Though it was annexed by the city of Phoenix in the 1980s, apartment residents in the neighborhood of Ahwatukee still consider their village a separate entity from the city, mainly because it is geographically isolated from the rest of the city. South Mountain Park to the north keeps Ahwatukee disconnected from the urban sprawl of Phoenix's upper 14 villages.
That same mountain also serves to separate Ahwatukee in another way, giving the neighborhood its distinct outdoorsy feel - one that apartment residents celebrate through a number of recreational opportunities. Ahwatukee's rough landscape provides apartment renters with endless ways to enjoy nature.
Hiking is a popular activity among residents here, and South Mountain offers a number of trails to do so, many of which were former mine trails or were once developed but are no longer marked on maps, according to residents. The more adventurous apartment renter can use local resources to find uncharted trails, or take hikes through abandoned park roads and tunnels through Telegraph Pass. The mountain is also popular among cyclists, and trails with all levels of difficulty are available all throughout South Mountain Park.
But local apartment renters who aren't in the mood to scale mountains can still find outdoor recreation opportunities in Ahwatukee. Four golf courses are located within the community, allowing apartment residents to tee off amid the gorgeous mountain backdrops and stunning plains scenery surrounding Ahwatukee.
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