HOUSING OPTIONS and tips to ease your way, for TEACHERS
who take SUMMER PHYSICS & CHEMISTRY COURSES
at ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY.
(compiled by Jane.Jackson@asu.edu. Partly revised in February 2017.)
Long-distance teachers who take ASU courses in summer can (1) live in a single dorm room on campus, or (2) bring their family and rent a condo or apartment off campus. Here are suggestions; also tips to ease your way while at ASU.
OPTIONS IN SUMMER:
(1) ON-CAMPUS DORM HOUSING FOR INDIVIDUALS:
[Sadly, in 2017 Cholla Hall on Rural Road, on the east end of campus, our favorite on-campus housing, is no longer an option. It was renovated in summer 2014, with furnished 2-bedroom, 1-bedroom, and studio apartments for students and summer conference attendees. I do not know details, as of Feb. 2017.]
In summers, I arrange housing for teachers in our summer Modeling Instruction/MNS program, at a group rate. E-mail me, if you would like me to arrange housing for you: http://modeling.asu.edu/MNS/MNS.html in the section called “Important info about the program for teachers …”
Prepare meals in the dorm kitchen down the hall, and/or eat at several low-cost cafes nearby. The only open cafeteria is in the Memorial Union, in the center of campus. No meal plans in summers. Memorial Union FAST FOOD locations & hours: http://sundevildining.asu.edu/tempe/locations, http://sundevildining.asu.edu/tempe/hours
See the sections below, called TIPS TO EASE YOUR WAY and LOGISTICS of the ASU CAMPUS in TEMPE.
(2) FAMILY HOUSING:
If you have a car or are willing to take a bus, strongly consider living in Scottsdale in a privately-owned condo or apartment near downtown or farther north. You should be able to get a beautiful “winter visitor” apartment in a lovely locale cheaply, because otherwise they are vacant all summer. Good rents are $800/month for 1 bedroom, $1000 for 2 bedroom, $1300 for 3-bedroom, including utilities.
Downtown Scottsdale is upscale, safe, and lively all year; it has art galleries, movie theatres, cafes and restaurants, a cultural center, art museum, concert hall, stage theatres, and many fine shops. A free trolley. A lovely greenbelt city park runs for 20 miles or more north and south next to Hayden Road, with golf courses, bike paths, fishing ponds, and many other recreational facilities. Bus #72 on Scottsdale Road, and bus #81 on Hayden Road, go directly to ASU every half hour on weekdays, and every hour on weekends.
LouAnn Wipperfurth, broker (This section was updated in January 2016.)
Lou Ann Wipperfurth <email@example.com>
http://home.mindspring.com/~louannw/Louann/ [Old website. She prefers that you call her!]
LOU ANN IS EXCELLENT TO WORK WITH! She goes out of her way to help teachers.
She owns 1- and 2-bedroom apartments in Scottsdale. She has 15 to 30 properties to rent in the summer. Some are near downtown Scottsdale; great locations in upscale areas.
She owns several 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom condos at Winfield Place Condos (see next entry; beautiful surroundings). Rent is about $850 to $1050/month, including phone and cable! (No connection charges, includes up to $150 electricity). Add cleaning fee. WE'VE RENTED SEVERAL; VERY ATTRACTIVE.
LouAnn wrote: “I own and manage 1- and 2-bedroom condos and patio homes; most are at Winfield Place. All units are non-smoking, no pets are allowed, all units have cable TV, VCR, stereo, answering machine, phone service, microwave, all linens, fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, pool, spa, some have tennis, very well decorated and very clean.”
WINFIELD PLACE CONDOS (6 miles north of ASU, 2 1/2 blocks to bus #72, which stops in front of the ASU Physical Sciences Building)
7430 E. Chaparral Road, 85250
480-946-7965. Office hours: M-F 9-4 pm
LouAnn Wipperfurth is leasing/property manager and home owners assn. manager.
A lovely community with many tall pine trees, in excellent quiet neighborhood, near Scottsdale Road - 1 mile to downtown. LouAnn manages their 248 condos that are privately owned. All are furnished and completely equipped. For some, utilities are extra. Phone & cable are already connected. $80 to $100 cleaning fee (nonrefundable). 1 bedroom condo: from $700/month. 2 bedrooms: from $900 (depends on owner). One month minimum.
