If cold weather isn’t your thing, look no further than Glendale, Arizona. Located just outside Phoenix and Scottsdale, Glendale residents enjoy everything the big cities have to offer while maintaining their own quiet way of life. The real estate and job markets here are hot. Glendale homes for sale are currently listed at a median price of $233,365. Popular neighborhoods include elite Arrowhead and Historic Downtown Glendale.

For much of the year, Glendale boasts the ideal climate to enjoy outdoor activities, like golf, tennis, biking and swimming. In fact, the terrain includes 40 miles of hiking trails and more than 100 miles worth of bike routes. Of course, hot air balloon rides are a great way to enjoy the desert in all its scenic glory. When it gets too hot for comfort, residents cool off at the Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix water park, which is actually located squarely in Glendale.

Known as Arizona’s “antique capital,” Glendale boasts a number of antiques-themed events and shops, particularly in the Old Towne shopping district. The area’s appreciation for all things unique and different is reflected in its wide array of museums, including The Bead Museum and the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum. Another local gem is Manistee Ranch Park, a former working ranch that is now open to the public for tours of the grounds and structures. Don’t be surprised if, while you’re there, a fighter plane or two buzzes overhead. Glendale is the proud home of Luke Air Force Base, the largest fighter-pilot training center in the world.

Glendale has also made quite a name for itself in the sports world, having served as host for the Super Bowl and as the annual site for spring training for many Major League Baseball teams. Arizona Coyotes (hockey) and Arizona Cardinals (football) also call the cozy suburb home.