South Mountain, one of the recognized urban villages within Phoenix, Arizona, is located south of the city center, between the Salt River to the north, South Mountain Park Preserve to the south, and with 48th Street and 27th Avenue as the east-west boundaries. Known as the “Gateway to the World’s Largest Municipal Park”, it features some of the best views in the entire Phoenix metropolitan area. Its recreational attractions, as well as its breathtaking mountainside and city views, makes South Mountain a highly desirable place to live.
The South Mountain area was once graced with citrus orchards and commercial flower growers such as the Japanese Flower Gardens. It still retains some rural charm, with its mix of vacant and farm land, old and new, and moderate to upscale housing.
South Mountain is popular for many reasons, but one of the key attractions is South Mountain Park & Preserve. It features over 16,000 acres of wonderful views, undeveloped desert landscapes, and 58 miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking for all skill levels. Its location in close proximity to downtown Phoenix is advantageous to those who work in the downtown area, or for those residents who want to be close to all that downtown has to offer.
The area was long ignored by developers, but today, it is a mix of rural, industrial, retail and affordable, upscale, and semi-custom housing. Real estate options consist of single-family detached homes, condominiums, townhouses as well as land for custom building. There is still farmland scattered about, and numerous different and distinct residential areas exist throughout.
The South Mountain dynamic has continued to change, with more and more people discovering for themselves the charms of the area. Noted for its diversity, South Mountain is home to a wide range of lifestyles, and is no longer one of the under-utilized gems of the Valley of the Sun.