Sunnyslope is an established Phoenix neighborhood just seven miles north of downtown with a culturally diversified community. In the eastern portion of Sunnyslope you'll find city and mountain views, larger estates and custom homes. The west side is where you'll find smaller homes that date back to when Sunnyslope was first platted.
Sunnyslope was founded on its mom and pop type businesses. The community continues to try and preserve that independent spirit however, new retail like Walmart are challenging some of that independence. Geographically Sunnyslope sits at the foothills of North Mountain range with its boundaries being:
West: 19th Avenue
East: 16th Street
North: Cactus Road
South: Northern Avenue
The first subdivision in Sunnyslope was platted in 1911 by the founder William R Norton. By 1919 the area was mostly cactus and sagebrush with a few small cottages. The area became a popular destination for people in the eastern US who suffered from asthma and tuberculosis. They mostly lived in tents or small cottages and planned to stay temporarily, but many ended up staying. The area boomed after the end of World War II and as a result many businesses, schools and churches were constructed. Sunnyslope Elementary opened in 1949 and Sunnyslope High School in 1953. In 1959 the City of Phoenix annexed Sunnyslope.
The transformation of Sunnyslope continued with new subdivisions. A local architect Leslie Mahoney created five subdivisions in Sunnyslope between 1945-1955 including Sunland. This subdivision has 70 homes, curved streets, and two and three bedrooms.
According to an article written January 21, 2017 by Phoenix Magazine, Sunnyslope is listed as one to the top 10 hottest neighborhoods in Phoenix by 2020 for its bargain prices and million dollar views. We're a few years away so time will tell if Sunnyslope is indeed a hot real estate market in 2020. For now, go check out the local restaurants that offer some great alternatives to the major chains such as Timo's, Most Wanted Taco Shop, Scramble, Shabu Fondue, La 15 Y Salsas, or Grinders Coffee Company.
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