Rent the best of urban living
The Camelback Corridor runs from approximately 44th Street, west along Camelback Road, to about 12th Street. It also runs north and south from Camelback Road from about Bethany Home Road to about Osborn or so.
Some of the condo communities to the right do not fit exactly within these parameters but they fit better in Camelback Corridor than any other geographic category.
Camelback Corridor is largely defined by Biltmore Fashion Park and the intersection of 24th Street and Camelback. The area thrives with high rise condo buildings like Esplanade Place, 2211 Camelback, and Optima Biltmore as well as equally intriguing but less obvious developments like Galleries at Turney, the future Aura at Camelback, and George Lofts.
Downtown Phoenix has enjoyed tremendous growth since the completion of light rail and ASU opening its Downtown Phoenix Campus.
Prior to those two events there was very little reason to visit downtown Phoenix except to catch a Suns or Diamondback game. But almost like flicking a switch, ASU and light rail brought life to the core.
People young and old now enjoy the wide range of restaurants, entertainment, sporting venues, theaters and just plain old waking around that the area offers.
Favorite urban communities like Portland Place, 44 Monroe and Summit at Copper Square will soon be joined by the new development Portland on the Park.
And like I’ve said before, more urban communities bring more people, which encourage and support more small businesses which attract more people and on and on and on. And with ASU in the mix churning more growth the area will just get better and better.
Downtown urban styles range from the small and quiet mid-century modern condos on the east edge of downtown known as Bon Vie, to the eight unit, ultra modern and brand new two story town homes just north of the Entertainment District called MZ Living, to what we call soft industrial condos and townhomes at Safari Drive to the huge, modern and popular Optima Camelview Village to the traditional styled luxury twin high rises called Scottsdale Waterfront.
What they all have in common is that they sit in the heart of all the action that downtown Scottsdale has to offer and with land at a premium and Scottsdale’s commitment to the area we expect downtown to grow aggressively vertically and for prices to appreciate.
Heck, right now there are almost 2,000 apartment units being built in the immediate area. Once residential construction lending loosens up you can expect to see a flurry of new high rise, loft and other luxury condos to be built.
Believe it or not, there’s even more. Frankly I am having a hard time staying on top of everything AND comprehending it all.
Again, all of this is happening in an area of about one mile by one mile.
Oh and don’t forget the light rail runs through the center of it all, and the area is bordered on the north by Tempe Town Lake which draws over 2.5 million visitors each year and on the south ASU, the largest public university by enrollment.
Gang there is nowhere to go but up!
If you think that the street life thrives now in Arizona's densest city, just you wait.
All the office buildings, hotels, apartment buildings and new condos will take Mill Avenue action to entirely new level. Think Westwood in LA only friendlier, smaller and quainter. No, instead think where Mayberry RFD meets Manhattan; friendly but vertical (if not now, very soon).
Midtown Phoenix is defined by We Know Urban as the area running from Camelback Road to McDowell and from roughly 12th Street to 15th Avenue.
Midtown is not as dense or as clearly defined as other uban cores in the Valley but it is the home to some really great buildings like the high rise condo towers One Lexington, Crystal Point, Executive Towers, Regency on Central and Phoenix towers as well as some very interesting smaller buildings like Beadle View, Artisan on Osborn, Mezzo and others.
We expect to see a flurry of construction in the area over the coming decade as available land in downtown Phoenix becomes harder and harder to find. Already two new projects are about to break ground; ArtHaus and Edison Midtown with more sure to come.
Midtown benefits from its proximity to many of the great restaurants I mention above (and others) and with easy access to light rail, midtowners can easily enjoy amenities in downtown Phoenix and Tempe as well.
North Phoenix is not nearly as dense as the other urban areas mentioned here but it is still home to several architecturally cool communities that are pedestrian friendly including The Residences on High Street (for rent only) and Lofts at Kierland Commons and the twin high rise towers Kierland Landmark with a soon to break ground new Optima at Kierland project. You may notice that some of these same projects are also listed in the Scottsdale section of our web site. We do this because although the communities are technically In Phoenix, many people think of them as being in Scottsdale. So we list them under both cities for the sake of our audience.
All of these communities offer easy access to great restaurants and shopping in a more upscale setting.
North Scottsdale is still much more spread out than downtown Scottsdale but there are a few pockets of growing density.
If North Scottsdale is more your speed then check out Kierland Commons (technically Phoenix but considered by most to be Scottsdale – we list it here for audience convenience). Currently this area has two nice urban style condo buildings; Lofts at Kierland Commons and Landmark at Kierland. Both are vertical communities and both are pedestrian and biking friendly. Heck Lofts at Kierland sit right on top of some of the best shopping and dining that North Scottsdale has to offer.
And stay tuned because there is more to come with the recent announcement of a new Optima Kierland luxury condominium project in the works. These are sure to enjoy a lot of attention and strong sales as sister buildings, Optima Biltmore Towers and Optima Camelview Village did when built and still do today in the resale market.