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Baseline-Hardy, an inner suburb of Tempe just 20 minutes shy of downtown Phoenix, spans less than 1 square mile. The condensed neighborhood, consists mainly of affordable apartments, condos and modest single-story homes, extends from Highway 60 to Baseline Road, housing a little over 1,000 Arizonans.

Residents benefit from easy access to Highway 60, Interstate 10 and Loop 101. Close proximity to Arizona State University, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe Town Lake and three major shopping centers make Baseline-Hardy perfect for busy students and active families.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Tempe, AZ is $635 for a studio, $843 for one bedroom, $1,041 for two bedrooms, and $1,203 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Tempe has decreased by -0.8% in the past year.

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Studio
408
$635
1 BR
693
$843
2 BR
959
$1,041
3 BR
1,214
$1,203
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Ratings

66 Walk Score® Somewhat Walkable
44 Transit Score® Some Transit
80 Bike Score® Very Bikeable

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Restaurants

When you visit Poliberto’s Taco Shop, be prepared to wait in line (sometimes for up to 20 minutes). Locals love the hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint so much that they come twice a week. Luckily, the drive-thru remains open 24 hours a day. While the Baseline Road location may be unassuming, the inexpensive, tasty food behind the counter keeps people coming back, usually for to-go orders. Stop by for a steak and egg breakfast burrito or a chimichanga plate.

Byblos specializes in authentic, Old World Mediterranean cuisine. You can tell by the lilting Greek music that greets you at the door. The charming dining hall, cluttered with white tablecloths and green booths, usually seats older folks in the daytime and couples in the evening, but the place heats up on Saturday nights with professional bellydancers. The menu features vegetarian options, including from-scratch garbanzo bean hummus and lentil soup, alongside heartier dishes, such as lamb, baba ghanoush. Go traditional with a plate of moussaka, eggplant layered with meat and smothered in cheese, a dish similar to lasagna. Pair your meal with a Lebanese beer, and save room for baklava.

It should come as no surprise that the iconic Yucca Tap Room was voted “Best Local Venue” and “Best Dive Bar” by the Phoenix New Times. The combination bar/lounge/live music venue has a pizzeria on one side and a tiny sound stage on the other, allowing patrons to get up close and personal with artists. Yucca Tap Room hosts live bands as well as weekly open mic nights. Drop in to watch a show, nosh on a slice of pizza or chicken bacon ranch tater tots, and challenge your friends to a round of darts. Ask for the Tap of the Month, the bar’s rotating showcase of craft beers and microbrews.

For a more dine-in friendly experience, head to Someburros on the corner of Mill Avenue and Baseline Road. Someburros began when the Vasquez family opened a tiny Mexican takeout restaurant in 1972. While the chain has since taken off, all of the Arizona locations remain under the ownership of the same family, so the dishes are held to the same high standards as they were decades ago. You can order online and have your food delivered, but you’d be missing out on warm yellow walls, cute wood tables and excellent service in a relaxed setting. If you’ve got a big group to feed, Someburros can also cater your event.

Time Out Lounge, Baseline-Hardy’s other favorite darkly-lit dive, features a jukebox, pool tables, rustic booths and television screens, usually set to reruns of "Seinfeld." Nestled in a strip mall on Southern Avenue, the laid-back lounge and its tattooed regulars offer a quiet alternative to the rowdy crowd at trendier bars. When you’ve got more than music and drinks in mind, the AMF Tempe Village Lanes on South Rural Road has 32 bowling lanes, a lounge and an arcade to entertain you and your friends until midnight.

History

Tempe got its unusual name from pioneer Darrell Duppa, who mentioned the city’s striking resemblance to the Vale of Tempe, a fertile river valley in Greece. Much of area that would become Tempe was settled by the Hohokam in the early 15th century. Tribes thrived in East Phoenix, building canoes to travel the Salt River and digging canals to funnel water to crops. By the completion of the Phoenix Railroad and Arizona State University in the late 1880s, Tempe had emerged as a booming urban region with a steadily growing number of new occupants.

Historic Guadalupe Cemetery, north of the center of the Baseline-Hardy neighborhood, remains covered in hand-painted murals of saints. The creative grave sites and headstones reflect the strong Latin American influence on the community. Tempe Town Lake, 10 minutes from Baseline-Hardy, hosts the Festival of Lights and PF Chang’s Rock N’ Roll Marathon, drawing locals and national tourists.

Transportation

Baseline-Hardy’s convenient, well-maintained streets make it easy for residents to beat the scorching desert heat in climate-controlled vehicles. The neighborhood runs parallel to Highway 60, and Baseline Road leads to I-10 and Loop 101. Though Hardy Drive has a dedicated bike lane, biking and jogging are typically reserved for the paved trail following the Western Canal. Shopping centers in the area share parking, so spots prove readily available. Mill Avenue, Tempe's downtown district, has metered street parking as well as pay-per-hour garages.

