North Tempe is a flourishing inner suburb between Phoenix and the rest of East Valley, with its location close to major crossroads contributing significantly to its growth.
U.S. Route 60, as this map illustrates, curves at the south and the western boundaries of N Tempe thus linking this part of the city to urban hubs of the valley. In addition, a stretch of the major roadway, Loop 202, traverses much of the northern boundary of Tempe and intersects with Arizona State Route 101 which runs north to south within N Tempe’s eastern periphery. West Mesa and its various points of interests also lie just east of north Tempe, with Dobson Road delineating their boundaries.
Given its superb location, the downtown of the city was established in north Tempe which also now hosts the main campus of the Arizona State University (ASU). Given all these factors, the northern part of Tempe followed a pattern of urbanized development including the tack in the establishment of its residential communities.
The residential communities of North Tempe is an eclectic mix of neighborhoods and subdivisions featuring affordable and luxury apartments, condo townhouses, and single family homes. One of the most popular home search destinations, especially for students and professionals, is University Estates south of the ASU campus. Single family homes in this neighborhood can lead to finds of houses built between the 1950s and the 1960s. These sales listings typically feature floor areas of between 1,500 and 2,500 square feet designed with four bedrooms and two baths.
Detached single family houses of about the same vintage and square footages are also the typical market offerings at the North Tempe subdivisions of Gilliland and Mitchel Park. For those who prefer condo townhouses, Papago Park Village is an ideal starting point. It offers affordably priced units built in the early 1980s with living areas ranging from 864 to 1,140 square feet designed with one to two bedrooms.
Amenities: North Tempe has vibrant commercial centers, such as Tempe Marketplace, Desi Plaza, and Cornerstone. Recreational hubs are also abundant in this part of the city which is home to the Tempe Beach Park featuring a splash playground, a baseball diamond and other athletic fields, as well boating at the nearby Tempe Town Lake.
The ASU Karsten golf course is also next to this park. A short distance north are similar activity centers, such as the Rolling Hills Golf Course, Big Surf Water Park, Papago Park and its namesake golf links, and the Desert Botanical Garden.
The northern part of the city likewise hosts the Tempe Diablo Stadium, spring training camp of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Tempe Center of the Arts, and the Gammage Auditorium are among the cultural gems located in N Tempe.
Many major companies and manufacturers offer job and business opportunities in North Tempe. These economic drivers in the city include Triumph Manufacturing Safeway Milk Plant, Sun Orchard, and other enterprises located between Broadway Road and Southern Avenue.
Schools: Besides ASU, North Tempe is the home grounds of other learning institutions serving various age levels. The career schools here include University of Phoenix and Bryan University.
Among the schools for the primary and secondary levels in this part of the city are Holdeman Elementary, Gilliland Middle School, Tempe High, Scales Technology Academy, Noor Academy of Arizona, and Tempe Academy of International Studies.