We know finding a fun place to hang out with your pup can be ruff, especially if you’re not familiar with the destination’s rules and doggie amenities. Luckily, many downtown businesses have opened their patios, parks and stadiums up to our canine friends.
From cozy patios to dog-friendly baseball seats, here are some of our favorite places in Downtown Phoenix to bring your pooch:
Little miss Lola definitely likes adventuring in downtown’s first dog park. Since it opened in March, the Paw-Pup Park has hosted canines of all sizes on its 5,000-square-feet of grass. And the Jefferson Street and Third Avenue park is especially convenient for downtown works and a helpful alternative those that are regulars at the Hance Park dog park — which is closed for renovation through July 2.
The temporary Paw-Pup Park, which was brought to life by Downtown Phoenix Partnership, the City of Phoenix and PetSmart Charities, could become a permanent fixture in the community, as long as we all get good use of it and pick up after our pets.
You and your dog can enjoy Paw-Pup Park from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Grab a bite at one of CityScape’s many restaurants and sit under the shade trees of Patriots Park. You’ll love the variety of people food options to choose from — which include Ahipoki Bowl, Grabbagreen and Yogurt Time and many others. Or you can snag a seat and sip a cocktail on the dog-friendly patio of Chico Malo.
Just keep in mind that pets are not allowed on the splash pad.
What’s better than brunch with your best friend — whether that’s people or pets? You can get your waffles and wags on at The Breakfast Club’s trendy patio, located on the second level of CityScape Phoenix.
Did you know you can take your dog out to the ballgame?! During the “Dog Days of Summer,” Chase Field’s PetSmart Patio is hosting special game packages that include all-you-can-eat hot dogs, a doggie bag of goodies and access to an indoor/outdoor baseball-themed dog park.
The next Dog Days of Summer game will be on June 3 against the New York Mets. Be sure to read the rules beforehand and bring a signed waiver.
Treat yourself to Chambers’ tasty nachos or fish & chips while your pet gets treats for being a good boy (or girl) on the First Street patio.
PHOENIX PUBLIC MARKET
The open-air market is downtown’s hub for all things dogs — where you can stock up on treats & toys from vendor Ruff Life Dog Bones, buy your pet a fresh collar from vendor Peace Dog and socialize with other animals (which sometimes include goats).
The market’s summer hours are from 8 a.m. until noon every Saturday. You can also enjoy Phoenix Public Market Cafe’s dog-friendly patio from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Nearly all of The Churchill’s 9,000-square-foot courtyard is dog-friendly. Plus, there are yummy peanut butter cookies homemade for dogs available at Fox Fruit Acai Bowls & Smoothies — one of The Churchill’s 10 local businesses.
With its picnic table seating and covered patio, Taco Chelo is one of downtown’s top dog-friendly patios. In the photo above, you can see our friend Jack eyeing his owner’s delicious barbacoa and fish taco. Don’t worry, he got plenty of treats and pets while there too.
ROTT N’ GRAPES
A love of Rottweiler dogs (rott) and wine (grapes) led to the clever name of this RoRo hotspot. Of course, this means the Third Avenue and Roosevelt Street location allows dogs on their patio — where you may even spot rotties Onyx and Dolcetta.
There can never be enough places that involve wine and dogs. Pick your sip at GenuWine’s wine “vending machine” and relax on the Roosevelt patio with your dog. Dex the Yorkie highly recommends it.
The wine bar will be hosting a Dog Daze of Summer party to kick off their summer photo contest. Stop by on June 3rd with your pup to mingle and buy a bag of Rescue Brew in support of the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA.
Home prices have shot up in metro Phoenix, but deals can still be found if you know where to look.
Finding that Valley neighborhood, block or home that is still a bargain and likely to rise in value sooner rather than later is the end game for most homebuyers, investors and flippers.
Rising home prices are making it so much tougher for first-time homebuyers. So this year I am sharing some neighborhoods where houses are priced below $300,000.
