Phoenix has some of the best golf courses, water parks and weather in the country. Phoenix neighborhoods are also some of the most popular for renters.

The appropriately named Valley of the Sun offers about 210 sunny days a year, giving residents plenty of chances to swim and enjoy the outdoors. Large companies like Intel, the American Express Company and Wells Fargo & Company also call Phoenix home due to the strong local economy.

Whether you are interested in moving to Phoenix for the nice weather, a business opportunity or to retire, we’re here to help you find your perfect neighborhood to call home.

The researchers from Apartment Guide combed through Google data using generic keyword searches and combined those results with the most searched Phoenix neighborhoods on to determine the five most popular Phoenix neighborhoods with renters.

The research pointed toward neighborhoods ranging from city life to small-town feel, but all within a short distance of great food, entertainment and plenty of things to do. The Valley is the perfect place for young college students, those looking to retire and everyone in between.

Check out this list of the top five Phoenix neighborhoods and a few of their nearby perks.

1. Arcadia

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Arcadia is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the Phoenix area with great views of Camelback Mountain. You can spend your days hiking or enjoy a picnic in Echo Canyon Recreation Area. Follow it up with an evening of shopping at the Biltmore Fashion Park and dinner at Chelsea’s Kitchen or another local restaurant.

You’ll find reasonable pricing on studio apartments, but one and two bedrooms jump above the average rental prices in the area.

Size Arcadia Avg. Phoenix Avg.
Studio $671 $836
1 BR $1,315 $977
2 BR $1,467 $1,193

2. Downtown

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Downtown Phoenix offers easy access to Sky Harbor International Airport, the Arizona Science Center and the Phoenix Art Museum. Home to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Phoenix Suns, Downtown is the ideal place to catch a game and escape the summer heat.

Whether you are interested in museums, bars, art or the theater, this area has something for everyone, especially those looking to leave the car behind. With its rising popularity, you will find Downtown apartment prices on the high end of this list of rental locations.

Size Downtown Avg. Phoenix Avg.
Studio $1,199 $836
1 BR $1,584 $977
2 BR $3,344 $1,193

3. Deer Valley

deer valley phoenix

Deer Valley is close to multiple outdoor experiences for those ready for an adventure. Residents can enjoy the local hiking trails or take a short 30-minute drive up to Lake Pleasant for a day on the water. This area entices young families and is known for the thrill rides, water slides and a lazy river at Wet ‘n’ Wild waterpark.

You’re looking at more affordable prices in this neighborhood to go along with the vast array of sports bars and Mexican restaurants.

Size Deer Valley Avg. Phoenix Avg.
Studio $833 $836
1 BR $910 $977
2 BR $1,067 $1,193

4. Paradise Valley

paradise valley phoenix

Along the Phoenix/Scottsdale border is Paradise Valley with its beautiful golf courses, high-end restaurants and shopping malls. The nearby Scottsdale Fashion Square has luxury brand stores and local entertainment. If you love animals, you can spend a day at the OdySea Aquarium, walking around the Butterfly Wonderland habitat or go swimming with dolphins at Dolphinaris.

For being known as a higher-end part of town, this area is surprisingly below the overall Phoenix rent average.

Size P.V Avg. Phoenix Avg.
Studio $838 $836
1 BR $907 $977
2 BR $1,069 $1,193

5. Desert Ridge

desert ridge phoenix

Smack in the middle of this local neighborhood is the Desert Ridge Marketplace, which boasts bocce ball courts, an assortment of popular shops and great family-friendly entertainment options. Another unique spot in this area is the Musical Instrument Museum, where you can view more than 6,800 different instruments and even try a few.

Although it is a smaller area, the nearby amenities mean you can expect higher rent prices.

Size D.R. Avg. Phoenix Avg.
Studio $1,149 $836
1 BR $1,442 $977
2 BR $2,175 $1,193