Winfield Place is next to a canal; a good place to jog. Wooded appearance: tall pine trees & grass; a winding shallow stream – great for kids’ play! 1 mile to supermarket, excellent low-cost restaurant (Randy's), city park, huge air conditioned shopping center, best movie theatre, more. All "winter visitor" condos are non-smoking units, no pets allowed. Cable TV, VCR, stereo, answering machine, phone service, microwave, all linens, fully equipped kitchen, pools, spas. 2-story buildings. Well decorated and very clean. Covered parking. 4 laundry rooms on premise; large community building for get-togethers.
Affordable HOUSING near ASU: (partially updated in 2017)
In summer 2015, one of our physics teachers used this website to find a place to stay from June 7 to 26 in Tempe. She has a dog, so she used the filter "pets". http://www.vrbo.com/ Do a search on “charming urban habitat near ASU”. Reserve early! The cost was reasonable. The location is only a mile from the Tempe campus.
In summer 2015, a teacher stayed for $30.50/day + 15% tax, for 3 weeks, at
Studio 6 Tempe, 4909 S Wendler Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282
[I-10 At Baseline Rd, Exit #155. Several miles south of ASU.]
Phone: (602) 414-4470. FAX: (602) 414-4466. Pets are allowed: flat fee of $50.
In 2017, the cost is $35.64/night + tax for 20 nights in June. Kitchen. Popular! http://www.staystudio6.com https://www.staystudio6.com/en/motels.az.tempe.6031.html
Helpful hints for rentals:
Tax for rentals of less than a month is about 11%. If you stay for 1 month or longer, the tax is about 1.65%. So it’s to your advantage to stay 1 month or 5 weeks, rather than 4 weeks. (When you sign your rental agreement, be sure to specify at least a month or 5 weeks; otherwise you might pay 11% tax and not get it refunded.)
If you pay electricity, request a 1st floor apartment; your bill will be less (in a multistory building). Ask about ceiling fans. Ask about covered parking, for car batteries die fast in the heat. North-facing or east-facing apartments may be cooler. Trees help. (To help you estimate: my electric bill in July is typically $170 for my 1600 sq. ft. house. I keep the thermostat at 80 degrees.)
(optional) If internet connections are by phone line, order internet installation at least 2 weeks beforehand. Call Cox Communications or CenturyLink. Billing is addressed to your apartment, 1 week after connection. No obligations; cancel at any time.
For most apartments in Tempe, you must bring your own linens, towels, pots & pans, dishes, phone, TV, etc. A partial alternative is to buy items at a thrift store like Gracie’s Cottage, which is within walking distance of ASU. We have bedding, pillows, shower curtains, towels, dishes, silverware, & kitchen items stored in the Physics Dept. that we can lend.
TIPS TO EASE YOUR WAY
WHAT TO BRING: a pillow, sheets. Shower curtain and hooks. Lightweight, light-colored T-shirts, sandals, shorts. Alarm clock, clothes hangers, broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses, umbrella (monsoon in July! also can use as parasol to protect against sun), soap & bathroom items, sunscreen, water bottle. BRING YOUR SWIMSUIT, BEACH TOWEL, THONGS, and a PADLOCK for a locker at the ASU Student Recreation Center. Bring your cellphone.
THRIFT SHOPS: If you forget something or need a blanket to use as a mattress pad, a thrift shop, 'Gracie's Cottage', is at 1520 E. Apache. Salvation Army Thrift Store is at University Drive and Alma School Road in Mesa (Saturdays: 50% off). Goodwill and Salvation Army thrift stores are a few miles north, on Scottsdale Road (Rural Road).
GROCERY STORES: Food City supermarket is at 1338 E. Apache. A small grocery store is at the corner of Lemon and Terrace, near University Village & Cholla Hall. A convenience store is next door to GATEWAY AT TEMPE. A supermarket is on the NE corner of Broadway and Rural Road (Scottsdale Road); that's about 1.5 miles south of Cholla & University Village Apts.
RENTING housewares: CASTLE rentals. http://www.castlerents.com/package_pricing.php
(I know nothing about them. Prior to 2013, we dealt with Sunshine Rentals, but they no longer exist.)
