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N Center Revitilization Association

Mesa, AZ

The N. Center Neighborhood of Mesa, Arizona is just south of Red Mountain Freeway, with N. Country Club Drive forming its eastern border. Considered part of West Mesa, the N. Center Neighborhood includes the Mesa Arts Center and the Mesa Riverview District. Residents who choose apartments in the West Mesa area enjoy easy access to major freeways, including Loop 202, which provide quick access to Phoenix, located about 16 minutes away. The Phoenix-Gateway Mesa Airport is adjacent to the neighborhood, and Hohokam Stadium (a baseball field that serves as the Chicago Cubs spring training facility) is in the south section of the neighborhood.

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Living in N Center Revitilization Association

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The impressive Mesa Arts Center stands tall as the centerpiece of a revitalization effort to spruce up downtown Mesa in 2005. It definitely worked, and the $95 million arts campus is the largest in the state. Whether it's an art showing, Broadway musical or touring orchestral group, you'll find it at the Mesa Arts Center. After a show, saunter down Main Street to the highly rated Republica Empanada for a unique twist on Latin American fare which doesn't disappoint. The shabby chic decor inside a refurbished midcentury bank building seems to match the restaurant's trendy take on the sweet and savory fried pies. Hop on a stool at the table bar and delight your senses with a Ruiz's Pieces empanada stuffed with Nutella cream and peanut butter or perhaps a salty Pernil version. Small restaurants make up most of the eateries, but don't let that fool you. The inexpensive Royal Thai Grill offers hungry visitors more than 100 dishes to choose from, and the curry tricks your taste buds into thinking you are dining at a much fancier place. Cindy's Arizona Cafe serves up good old-fashioned breakfasts with down home country flavors like biscuits and gravy. Needless to say, mornings are a busy time for Cindy's. Looking for some night time entertainment? Gritty metal venue club the Underground in the Nile Theater may not be for the faint of heart, but it's loud and intimate. But the best bars can be found at Mesa Riverview Shopping area, just a five-minute drive from the center of this West Mesa neighborhood.

History

The city of Mesa predates its larger, glitzier cousin Phoenix, yet its rich history lingers in the neighborhood nonetheless. Pioneers with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints settled this region in the 1800s. Later on, baseball's famed Cactus League decided on the city's sunny atmosphere as a perfect spring training ground. Today the stories of the faithful and the famous can be found at the Mesa Historical Museum. The museum gives tours of historic homes and cemeteries for curious visitors who want to take a peek into the past.

Transportation

Drivers use the nearby Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway as the main artery to access Loop 101 to get them toward downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale. Popular public transportation options include the light rail train and buses. Valley Metro bus routes crisscross the district, providing easy access to Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. It's a bit more difficult to access the light rail, but a few trains do operate here. Cabs are available if driving your own car isn't an option, and rideshare companies Uber and Lyft service this area, too. Public parking is usually free; the few existing parking meters charge a very nominal fee. Plenty of sidewalks line the roads for those who like to walk, and many bikes share the street with vehicles with no problem.

Cost

Affordability remains the top reason residents live in this portion of West Mesa. The median rental cost of a one-room residence stands about $662. Filling up at the gas station won't be as painful here than other parts of the country — a gallon of gas costs 11 percent less than the national average. If you stop by a local watering hole, you can expect that refreshing bottle of beer to cost about $2.50. A one-way fare on Valley Metro buses or the light rail train will set you back even less, at $2 a pop and $4 for a day pass.

Shopping

Need to get your shopping done? Built in the early 2000s, the Mesa Riverview shopping district impresses soccer moms and jaded suburbanites alike. Big box stores like Target make an appearance here, but you'll also find Bikram Yoga and Ski Pro for that quick trip to the snow-covered mountains. You can explore the great outdoors inside the comfort of air-conditioning at the two-story Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, complete with a kid-friendly shooting range. It's worth a trip just for the live fish swimming in the aquariums and the large stuffed wild animals. For the cowboy in your life, a stop at Sheplers Boot Barn will bring out everyone's John Wayne among the python boots and rhinestone rodeo belts. The wide selection of shirts, jeans and, of course, cowboy hats are sure to be a hit - you can even reshape that Stetson for a small fee. Residents have several grocery stores to choose from in the area, including Bashas' and Fry's Food. Health-conscious individuals can stock up at Sprouts Farmers Market and the extensive Superstition Ranch Market is a great source for fresh vegetables. The Mesa Community Farmers Market, a small farmers market featuring local food and farm products, gives residents more local options for the dinner table.

Parks

Moms and toddlers who need a break can check out the free 10-acre Whitman Park, complete with a playground for smaller children and a ramada full of picnic tables for lunchtime. Little ones will love the climbable red truck, and older visitors have full use of lighted basketball and hard-surface volleyball courts on a first-come, first-serve basis. An even larger playground awaits at Park of the Canals, rock wall included. The best part? A free botanical garden centered around ancient canals built by the Hohokam people. Walkers enjoy the quarter-mile loop trail and can explore a wide variety of desert cacti throughout the 30-acre park.

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1930 N Country Club Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201
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1505 N Country Club, Mesa, AZ 85201
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Apartments for Rent in N Center Revitilization Association, Mesa, AZ

The N. Center Neighborhood of Mesa, Arizona is just south of Red Mountain Freeway, with N. Country Club Drive forming its eastern border. Considered part of West Mesa, the N. Center Neighborhood includes the Mesa Arts Center and the Mesa Riverview District. Residents who choose apartments in the West Mesa area enjoy easy access to major freeways, including Loop 202, which provide quick access to Phoenix, located about 16 minutes away. The Phoenix-Gateway Mesa Airport is adjacent to the neighborhood, and Hohokam Stadium (a baseball field that serves as the Chicago Cubs spring training facility) is in the south section of the neighborhood.

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