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Casa del Sol appeals to families as a close-knit, suburban neighborhood. Part of the growing east valley, downtown Phoenix sits 30 minutes to the west and 13 miles from Arizona State University in Tempe.

Young, growing families and retirees call the neighborhood home. U.S. 60 connects to the major freeways of the Phoenix area. A reasonable cost of living and nearby shopping also draw people to the area.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Mesa, AZ is $528 for a studio, $836 for one bedroom, $988 for two bedrooms, and $1,306 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Mesa has increased by 6.7% in the past year.

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Studio
450
$528
1 BR
687
$836
2 BR
945
$988
3 BR
1,210
$1,306
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Ratings

52 Walk Score® Somewhat Walkable
28 Transit Score® Some Transit
67 Bike Score® Bikeable

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Restaurants

Restaurants in Casa del Sol serve a wide variety of tastes. The dining scene centers around the intersection of Baseline Road and Val Vista Drive. Discover the chain and local eateries that serve hungry crowds.

Many locals start the day at JP Pancake. The self-proclaimed “neighborhood breakfast joint” specializes in oven-baked pancakes, with traditional buttermilk pancakes available. This approach keeps them moist and fluffy. The kitchen also oven-bakes the omelettes and breakfast burritos. The waffles and French toast also receive high marks from customers, and the menu features gluten-free options. The lunch menu features soups and sandwiches on crunchy white bread. The owner creates masterpieces on the plates and on the walls, designing much of the artwork featured around the interior. Expect to see the dining room filled with the senior set, families and hipsters.

Expect crowds for lunch and dinner at Nando's Mexican Café. Perfect for date night or a casual dinner with the family, the staff proves quick to serve the authentic dishes. House specialties include the enchiladas del mar, which fills two corn tortillas with crab, baby shrimp and cheese, then tops it with ranchero sauce, Monterey Jack cheese and sour cream. The seafood relleno packs a poblano pepper with shrimp, pico de gallo and cheese, then smothers it with ranchero sauce and more cheese. Save room for dessert, and sample the chocolate nachos. The treat layers chocolate nacho chips, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate sauce, topped with a cherry.

The handful of bars in the area tend to house a more laid-back atmosphere. Those looking for a more active nightlife scene head northwest toward downtown Tempe, where the Arizona State University crowd parties into the wee hours of the morning.

Find food, fun and drinks on tap at The Harp Irish Pub. As one would expect, the beer flow with Guinness, Harp Lager and 20 other brews on tap. The full bar also serves specialty martinis and wines by the glass. A daily happy hour saves money on drinks and appetizers. The menu focuses heavily on Irish pub food, including fish and chips, bangers and mash, and a traditional corned beef dinner. The place really starts hopping on Friday nights with a dueling piano performance.

History

While the Casa del Sol area remained an agricultural community through most of the 20th century, development really took off starting in the 1980s. Primarily a residential neighborhood, the area maintains a suburban feel.

The Gilbert Historical Museum serves cultural curiosity in the area. See exhibits highlighting the rich history of the area, including a model train system. Admission costs $5 for adults, with discounts for children and seniors.

Annual events in the general area include Riparian After Dark. The holiday display lights up riparian Preserve in Gilbert each December. The Downtown Concert Series hosts free concerts at the Water Tower Plaza in the Gilbert Historical District.

Transportation

The suburban nature of Casa del Sol means most people travel by car, and free parking proves readily available. U.S. 60, the Superstition Highway, connects the area to the highway system in and around the Phoenix area. Valley Metro provides limited bus service along Gilbert Road and Southern Avenue.

The area has marked bicycle lanes on most main roads. The Sun Circle Trail provides paved and unpaved sections for cyclists, runners and walkers along the Consolidated Canal. Overpasses and underpasses along the way allow travel without the need to cross major roads.

While sidewalks remain available, few people walk along the roads. Hailing a cab doesn't provide a viable option in this area. Instead, call taxi companies directly for pickup, or utilize Uber or Lyft. Both serve the Phoenix area.

Cost

A reasonable cost of living attracts many to Casa del Sol. Single-bedroom apartments rent for an average of $701 a month, 9 percent below the Phoenix area average. Since most people living here commute, gas prices 5 percent below the state average provide some relief. Riding Metro Valley buses instead costs $2 for a one-way trip or $4 for a day pass purchased before getting on the bus.

Prices to enjoy a night on the town fall within the average for the Phoenix area. Expect to pay $9.75 for a first-run movie theater ticket and $3.50 to $4 for a beer.

Shopping

When you do your shopping in Casa del Sol, you can expect to find deals nearby. Baseline Road serves as a main thoroughfare, lined with small businesses and shopping centers.

Those trying to save some cash find options at one of several thrift stores around the area. Several Goodwill stores throughout Mesa sell a wide array of clothes, furniture and home goods. For trendy name brands, you can find a wide selection at consignment store Urban Exchange. This locally-owned shop maintains an ever-evolving inventory featuring designer labels such as Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Coach and True Religion, while excluding department-store lines from Target, Kohls and Walmart. The resale store opens seven days a week, but does not purchase items on Sundays.

The active crowd in Mesa heads to Adventure Bicycle Company. The well-known shop stocks road, mountain and BMX bikes. Whether you're just starting out or a serious cyclist, the staff works with you to find the right set of wheels and accessories. This store serves as a hub for the local cycling community, keeping customers aware of cycling events across Arizona. A service center on site keeps your wheels in top condition and also provides repair and upgrade work.

Stores featuring basic living staples dot Casa del Sol. Find drugstores and banks nearby, along with a variety of grocery stores. Fry's Food, Safeway and a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market fill the traditional grocery store role. Those looking for specialty items head to Trader Joe's or local gourmet market chain AJ's Fine Foods, which features a full grocery selection and a bistro on site for those who prefer to let someone else do the cooking. Vendors at the Gilbert Farmers Market sell fresh, locally grown produce each Saturday morning.

Parks

Casa del Sol residents enjoy recreational activities at several neighborhood parks. Children typically head to Harmony Park. The 14-acre site off 32nd Street contains a playground and picnic facilities. A ramada on site shelters guests on a first come, first served basis.

Kingsborough Park presents even more options. In addition to the playgrounds and picnic facilities, a lighted basketball court keeps visitors busy and active. Head to the horseshoe pits for friendly but less strenuous competition.

Pets enjoy fresh air at Cosmo Dog Park. This area has a separate area for timid dogs, obstacles to keep them engaged and a lake for splashing around. Humans appreciate the benches, shade and lights.

Annual events around the general area include the Taste of Mesa. Located downtown each January, visitors sample a wide selection of foods from local restaurants.

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Casa del Sol appeals to families as a close-knit, suburban neighborhood. Part of the growing east valley, downtown Phoenix sits 30 minutes to the west and 13 miles from Arizona State University in Tempe.

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