It has a young, vibrant vibe and is made up of a diverse population.

Welcome to Tempe


A hip, urban college town with nightlife and a focus on the arts and entertainment.

Tempe, Arizona, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, within the Phoenix metropolitan area and located 20 minutes from Phoenix. It has a young, vibrant vibe and is made up of a diverse population. Tempe used to be mostly farmland and desert. Now it is bordered by Phoenix and Scottsdale and is close to the Arizona State University campus. It is also bordered by the Salt River and the disposition of Hayden Butte. The heart of Tempe is College Avenue. It’s a vibrant strip of shops, restaurants, and bars packed with college students and professionals. The buildings are mainly low-rise, giving the area a laid-back vibe.

The homes in Tempe are also mostly low-rise, single-family homes and offer a great combination of urban living with plenty of green space. Most of the houses were built within the last few decades, which gives the city a very modern feel. The older neighborhoods, such as College Town, offer a more authentic and historic vibe. The streets in College Town, the oldest neighborhood in Tempe, are filled with bungalow-style homes built between the early 1900s and the 1960s. The city has a variety of home styles with various architectural styles, making it a great place to find a home to suit your personal style. 

What to Love 

  • Diverse residents and activities 
  • Proximity to Phoenix and other flourishing communities 
  • Walkable main street and arts district 
  • Scenic landscapes and outdoor adventures 

Local Lifestyle


The city of Tempe, Arizona, is a small town located right in the middle of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The weather in Tempe is warm and sunny year-round, ideal for people who enjoy a laid-back, outdoor lifestyle. The city is surrounded on all sides by mountains and has an incredible amount of green space. Tempe is a popular city and is often described as a college town due to the presence of Arizona State University. Tempe has a vibrant nightlife and is known for its diverse dining scene.  

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping


College Avenue is the main street in Tempe and is lined with unique shops, bars, and restaurants. Residents and college students enjoy the bustling strip day or night. Fate Brewing Company is a local brewpub serving hand-crafted favorites like Fate’s Fateful IPA, and delicious upscale bar food. Snakes and Lattes is a fun board game bar and café located in downtown Tempe. Residents can choose from thousands of board games while enjoying a meal and coffee. Drink Me! Tea Room is a beautiful and whimsical tearoom serving sandwiches, scones, sweets, tea, and cocktails.

Tempe residents enjoy a range of upscale and contemporary shopping. Creations Boutique specializes in modern apparel for women and has a bohemian flair. Tempe Marketplace is an open-air shopping center along the Salt River. It has stores like Nordstrom, Michaels, and more. It also has experiences like live performances, a movie theater, and splash pad.  

Things to Do


Tempe is a fun community with lots to do for residents of all ages. Tempe hosted the Fiesta Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium for more than 25 years before it moved to the State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Residents can still enjoy Arizona State University games at Sun Devil Stadium.

Another fun place to visit is Tempe Town Lake, a two-mile-long artificial reservoir with a pathway for walking, jogging, and biking. Kiwanis Park is 125-acres and has many amenities, including sports fields and courts, swimming, fishing, and playgrounds. Tempe is located less than 20 minutes from the Phoenix Zoo, where residents can enjoy animals and educational programs.

Residents in Tempe participate in Pat’s Run, an annual event hosted by the Pat Tillman Foundation in Tempe. Festival of the Arts is a community tradition with a 50+ year history in Tempe. It is one of the oldest festivals in the Southwest, showcasing artists, local music, and food on the streets of historic Mill Avenue. Grady Gammage Theater is a multipurpose auditorium on the main campus of Arizona State University hosting shows and live performances.  



Arizona State University is a pillar of Tempe, with more than 200 programs for career and professional development. The university will also be the new host of the Arizona Coyotes in ASU’s new multipurpose arena. Tempe Elementary School District is in the heart of the community and serves more than 60,000 preschool through 8th-grade students. Tempe Union High School District serves more than 10,000 9th-12th grade students in Tempe and surrounding areas.


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