If you want to cook lightly (say, just breakfast), and you fly here, see Jane Jackson in the ASU physics department; she has silverware, dishes, pots & pans, shower curtains, and kitchen stuff near her office in PS-H561, donated by teachers who were here before. (Sheets & blankets, mattress pads, too.) Or try Gracie's Cottage, or buy plastic dishes at Food City.
* Tempe Bicycle, a reliable long-time business a few blocks from campus, sells good used bicycles from $50 on up. They have many in the summer! Gracie’s Cottage sells used bicycles as-is.
* WARNING: car batteries die from the heat. They don't last more than 2 years, even though they're supposed to last 5 years. So bring your jumper cables. Another warning: cars get stolen & driven to Mexico, so lock your car always,
* BUY a dashboard protector for $5, & bring old towels to cover your upholstery, to protect it from the sun.
* A huge shopping center, Tempe Marketplace, is 1 mile north of University Drive, on McClintock Drive (Hayden Road). Many restaurants.
At the Chamber of Commerce (SE corner of Rural Rd & Apache Blvd), you can get a map of Tempe that includes a list of Tempe churches. Catholic Campus Parish is on NW corner of University Drive and College Avenue (a block west of the Physical Sciences Center). A Methodist church is a block west of that, on University Drive. A Congregational church (with a good day care center) is at 101 E. 6th Street.
LOGISTICS of the ASU CAMPUS in TEMPE:
DIRECTIONS TO ASU:
Look at the ASU map at http://www.asu.edu/map/interactive/
If you're driving on the 202 Loop: Get off at Rural Road (Scottsdale Road). Turn south.
The ASU main campus is quiet in summer, with few traffic jams.
LOCATION OF CLASSROOMS PS-H 356-358 and 357:
The Bateman Physical Sciences Center, wing H, is on University Drive, west of Rural Road and east of College Avenue. It's just east of the pedestrian bridge, on the south side of the street, just east of the Student Health Center. Walk into the breezeway of the Physical Science Center. Turn west and go inside. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor and walk east, down the hall to room PS-H 356-358 or 357.
PARKING ON ASU CAMPUS:. Visit https://cfo.asu.edu/pts or
ASU-Tempe campus parking map: http://www.asu.edu/parking/maps/tempe-current.pdf
The Physical Sciences complex, H-wing is "PS H" on the map.
Costs, as of summer 2015:
A) For enrolled students: $60 for the summer (lot 59), $90 and up (parking structures; the closest one is Stadium Structure #5, 1/2 block north of the Physical Sciences Center).
B) For conference attendees (e.g., teachers who take courses for noncredit):
The group rate is $40 for 4 weeks to park in lot 59 (about 4 blocks north of our building, east of the stadium; free FLASH bus goes from that lot to our building, solar panels give shade to many parking spots). Buy at Decal Sales office in Towers Apts. (5th St near College Ave).
If you're carpooling, several teachers can share one hanging decal & include all license plate numbers.
To pay for parking: Go to Parking & Transit Services building (in the TOWERS), 5th St between Forest & College Ave. Decal Sales room. Open 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM M-F. (480) 965-6124. Have ready: license plate info, parking permit application, photo ID, and payment (cash, check, Mastercard, Visa).
(We suggest that you get your parking decal the week before your course starts. If that's impossible, consider parking on the first day in the Fulton Garage at the NE corner of University Drive and College Avenue; enter from either street.)
C) For occasional parking (say, on your first day):
* The closest visitors' parking structure is the Fulton Garage at the ASU Foundation building, one block west of our building, the Bateman Physical Sciences Center. From Rural Road, turn west (right) onto University Drive. Drive past the pedestrian bridge, and turn right into the Fulton Garage. Or take the first right (at the light) onto College Avenue and turn right into that same garage. $4/hour, maximum $12/day
* Rural Road Structure: Drive south on Rural Road, past University Drive. Turn right (west) at Terrace St, just north of Rural Road Parking Structure.
Walk north on McAllister Avenue to Tyler Street, turn LEFT (west), and walk past 3 buildings to the Bateman Physical Sciences Center (on your right, northwest of the Noble Science Library).
* METERED PARKING is just east of our building, on the south side of University Drive (lot #46), west of McAllister Avenue, opposite the high rise dorms on University Drive that are east of the pedestrian bridge. Pay by credit card. $2. 1 hour max. FREE after 10pm and all day Sunday.