A disclaimer: I am not advocating to buy in these areas. Some of the areas come with higher crime rates or other urban issues. But when a friend or source asks me where first-time buyers can still afford houses closer in, here’s my answer.
I thought this central Valley area close to freeways and the biggest city park in the U.S. would rebound 15 years ago. But the housing boom and bust delayed its comeback until now.
Home sales in the area’s 85040 ZIP code soared 37% last year. Prices in that neighborhood climbed 22% to $201,000 but are still affordable compared with metro Phoenix’s median home price of $268,000.
South Phoenix has golf and gated communities closer to South Mountain in the 85042 ZIP code. But the median price for that area is only $250,000.
A cool new community called Avance on a former golf course, right next to the preserve, opens in May, 2019. Prices there are expected to start above $300,000.
The median home price in downtown Mesa’s 85201 ZIP code is $220,000, up 10% from last year. The Evergreen Historic District with homes dating to 1910 can be found here.
Benedictine University has a new campus in downtown Mesa, and Arizona State University is opening one. ASU’s investment in downtown Phoenix helped create a rental housing boom in that area.
This often-maligned north Phoenix neighborhood that stretches up and around 7th Street and 7th Avenue north of Northern Avenue to North Mountain is starting to see home prices rise and more businesses open.
Its lower-income housing may deter some buyers, while others like the great diversity. It spans the ZIP codes 85020 and 85021 and is one of the most affordable neighborhoods in both.
The median home price in 85021, the more affordable area, is $301,000. But that area also includes parts of the much-pricier north central neighborhood.
Some interesting luxury homes can be found in Sunnyslope around the Phoenix Mountains Preserve.
Neighborhoods bordering some of the historic districts are great places to look, too. Grandview is one of my favorites, or St. Gregory/Westwood, and there are some hidden gem “no-name” neighborhoods also between 7th and 15th streets and Osborn and Indian School roads.
The median home price in 85013 is $325,000, but houses that need some work can be found for less. The median price in 85015 is $229,000.
The 85017 ZIP code is home to growing Grand Canyon University. The school helped revitalize the area that had Phoenix’s highest crime rate in 2010.
This west Phoenix neighborhood is drawing investors, who are buying homes and turning them into rentals for students, and flippers, who are redoing the area’s older brick ranch-style houses.
Crime rates have dropped and home values have climbed in this area near Interstate 17. The median home price in the 85017 ZIP code has rebounded 302% from $41,000 after the crash in 2011 to $165,000 in 2018.
Despite the jump, it’s still one of the Valley’s most affordable neighborhoods.
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Phoenix will be one of the top housing markets to watch in 2019, according to a report from real estate website Trulia.
The analysis, released Thursday, highlights the 10 markets poised for growth in the coming year. Phoenix ranks No. 7 on the list, just behind Fresno, California and ahead of Columbia, South Carolina. Colorado Springs, Colorado topped the rankings.
Trulia examined the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, measuring each on five metrics including job growth over the past year, vacancy rates, starter home affordability and percentage of the population under age 35.
The Valley’s strong job growth, 2.9 percent, in the past year, along with starter home affordability and low vacancy rates helped the market attain its spot in the rankings. According to Trulia, residents in Phoenix spend just 33.7 percent of their income on housing, which signals strong starter home affordability in the market. The Valley also has a ratio of 1.3 of inbound vs. outbound searches on Trulia’s website. That means more people are interested in moving to the market than those searching to move away.
Trulia’s report also zeroed in on the hottest neighborhoods in each top market. In the Valley, it’s Agritopia in Gilbert, which saw home values appreciate 14.6 percent year over year. Homes in the neighborhood also saw the average number of days on market drop by 18 days, according to Trulia.
As the local economy has continued to add jobs and grow, the housing market around Phoenix has seen a healthy year in 2018. Several homebuilders have scooped up land for new communities and restarted once-dormant projects to meet demand. A recent housing study found existing home prices climbed nearly 6 percent in October.