Cabs can be found around Mill Avenue’s bars and restaurants, where parking spots remain limited. Uber and Lyft both service the Baseline-Hardy area. Zipcars are available for rent in downtown Phoenix. Students ride Valley Metro buses to and from campus, and city commuters take the Valley Metro Light Rail that stops at Tempe Marketplace and crosses over the bridge at Tempe Town Lake.

Cost

On average, cost of living in Baseline-Hardy runs slightly less than in Phoenix. A one-bedroom apartment in the area rents for around $712 per month. Expect to pay $3 for a small coffee, $2.50 for a beer and $4 for an all-day Valley Metro bus pass. Gas prices come in about 5 percent under the national average.

Shopping

For weekly groceries, Baseline-Hardy residents stock up at Frys Food and Drug. For organic produce and specialty items, locals make the 7-minute drive to Guadalupe Farmer's Market. Open daily, Guadalupe Farmer's Market has stand after stand of locally sourced vegetables. The indoor market also has refrigerated sections for dairy milks and cheeses. Find everything from pineapples and prickly pear fruit to jarred salsas, all at a tremendous discount. Sign up for the market's newsletter to receive email updates on sales and inventory.

Arizona Mills Mall has been an East Phoenix landmark since 1997, and if you're in the Baseline-Hardy area, you can probably walk there in less than 20 minutes via the Western Canal. The massive indoor retail space, complete with a Harkins Imax Theatre and public aquarium, boasts over 200 apparel, accessories and electronic stores. The family-oriented food court has a play place with a working vintage carousel for young ones and free Wi-Fi for bored teens, so kids can enjoy themselves while parents wait in line for grub. Sea Life Arizona Aquarium, a notable mall attraction, brings 5,000 oceanic creatures to the desert. With sharks, sea turtles, sting rays, sea horses and great deals on entrance fees, Sea Life Arizona Aquarium makes for a fun, educational way to spend a few hours.

Tempe's downtown district, affectionately known as Mill Avenue, has over 100 places to shop. A near-campus strip popular with ASU students, Mill Avenue covers the walkable, atmospheric region around Katzin Concert Hall, Sun Devil Stadium and Tempe Town Lake. The series of brick walkways are dotted with one-of-a-kind boutique shops, such as Lotions and Potions, which features a scent bar where you can create your own custom fragrance. Check out the beautiful 1960s murals at Hippie Gypsy, a smoke shop with funky gifts and accessories and a friendly staff.

The downtown district's annual festivals pull in huge numbers of people. The streets and shops can get very busy, especially around holidays. Locals looking for recognizable stores with less foot traffic go to Tempe Marketplace, an outdoor mall 15 minutes from the center of Baseline-Hardy with tons of chain stores, luxury spas and salons.

Big day on the horizon? Adore Bridal, a favorite of everything-wedding site TheKnot, gives personal consultation from a second floor Mill Avenue suite. The boutique also functions as a consignment shop for gently used gowns, so any woman can score a designer dress on an average bride's budget. Be sure to book your appointment online, because the staff only takes two in-store appointments at a time. Check out Adore Bridal's blog for information on exclusive sales.

Knockout Motorcycles is owned by Ralph Rudolph, whom you may have seen on Discovery Channel's "Devil's Ride." The shop gained notoriety after building incredible custom choppers for a slew of famous clients. Customers come from all over to purchase bikes, parts, gear and apparel and take advantage of Knockout Motorcycle's full repair and maintenance services and comprehensive financing options.

Parks

Kiwanis Park, just 2 miles from the center of the Baseline-Hardy neighborhood, boasts a gymnasium, outdoor playground, stocked lake for fishing and boating, batting cages, 15 tennis courts, and a heated indoor wave pool. The 125-acre park and recreation facility, owned by City of Tempe, hosts classes and programs for all ages and remains available to rent for parties. Register and pay online at the Tempe.gov website, or pick up a season pass at the Kiwanis Park on South All America Way.

Dwight Park has a playground surrounded by grills, picnic tables, basketball courts and a soccer field. Located on Roosevelt Street near Emmanuel Lutheran School, the neighborhood park’s 4 acres of green space remain open to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dwight Park was once called Diamond Park because of its shape but was renamed in 1988 in honor of Tempe city councilman Joseph Dwight.

Dog owners love Mitchell Dog Park. A 9-minute drive east of Baseline-Hardy, Mitchell Dog Park's fenced-in field has trees, benches and lots of running space where your furry friend can go off the leash. The dog park, separate from the playground at Mitchell Park, also has waste stations so owners can aid in keeping the park sanitary and safe.

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Apartments for Rent in Baseline-Hardy, Tempe, AZ

Baseline-Hardy, an inner suburb of Tempe just 20 minutes shy of downtown Phoenix, spans less than 1 square mile. The condensed neighborhood, consists mainly of affordable apartments, condos and modest single-story homes, extends from Highway 60 to Baseline Road, housing a little over 1,000 Arizonans.

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