Other transportation options (updated June 2015):
* 8th Street, east of Rural Road, is an option for events LESS than 2 hours, or unlimited time after 4pm. FREE parallel parking on north side of street.
* Some people bring their bicycle in their car, and bike to campus from the FREE Park & Ride Structure at McClintock Road/Apache Boulevard (SE corner, enter from McClintock).
* Park & Ride lot -- light rail and metro bus -- on Dorsey Lane & Lemon St, 1 block north of Apache Blvd (about 1.5 mile SE of our building). Park there for FREE, and take the FREE MERCURY Orbit bus, on Lemon Street; go west -- it stops in front of our building. http://www.valleymetro.org/park_and_rides/mlr
* ASU Lot 57 (northwest corner of Rural Road & University; access from 6th Street): pay-by-space parking ($5.00 per day. Visa, Mastercard, $1 & $5 bills) Only a few blocks NE of our building.
* ASU Lot 50 (on Veterans way, just south of Stadium Structure, 1/2 block north of our building): pay-by-space parking. ($8 for all day. Visa, Mastercard, $1 & $5 bills.)
LIGHT RAIL: The nearest light rail stop is two blocks east of our building (Rural Road station). $4 for a one-day pass, http://www.valleymetro.org/metrolightrail/
Farthest FREE park & ride locations:
WEST: 19th Ave/Montebello in Phoenix - 794 spaces
EAST: Sycamore/Main St in Mesa - 802 spaces.
ASU students can buy a summer pass online for $75. It is called U.Pass. 480-965-1072.
If your housing is within walking distance to ASU, you don't need a car during the week.
Teachers like to carpool to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, etc. on weekends. Cars can be rented inexpensively for weekends at Enterprise Car Rental in Tempe & near condos in Scottsdale. You save 11% airport tax, etc. Since tourists aren't here, rental agencies have money-saving coupons all summer long.
In Tempe, near ASU (updated in Jan. 2016):
* ENTERPRISE: (1 1/2 miles from ASU; 1/2 mile north of GATEWAY AT TEMPE. 1120 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe. 480-784-5995, 1-800-736-8222.) 150 free miles/day.
* AVIS: 1412 N. Scottsdale Road (at Weber Dr). 480-994-9376
* BUDGET: 1412 N. Scottsdale Road (at Weber Dr). 480-994-9088
In Scottsdale, near Winfield Place:
* AVIS: 5401 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. (480) 947-7227
MOTELS NEAR ASU:
If you arrive too late in the day to get into your apartment, here are low-cost but good motels. Or your family can stay there, if they come for a few days.
Baymont (formerly Country) Inn & Suites Tempe Phoenix Airport
808 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe AZ 85281
2 miles north of the ASU Physical Science Building.
I inspected a room and visited the facilities in May 2011. I found it to be new, beautiful and luxurious; well-maintained; helpful staff; quiet because of double-pane windows, even though it's on a main street and within a block of the freeway. The neighborhood consists of small businesses, one of which is a 'girlie' joint across the four-lane street.
Shelly Legas Leydecker, Sales Manager, was very helpful. She is still there in 2016. Ask if they have an ASU rate, if it is for yourself.
* Daily Hot Buffet Breakfast (substantial!)
* 24 Hour Airport Transportation
* Free transportation to and from ASU
* Local Transportation within a 5 miles radius
* Free Wifi and Ethernet connection
* Guest Laundry
* Valet Laundry
* On-Site Fitness Center
* Fully Renovated Guest Rooms (large)
* Low-cost restaurants within walking distance: Denny’s is a block south, and Starbucks and Jack-in-the-Box.
* When you arrive at the airport, call the hotel's local number. (It should be on the key, on the wall near the baggage area, where landline phones are located to call ground transportation.) Tell them which terminal to bring the van to. If you arrive at Terminal 4 (US Airways & SW Airlines), get on the van on the NORTH SIDE of the baggage area.
In Tempe, next door to " GATEWAY AT TEMPE " apartments:
Quality Inn. 1375 E. University Dr. 480-774-2500.
Rooms, suites. Full breakfast. Complimentary airport shuttle. From $60 in summer 2016. This is the ASU rate: a 10% discount.