But therents and prices for the new homes will shut the door on some who want to live in the area. and home prices in historic neighborhoods in and around downtown Phoenix are soaring as the area becomes more popular, further limiting Metro Phoenix potential buyers.
“It’s heartbreaking that the teachers and those working in the area’s hotels and cafes can’t afford to live in downtown,” said Cindy Dach, downtown Phoenix proponent, resident and business owner. “The area won’t be diverse unless we plan housing for everyone.”
Some affordable housing is planned in the city’s core, but not enough, say housing advocates. Building affordable housing in the area is tough due to rising land prices.
“We need the entire spectrum of housing in downtown Phoenix,” said Patricia Garcia Duarte, CEO of the housing non-profit Trellis. “Many people forget affordable housing is needed to create a healthy community.”
“We fell in love with the area, but saw prices and rents climbing fast,” Williams said. “We knew we wanted to buy, but there was a lot of competition for the houses we liked.”
Woodland is part of the 85007 ZIP code, one of central Phoenix’s more affordable neighborhoods. The area, which has also attracted many investors, saw its overall median home price climb 10 percent to more than $192,000 in 2017. Sales in the area jumped nearly 20 percent last year.
The couple’s house, for which they paid less than $250,000 a few months ago, was never even listed for sale. They were renting in the neighborhood and searching for a home they could afford when they met a longtime homeowner who didn’t want to sell to an investor.
Phoenix Housing Director Cindy Stotler said downtown Phoenix has 1,001 affordable units which is more than most people realize.
The issue is that those units are reserved under federal law for “very low-income” individuals who have a median annual income of $14,000-$38,000.
Stotler said the real downtown housing gap is in “workforce housing,” for middle-income individuals who make $38,000-$48,000 annually. These individuals would have to pay nearly 50 percent of their income to afford living in market-rate housing downtown which is not reasonable or sustainable, she said.
“To me, the area that we’re missing in downtown is the working people’s housing. And people who are not like a lawyer or something and making a lot of money, but they’re just average working people,” she said. “There’s no regular housing for them. We’re not building that.”
To get workforce housing downtown, the city likely won’t be able to rely on traditional developers, Stotler said.
Land prices are high, which makes it difficult for developers to offer middle-income rents and still turn a profit on their projects, she said.
Garcia Duarte said financing is also difficult for more affordable housing, which deters some developers from building it.
Stotler is looking to city-owned land in downtown as a possible solution to this issue. She hopes to find developers or non-profit groups that may be able to build middle-income housing on these lots.
Affordable housing to market-rate
Phoenix’s housing department owns and operates three affordable housing properties in the downtown core.
Deck Park Vista: Located at Third and Moreland streets, Deck Park Vista has 56 subsidized senior apartments. The average household income is $17,848 and only two of the units qualify as workforce housing.
Ambassador West: This complex located near Van Buren Street and Fifth Avenue has 102 units. The average household income is $24,159 and only 28 of the units qualify as workforce housing.
Reflections on Portland: This small, 18-unit complex at Second and Portland streets has five workforce housing units. The average household income is $35,245.
Stotler would like to take some of the city’s housing projects and redevelop them as denser projects with more units available for middle-income households.
For example, Deck Park Vista is a garden-style apartment complex with just 56 units on two acres of land. Stotler said she could fit between 200-400 units on the land.
“It’s a poorly designed project for the downtown,” she said.
Stotler said the city has 10 other senior housing options across Phoenix, including some near downtown, like the Warehouse District, where the current residents could be moved to accommodate a new multistory project on the land with 200 workforce units and 50 affordable units.
Financing the project won’t be easy. While the city gets federal assistance to provide low-income housing, there are far fewer resources to build and provide middle-income housing, Stotler said.
“That’s where I’m struggling right now, is where we can get the funding to build all these workforce units,” Stotler said.
Pressure to build affordable In Phoenix, AZ
In most large cities, particularly those on the East Coast, it’s common practice to require developers who build market-rate housing to contribute to an affordable housing trust fund, which allows the city to build affordable housing.
