Mesa AZ Ranks As Best City In Southwest By Money Magazine

Dated: 08/20/2015

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As they do every year, Time's Money Magazine released their "Best Cities To Live" list this week and Phoenix's very own Mesa, AZ came in as the "#1 Best Big City To Live In The Southwest".  Money.com sorted through the 63 "big" cities in the Southwest, which included any city in the region with over 300,000 residents.  Just as they do with their "Best Places" list (which can be found here), the deciding factors towards choosing Mesa as #1 included a strong job market, affordable housing, and proximity to parks, culture, and healthcare.  A city would get an additional boost in the rankings if it had desirable crime rates and a strong public school system.


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The 461,000 residents living in Mesa, AZ should be proud to call it home!  With a median home price of $172,500 and an average property tax as low as $1,200 per year, housing affordability in Mesa is outstanding.  Mesa also boasts an unemployment rate of 4.5%, well below the current national unemployment rate of 5.3%.  Perhaps the most impressive factor that went into this, and may even surprise most greater Phoenix residents, is that Mesa is home to 9 of the 51 schools earning the Arizona educational Foundation's A+ rating this year.  Those 9 schools total more than any district in the state, which is quite the accomplishment.  Don't forget that right next door to Mesa is Tempe, AZ, home to Arizona State University and the well respected W.P. Carey School of Business.  In fact, ASU Poly's campus is located in Mesa, focusing on aviation and engineering.  Fore more information about living in Mesa and their incredible schools available to residents we recommend heading to www.GreatSchools.org.


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Let's not forget about the real estate!  Home prices are up 5.1% in the last 12 months according to Zillow, yet still incredibly affordable at current median home prices (less than half of Scottsdale!).  Property taxes in Arizona in general are incredibly inexpensive compared to many parts of the country and are typically .5% to .75% of your home's value, but Mesa holds one of the best property tax values in the state.  So if you live in Mesa, or want to live in Mesa, take that extra dough and head to one of the local golf courses.  With over 25 courses in the city, you will keep yourself busy.  If you are a golfer and have not played at Las Sendas Golf Club yet, the city and mountain views while playing through the course are exquisite.  Among the many awards this golf club has earned, in 2012 it was ranked byPhoenix New Times as the Best Golf Course in Greater Phoenix and has been ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top 50 courses in the country to play!  Let us know if you are interested in buying or selling a home in Mesa's very desirable community of Las Sendas, as Las Sendas has become one of our favorite communities to sell real estate!

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Dwellings Realty Group is proud to service such a great city like Mesa Arizona.  We work in Mesa quite often and have sold plenty of real estate there, so please do not hesitate to contact us for your Mesa, AZ home buying and home selling needs.  Whether you have a family and are looking for the perfect neighborhood, or an investor looking to buy a cash flowing rental property, call us at 480-629-8136 and we will get you started on the right foot.  Congrats to Mesa, AZ for making Time Magazine's list and earning their #1 ranking for The Best City To Live for the Southwestern region!


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Eric Tont

Eric Tont’s true passion is real estate, although he holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from The Ohio State University. Working in engineering for a few years, Eric decided to switch direction....

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