Royal Palms/Sherwood – Mesa, AZ

You'll find the Royal Palms/Sherwood neighborhoods located south of the Loop 202-Red Mountain Freeway just northeast of downtown Mesa and just under 19 miles east of Phoenix. A predominantly residential area, both Royal Palms and Sherwood proffer a great location for working families and retirees alike. The Royal Palms golf course perfectly embodies the laid back lifestyle so many people in the area long for. People tend to live in these neighborhoods because of the family atmosphere, the close proximity to downtown Mesa and Phoenix and the quick accessibility to the Superstition Mountains to the east.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

While there isn’t really any nightlife in the Royal Palms and Sherwood communities themselves, downtown Mesa has become more of a destination than in years past. Some of the best Mexican cuisine can be found in West Mesa, near both of these communities. You might drive by Casa Ramos, which rests just west of Sherwood along Main Street, and not think twice about it. This unassuming structure dishes out some of the best Mexican cuisine in the east valley. The top-notch, authentic atmosphere has you feeling like you’ve been magically transported to Mexico. Fantastic margaritas always help to wash down tender pork carnitas, and will have you coming back again and again. Millie’s Café rests just two doors down from Café Ramos and serves some delicious Caribbean cuisine. Mofongos are a traditional Puerto Rican dish that you’ve got to eat to believe. When you’ve had your fill of those, move on to the tripleta sandwich, an absolute must. Millie’s creates the perfect dining solution for an uncomplicated sit-down experience or for those on the go with carryout service readily available. Head west towards Downtown Mesa along Main Street and stop at Haven Burger to get your fix of Americana. The word “haven” means “a place of safety or refuge,” which explains why so many people in the area stave off their hunger here. This cozy diner doles out deliciously juicy and massive burger patties. Try the pastrami burger, because more good meat can only be a good thing. Residents of Sherwood and Royal Palms typically venture out to Scottsdale or Tempe if they are looking to get really wild. There are a few local establishments in the area, such as Hambone Sports Bar, but the true hidden gem happens to be a liquor store. Sun Devil Liquors sits just west of these communities along Country Club, south of University. Walk through the main entrance of the store towards the back and then head down the spiral staircase. Below the deck you'll find rows and rows of fine wines, fridges of amazing beer and a large back room that holds periodic tastings. Not to mention the small bar with a rotating selection of brews on tap.

History & Culture

Settled by Mormons in the late 1800s, Mesa has seen its fair share of diversity over the course of its history. This refers to both the population and the use of its land. Primarily an agricultural landscape, over time the citrus groves have turned into communities such as Royal Palms and Sherwood, which house families working the vast array of industries in the area. Mesa has become much more than a farm town. It ranks as the 38th-largest city in the U.S. Home to Boeing, Wal-Mart and Banner Health, the area has experienced massive amounts of job-related growth. The beautiful surroundings of the Superstition mountains to the east and the Salt River to the north have always been a draw to residents, and the advancement in air conditioning technology certainly helped Mesa grow in size to what you see today.


The Valley Metro Light Rail won’t quite extend all the way to these neighborhoods, but it will serve as a viable alternative to driving a car to sporting events and live shows in western Mesa, Tempe or downtown Phoenix. As with the rest of the Phoenix Metro Area, most residents of Sherwood and Royal Palms drive their own cars. Your best bet to get a taxi is to call a local cab company or hire an Uber driver. Valley Metro bus route 40 takes you east and west along Main Street and route 128 takes you north south along Stapley Drive. Public parking is available at no cost in lots and along streets in the area, and many areas offer safe walking and biking.


The homes in the Sherwood/Royal Palms neighborhoods aren't the largest or the newest, as such, the cost of living tends to be a bit below the average for Mesa. A one-bedroom apartment will set you back roughly $600 a month, and a beer at Hambone’s down the street will run about $3. On average, gas in Mesa costs in the neighborhood of 12 percent less than the national average, and a one-way bus ride comes with a $2 fee.


In general, Mesa doesn't have the reputation of Scottsdale for high-end shopping options. Most residents of Sherwood and Royal Palms typically head to Scottsdale for those purchases. However, large shopping complexes like Mesa Riverview or Mesa Grand have just about everything you could want to buy. Mesa Riverview is just west and Mesa Grand just 2 miles south of the neighborhood. Make sure your kids are the beaus and/or belles of the ball by picking up some sharp threads at Crismon's Baby Boutique. Located in between Royal Palms and Sherwood on University, this quaint establishment has adorable formalwear for your little ones. Dresses, tuxedoes and even gifts to bribe them (if necessary) into wearing said dresses and tuxedos. This one-stop formal shop has everything you need to make that wedding or First Communion go off without a hitch. When looking for food shopping options, Basha's, Sprouts and Food City are all within striking distance of these two communities. Basha's, the local big boy around town, serves as the primary go-to for most residents looking for a traditional grocery shopping experience. Sprouts has a much wider selection of specialty food items and organic products, where Food City has a wide selection of authentic Mexican foods and ingredients for festive affairs.


While you won't find any parks directly in these communities, Royal Palms Golf Course does provide nice greenery and a fun relaxing way to escape the city life. When looking for some true park recreation, head northwest to Fitch Park, which has everything from covered ramadas to 4 softball fields. Hohokam Stadium to the north will be the new spring training facility for the Oakland Athletics, promising fun afternoons with the family at the ball park. Head way out to east past the edge of Mesa to enjoy one of the most anticipated annual events in all of the greater Phoenix Metro Area. The Arizona Renaissance Festival averages 250,000 attendees every year, and regardless of whether or not you dress in costume, the spectacle is worth the price of admission.
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