Phoenix can’t do this. State law prohibits cities from creating such trust funds, Stotler said.
Instead, the city council can, and has, put pressure on developers to include a percentage of affordable or workforce housing in its projects if they want special perks from the city like a tax break or extra height.
Recently, the developer of an apartment project planned at the Arizona Center agreed to reserve 10 percent of its 354 planned units for workforce housing in exchange for a tax break.
Those numbers would see the biggest growth in Phoenix and Maricopa County, already the state’s most populous region. The population is expected to grow from about 4.9 million to 5.5 million in the metro area during the next eight years.
The state’s population likely would rise to 8.1 million by 2026.
While those numbers are big, it’s not the kind of growth the state saw during the 1990s. Yet the county’s job growth could top out at 2.1 percent annually during that span.
What it could mean for Maricopa County and Arizona is increased influence on a business scale in the state where things already tip toward Phoenix. Politically, it could mean more clout in Washington for the state as increased representation at least following the 2020 Census.
That kind of political clout would continue to bolster Arizona’s industries that deal with federal contracts, notably the defense and aviation industries that have a large number of companies doing work in the region and state. During the second quarter, companies in the state received $2.26 billion in defense contracts.
The continued rise of Phoenix as a place to live is fueled by an increasing number of technology and other jobs in downtown. The city has more than 300 tech firms within the downtown area which also are surrounded by amazing Historic Districts, compared with 67 in 2012, according to city officials.
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The fully remodeled home was confirmed as a Haver this year.
The sprawling desert metro was Haver’s playground from the 1940s into the ’80s. Over the decades, entire “Haverhoods” in Phoenix, as well as commercial buildings, were designed and built with his signature aesthetic: an open floor plan, exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, and a marriage of indoor spaces and the outdoors.
This home is in Beverly Park, a neighborhood that has long been recognized as a Haverhood.
Along with the home’s prestigious pedigree, it has also been completely remodeled, including the addition of a 436-square-foot owner’s suite in 2016.
It has a total of four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 1,600 square feet, and all the infrastructure has been updated, including plumbing and electrical. The interiors include newly remodeled bathrooms and kitchen and a distinctly modern minimalist approach, in keeping with the spirit of the home’s design. All the exposed block walls have been coated in Haver masonry wash.
The home is situated only minutes from some of the area’s hippest bars, restaurants, and local attractions, including another Mid-Century Modern architectural gem, the Arizona Biltmore, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in collaboration with his student Albert Chase McArthur.
The city’s main library was devastated by a flood last monsoon. The $10 million renovation includes a larger children’s area and more community space in the Downtown & Central Phoenix, AZ area
Workers put the final touches at the Burton Barr Central Library, which will be open to the public on Saturday after a year-long renovation sparked by a catastrophic failure in the building’s sprinkler system that flooded much of the building.
But don’t worry, many of visitors’ favorite aspects of the library are the same.
This week, the sounds of vacuums and power tools echoed throughout the branch. Librarians stacked books while IT professionals installed computers.
“This is a beloved resource in Phoenix,” Phoenix Public Library Community Relations Manager Lee Franklin told The Arizona Republic.
In July 2017, a windstorm caused the library’s roof to shake and release dust. The building’s smoke-detection system confused it for smoke and caused the fire-sprinkler system to be filled with water.
The sprinkler heads did not activate but water came out of the holes, causing damage to all five of the building’s floors and part of the book collection. No one was in the library during the flooding.
During the renovations, the fire suppression system and roof were replaced.
More space, accommodations
When walking into the renovated library, people will notice many of the same features and services.
“We are ready to be back in business and offer a significant increase in service,” Franklin said.
Franklin said the staff understands the community’s love of the former library and didn’t want renovations to change it drastically. But there will be some new things.
Throughout the library, visitors will find more computers and convenience outlets near desk areas. The library replaced flooring and tabletops.
The biggest changes were made to the children’s section, College Depot and MACH areas.
The children’s space, on the first floor, is larger: a bigger story-time area, bigger collection and an upgraded First Five Years area.