TAXI TO TEMPE OR SCOTTSDALE:
Tempe is a 5 minute drive east from SKY HARBOR airport in Phoenix. The Super Shuttle or a cab costs about $20 including tip (in 2013). Taxi cost to Winfield Place Condos at 7430 E. Chaparral Road in Scottsdale is about $35, and SuperShuttle cost is ~$25 for the first person & a lesser amount for each additional person. A city bus from the airport to ASU (the RED LINE, east) costs $2.
BUSES IN TEMPE:
* ORBIT: Free in Tempe neighborhoods & ASU. Every 15 minutes, Mon - Sat.
Download routes & schedules here: http://routes.valleymetro.org/timetables/6/route_list
MARS and MERCURY go past the Bateman Physical Sciences building (University Dr).
* FLASH: Free buses go around ASU campus in both directions M-F, every 10 minutes.
Download a schedule, map & brochure.
It goes between Lot 59 & 59N (Packard Drive) and our building (University Drive).
In the morning, take FLASH FORWARD from lot 59.
In the afternoon, take FLASH BACK from our building to lot 59.
Metro Phoenix bus & light rail information: http://www.valleymetro.org/
$2 for 1 ride; $4 all-day pass; $33 fifteen-day pass, etc. Reduced fares for disability, elders, youth.
CITY OF TEMPE BICYCLE REGULATIONS:
You must ride with the flow of traffic! (WATCH OUT! -- a teacher got cited & had to go to court for riding on the sidewalk against the flow of traffic.)
The ASU Police Dept recommends using a U-lock versus a cable lock, to better prevent your bike from being stolen. Buy at half price on campus. https://cfo.asu.edu/bike-gear
STUDENT RECREATION CENTER (SRC) at ASU: https://fitness.asu.edu/
It's a fabulous place! Weight rooms, indoor basketball courts & racquetball courts, large swimming pool, etc. Students can rent camping gear: 2-person tents, sleeping bags, camp stoves, backpacks, etc. very reasonably!
Day camp for children age 5 to 11: https://fitness.asu.edu/programs/kids-camp/tempe
OTHER HOUSING POSSIBILITIES:
I list 3 categories of furnished apartments by city: Tempe, Scottsdale, and Mesa. I don’t have direct experience with most of them.
OTHER FURNISHED APARTMENTS
within WALKING/BIKING DISTANCE OF ASU:
THE OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT SERVICES OFFICES at the MEMORIAL UNION at ASU has an apartment service for students. Links, tips, & download their housing guide:
You can use the STATE PRESS (ASU student newspaper) apartment search function at
Or call an apartment location company in Tempe:
Apartment Finders (480) 897-7600 (They can help find furnished apts. in 2013.)
Apartment Hunters (480) 969-4787
MORE FURNISHED APARTMENTS IN TEMPE:
SPRINGHILL SUITES by Marriott
5211 South Priest Drive Š Tempe, AZ 85283
From $67/night for minimum of 7 nights in summer 2013.
HAWTHORNE SUITES by Wyndham Tempe
2301 East Southern Ave, Tempe AZ 85282
From $67/night for minimum of 7 nights in summer 2013.
922 Place (formerly THE VUE ON APACHE)
922 East Apache Blvd, Tempe 85281
1 to 5 bedrooms. Minimum 3-month lease.
Electricity is not included. Internet included.
Full-size bed in private bedroom. Covered parking: lease a space. Expensive!
VILLAS ON APACHE (1 mile SE of Physical Science Center at ASU.)
1111 E. Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281
480-303-7001 or 1-800-247-6147
Office open 9-6 M-F, 10-5 Sat. (and Sunday afternoon)
They usually require 12-month lease, but might be persuaded to transfer a lease to a teacher for a month in summer, since some apartments are vacant then. Older buildings.
On “RED” bus line, that goes to Sky Harbor airport and downtown Phoenix.
2 bedroom apartments. Gated entrance. Recreation, pool, washer & dryer. Computer center with internet. Trees, grass. Covered parking. On a 4-lane street with light rail, but traffic is light, and apartments are set back from street. Bring your own linens, etc.. No pets. Families okay, but student-oriented; not used to kids. Low-cost cafes nearby. A thrift shop, Gracie's Cottage, is 4 blocks east of the apartments. Food City supermarket is at 1338 E. Apache, grocery store is 1 block north. Several restaurants nearby. Tempe Chamber of Commerce is 2 blocks west.
