Culdesac Tempe

Keridwen CorneliusSeptember 6, 2022
Share This

This guide to the Valley’s best neighborhoods for a variety of personalities can help you navigate today’s crucible of a real estate market and find your ideal home.

Culdesac Tempe

For utopian-minded sustainability warriors and bicycle enthusiasts. 
People who walk or bike to work are significantly happier than drivers, according to research from the University of York. But while most of us remain tethered to our Toyotas, the dream of congenial commuting is motivating some progressives to reserve their spot in a futuristic new community.

Culdesac Tempe is currently a 17-acre construction site on Apache Drive east of McClintock Drive. By 2022, it’s on track to become the nation’s first built-from-scratch car-free neighborhood. Residents will be contractually prohibited from parking on-site or within a quarter-mile of the property. Instead, they’ll satisfy their commuting needs by taking Valley Metro light rail from outside their doorstep, riding their bicycle, grabbing one of Culdesac’s shared bikes or scooters, or renting a handful of on-site electric vehicles by the hour or day. Visitors can park in a mini-lot on property.

Culdesac’s founders, Ryan Johnson and Jeff Berens, grew up in Phoenix and want this complex of 761 apartments, eateries, shops and shared spaces to be a template for post-car living nationwide. Their aim is to curb carbon emissions and reverse the Bowling Alone trend by fostering frequent neighborly encounters. Residents can promenade through lavishly landscaped pedestrian malls and have meet-cutes at the makerspace, dog park and communal grill. They’ll get to know business owners and newfound friends at on-site FireCreek Coffee, the Street Corner Urban Market and Cocina Chiwas.

Art renderings of Cocina Chiwas; Photo courtesy Culdesac Tempe
Art renderings of Cocina Chiwas; Photo courtesy Culdesac Tempe

Rental Cost:

Starting at $1,090 per month for a studio and $1,250 for a one-bedroom.

the shared park area at Culdesac Tempe; Photo courtesy Culdesac Tempe
the shared park area at Culdesac Tempe; Photo courtesy Culdesac Tempe
Street Corner at Urban Market in Culdesac Tempe; Photo courtesy Culdesac Tempe
Street Corner at Urban Market in Culdesac Tempe; Photo courtesy Culdesac Tempe
logo-phx-2019

For more than 50 years, PHOENIX magazine's experienced writers, editors, and designers have captured all sides of the Valley with award-winning and insightful writing, and groundbreaking report and design. Our expository features, narratives, profiles, and investigative features keep our 385,000 readers in touch with the Valley's latest trends, events, personalities and places.