Franklin said before the storm, the library had been planning to update the College Depot on the second floor.
Now, the space has a computer lab that can hold 66 people and a large meeting room.
“We are now able to offer more sessions and accommodate more people,” Franklin said.
The area can host visits from experts, GED classes, workshops and summer camps.
On the fourth floor, the MACH area was significantly damaged by water. The area, also known as the space for makers-artists-crafters-hackers, caters to people who want to learn more about STEM.
The area now has two computer labs and a designated 3D-printer room.
An additional service at the location will be the seed library. Franklin said Burton Barr librarians realized the program was successful at other locations and wanted to bring it downtown.
Phoenix library flood’s damage tally: 6,000 books
The library’s fifth floor
The pipe burst above the reference section on the fifth floor.
Franklin said when replacing the section, staff researched which resources were used the most.
Some resources were not able to be replaced due to being out of publication. Therefore, computers were added to the area so visitors can search digital versions.
Franklin said the library staff like to call the floor “the great reading room.”
Also, the room’s metal pillars offer visitors the opportunity to see how the building’s architecture interacts with sunlight.
The pillars point to skylights in the ceiling, which highlight the sun’s ascent.
Franklin said the library will honor the summer solstice on June 21 because the midday effect of the pillars is most pronounced on that day.
Rare books and art
Franklin said many people in the community were concerned about the rare books in the library. None of the books or the Washington handpress were harmed, she said.
The room’s floor was replaced with more durable material and the tables can now be moved around.
During the first days of accessing the damage, crews saved art work from the property.
Burton Barr is home to more than 30 art pieces on permanent display and a gallery space. The gallery will continue its exhibit schedule with the reopening.
Franklin said art pieces were shown at City Hall during the renovations.
The library will open at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The day’s activities include story times, a fairy-tale princess visit, activity stations and a magician in the Children’s Place from 9 a.m. to noon.
Visitors can visit the rare books room from noon to 3 p.m. and print a keepsake on the century-old Washington handpress, or spend the afternoon learning about coding or how to build a droid.
If you’re one the fence about buying a home in Phoenix, it’s time to get off. It’s been a long, hard road to recovery for metro Phoenix’s boom-and-bust-battered housing market, but it’s back, and then some.
Metro Phoenix home prices are rising the fastest in many of its most affordable, centrally located neighborhoods, from downtown Phoenix to central Mesa, where young buyers want to live and can afford houses.
2017 was a good year for the housing recovery in the Phoenix area. Almost one-third of the Valley’s ZIP codes posted double-digit-percentage increases in prices last year, according to The Arizona Republic/azcentral Street Scout Home Values report.
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But there is concern buyer demand for affordable homes is beginning to outpace the supply. And there’s always worry in Arizona about the possibility of another housing bust when prices climb for a few years.
Most of those areas still have median home prices below $300,000.
“Last year was a strong one for the Valley’s housing market, particularly the more affordable neighborhoods closer in,” said Tina Tamboer, senior housing analyst with the Cromford Report. “Only 2004, ’05 and 2011 were better years for home sales, and those weren’t normal years.”
The housing boom inflated home prices and sales between 2004 and 2006, and then investors drove up sales as foreclosures climbed and prices plummeted from 2010 to 2012.
Home prices have doubled in many Phoenix-area neighborhoods since the bottom of the market. Besides the 30 ZIP codes where home prices have bounced back from the crash, values in another 40 neighborhoods are within 10 percent of recovering.
Fastest-growing home prices In the Phoenix Metro Area
“We fell in love with the area, but saw prices and rents climbing fast,” Williams said. “We knew we wanted to buy, but there was a lot of competition for the houses we liked.”
Woodland is part of the 85007 ZIP code,one of central Phoenix’s more affordable neighborhoods. The area, which has also attracted many investors, saw its overall median home price climb 10 percent to more than $192,000 in 2017. Sales in the area jumped nearly 20 percent last year.
