Uptown & North Central Phoenix is north of Midtown stretching between roughly Camelback Rd. and Northern Ave. and 15th Ave. and 7th St. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you begin to see more trees, more green, and more sprawling homes on larger lots. “North Phoenix” is an entirely different neighborhood from North Central and should not be confused…does your head hurt yet?
Uptown and North Central are extremely desirable and cater to those who want to be close to downtown but perhaps have outgrown the nightlife scene and are looking for a more family-friendly home in Phoenix.
There is still plenty to do, however, and the neighborhood is home to 7th and 7th favorites The Windsor, Joyride, Postino, and Federal Pizza. If we are shopping for a home in 85012, 85013, 85014, or 85020, we’ll probably stop in one of these spots together for a bite!
The tight-knit, historic districts of Pierson Place, Windsor Square, Woodlea-Melrose, Yaple Park, and Medlock Place offer home buyers a more country-feel-in-the-city, with larger lots set back from the street and shrouded in ample foliage, courtesy of city-provided irrigation. These are the neighborhoods where you will get a wave while walking your dog and an invitation to a community potluck or cookout.
Residents of Uptown Phoenix’s coveted historic districts also have great access to the Uptown Farmer’s Market and upscale Uptown Plaza for AJ’s Fine Foods, West Elm, and lots more boutique-y shops within walking distance.
If schools are important to you, there are several prestigious, private preparatory schools in the area (Brophy, Xavier, St. Francis), as well as the highly rated Madison School District. This neighborhood is also the perfect choice if you work in Scottsdale, as you can hop on the 51 easily from here.
North Central also features the popular Murphy’s Bridle Path, a five-mile (roundtrip) dirt trail running along Central Avenue. What’s so great about a dirt path, you ask? Well, we love both its history and the fact that it provides a nice and shady place to walk under a canopy of olive, ash, and citrus trees. While the bridle path was originally created to appeal to new investors looking to develop the area, today it attracts a wide cross-section of people, dogs, and strollers.
North Central Phoenix may feel too suburban for some, but we appreciate its diversity of residential architecture. Colonial mansions coexist among authentic midcentury moderns, Spanish villas, and classic bungalows. These are older, quieter neighborhoods that tend to comprise longtime homeowners, younger professionals with kids, and home buyers who feel that Biltmore and Arcadia might be too flashy or “scene-y” for them.
We can’t wait to help find your perfect match!