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Patio view from 44 Monroe

Patio view from 44 Monroe

Intro and neighborhood guides by Kitty Carlisle

As the most populated state capital in the United States, as well as the sixth most populous city in the nation, Phoenix has about 4.3 million people in the metropolitan area. Its subtropical desert climate is the reason the region is known as the Valley of the Sun.

With over 330 days of sunshine a year — and more than 100 of those days reaching a high of at least 100 degrees F — Phoenix is not for those who prefer shoveling snow to basking in the sun.

Located about halfway between Tucson and Flagstaff, Phoenix is about an hour’s drive from being able to enjoy all four seasons. As for its economic climate, it’s known for the “Five C’s”: Cotton, Cattle, Citrus, Climate and Copper.

The internationally acclaimed Heard Museum features 12 exhibition galleries showcasing American Indian artifacts and often hosts world-renowned Hoop Dancers. The Pueblo Grande Museum resides on an archaeological site left by the Hohokam culture 1,500 years ago and includes a prehistoric archaeological village site that has been painstakingly replicated.

Phoenix also boasts children’s, music and science museums, and it’s in the heart of some of the most easily accessible hiking trails in the state. The metro Phoenix area has an extensive freeway system, so you are never far from a major thoroughfare. The average home price is $175,000, with an average price per square foot of $120.

If sports are your thing, the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury are the city’s NBA teams, and the Arizona Diamondbacks are in Major League Baseball. The Arizona Cardinals are the oldest continuously run professional football franchise in the nation, and the local National Hockey League team is the Coyotes.

We spent about 35 hours conducting extensive research on Phoenix’s apartments, neighborhoods and residential options. We looked at more than 130 apartment complexes in the Phoenix area, categorizing them by location and comparing them with a set list of criteria. Besides basic information such as year constructed, number of units and average rent prices, we factored in community amenities such as outdoor spaces and fitness facilities.

We delved into the interior design, looking for things such as hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, balconies and other modern features. We also placed strong consideration on Walk Scores and accessibility to their respective neighborhoods, all to make confident decisions to determine the best of the best.

From the vast mountain vistas of Deer Valley to quickly developing North Gateway, we explored eight of the most popular Phoenix neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking to move to the city or just checking out the hot spots, we hope that our guide to Phoenix apartments helps steer you to your next home.

Neighborhoods covered in this guide to Phoenix apartments:

Central City

Many of Phoenix’s oldest neighborhoods are in Central City. This area has several historic districts; its tree-lined streets highlight the fine architecture. Neighborhood organizations work to familiarize residents with their neighbors and encourage them to become involved in the area’s growth. Central City Village is a government and employment center, with single-family homes selling from the low $200,000s to almost $900,000.

Things To Do

Central City, close to downtown Phoenix, boasts many amenities, including coffee shops and restaurants. With several parks, schools and libraries in the vicinity, Central City has a lot going for it, especially for active families.

Sports venues such as Talking Stick Resort Arena and Chase Field offer family-friendly events featuring national basketball and baseball teams, respectively.

Transportation

A transportation hub that includes freeways, a sprawling public-transit system and nearby Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Central City is considered an urban center. Interstate 10 is close by, but the ever-expanding Valley Metro light rail takes residents to events around town or to neighboring cities.

Central City’s Walk Score is just over 60 and the neighborhood has a Bike Score in the high 60s, so walking or biking to some locations may not be possible.

Central City Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,205

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Loft apartment in CityScape

Loft apartment at CityScape Residences

CityScape Residences

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 224
  • Number of Layouts: 27
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: Located atop the four-star Hotel Palomar, CityScape apartments boast high-rise views from floor-to-ceiling windows (some double-height), while modern kitchens include granite countertops and prep islands. Residents share hotel amenities, including a 10,000-square-foot pool and bar on the third floor and dozens of retailers in the adjoining CityScape Center.
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Bedroom at 44 Monroe

Bedroom at 44 Monroe

44 Monroe

  • Year Built: 2008
  • Number of Units: 184
  • Number of Layouts: 13
  • Rent: $1,575-$6,500
  • Highlights: Arizona’s tallest residential tower, 44 Monroe offers upscale living that includes oversized double-wall windows, private terraces and modern open kitchens in one- and two-bedroom units, as well as penthouses. The building also includes a swimming pool and indoor/outdoor club lounges.
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Kitchen at Capitol Place

Kitchen at Capital Place

Capital Place Apartments

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 152
  • Number of Layouts: 13
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: On the east side of downtown, Capital Place sits on the light-rail line and features a resort-style swimming pool, 24-hour fitness options and several stylish social spaces. The apartments themselves include modern kitchens with granite countertops, wood-plank flooring and covered balconies.

