Anthem is an expansive master-planned community that sits just to the north of Phoenix along Interstate 17. It is located about 38 miles from downtown Phoenix and is situated among the area’s pristine desert landscapes. Its strategic location allows it to offer Anthem residents amazing views of Phoenix’s city lights.
Anthem is actually three communities within a single award-winning larger community. The centerpiece of Anthem is its eponymous country club.
However, people who want to move into Anthem have three different areas from which to choose. They can move into either of the residential neighborhoods that are created and zoned for single-family, condo, and townhouse living. If they are aged 55 and over, they can move into Anthem’s age-restricted community reserved for older homeowners and retirees.
The history of Anthem is relatively new and only dates back to 1998. The building of the new residential homes here began when well-known home designer Del Webb was tasked with creating and building the first homes to occupy Anthem. Construction on new homes continued until as recently as 2020.
Today, the real estate market in Anthem consists of a wide variety of single-family homes, as well as attached homes like townhouses and condominiums. People who want to move any of the neighborhoods in Anthem can work with reputable local real estate agents like Carl Chapman REALTOR, West USA Realty to find and tour any of the homes for sale today.
People who choose to call Anthem home not only enjoy spacious and luxurious homes. They also enjoy a wide array of amenities that are designed to keep residents active, fit, and connected to their community. The premier amenity is, of course, the Anthem Country Club, which has its own 36- hole golf course. However, there are also amenities, such as playgrounds and parks, designed for residents of all ages that are found throughout the neighborhoods in Anthem.
Even more, residents of Anthem enjoy a quiet, relaxed, and isolated way of life that makes it easy to forget that they are just minutes from the noise, lights, and traffic of downtown Phoenix. In fact, life in Anthem mimics the best of suburban, rural life.
Still, residents are not too far away from modern comforts and conveniences. They are just minutes from shopping centers, restaurants, theaters, and other amenities that offer the services needed to live comfortably.
Homeowners in Anthem also have everything that they need in their homes to feel comfortable and accommodated. People who are interested in moving into Anthem can find a wide variety of both attached and single-family homes for sale. They have dozens of different layouts and styles of one and two-story houses, as well as townhouses and condominiums from which to choose.
The median sale price for a home for sale in Anthem sits at around $415,000. However, sales prices can actually range from $349,000 to $1.499 million. Closing prices range typically from $105,000 to $2.055 million.
People who buy homes in Anthem typically pay around $249 per square foot. The homes in Anthem range in size from 1012 to more than 8200 square feet. They also can have anywhere from two to seven bedrooms and two to five bathrooms and come with two and three-car garages.
Homeowners in Anthem likewise pay around $3500 a year in property taxes. These taxes are paid on top of the $550 in quarterly dues that they owe to the Anthem homeowners association.
Home prices in Anthem have risen by more than $150,000, however. Homes that are listed for sale are also selling faster. They can sell in as few as 48 days, which contrasts the typical 56-day average that it took for homes last year to sell last year. It also is not uncommon for real estate agents to sell between 50 to 80 homes a month in Anthem.
The appearances of the homes explain why, in part, that they sell so quickly. Anthem homes are designed to be beautiful and elegant. They feature plaster or stone exteriors and have decorative tile rooftops and also come with desert-like landscaping with rocks, stones, and succulent plants.
The insides of the homes come with upscale features like:
- Recessed lighting
- Oak cabinetry
- Quartz kitchen counters
- Tile flooring
- Electric ranges
- Above range microwaves
- Breakfast nooks
- Ceiling fans
- Carpeted living rooms
- Floor to ceiling windows
- Porcelain bathroom counters
- Dual vanity bathroom sinks
- Walk-in showers
- Garden bathtubs
- Large utility rooms with counters and cabinets
Many of the homes for sale in Anthem also have gated, enclosed backyards that are surrounded by high stone or brick privacy fences. The backyards may also have in-ground swimming pools, fire pits, or outdoor chimneys and grilling areas.
Life outside the homes in Anthem falls under the governance of the Anthem Community Council, which serves as the primary homeowners association in the entire community. Home developer Del Webb created the ACC during Anthem’s earliest days to manage and oversee the community’s homes and lots. Specifically, the ACC’s function involves:
- Maintaining the look, quality, and value of the community’s homes
- Set and support community policies
- Maintain community amenities
- Manage commercial properties within Anthem
- Collect HOA assessments
Additionally, the three individual neighborhoods, which include Parkside, Village, and the age-restricted Country Club, in Anthem likewise have their own HOAs to manage their daily operations and functions. All three neighborhood HOAs have five-member boards of directors. Parkside and Country Club’s HOAs also have three representatives while Village’s HOA has one representative.
