Realtor Tips: Top 10 List of Reasons Why We Love Mesa By: Jason Crittenden, Certified Residential Military Specialist at Realty ONE Group As part of our ongoing Realtor Tips series, we asked one of our expert realtors, Jason Crittenden, to share some tips about living in Mesa. He lives right around the corner from Cadence and talks about what he enjoys about life in East Mesa and why you’ll love it too. Who doesn’t love a top 10 list? I know I do. Here are my top 10 reasons why you’ll simply love living in Mesa.
  1. Fantastic options to visit local farms. Between Superstition Farm on Hawes and Elliot roads and Vertuccio Farms on Power Road, you’ve got great options to see farm animals, find your way through a corn maze, visit a pumpkin patch or attend holiday events. Bonus: at Superstition Farm, during Saturday tours, it’s very likely you’ll even get to hold a chicken. Just ask!
  2. Fantastic freeway access to everything. Mesa is basically surrounded by Loop 202 Santan Freeway and U.S. 60 cuts straight through it, so no matter where you live, you’re likely to be just moments from a freeway, allowing you to journey around the East Valley to see friends in Gilbert, Chandler and Queen Creek.
  3. Food Truck “Feastivals.” Mesa hosts the Feastival Forest every Saturday night at Pioneer Park featuring 12+ food trucks, live music and an amazing playground and splash park…oh, and speaking of…
  4. Pioneer Park’s playground. This playground is simply world class, and easily rivals any other park in the valley. A must for parents with young children, they’ll spend countless hours enjoying the expansive playground set, and in the summer, cooling off in the splash pad.
  5. Hiking: Mesa is home to Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3,648-acre park offering camping, archery and 29 miles of multi-use trails plus scenic wind caves. Fun for all ages ranging from easy-to-hike trails to more strenuous options to satisfy a wide range of abilities.
  6. Saguaro Lake. A lot of people don’t realize this, but Saguaro Lake actually has a Mesa address. It’s a great place for fishing, renting a boat, or taking the Desert Belle boat ride tour around the lake. Stop by the Lakeshore Restaurant for a bite to eat on your way out.
  7. Downtown Mesa: Mesa’s historic downtown is a really cool area to eat at eclectic restaurants or try one of the many breweries in operation. From authentic Mexican, some of the best sandwiches you’ll EVER try from Worth Takeaway, and Latin classics like empanadas and arroz con pollo at Republica Empanada, it’s a very hot spot to be.
  8. Spring Training: Every spring, Mesa brings some of America’s best spring training baseball to town with the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s. It’s a great way to spend the afternoon under the sun at the ballpark if you can get an afternoon off from work.
  9. East Mesa: East Mesa is becoming one of the fastest growing areas in the country with a ton of businesses coming to District 6, bringing new jobs and great new communities to the area with shopping and dining following close behind…speaking of…
  10. Cadence – with amazing communities like Cadence popping up, we’re seeing a new way of life that includes local shopping and restaurants right in the neighborhoods, community centers worth visiting, resort-style pools, sport courts, fitness centers, expansive green space…it’s really creating something special.
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