Midtown Phoenix is, as you guessed, just north of downtown, and home to many of our most beloved historic districts filled with Craftsman bungalows, sweet Spanish adobes, and loads of classic red brick homes. This is where you’ll want to focus your homebuying search if 1920s character and a strong sense of community are important to you.
Living in Midtown also places you within easy walking distance of some classic Phoenix restaurants and eclectic hotspots, including The Coronado (vegan), Taco Guild (yup, Mexican in an old, restored church), Pane Bianco (James Beard-worthy Italian), and McAlpine’s Diner & Soda Fountain (a 50s iconic diner filled with nostalgia and whimsy).
The area has easy access to culture like The Heard Museum and Phoenix Opera, all the big sports venues downtown, the light rail, and lovely Encanto Park. What’s the downside? Well, Midtown isn’t the most convenient neighborhood if you work in Scottsdale, can’t stand traffic, or need an excellent public school system.
1200 sq. ft., two-bedroom homes on quaint, palm-lined streets typically start at $350K and can reach $1.3M in Encanto-Palmcroft, perhaps the grandest historic neighborhood in the area. There are also a bunch of condo developments like Landmark Towers, Tapestry on Central, and Artisan Lofts if you’re a seasonal homebuyer looking for more of an urban, lock-and-go lifestyle!
The main drag of Midtown Phoenix is Central Avenue, which is constantly evolving with new and happening spots. We love Found:RE, a boutique, art-filled hotel home to yummy Match Market & Bar. Hang out here for brunch on a Sunday, bike the Grand Canal, and then go to Steele Indian School Park for some low-key people watching!
While Midtown’s exact boundaries are a bit blurry hotly contested, our opinion at 7th and 7th is that the neighborhood is centered between Thomas and Indian School Rds. and 7th St. and 7th Ave. And yes, it is this little slice of Central Phoenix that gave us our name!
The historic neighborhoods of Midtown Phoenix are a super-desirable place to live and becoming even more so as vacant lots are being improved and 1920s homes are being renovated to reflect today’s standards of stainless steel kitchens and matte black hardware. Many older homes feature coveted exposed brick, open beamed ceilings, and a mix of preserved, vintage touches, making it a perennial favorite for Phoenix homebuyers!