Apache Junction is located in the East Valley with views and access to the Superstition Mountains and Tonto National Forest. With its deep, historical past mixed with rich natural surroundings, Apache Junction offers you a tight-knit community that tends to respect and appreciate the natural environment. Additionally, Apache Junction is home to Portalis, a 7,700-acre master-planned community in Superstition Vistas where another 500,000 Arizonans are expected to live in the coming decades.
Located in the Southeast Valley just off I-10, Avondale is nestled at the base of the scenic Estrella Mountains. One of the fastest-growing communities in Greater Phoenix, Avondale is popular with young families looking for new housing at affordable prices. Newer subdivisions offer both gated communities and waterfront homes – yet there are still horse properties available for those who are looking. It’s also a short commute to downtown Phoenix and offers condos and apartments at rental rates suitable for most budgets.
What was once a friendly farming community is now home to some of the nicest neighborhoods in America. The town has grown not only in population but in area as well, annexing new lands and building new master-planned communities with gorgeous mountain views and verdant desert vegetation. Make your home nestled in the quaint original town center neighborhood, or join the thousands of Buckeye residents who’ve built new homes and new lives for themselves in recently developed neighborhoods. Modern freeways, abundant shopping, great recreation and the allure of fresh desert air await you in Buckeye.
Strategically located about halfway between the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas, Casa Grande is a community poised for growth and ready for business. Like many Arizona communities, Casa Grande has seen its focus shift from farming to families, from cotton to major industry. Its location and history make it a great spot for history buffs, with ancient Indian ruins right in town and the site of Arizona’s only Civil War battlefield close by. Whether you’re looking for modern tract homes, older farm properties, or anything in between, Casa Grande welcomes you.
Once a sleepy cotton and cattle town on the outskirts of the Valley, Chandler has grown into one of Arizona’s premier communities. Chandler boasts the perfect combination of Old West history and the modern Arizona lifestyle, with a city center full of bustling shops, office buildings and downtown nightlife. Homes range from luxurious to modest, featuring friendly neighborhoods with spacious ranch houses, downtown condos, lakeside homes, town homes and golf course properties. The city’s golf courses, lakes and parks bring neighbors out to play. Chandler is a great place to raise a family and consistently ranks high on the list of “most livable cities.”
With a population of more than 32,000 people, El Mirage dubs itself the city of opportunity! Since its incorporation in 1951, El Mirage has a small town atmosphere that attracts many young families who are seeking a stable economy with affordable living. El Mirage is settled just 16 miles northwest of Downtown Phoenix, which is why El Mirage interests several entrepreneurs who want to pursue and expand in a new market with an engaged community. Whether you are looking for your first home or a million dollar estate on an acre lot, El Mirage has it all.
In the foothills northeast of Scottsdale, the Town of Fountain Hills offers resort-style living in one of Arizona’s most picturesque settings. Created as a master-planned community by one of the designers of Disneyland, Fountain Hills’ location makes it a natural jumping off point for its many recreation-minded residents. Its proximity to McDowell Mountain Regional Park and the large man-made lakes east of the Valley make Fountain Hills a showplace for those who love the outdoors. Housing options include ranch homes with panoramic views of the Valley, family homes on a quiet cul-de-sac and luxury homes along the town’s beautiful desert golf courses.
For those who love wide-open spaces, no Valley community has more to offer than Gila Bend. Real estate options include resort homes, ranch properties, “mini-farms,” equestrian properties and raw land ready for development. Located on the highways that link Phoenix, Tucson and the beaches of Rocky Point in Sonora, Gila Bend is a perfect spot for people who enjoy an active lifestyle at an affordable price.
Once known primarily as a bedroom community, Gilbert has grown into a prime real estate location for families seeking nice neighborhoods, comfortable homes and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere – including a charming historic downtown lined with shops and restaurants. The town features many real estate options, from gated communities to lakeside living, and from golf course homes to mountain-view properties. You’ll find condos, custom homes, horse properties and master-planned communities, all with easy access to top-notch shopping and transportation. Gilbert is close to three major airports, making it a desirable oasis for those who travel extensively.
Glendale is the perfect mix of old Arizona charm and futuristic potential. Home to the Arizona Cardinals (NFL) and Phoenix Coyotes (NHL), the city boasts some of Arizona’s most luxurious neighborhoods as well as affordable homes close to schools and employment centers. Home hunters will find beautiful gated communities, well-kept historic neighborhoods, apartments, town homes and spacious master-planned communities. Glendale’s downtown area features municipal buildings, thriving antique dealers, busy restaurants and even a chocolate factory! Its Entertainment District has also become an attraction for people throughout the Valley.
Perfectly situated between the western edge of Phoenix and the West Valley communities of Glendale and Buckeye, Goodyear has become a favorite destination for those seeking a place in the Arizona sun. It features master-planned neighborhoods, lakefront living, golf course communities and mature, palm-tree lined neighborhoods. The city’s many amenities attract young professionals, families, empty nesters and retirees. An exciting downtown revitalization plan is already underway, making Goodyear one of the sought-after addresses in Arizona.