Home prices in their neighborhood on the western side of downtown have rebounded from the crash and are almost 2 percent higher than they were in 2006.
Aysia and Benjamin were so lucky and bought from their wonderful neighbor, who didn’t want to sell to an investor.
The couple’s house, for which they paid less than $250,000 a few months ago, wasn’t even listed for sale.
People talk about the gentrification of central Phoenix pricing too many first-time buyers out. But more high-end home sales in the area help other more affordable areas like Woodland and Coronado Historic District improve, too.
Buying a house in the hot 85007 neighborhood of Phoenix included graffiti art in the backyard of Ben Hughes and Aysia Williams’s home.
‘First-time homebuyer market is exploding in Phoenix, AZ’
Stephanie Silva and Billy Horner moved to Chandler, AZ, from Chicago for the warmth last March.
“We wanted to rent first to see if we liked the area and a ‘shovel-free life,’ ” said Silva, who works in Tempe. Horner works in downtown Chandler.
The couple recently bought a home for under $275,000 in the central Mesa, AZ ZIP 85210, almost halfway between their jobs. Prices in the still-affordable neighborhood climbed 9 percent, and sales rose 38 percent last year.
Home values just rebounded back to 2006 levels in their neighborhood, where the median price is about $215,000.
“We are on a quiet, cozy block in a home with a pool and a yard,” Silva said. “So far, it is everything these Midwest transplants could ask for.”
The couple’s real-estate agents said if more people don’t decide to sell in the popular, affordable neighborhoods closer in, then it will soon get even tougher for first-time buyers.
“The first-time homebuyer market is exploding. So many people are done with renting and dealing with landlords,” Matthew Coates said. “But we are seeing a deficit of homes available.”
The number of Valley homes for sale priced under $350,000 is down almost 20 percent from last year, according to the Cromford Report.
Some potential buyers are giving up
Nils and Heather Hofmann began looking for a home midway between their jobs in Deer Valley and Chandler more than a year ago. Their budget was $300,000.
The couple, who was renting in north-central Phoenix, put their home search on hold last fall after seeing dozens of houses. The ones they liked usually sold before they could get an offer in.
“I think we must have seen more than 80 houses,” Heather Hofmann said. “We wanted to buy where we were renting, but prices were too high.”
The couple decided to stop looking for a while late last summer because it became too frustrating. But then they found out Heather was pregnant, resumed their search and upped their price to $400,000.
The Hofmanns bought a home last month in north Phoenix’s Desert Ridge neighborhood, close to several freeways for their commute.
The median home price in the Desert Ridge area is about $485,000, up 5 percent from 2016.”
Looking farther outside of Phoenix Proper for Real Estate to Buy
The metro Phoenix suburbs farthest out were hardest hit by the crash and have been the slowest to recover.
But both sales and prices are again climbing in those areas, including the West Valley suburbs of Goodyear, Surprise and Buckeye and southeast Valley areas of Queen Creek and Maricopa.
The median home price in the Buckeye ZIP code 85326 is up almost 10 percent from last year to $192,000. But the area’s home values are still about 19 percent off the 2006 peak.
Will 2018 be the year for Phoenix?
Metro Phoenix home prices continue to climb in most neighborhoods.
The median Valley home price is now about $253,000, up from $235,000 a year ago.
Some homeowners and national market watchers see price increases in the Valley and are concerned about another bubble.
“The housing market is very solid now. But there’s nothing that shows we are heading for another crash.
Metro Phoenix’s December 2017 median price of $250,000 is still below the high of $260,000 from 2006.
Housing market watchers say 2018 could be better than 2017 for prices and sales.
Whether this is the year the area’s median market reaches that 2006 level depends on whether first-time buyers can find homes they can afford.
“Either low inventory numbers for homes for sale will restrict sales because buyers can’t find houses in their price range or Millennials, the driving force behind our market, will be able to and decide to buy,” said Tom Ruff, housing analyst with The Information Market, owned by the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service.
“That, coupled with an improving economy, will lead to increased sales in 2018,” he said.