Hi, I’m Jordan!
After graduating from college and moving to the Bay Area for my dream job in tech, I realized just how expensive it is to live on your own in California and how impossible it’s going to be to own a home someday. When my company announced that we can work remote long-term, I started looking for cities where I can save up to buy a home while still maintaining my lifestyle and settled on Tempe, Arizona.
Right now I’m renting an apartment but in spring I’ll be moving to Culdesac, the first car-free neighborhood built from scratch in the U.S., once the construction is complete. In the Bay I paid nearly double in rent, so now I have more money saved up to travel while still putting some money aside to own a home. Sky Harbor International Airport has direct international flights to 22 locations and was named the best airport in the U.S. which is so fitting because getting through security is a breeze!
When I’m not traveling, I love checking out the local breweries, hitting up coffee shops, trying out new restaurants and going to concerts with friends. Sometimes I even get to combine all my favorite activities like getting some ramen and beer at Shady Park and then heading outside to their patio for a concert. Being new here was intimidating at first but it was so easy to get plugged in and meet new people. I joined PHX Fray to meet some friends, play some social sports, and attend happy hours and other events.
Home to more than 50 local breweries, including Four Peaks, HUSS & Sonoran.
…I realized just how expensive it is to live on your own in California and how impossible it’s going to be to own a home someday.
less expensive per sq. ft.
compared to LA
individuals age 18-24 moved to Tempe last year
With Tempe’s unique mix of suburban life and college town, there are plenty of home styles to choose from. Jordan is in an apartment and will soon be part of the car-less Culdesac neighborhood, but other residents family house options as well. Greater Phoenix’s median home price is under $310,000, which beats out Los Angeles’ $717,000. Compare the Tempe home sample below and visit the housing comparison page to browse additional price ranges and discover how much more value you can afford in Greater Phoenix.