El Mirage has old and new parts of town. The older parts of El Mirage are extremely affordable.
Rental houses are easier to find in El Mirage than apartments, but the good news about that is that you can get more square footage for your money. Common rental homes have three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage.
When you want to find rental housing, especially if you’re renting a home, you’ll want to make sure you have good job references and an income two to three times greater than your rent. Most rental houses also require larger security deposits than apartments, so you should prepare accordingly.
As part of the greater Phoenix and Mesa area, there’s a lot to do. Despite being in the middle of the desert sun, a lot of residents still take advantage of the outdoor parks and activities available. It’s never very hard to cool off during those months of 100-degree days.
El Mirage itself has some military museums, which honor the area’s military history. If you're willing to go the extra distance, Phoenix also has a ton of shopping and restaurants available for when you want to get out of the heat for a while and enjoy some air conditioned freedom.
The metro Phoenix area is huge and sprawls out in all directions. In most western cities, this requires a lot of heavy car traffic and nightmarish commute times. But El Mirage is included among the parts of Phoenix that offers access to air conditioned public transportation.