interstate 17, Christown Spectrum Mall, and Washington Park.

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Arizona State Fairgrounds

1826 W. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

602-252-6771

www.azstatefair.com

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Encanto Park

2605 N. 15th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

602-262-6412

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The Main Ingredient Ale House

2337 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

602-843-6246

www.tmialehouse.com

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Tuck Shop

2245 N. 12th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

602-354-2980

www.tuckinphx.com

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MacAlpine's Soda Fountain and Espresso Bar
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Let It Roll Bowl

8925 N. 12th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85020

602-944-4401

www.letitrollbowl.com

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El Rinconcito del D.F.

8901 N. 12th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85020-3070

602-943-5933

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Sprouts Farmers Market

2824 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-553-3131

www.sprouts.com/home.php

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Shady's

2701 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-956-8998

www.facebook.com/Shadys.az

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Christown Spectrum Mall

1703 W. Bethany Home
Phoenix, AZ 85015

602-242-9074

www.christownspectrum.com

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Washington Park

6655 N. 23rd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85015

602-262-6575


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