Roughly bounded by Missouri north to Northern, between 7th Avenue and 7th Street. Central Avenue runs north and south through the center.
The North Central Corridor is one of the pricier areas of central Phoenix, and with good reason. Large custom-built homes with deep irrigated lots, North Central has a decidedly rural feel despite its proximity to downtown Phoenix.
The neighborhoods encompassing this largely residential area have not received historic designation, but they do have some great history with homes built from the 20s to 70s. Downtown Phoenix enjoys the hustle and bustle of corporate offices, luxury high rise living and university life, while North Central retains its calm charm and neighborhood family feel.
The historic Murphy Bridle Path on both sides of Central Avenue, listed in the City of Phoenix Historic Register, preserves the shady, unpaved gravel paths and old-growth Elm and Olive trees. From Bethany Home Road to Northern Avenue, you’ll see joggers, walkers, and baby strollers appreciating this linear park and heading to the many trending restaurants located within corridor boundaries.
Streets meander off Central Avenue around mature shade trees and carpets of well-kept grass. This residential calm in the middle of downtown is shared with most of our historic districts but the lush greenness and large acreage are in sharp contrast to most other areas of the valley, maybe most notably in the lack of walls like what you would find in the Midwest.
The Central Corridor has its own mix of architecture ranging from traditional French Provincial, Cape Cod, sprawling Ranch-style and mid-century modern Ralph Haver homes to more modern styles that blend seamlessly with their older neighbors. House hunters can easily lose themselves along the side streets and in the cul-de-sacs on any given evening as they admire the lovely streetscapes. All within minutes of high-end shopping and dining at the Biltmore Fashion Park (24th Street and Camelback, Phoenix), world-class resorts, and arts centers. A short drive takes you to downtown Phoenix and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
The North Central Phoenix neighborhood is decidedly known for its schools home to some of the best in the state. Homes vary in size but have lots of space, and the large yards have pools for active kids. The biking paths along the Arizona Canal bordering North Central on the north offers another opportunity for outdoor activities as well as the many hiking and climbing trails.
A home in North Central can be had for $600,000 up to $4,000,000. More modest homes and townhomes are also available as you travel farther north and east.
If you like the homes of North Central, you may also like those in the Arcadia neighborhood farther east along Camelback or the estates in the Alvarado Historic District farther south on Central Avenue.