The specific missions of the neighborhood HOAs involve maintaining residential designs, troubleshooting neighborhood and resident concerns, and overseeing both HOA and ACC elections. Each individual HOA has its own section that is located on the main ACC website.
The individual HOA sections on the main ACC website contain general information about each community within Anthem. They also include information about neighborhood security features, neighborhood layouts, and services like maintenance and repairs of sidewalks and roads.
HOA sections on the main Anthem Community Council website likewise contain links for:
- Architectural and landscape modifications
- Wall and fence painting
- Guarded gate entry
- Community documents
- Volunteer opportunities
- Neighborhood communities
- HOA contact information
Residents can also find related ACC documents for:
- Design guidelines
- Gate entry and transponder installation
- ACC FAQs
- In-depth information regarding the functions of the ACC and neighborhood HOAs
The ACC website is also the place where residents can go to find information about resident services that are available to them year-round. Some of the links found under Resident Services on the ACC website include those for:
- Recreation and amenities
- Activities registration
- Facility and ramadas rentals
- Paying assessments
- Community events
- Board and executive staff
- Community safety
- Staying Connected
- Getting involved
Finally, the ACC website serves as a portal of information for people who want to visit and spend time in Anthem. They can visit the site for details on:
- Community information
- Veterans memorial
- Anthem events
- Anthem golfing
There are also links for requesting more details from the ACC about Anthem.
The ACC website is also the place where residents can find out more about all of the various amenities that are located within Anthem and available to them year-round. Each neighborhood in Anthem has its own set of amenities. Some of these are shared among all residents regardless of in what neighborhood their homes are located. Others are specifically reserved for residents within a certain neighborhood.
For example, the age-restricted Country Club at Anthem has its own set of amenities that are just for the people that live there. These amenities include two clubhouses, both of which make available:
- Fitness centers
- Multipurpose rooms
- Dining rooms
- Heated swimming pools
- Outdoor patios
- Golf practice facilities and putting greens
- Tennis courts
- A championship golf course
Country Club at Anthem also has its own amphitheater with a sun deck.
Within the overall Anthem community, residents have access to a large community center. This community center has its own fitness center that is equipped with free weights, cardio, and circuit machines, as well as a lap pool and diving, are
The community center in Anthem is also where residents can join in classes for:
- Tai chi
- Child-parent activities
There are also numerous day camps for children that are offered at the Anthem Community Center. Children and families in Anthem can likewise enjoy playing at the community center’s Big Splash Park.
People who live in Anthem additionally have access to numerous parks located throughout the community. They can enjoy the green spaces and facilities available to them in Liberty Bell Park and Opportunity Way Park.
They can also venture to the Anthem Community Park, which offers amenities like:
- Adventure and Discovery playgrounds
- A splash pad
- Courts for basketball, pickleball, and volleyball
- An amphitheater
- A hockey rink
- Catch and release fishing lakes
- Ramadas for picnics and barbecues
Anthem residents likewise have access to the community’s Civic Building, which is home to activities like Mind Quest, Senior Cinema, and the Anthem Summer Teen Series.
While Anthem is designed to be a self-contained master-planned community, residents are welcome to use nearby municipal amenities. For example, they are just minutes from the 80-acre New River Kiwanis Park in Phoenix.
Finally, the Anthem residential community is part of the Canyon Springs Unified Public School District, which is headquartered in Anthem, Arizona. This district receives some of the highest reviews in the state for academic excellence. Students who attend the schools in Canyon Springs benefit from the high quality of education that the district offers.
In fact, Canyon Springs gets a national grade of A, excelling in areas like academics and teacher quality. It gets a grade of B for diversity.
Further, the Canyon Springs Unified School District is one of the smallest districts in the Phoenix area. It has an enrollment of just 835 students spread out among grades ranging from preschool through eighth grade. This small student population allows the district to offer a student-to-teacher that is smaller than the national average. Its student-to-teacher ratio is 15:1 while the U.S. student-to-teacher ratio is 16:1.
Even more, state standardized test scores in Arizona show that students in the Canyon Springs Unified School District outperform a majority of their peers. In fact, 61 percent of the district’s students meet proficiency standards in reading. A total of 66 percent of the district’s students meet proficiency levels in mathematics.
In the entire Phoenix area, the Canyon Springs Unified School District performs well. It is ranked as the 59th best, out of 462 schools, for having the best quality of middle school teachers. It ranks 89th out of 699 for having the best quality of elementary teachers.
Out of the 723 elementary schools located in Phoenix, the one in Canyon Springs ranks as the 152nd best. The middle schools in the district rank as the 86th best out of a total of 476 schools.
In Maricopa County, the district ranks 81st for having the best middle schools. It ranks 146th out of 679 for having the best elementary schools available to students who live in Anthem.