NoPho Real Estate Watch

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If you’re looking for a house, condo or apartment in NoPho — the North Phoenix I-17 corridor between Norterra and New River — you’ve found the best site to begin your journey. We’ve done extensive research to provide exclusive, detailed, independent information on the region’s neighborhoods, schools, services and attractions, not to mention the wonderful climate — everything you need know about the North Phoenix real estate market and make a smart decision on your next home.

This exclusive report on NoPho real estate trends and statistics is provided in cooperation with In&Out Magazine and is updated monthly. Click links below for exclusive analysis of each NoPho zone (zone map below), or see general information about NoPho below, or hop straight to the latest real estate data for the entire area:

Home Prices Rise Amid Shrinking Inventory

Sales of existing homes began the new year strong, with 137 homes sold in January 2020 across NoPho, the I-17 corridor from Norterra to New River. That’s 7 percent higher than the same month last year.

Meanwhile, the availability of existing homes on the market continued a long slide. Though up slightly in Anthem Parkside from historically miniscule levels, inventory fell yet again in the other four zones.

The lack of inventory and strong demand continued to put upward pressure on prices, with price per square foot continuing a years-long upward trend, rising in all five zones.

Get Details on Each Zone

See Definitions of Terms below.

Home Prices Rise Amid Shrinking Inventory

2018 Year in Review

Total existing home sales for 2018 were down 2.2 percent to 1,869, compared to 1,911 in 2017, across NoPho, the I-17 corridor from Norterra to New River. However, the still-robust sales drove down inventory across all five zones, and average sales prices and price per square foot both trended upward across all zones.

2017 Year-End Overview

total nopho homes sold in 2017 by zone

Average prices for existing homes in North Phoenix ended 2017 higher than the year prior across four of the five NoPho zones, reflecting a nationwide trend of rising prices. The price per square foot was higher in all five zones. 

north phoenix real estate zones

About This Data

Real estate sales data is from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service and, while not guaranteed, is believed to be accurate.

Average Price of Homes Sold can be skewed by the sale of a single home that is priced well above or below other homes that have sold.

Pricing per Square Foot of any individual house can vary greatly depending on many factors, including location, upgrades and condition of the property.

Sales Activity represents the number of homes that have closed escrow in the given time period.

Inventory represents the number of months it would take to sell all the homes currently listed based on average rate of sales during the previous 6 months, and presuming no additional homes are listed. Less than 6 months is considered a “seller’s market.” As inventory goes down, look for prices to move up. More than 6 months is considered a “buyer’s market.” As inventory goes up, prices will trend down.

tramonto mountain view
Many homes in North Phoenix, like those on this street in Tramonto, are near or next to desert and mountain preserves, offering solitude and stunning views. Photos by In&Out Publications.

Information Guides

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About NoPho

NoPho is a specific area within North Phoenix along I-17 [see NoPho Definition and map]. It is a great place to live, work and play. The commute is easy to Scottsdale, Glendale and Central Phoenix. Yet being on the northern fringe of the metro area, its a short hop to Prescott, Sedona and Flagstaff.

And there’s plenty to do right here. There are several mountain preserves in the region, all just a few minutes drive from any NoPho neighborhood, offering endless miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding. Lake Pleasant, just 20 minutes from the intersection of I-17 and the Carefree Highway, has two marinas from which you can sail, ski, kayak, fish, or do whatever it is the kids do these days.

Speaking of kids: You’ll be hard-pressed to find an area with more choices in schools, including some that tout top scores on statewide tests. School Information Guide >>>

You may also need to find nearby supermarkets and shopping centers, or get information on the local utilities.

Looking for a home? You’ll find gated and non-gated communities, humble one-story abodes, huge two-story houses, chic patio homes with an urban flair, low-maintenance condos, and sprawling desert territorials. You’ll find numerous neighborhoods with homes that have stunning desert and mountain views. Want a pool? There are lots of them. Looking for tennis, golf, hiking trails or other community amenities? We’ll arm you with that information. Neighborhood Information Guide >>>

You’ll find these guides in the main menu at the top of every page, along with the link to our News section, where we report on new businesses, real estate developments and community and school news.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for, or have a question or comment, please let us know.

Meanwhile, some images of the places we call home:

daisy mountain
Daisy Mountain, undeveloped and gorgeous at sunset, is a visual anchor for the Anthem area.
Throughout the region, you’ll fine single-story and two-story homes, including a significant amount of new construction, like these homes in Stoneledge.
24 north
The detached patio homes at 24 North bring a distinct urban vibe to North Phoenix.
Check out a community’s homeowner association (HOA) rules before you buy a home. Some HOAs limit the types of plants and trees to native desert flora. Others, like Valley Vista, invite palm trees.
desert village condos
Several North Phoenix communities offer the choice of single-family homes, compact patio homes or a yard-maintenance-free condos like these at Desert Village.
tramonto tennis courts
Many North Phoenix communities have shared amenities ranging from pools and parks to tennis courts. In Tramonto, some of those features are tucked away in amazing settings.

Robert Roy Britt
NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites and Live Science. He has written four novels. .