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Ahwatukee Foothills

Ahwatukee Foothills has the intimacy of small-town living while affording the opportunity to enjoy the many amenities of a bustling metropolis. Surrounded by mountains, Ahwatukee Foothills is close to I-10 and the East Valley, and bound by the Gila River Indian Reservation to the west and south.

Once named among America’s “Best Places to Live,” Ahwatukee Foothills has fewer than 89,000 full-time residents of all ages, as well as families and singles.

Things To Do

Ahwatukee Foothills is known for its affluence. It boasts fine shopping and dining options, health-conscious amenities, a movie-theater megaplex and several outdoor recreation centers. The Ahwatukee Foothills Farmers Market, craft fairs, art festivals and other events keep residents and visitors alike busy all year round, but especially during the mild winter months.

South Mountain State Park, the largest city-owned park in the country, is the best way to see the area, whether on horseback or while hiking or biking. The preserve is also home to thousands of petroglyphs from the Hohokam prehistoric culture.

Transportation

Close to the main freeways, Ahwatukee Foothills affords easy access to employment opportunities and recreational activities. Public transportation in this area is not as accessible as some would like, so personal vehicles are the preferred method of travel. However, the area is flat, which means biking locally is common.

Ahwatukee Foothills Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $814

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Kitchen at Liv Ahwatukee

Kitchen at Liv Ahwatukee

Liv Ahwatukee

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 403
  • Number of Layouts: 6
  • Rent: $1,009-$1,574
  • Highlights: Modern design and quality amenities dominate at Liv Ahwatukee, where apartments include private patios, walk-in closets and open floor plans in a range of design finishes. Residents enjoy saltwater pools and spas, as well as a 24-hour fitness center and a mile-long running trail that surrounds the property.  
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Living and dining space at Indigo Apartments

Living and dining space at Indigo Apartments

Indigo Apartments

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 108
  • Number of Layouts: 14
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: With easy access to hiking, shopping and commuting, this community has a swimming pool and outdoor entertainment deck, including grills and fire pits. These one- and two-bedroom apartments feature direct-access garages, entertainment-friendly living rooms and private balconies.
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Kitchen at Mountainside Apartments

Mountainside Apartments

  • Year Built: 1995
  • Number of Units: 288
  • Number of Layouts: 6
  • Rent: $860-$1,500
  • Highlights: This renovated complex includes a brand-new fitness facility, two swimming pools and access to trails on nearby South Mountain. Interiors are defined by modern kitchens with whitewashed oak kitchen cabinetry and patios with mountain views.

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Camelback East Village

Camelback East Village is also referred to as East Phoenix or the East Side. A major section of the housing was built in the 1950s and ’60s; because of this, the neighborhood offers a wide range of options. It has a low crime rate and a high graduation rate.

With a population of around 163,000 including many singles and young families, Camelback East Village has an annual median household income around $50,000. The roughly 36-square-mile area is bordered by Paradise Valley and Scottsdale, and sits between Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain.

Things To Do

Papago Park has an 18-hole golf course, and the park’s sandstone buttes include the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden. Phoenix Mountains and Dreamy Draw Recreation Areas boast dozens of miles of trails through the Sonoran Desert, with Camelback Mountain a popular place to go hiking and rock climbing.

Camelback East Village has three five-star resorts and several golf courses with scenic vistas. Thai, Mexican, Mediterranean and French restaurants populate the area, with burger and steak joints available as well. As for museums and art galleries, you’re better off going next door to the affluent city of Scottsdale to fulfill your artsy cravings.

Transportation

Camelback East Village has a Walk Score of 59, so driving is a necessity. The roads are almost universally laid out in a grid format south of the mountains, though, with numbered streets running north/south and increasing in number as you move east, making it easy to get around.

