At 11 miles northwest of Tempe’s ASU campus, Arioso City Lofts keep you close to the action but far enough removed to provide a comfortable suburban lifestyle. If you’re commuting by car to the university, you can expect a drive lasting about 15 minutes when traffic is light. During rush hour, though, commute times rise to a manageable 24 minutes. Still, parking on campus can be expensive, and you may prefer using alternate transportation options.
Cycling your way to campus takes 50 minutes to an hour and involves a number of difficult elevation climbs. For convenience, ease and cost-effectiveness, you’re probably better off using Valley Metro’s extensive transit system. The quickest path to campus is a bus/light rail train combination, beginning with a two-minute walk to the Route 12 bus stop at 16th Street and Osborn Road. You’ll switch to a light rail train at Jefferson and 12th Street. The light rail system cuts diagonally through the northern portion of campus, so you can choose to disembark at the Tempe Transportation Center near Sun Devil Stadium and Wells Fargo Arena, or you can continue on to the University and Rural Road station near the Tyler Street Parking Structure and SkySpace. The entire trip takes about 45 minutes.
An eclectic mix of restaurants, bakeries and high-end goods are in close proximity to Arioso City Lofts. About a mile northwest of the lofts, you can enjoy German pastries at Old Heidelberg Bakery and pastrami “The Straw” sandwiches at Miracle Mile Delicatessen. Shopping and dining is plentiful at Camelback Colonnade’s 46 shops, eateries and coffee houses and Town and Country’s shops, grocery stores and service purveyors. Both Camelback Colonnade and Town and Country are about two miles from the lofts. Bank of America is just three blocks to the southwest of the lofts.