Mesa, AZ is in the southeast part of Phoenix, and is the largest suburb of Phoenix. In fact, at over 600,000 residents, is the largest suburb of any city in the U.S. and, on it’s own, is the 35th largest city in the United States, larger than more well known cities such as Sacramento, California or Miami, Florida.
Mesa is one of the oldest cities in the Valley, well-known for being settled by Mormons from St. George, Utah. The original crossing site along the Salt River is still visible as you fly by on the 202. With such a religious background, Mesa is known as a conservative, with a limited number of bars, nightclubs, or other drinking eastblishments, and is known as a quiet place to live with low property taxes.
Mesa is located in the Southeast corner of Phoenix. It is bordered on most of its northern border by the Pima Maricopa Indian Reservation, the Salt River, and the Tonto National Forest. As such, you can mountain bike, kayak, hike, camp, and boat all within about 15 minutes of Mesa. There are 2 lakes nearby, Saguaro Lake which has easy access from Power Road (Bush Highway), and Canyon Lake which can be accessed from the 88 through Apache Junction. Other fun things to do in Mesa include The Arizona Museum of Natural History, see a show at the Mesa Arts Center, ride downhill mountain bikes at Desert Trails Dirt Jumping park (for downhill mountain biking), or practice some gun shooting at the Usery Mountain Shooting Range.
Mesa resident for 26 years.
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Mesa is also famous for having some of the most golf courses per capita in the entire world. Having a huge amount of retirement communities in it means that there is always ample time for golfing at one of Mesa’s many courses. You can find courses from short, executive par-3 courses to full-length tournament quality courses that can be played year round due to the mild weather especially in the winter. Although the summer can be hot, a good time golfing can be had year round.
Painted Mountain Golf Course in Mesa, AZ
With diverse neighborhoods in all price ranges, mountain views to the north and east, easy access to the Salt River, Saguaro Lake, low property taxes, and a relaxed pace of life, Mesa is a wonderful place to call home.