Camelback East Village Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $851

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Open layout at Broadstone Camelback

Open layout at Broadstone Camelback

Broadstone Camelback

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 277
  • Number of Layouts: 15
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: These one- and two-bedroom units are decorated with a modern aesthetic that features expansive windows and double-French door balconies; penthouse units add spiral staircases. Outdoor entertainment areas including a pool deck, grilling stations and fire pits are perfect for kicking back and enjoying the views of Camelback Mountain.
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Bedroom at Domus

Bedroom at Domus

Domus

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 223
  • Number of Layouts: 19
  • Rent: $930-$2,299
  • Highlights: These industrial-style apartments are defined by steel-and-glass architecture, while interiors include floating hardwood floors, horizontal-grain European cabinets and full window walls leading to patios. A fitness center, a swimming pool and outdoor entertainment space round out this Arcadia abode.
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Kitchen and living room at Broadstone Sixteen

Kitchen and living room at Broadstone Sixteen 75

Broadstone Sixteen 75

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 225
  • Number of Layouts: 8
  • Rent:$1,275-$2,320
  • Highlights: At the foot of the mountains, these stylish apartments reflect a modern desert style with dark wood finishes, large windows and open-concept layouts in every apartment. The property also hosts a resort-style pool with cabanas and a lawn for games and entertainment.

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Deer Valley

Deer Valley, in the North Phoenix area, offers stunning mountain views and a low cost of living; the average home price is around $245,000. It has a population of nearly 172,000, and the largest percentage of residents is ages 20-49. Several luxury apartment buildings can be found here.

Things To Do

The community was named for the Indian petroglyphs of deer found here; they can be viewed in several places. The Arizona State University Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve is nestled into a beautiful rocky area of the desert and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Pueblo Grande Museum, a 1,500-year-old Hohokam archaeological site, features hands-on activities for visitors.

Deer Valley offers a megaplex movie theater, lots of golf courses and no shortage of places to eat; Mediterranean and Vietnamese restaurants, along with steakhouses and other American fare, abound in the area. Hiking and horseback riding on preserved desert trails is a common outdoor activity.

Transportation

The geographical location of Deer Valley makes it vehicle-dependent, but residents have easy access to the Loop 101 and I-17 freeways. For those into plane watching (or who happen to fly small planes), the Deer Valley Airport is available to all but commercial airliners.

Deer Valley Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $774

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Living space at Seven

Living space at Seven

Seven

  • Year Built: 2009
  • Number of Units: 724
  • Number of Layouts: 4
  • Rent: $1,075-$1,500
  • Highlights: Just off of Loop 101, these chic, modern apartments boast views from both oversized windows and spacious private balconies. On the property, residents have access to a pool and sundeck, 24-hour fitness facilities, and both indoor and outdoor lounge areas.  
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Living room at Spectra

Living room at Spectra on 7th

Spectra on 7th

  • Year Built: 2006
  • Number of Units: 360
  • Number of Layouts: 22
  • Rent: $799-$1,458
  • Highlights: These one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments include open layouts with contemporary horizontal-grain kitchen cabinetry, private balconies and walk-in closets. Resident amenities include two pools, two dog parks and several other social spaces.
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Kitchen and dining at Avenue 25

Kitchen and dining space at Avenue 25

Avenue 25

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 254
  • Number of Layouts: 6
  • Rent: $891-$1,472
  • Highlights: This Italian-contemporary apartment complex offers a range of amenities including a resort-style pool and fitness center, both open 24 hours a day. Apartments have black-on-black appliances, plank flooring and individual patios and balconies.

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Desert View

Desert View is a small, semi-suburban area tucked into the Sonoran Desert on the eastern edge of Phoenix, and has a population of less than 45,000. Most residents are under 40, and a lot of families live here. The cost of living is slightly higher than it is in downtown Phoenix, and the median house value is just over $364,000.

Things To Do

There’s no real nightlife in Desert View, since it’s more of a bedroom community than a hub of cultural events. It is, however, next to Scottsdale, Cave Creek and Carefree, so a plethora of museums, art galleries and eateries are within a short drive.

The neighborhood’s core is Desert Ridge Marketplace, which fits the urban village model of providing a diverse mix of employment, retail, residential and recreational options. Mayo Clinic Hospital, well known for its standard of care, also is located in Desert View.

Transportation

Desert View residents are vehicle-dependent, since very few attractions are within walking distance. I-10 is not far away, however.

