Tempe is a vibrant and diverse city, located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix. Bordered by Phoenix on the west, Scottsdale on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east, Tempe’s population is just over 162,000. Many consider Tempe to be the hub of the East Valley as it’s close to downtown Phoenix, the airport, and all 6 major freeways in the Phoenix Metro area.
North Tempe is home to Arizona State University, one of the largest public universities in the country. With a more urban feel, it’s dominated by students, nightlife, and various other forms of entertainment. There are also several corporate headquarters that line Tempe’s Town Lake including State Farm, LifeLock, & US Airways.
South Tempe on the other hand is largely suburban, getting more expensive the further south you go. This stark contrast is what makes Tempe so unique compared to other East Valley cities.
Homes in downtown Tempe vary from 1930’s-1960’s ranch style homes in north Tempe to 1990’s-2000’s stucco homes in south Tempe. There are also several custom built homes in the southern most zip codes.
Three words to describe Tempe: diverse, entertainment, university
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