Once one of the communities hardest hit by Arizona’s struggling housing market, Maricopa is bounding back with some of the most affordable housing prices in Arizona. Master-planned communities, golf course properties and custom homes can all be had at prices unheard of in other parts of the Valley. Maricopa is poised for growth, and now is the time to buy.
A dynamic community southeast of downtown Phoenix, Mesa is the place for quiet neighborhoods with a friendly hometown feel. It sports a bustling, walkable downtown full of dining and cultural attractions surrounded by historic homes and well-appointed apartment complexes, older horse and farm properties minutes from freeways, established neighborhoods with mature citrus trees and newer homes under the shadow of Red Mountain. Long a mecca for retirees and winter visitors, Mesa’s many advantages are no longer a well-kept secret. Young families, single professionals, golf lovers, Cactus League baseball fans and hard-working professionals have all found good reason to fall in love with Mesa.
Founded in the 1880s by settlers from Illinois, Peoria has grown from its original one-square-mile size into a dynamic city encompassing more than 176 square miles of beautiful homes built in harmony with the Arizona desert. Solid neighborhoods boasting mature landscaping, master-planned communities, ranch homes close to schools and employment, golf-view homes and affordable apartment choices are plentiful. New home communities featuring mountain, desert and lake-view properties are still being built for those who desire a more rural lifestyle. Peoria is a well-run city for people who love having options.
As one might expect in the sixth-largest city in America, the options for housing are as diverse as the people who live here. You’ll find everything from luxury high-rise condos to modest apartments, from mature tree-lined family neighborhoods to brand-new gated communities. The city has many distinct neighborhoods and urban “villages,” and no home in Phoenix is very far from one of the city’s parks. Whether you want the bustle of living in a downtown loft or historic mid-century gem, the comfort of a home in a family-oriented neighborhood, or the quiet of a mini-ranch in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Phoenix is a great place to put down roots.
The Southeast Valley is home to Queen Creek, a town known for its remarkable housing values. Large new homes are available for prices considerably less than you’d find in neighboring communities. New freeways and widened surface streets have eased commuting here, and new master-planned communities are building quickly. Most major home builders are developing new properties including tract homes, condos, apartments and even “ranchettes.”
Known as the “West’s Most Western Town,” Scottsdale is a combination of Cowboy culture and haute couture. Live out your rancher fantasy with a territorial home on desert acreage, or enjoy the “country club” lifestyle astride one of Scottsdale many golf courses and greenbelts. You’ll find large affordable homes near parks and schools, tony apartments and condos near the city’s “Old Town,” luxurious estates tucked into northern foothills and sprawling horse properties that Roy Rogers would envy. Scottsdale enjoys a world-renowned reputation as a place of laidback luxury, and the city’s north-south orientation provides home hunters with a wide variety of housing options.
One of the newest cities in the Valley is also one of its fastest growing. Surprise is home to many master-planned communities including neighborhoods designed for active adult living, multi-generational families, golf lovers and professionals who want a quiet respite away from work in a “neo-traditional” setting. The options for buyers seeking new homes and neighborhoods are almost limitless, and the market also contains many affordable apartment and condominium complexes that feature resort-like amenities.
Once just a quiet college town, Tempe has transformed into a modern city that is home to one of the nation’s largest universities. Downtown Tempe is a hub for commerce and condos, yet modest neighborhoods with mature foliage are still within walking distance. Newer apartments, multi-family homes and established neighborhoods ring the university, while in the southern part of the city, home buyers can find lakefront and golf course properties as fashionable and well-appointed as any in Arizona. Tempe’s Mill Avenue is both historic and eclectic, and it features several new condo projects close to Tempe Town Lake, downtown employment centers and Sky Harbor Airport.
A friendly, family-oriented town with a small-town atmosphere, Tolleson is another popular Valley community poised for growth. Just 10 minutes west of downtown Phoenix, Tolleson offers proximity to big-city amenities and a booming commercial and industrial base. Much of the area is still agricultural, but developers are creating new subdivisions with beautiful mountain views. Home options include Southwestern-style patio homes, apartments, ranch and farm properties, as well as mature homes reminiscent of the Midwest in the town’s central neighborhoods.
On the western edge of the Valley housing market, Wickenburg offers small-town living with a decidedly Western flavor. One of the oldest towns north of Tucson, the city began as a mining center but today centers more on dude ranches and spas. Homes range from real working ranches and horse properties to sprawling Santa Fe-style houses in new home communities that are priced to sell. Almost every home in town has a commanding view, and the nearby mountains and lakes give residents unique access to outdoor recreation amenities.
Bought and built in 1954 on 320 acres of farmland, Youngtown is located on the east bank of the Agua Fria River just south of US-60. Right in the heart of the fast-growing, booming West Valley, development of Youngtown’s Agua Fria Ranch doubled the town’s housing units, resulting in major population growth. Yet, Youngtown is still able to maintain its small-town atmosphere with its engaged citizens, legislators and tight-knit business community.