GATEWAY AT TEMPE (1.3 mi east of Physical Science Ctr, on 2 bus lines to ASU)
1655 E. University Drive, Tempe AZ 85281
288 apartments, built around 1997; space for 1000 students. They don’t usually rent to individuals in the summer, and they change management companies often. But it doesn’t hurt to ask. [For three summers around 2005, we had a private arrangement to provide group housing there. Our assigned apartments were 4 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms, or 2 bathrooms; and a nice studio.] Several buildings; ones near the pool are noisy due to loud parties. Amenities: gated entrance; washer & dryer in apt., ceiling fans, full kitchen with microwave oven, covered parking, swimming pool, computer room with internet, recreation room, fitness center (treadmill, stairclimber, weights, etc.), tennis courts, barbecue grills. Free parking. SPACIOUS APARTMENTS! Bicycle to campus, or ride the free FLASH bus from the park in the back, on 8th Street. Each bedroom has a full-size, extra-long bed, and a lock on the door. No families.
EXPENSIVE RENTALS in TEMPE!
Next to ASU, on 5th Street:
Marriott RESIDENCE INN Downtown/University, 519 S Forest Ave, Tempe 85281.
In June 2017, cost is $2880 + 15% tax for 20 days for studio with 2 beds & kitchen. Includes breakfasts (& hors d’oeuvres on Tues, Wed. & Thurs at 6pm) 480-967-2300
Reserve ASAP, because they fill up – even in summer; you can cancel if needed.
Marriott RESIDENCE INN (About 3 miles south of ASU; on bus line)
5075 S Priest Dr, Tempe AZ 85282
(480) 756-2122, 1-800-331-3131
Fully equipped: just bring your luggage. Breakfast included. A teacher and her daughter rented a studio for 4 weeks 2 decades ago and said that they were VERY happy. They rarely had to buy meals, she said, because the daily hors d’oeuvres were ample for supper. Large studio from $119/night for minimum 7 nights in 2013. Also, 2 BR, 2 bath.
480-967-0362; 1-800-278-7338. http://www.bridgestreet.com
Washer & dryer in each apartment. Weekly maid service included. Rent by the month at San Portella, 2155 S. 55th St, Tempe 85282, or at Trillium at Papago (4950 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008, (602) 466-2633 http://trilliumresidential.com/papago/.
Rent by the month at San Portella, 2155 S. 55th St, Tempe 85282.
Washer & dryer in each apartment. Maid service costs extra.
MORE FURNISHED APARTMENTS & CONDOS IN SCOTTSDALE: (The sections below have not been updated since 2005 or so.)
DESERT SKY PROPERTIES, in Scottsdale.
480-991-2268. Leave a message at any time, and Connie will call you back.
Connie King is the sole owner and employee.
Connie King <firstname.lastname@example.org> Connie manages 3 dozen properties, individually owned and rented to winter visitors. About 12 to 15 are available to rent in summer. Most are in upscale north Scottsdale, in McCormick Ranch and Scottsdale Ranch areas (about 12 miles from ASU). Most properties are vacant in summer.
* a 2-bedroom at Hayden Road & Via de Ventura (- a great location, in McCormick Ranch: many trees, near park!) bus line #81 to ASU, about 11 miles north of ASU.
* a large 2-bedroom at Hayden and Thomas Road (about 5 miles N-NE of ASU) On bus line #81.
* a 3-bedroom at Hayden/McDonald (3rd bedroom is furnished as a library/office)
http://arrowpointrealtyinc.com (has some photos)
June & July are excellent months - 1/2 price! They have 1, 2, and 3 bedroom condos, individually owned, most in Scottsdale. Some owners want a 6-month lease; others are happy just to rent them at all. Each one will vary as far as utilities being included, but utilities will already be turned on.
An Arrowpoint realtor wrote, “These are our low-end units but are all very clean and rent for two times this amount quite successfully in the winter months. We have many repeat customers, so the units are nice and our service is efficient. I can find dozens more but wanted to give you an idea.”
