New South Tempe Restaurants Coming Soon

We will soon be seeing three new South Tempe restaurants in an area where demand has seemed to outpace supply.

Tempe Public Market, The Oink Cafe and Zipps Sports Grill are all opening soon off of Warner Road. Oink and Zipps are at McClintock and Warner, and the Tempe Public Market will be opening at Rural and Warner.

Maybe the biggest news is the new Tempe Public Market Cafe that’s coming to the NE corner of Rural and Warner in the old Circle K building. They’ll have a 3200 square foot restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They’ll have sandwiches, salads, slow-cooked meats, pastries, coffee and a bar with local beer and wine. I’ve been talking to people about this for a few months, and everyone seems to be really excited for these guys to be coming to South Tempe. While the press release and the New Times story didn’t mention it, we’ve also heard that a “high-end” Mexican food restaurant could be joining them on that corner in the old Barro’s space.

Tempe Public Market

Another really cool addition to the area is going to be the new Oink Cafe, which is opening in the old Marcello’s space at the SW corner of McClintock and Warner. Breakfast, lunch and bacon. What else could we ask for. Right? They have 2 current locations and their reviews are awesome. I am really looking forward to this one opening as it is the closest of the three to my home!

The other one I noticed back in like March or April. A liquor license application in the window said that Zipps Sports Grill was looking to move into a building near the NE corner of McClintock and Warner. They have done a LOT of work to the building and added a pretty cool looking outdoor patio. Nothing wrong with having a new sports bar in the ‘hood, right?

Here’s the sign I saw in the window earlier this year.

Looks like @zippssportsgrills is coming to McClintock and Warner. I'm cool with that! 🙂 #southtempestyle #Tempe

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Chickens, Eggs and South Tempe Restaurants

For years, I have talked to people about how underserved this area seems to be with quality restaurant options. Sure, there are nice homes here and disposable income in this area is higher than several areas with more dining options, but density has been a big question mark. Larger homes on larger lots have apparently kept some restaurant owners away. Until now… I’m glad to see this recent activity in the area. Sure, we have yummy local places like Great Harvest Bread, Vincitorio’s, Crepe Bar and several others nearby, but I think all three of these places will be a great addition.

The 85284 zip code was recently ranked as a top 5 wealthiest zip code in the state, with average incomes north of $148,000. Most of these people can probably afford to eat out. I hope these new restaurants thrive and open the door for more to come!

Mill Avenue Becoming More as Downtown Tempe

Mill Avenue: It is known far and wide by people of all walks of life. The iconic street has seen ups and downs, good times, more good times and even some bad times. It has history and it has a bright future.

Here in Tempe, there’s always a ton of talk about what is happening “on Mill.” There’s no explanation needed, there are no directions to be given if you say you are going to a bar, restaurant, shop or event on Mill. EVERYONE knows exactly what you are talking about.

While some might not be huge fans of Mill Avenue and people in south Tempe whine about north Tempe getting all of the attention, resources and favor of our leaders, the reality is, the economic engine that is ( or was ) the Mill Avenue District paves the way for more growth in the city and in the region.

Last night, we heard city leaders talk about plans and the vision to re-brand the Mill Avenue District. A new logo, new marketing blitz and a fancy new web site have been put in place to tell people about Downtown Tempe. No longer will they market the Mill Avenue District. The future is all about the larger area of Downtown Tempe. They have been using the #TempeRising tag on all of the major social sites for you to follow along.

Recently, we’ve seen some activity east of Mill Avenue where the House of Trick’s has been rocking it before anyone else really could. Some of this development may be in anticipation of the massive plans that ASU has for the area. For years there has also been talk of stretching the Mill Avenue District west over to the Farmer Arts District, but that has been SLOW coming. Sam Fox and a few others hope to change that as they open the super-cool Culinary Dropout at the Yard in Tempe. Fox restaurants is making an $11 million investment in getting people to come to the “other side of the tracks” west of Mill Avenue. The new venue opens next month joining The Madison and Over Easy. The Madison is a spin and yoga studio that is already open, and Over Easy is another great breakfast addition to the area that opens later this year. The venue will also have The Coop and The Showcase Room as places to hold special events.

Change is coming:

Like it or not, there’s a ton of change coming to the Downtown Tempe area. Thousands of new jobs are being added, BILLIONS of dollars are being invested in and around the area, and we’ll soon see a ton of new residents looking to enjoy the valley’s most urban lifestyle. The new Marina Heights and USA Place will certainly have an impact on Downtown Tempe, but they aren’t alone. We’ve seen a lot of other investment large and small. Soon our past will make way for other future projects. I shot this photo recently of a crane flying in the air near Monti’s La Casa Vieja. I thought it was a bit ironic since the famed restaurant has recently been sold, and cranes will soon be circling the air at 100 S Mill Avenue, where this historic building has stood for a VERY long time. Yes, part of the building is being preserved, but the future site will have some big shiny new additions.

Crane at Monti's

So, Mill Avenue is the new Downtown Tempe. 40 is the new 30 and life goes on. Call it what you want, change is constant and we’ll be watching. What do you think about re-branding of the new Downtown Tempe?

Tempe School Boundaries Have Changed–Not Everyone Paying Attention

We had a call this weekend from a nice guy in Florida, he purchased a home for his daughter to live in while she attended ASU.  After she graduated, dad rented the home for a couple of years but is now ready to sell.

Dad and I talked about the housing market in Tempe, about pricing of the units and about a plan to sell the home. After our conversation, we agreed to work together and that I would prepare the necessary paperwork to get started. The comps are pretty clear as there have been 7 homes in the same condominium complex that have sold recently.

As I began looking at the mls sheets for all seven of these units, I noticed that ALL of the pending and recently sold ( there are no current active listings ) properties list McKemy as the middle school.

McKemy Middle School has been closed.

Granted, not all of the different firms that represented sellers in this neighborhood are located in Tempe and, maybe they don’t read the paper, but this brings up an interesting discussion that I have had on a couple of different committee meetings over the past few years.

Check your data:

This is a text book example of how easy it is for an agent to just look in the mls and see what other homes in the area list for the neighborhood schools. It’s easier than actually verifying the information via the school district web sites, right? It certainly takes less time.

It did take me a few clicks to get to the Tempe school boundaries pages and I admit, they aren’t always the easiest things to find. But, these two pages told me what I needed.

First, the Tempe High School Boundaries page showed me this home is located within the boundary for Tempe High School.

Second, the Tempe Elementary School map showed me the school boundary maps for elementary and middle schools in Tempe. One look at the map and you would see that McKemy is not even listed. ** Please note: this info can change, and there have been discussions about uses for this closed school. if you see this in the future, let us help you verify the current info if you would like*

Tempe Middle school Boundaries 2012-2013

Tempe Middle school Boundaries 2012-2013

The current middle school for this neighborhood is Connolly Middle School. A list of some of the homes for sale in this are can be found below. If you would like your favorite Tempe real estate agent to check the information for you, just give me a call at 602-803-6425. We’re glad to help.