Papago is the home to the 1,200-acre park with massive sandstone buttes. The Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo are in the park. Older brick and block homes dot many of this area’s streets.
The Airport area includes Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport. There are a few neighborhoods with older homes and apartments north and west of the airport.
SoSco (south Scottsdale): 85257
SoSco is where ASU’s innovative SkySong office hub is located, and overlaps with Central Scottsdale. Homes in this area are older, typically with carports and desert landscaping. Many have been renovated.
Downtown/Town Lake: 85281
The Downtown Tempe/Town Lake area is the most urban part of Tempe. ASU is located there. So are several growing employers, including State Farm. The area has historic homes, condo high-rises, older block houses and many new and old apartments.