South & downtown Scottsdale:
Be careful when renting in South or downtown Scottsdale, because of crime in some locations. For example:
* 2nd Street near 68th Street: Americana Condos, 2 bedrooms. (Jane’s note: I stayed there in 1984 when I moved to Phoenix. Good place then; quiet. Some crime nowadays. Price might be too high.)
* 68th St. between Camelback Rd and Chaparral Rd: Camelback House: 2 bedroom, 2 bath. (Jane’s note: a friend of mine lived there. A very good location within walking distance to downtown, & 2 blocks from huge air conditioned 3-level mall. Pool, covered assigned parking, trees, grass. A bit noisy in apartments that are near the 2-lane street; but most are far back from street. 5 blocks to bus #72 to ASU.)
* 92nd St. & Mountain View, Racquet Club. Many in this complex, different owners, different prices: 2 bedroom 2 bath, 1 bedroom 1 bath. (Jane’s note: I found the Racquet Club to be a great place! Gated community, fabulous recreational facilities, lovely grounds. About 12 miles north of ASU, 5 blocks east of bus line #82.)
Mid-north Scottsdale (McCormick Ranch area):
*Villa De Villarta: 1 bedroom 1 bath.
SCOTTSDALE SUITES (about 5 miles north of ASU; 4 blocks from bus #72 to ASU)
7534 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale
35 1-bedroom apartments. Queen size bed. Linens, dishes, etc. are included, phone and cable are connected. Pool, assigned covered parking. Contact them in May for availability. Rent by the month including utilities. Add tax.
HOMESTEAD SCOTTSDALE (about 5 miles north of ASU, on bus line #72 to ASU)
3560 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale.
Built in the 1990s. Free local phone calls, satellite TV. Swimming pool & free parking, but not covered. 24 hour security. Queen size bed, 2-burner countertop stove. In downtown Scottsdale, 1 block west of Scottsdale Road. Walk to everything cultural; restaurants, shopping, movies. Rent includes 1x per week cleaning and change of sheets & towels. Regular studio (300 sq. ft) with kitchenette, Deluxe studio (350 sq. ft) can have 2 queen size beds.
FOUNTAIN TERRACE RESORT APTS (5 miles north of ASU. 4 blocks to bus #72)
3621 N. 68th Street, Scottsdale; 2 blks S of Indian School Rd, 4 blks west of Scottsdale Rd. 1 mile from downtown Scottsdale. (Jane’s note: neighborhood has deteriorated; 2-lane street is busy. I don’t recommend anything in this region.) 1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms.
FURNISHED APARTMENTS IN MESA.
BUDGET SUITES OF AMERICA (6 miles E-SE of ASU. On bus line that doesn’t go to ASU)
825 S. Dobson, Mesa, AZ (between Broadway & Southern Ave)
http://www.budgetsuites.com/locations-list.php?id=51 or 2 bedrooms (1 bath).
(WE’VE USED THIS PLACE. NEW AND ATTRACTIVE.)
Sheets, blankets, towels are provided. Cable TV, swimming pool, laundry room, free parking (not covered, though), convenience store next door, Marie Callendar restaurant next door. Safe neighborhood, quiet, back from the street. Children allowed, but they cater to businesses. Reserve early; easy to cancel (ask about their policy on cancellations).
Kitchen facilities (kitchen utensils, china, pots & pans, etc.) cost extra. No dishwasher. Microwave costs extra. (An inconvenience is that one bedroom in each apartment is open to the living room.) THE 2-BEDROOM IS RECOMMENDED FOR 3-week or shorter stays.
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA (about 8 miles S-SE of ASU)
455 W. Baseline Road, Mesa AZ
At Country Club Drive, a major north-south street. On bus line, but not to ASU. Near Superstition freeway. No swimming pool. Free parking, but not covered. Ask if rent includes 2x per week change of sheets & towels, once a week cleaning by maid.
Studio (1 person) with kitchen. From $47 in summer, with minimum 7 nights stay.
WARREN HOUSE (4 miles east of ASU, on “YELLOW” bus line to ASU.)
1457 W. University, Mesa AZ. 480-962-1833. Office open 9-12, 1-5:30 M-F.
Studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms. I VISITED. DEPRESSING, OLDER, IN RUN-DOWN NEIGHBORHOOD. NOT RECOMMENDED.