Desert View Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,017

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Kitchen at The Residences on High Street

The Residences on High Street

  • Year Built: 2008
  • Number of Units: 99
  • Number of Layouts: 8
  • Rent: $1,348-$2,778
  • Highlights: Apartments featuring contemporary kitchens with oak cabinetry look out to private patios through large sliding glass doors. The property includes a saltwater pool, outdoor kitchen and fireplace, and is close to the Desert Ridge shopping center.
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Interior at 56 North

Interior at 56North

56North

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 344
  • Number of Layouts: 10
  • Rent: $995-$1,944
  • Highlights: Combining mid-century and 21st-century styles, these bright apartments have been finished with wide-plank flooring and rich vertical-grain European kitchen cabinetry. Resident amenities in this new building include a courtyard swimming pool with surrounding lounge space and a fitness center.
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Loft unit at 90 Degrees

Loft unit at Ninety Degrees

Ninety Degrees

  • Year Built: 2009
  • Number of Units: 337
  • Number of Layouts: 25
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: These loft-style apartments include high ceilings, hardwood flooring and gas fireplaces in main living spaces. Residents can escape to the swimming pool and outdoor fire pit areas, or exercise in the 24-hour gym. Located next to the Scottsdale 101, residents have easy access to shopping, dining and entertainment.

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North Gateway

North Gateway, north of Phoenix, is considered an entrance of sorts to an abundance of recreational activities and mountain preserves full of desert trails. This peaceful community has a relatively low crime rate and a population of around 16,000.

The majority of residents are families with children under 18. North Gateway has a median house value of almost $280,000. Although it’s a small village compared to Phoenix, its location makes it a real gem, especially for outdoorsy types.

North Gateway encompasses a large portion of the North Black Canyon Corridor, which is among the city’s leading growth areas. A variety of commercial, office and residential areas are being developed here, and much more growth is planned — though the Skunk Creek and Sonoran Wash will be preserved as part of the natural desert environment.

Things To Do

Several western activities can be found in North Gateway; these include the Ben Avery Shooting Range and the Pioneer Living History Museum, an 1800s town that features historically accurate reproductions of buildings and the occasional staged gunfight.

Mediterranean, Asian and Mexican restaurants are interspersed with American fare, making it easy to please everyone’s palate.

Transportation

North Gateway is not very walkable, but the freeway system makes it easy to get to wherever you’re going within or beyond the metro area.

North Gateway Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $831

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Interior at San Norterra

San Norterra

  • Year Built: 2012
  • Number of Units: 388
  • Number of Layouts: 10
  • Rent: $899-$1,499
  • Highlights: Close to hiking trails in the Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve and Cave Creek as well as the creature comforts of North Gateway shopping, these contemporary apartments include hardwood flooring and crown molding. The property itself features a pool, spa and fitness center.
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Kitchen at Las Colinas

Kitchen at Las Colinas

Las Colinas At Black Canyon

  • Year Built: 2008
  • Number of Units: 304
  • Number of Layouts: 12
  • Rent: $867-$1,716
  • Highlights: Kitchens with granite countertops and direct-access garages are highlights of Las Colinas at Black Canyon. Resident amenities include sand volleyball courts, a pool with adjoining sundeck, a 24-hour gym and a clubhouse with a kitchen and pool table.
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Living area at Canyon Crossroads

Living area at Canyon Crossroads

Canyon Crossroads

  • Year Built: 2009
  • Number of Units: 280
  • Number of Layouts: 8
  • Rent: $820-$1,174
  • Highlights: Granite kitchen countertops, wood-plank flooring, fireplaces and walk-in closets create the unique aesthetic of Canyon Crossroads, further complemented by community amenities such as a spa and hot tub, outdoor lounge with flat-screen TVs and a resort-style pool.

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Encanto

Encanto (Spanish for “enchanted”) is in central Phoenix. Its stable housing market and low cost of living help make this village one of the area’s densest as far as population goes. Residents number just over 54,000, with approximately half being families.

The median house value is relatively affordable at around $180,000. At only about 8 square miles, Encanto doesn’t have a lot of room for large arenas or other developed spaces. However, two very large parks offer a multitude of recreational activities.

Things To Do

Encanto Park has made Forbes’ list of America’s Best City Parks. The 222-acre park is just a few blocks from the busy central urban corridor. It’s an oasis that includes picnic areas, a lagoon, a swimming pool, an amusement park, a nature trail, urban fishing and two golf courses, as well as a softball diamond and basketball and tennis courts.   

