Mesa, a Phoenix suburb, holds the distinction of being one of the fastest-growing cities in Arizona and the United States. In 2006, the population of the city was set at 460,155, making it Arizona’s third-largest city, behind only Phoenix and Tucson. Residents of Mesa are drawn to the city’s prime location just east of downtown Phoenix, plenty of local shopping and entertainment options, and the diverse community that calls it home.
From huge desert estates that sell in the multi-millions to more modest single-family homes that list in the mid-$200,000 price range, Mesa is a residential “bedroom community” that has something for every house hunter. Architectural styles in Mesa run the gamut, from traditional Southwest properties to modern and desert ranch designs. There are also ample townhomes and apartments available on the Mesa real estate market.
Set at an elevation of 1,241 feet, Mesa sits on a desert plateau that experiences hot, arid summers and comfortably warm and dry summers. In the summer months, from June to August, daytime highs reach to or above 100 degrees. The winter months see highs in the low 70s. Rainfall totals range from less than one inch in the summer months to just over an inch in the wettest month, March, and in August, when monsoonal rains can cause heavy downpours and localized flooding.
Mesa is home to the following sports, cultural, and religious attractions:
- HoHoKam Park, spring training home of the Chicago Cubs
- Mesa Arts Center
- Mesa Amphitheater
- Mesa Arizona Temple, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
- Arizona Museum for Youth
- Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aircraft Museum – B-17 Sentimental Journey
- Mesa Historical Society and Museum
- Arizona Museum of Natural History