Flagstaff Real Estate & Community Information

Flagstaff Real Estate & Community Information

Located near the edge of the Colorado Plateau and south of the San Francisco Peaks is the city of Flagstaff, Arizona.  It’s the largest city in Northern Arizona with a population of over 70,000 and a combined metropolitan population of over 139,000. Due to its location near the Grand Canyon, the Arizona Snowbowl, Meteor Crater, Oak Creek Canyon, and historic Route 66, Flagstaff benefits a robust tourism industry.  Flagstaff is also known for being home to Lowell Observatory, The U.S. Naval Observatory and the United States Geological Survey Flagstaff Station.

Flagstaffs origins date back to 1855, when Navy Lieutenant Beale passed over the location that became Flagstaff while surveying a road. Later in 1876, settlers from Boston moved to the area.  They raised a flag on a stripped pine tree, a “flag staff”, to celebrate the centennial of the US and thus giving the city its name.

The Lowell Observatory gained fame as having discovered Pluto in 1930, then its satellite Charon in 1978.  The Clark Telescope was also used to map the moon during the Apollo program in the 1960s, which allowed them to choose a safe landing site for the lunar landers.

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Shopping & Dining

One of the great reasons for living in Flagstaff is the many great shopping and dining options. One of the main shopping centers is the Flagstaff Mall, where you’ll find popular chains like Buckle, Claires, and Foot Locker. Old Town Shops is located in the heart of downtown and features locally owned shops and restaurants, such as Blackhound Gallery that sells novelty items and local gifts, and PJ Chill Cottage where you can find women’s clothing and baby items. University Plaza also features many great places to shop and dine, featuring major retailers such as Ross Dress for Less, Safeway, Bed Bath & Beyond and PetSmart.

Flagstaff also has many great restaurants to choose from. For the best Indian food in the city, Delhi Palace has what you’re looking for, with Tandoori dishes, and featuring a wide selection of vegetable, chicken, lamb, and seafood items. And if you’re a cowboy, or a cowboy at heart, then the Horseman Lodge is where you want to go to enjoy some hearty cowboy-inspired food and atmosphere.  Other outstanding dining experience include MartAnne's Burrito Palace, Satchmo's BBQ, Fat Olives, and Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar, to name a few.


As of 2015, there were around 70,000 residents who call Flagstaff home.  Flagstaff has a fairly low crime rate, with the FBI reporting only 262 cases of violent crime in 2012. The major economic drivers in Flagstaff are tourism, government, education, and transportation. With over 5 million visitors a year, tourism stands out as one of the largest revenue sources. In addition to that, Northern Arizona University, the Flagstaff Medical Center, and the Flagstaff Unified School District employ the most people in Flagstaff. There is also a thriving cultural scene in Flagstaff, especially in regards to music.

Parks & Recreation

Recreational opportunities abound in Flagstaff, due to its location near the Grand Canyon, along with Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, and Barringer Crater.  Due to its terrain and great weather, people come from miles away to camp, backpack, climb, run, and mountain bike in the many parks and The Flagstaff Urban Trails System, a 50 mile trail network. Flagstaff Parks & Recreation manages more than 24 parks, two disc golf courses, one pool, 17 tennis courts, 17 ball fields, 19 basketball courts, an ice rink, two skate parks, a BMX park, and four recreation centers.


Flagstaff has a thriving education scene, with 19 public schools serving the 11,500 students of the city, governed by the Flagstaff Unified School District. Several teachers in this district have received Teacher of the Year awards.  School in this district include Coconino High School, Killip Elementary, Leupp Public School, Mount Elden Middle School, and Sinagua Middle School, among others. There are also several charter schools such as Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy and Pine Forest Charter School. Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College are also located in Flagstaff.

Contact Information

The Gary Nelson Group
Realty Executives of Flagsaff
15 E. Cherry Ave. Suite 101
Flagstaff AZ 86001
Direct: 928-225-3510
Office: 928-773-9300
Fax: 928-774-1102