Steele Indian School Park features many of the design elements that reflect Native American concepts of life, earth and the universe throughout the park. The Arizona State Fairgrounds are also located in Encanto; the annual fair often draws more than a million people each year.

For nightlife, you’ll need to venture out of the neighborhood. Scottsdale is only a few minutes away, as is downtown Phoenix, offering music and sporting venues galore.

Transportation

A Walk Score of 60 and Bike Score of 62 mean you will be able to get to some places in Encanto by walking or bicycling, but you’ll need some kind of motorized transportation to get to areas farther out.

Encanto Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $845

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Living room at Club 7

Living room at Club 7

Club 7

  • Year Built: 1959
  • Number of Units: 222
  • Number of Layouts: 9
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: Blocks from the light rail, this renovated apartment complex features a swimming pool, fitness center and outdoor lounge and grilling area. Apartments include either dining rooms or eat-in kitchens, new countertops and cabinetry, and wood-style flooring.
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Double-height living room at The Pavilions

Double-height living room at Pavilions on Central

Pavilions on Central

  • Year Built: 2000
  • Number of Units: 254
  • Number of Layouts: 12
  • Rent: Starting at $1,240
  • Highlights: This building, offering both apartment and townhome styles, is continually updating with modern design features such as quartz countertops and hardwood flooring. Property amenities consist of 24-hour pool and fitness center access, community events and quick access to sports, theaters and music venues.
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Living space at The Hawthorne

The Hawthorne Apartment Homes

  • Year Built: 1996
  • Number of Units: 276
  • Number of Layouts: 5
  • Rent: $850-$1,230
  • Highlights: With a modern desert style, these apartments feature private balconies and all-white kitchens against a warm neutral color palette throughout. The complex includes a resort-style pool with private cabanas, covered parking and a fitness center.

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Paradise Valley

Tucked between Scottsdale and Phoenix, this community is aptly named. Because it is centrally located and has top-ranked schools, Paradise Valley is considered one of the most desirable areas in the Phoenix metro area. It has a median household income of almost $132,000, and more than a third of the residents have graduate or professional degrees.

Considered by many to be a jewel in the Sonoran Desert, this small residential community has thousands of upscale homes at an average sales price of about $1.3 million. Paradise Valley has a low crime rate, as well as the highest median income in the Phoenix metro area.

Things To Do

Paradise Valley is surrounded by the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, McDowell Mountains and iconic Camelback Mountain, each of which features numerous biking and hiking trails. The area offers several world-class resorts and three golf courses.

The neighborhood also has an extensive variety of community facilities, including 16 parks, eight theaters and two libraries, as well as swimming pools, bowling alleys, roller-skating rinks, tennis courts and sports fields. Nightlife is limited to bars and lounges.

Transportation

Paradise Valley’s Walk Score of 44 means you can get to several places on foot, and the Bike Score of 66 means that most errands require a vehicle unless you are close to your destination.

Paradise Valley Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $971

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Alcove bedroom at Broadstone Lincoln

Alcove bedroom at Broadstone Lincoln

Broadstone Lincoln

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 264
  • Number of Layouts: 10
  • Rent: $1,285-$1,815
  • Highlights: In the heart of Scottsdale, these contemporary apartments feel like an oasis. Broadstone has a pool and cabanas with TVs and fans, an outdoor lounge and fireplace, and a gourmet demonstration kitchen. Apartments are available in one-, two-bedroom and penthouse units, and include patios and walk-in closets.
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Interior at Cactus

Interior at Cactus Forty-2

Cactus Forty-2 Apartments

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 200
  • Number of Layouts: 8
  • Rent: $841-$1,431
  • Highlights: Each floor plan at Cactus Forty-2 includes kitchens with shaker-style kitchen cabinetry, granite countertops and subway tile surrounds for an ultra-modern style. The community has an Olympic-size swimming pool and an outdoor kitchen and social space, both with sweeping views of the Phoenix Mountain Reserve.
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Living space at Pinnacle

Living space at Pinnacle Union Hills

Pinnacle Union Hills

  • Year Built: 1997
  • Number of Units: 264
  • Number of Layouts: 3
  • Rent: $1,021-$1,320
  • Highlights: Modern and comfortable, recent renovations to these Paradise Valley apartments include updated kitchens, separate dining areas and hardwood flooring. On the rest of the property, there is a new outdoor children’s playground, fitness center and hot tub.

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