Move over Scottsdale, there’s a new southwestern city making magazine lists for excellent Arizona golf homes! Money.com just named Mesa as “the best big city in the Southwest.”
The magazine released a list of the top five urban cities in regions across the country, so Mesa is in good company with only four other picks. Money.com looked at cities with more than 300,000 residents, then evaluated the job market, affordable housing, culture, accessibility to health care, open space, crime rates and the local public school system.
The other best big cities in the U.S. are:
Pittsburgh – Best in the Northeast
Tampa – Best in the Southeast
Denver – Best in the West
Omaha – Best in the Midwest
What made Mesa stand out? According to the magazine, it was the strong combination of great schools and great golf. While cities like Phoenix, Scottsdale and even Tucson are clearly larger and can be more of a draw for travelers, Mesa is equally attractive for those looking to put down roots. It’s a stable, safe, and affordable place to settle down and raise a family.
The stellar public school system plays a big role in the family life. Mesa is home to nine of the 51 schools that earned an A+ designation from Arizona’s Educational Foundation. Also, while Arizona State University, one of the largest colleges in the country, is headquartered in neighboring Tempe, it has a satellite Polytechnic campus in Mesa.
Then there is housing. Home prices are increasing in Mesa, more than one percent higher than in other cities in Arizona. While Arizona golf communities in Mesa like Las Sendas can see luxury homes sell in the millions, the average home is much more affordable across the board.
Population – 461,000
Median Home Price – $172,500
Golf Courses – 24+
No major Southwestern city is complete without some golf courses, and Mesa has more than a few. From more popular courses like Longbow Golf Club to good golf values at Sunland Village Golf Club, there is something for every player. For those looking to combine affordable housing with their passion for the game, Mesa is a prime location for Arizona golf homes. Las Sendas offers golf course, mountain, desert and city lights views with community centers and custom homes.
Mesa is one of the many fantastic cities for affordable Arizona golf homes. Ready to search AZ golf homes for your own retreat in the Southwest? Contact The Matheson Team for our professional guidance and insight into all Arizona golf communities!
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