Explore Arizona with the Arizonan

Arizona is a lot more than Phoenix and the Valley. It is a complex and diverse landscape of mountains and deserts, ranches, and farms. Arizona is public lands, Indian lands, military complexes, and forgotten ghost towns. 

Let us help you explore Arizona. Get comfortable, there is a lot to see and learn.

 

Carl Chapman, REALTOR

West USA Realty

Sept. 27, 2021

Kierland

Kierland is recognized as one of Scottsdale's most exclusive luxury master-planned communities. It is located in the city's northern area and sits on 435 acres. Development in Kierland began in 1995 and continued until 1998 when most of the single-family homes were completed and made available for purchase.

In fact, most of the homes in Kierland are designed to be single-family units. Buyers have dozens of different styles from which to choose. Most of the homes that agents like Carl Chapman REALTOR and West USA Realty can show you are single or two-story residences that span at least 4000 square feet.

Most of the houses also have four to five bathrooms. The typical single-family home in Kierland sells from $565,000 to $2.4 million.

More recently, however, Kierland became home to two townhouse communities. Kierland Greens features apartment-style one-story townhouses that offer between 1100 to 2200 square feet of space. Kierland Heritage offers one and two-story townhouses that are as large as 1600 to 2400 square feet.

Homebuyers who want to move to Kierland in Scottsdale can also choose from the lofts that are available in the Plaza Lofts at Kierland. These residences were built between 2005 and 2008. They range in size from 1100 to 3900 square feet.

When you view The Plaza Lofts at Kierland with Carl Chapman REALTOR and West USA Realty, you will find a number of community-exclusive amenities like:

  • Onsite concierge services
  • Two private reception lobbies
  • Two community lounges outfitted with catering kitchens
  • A private fitness studio
  • Two landscaped balconies that overlook Kierland's Main Street
  • A heated lap pool and spa
  • A poolside cabana
  • Fire pits
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Gas-powered barbecues

The Plaza Lofts at Kierland is also a pet-friendly community that offers a pet park where residents can walk their pets.

Kierland additionally has its own golf club that features three nine-hole courses. The golf club offers a fitness facility to its members. It is part of the Audobon International Cooperative Sanctuary Program that focuses on land management and conservation of natural resources.

Further, the Kierland master-planned community is also minutes away from local amenities and services. Homeowners are just two minutes away from the Scottsdale police department.

They are seven minutes away from the Loop 101 freeway, 10 minutes from the 51 freeway and 25 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Homeowners in Kierland also are close to the Mayo Clinic hospital, as well as Scottsdale Healthcare's Hospital at Thompson Peak.

Families who move into Kierland likewise have access to public schools for their children. The community is part of the Paradise Valley Unified school district. The schools available to families there include Sandpiper Elementary School, Desert Shadows Middle School, and Horizon High School.

West USA Realty and Carl Chapman REALTOR can show you the available houses for sale in Kierland. You can enjoy an upscale and comfortable way of life in one of Scottsdale's most exclusive master-planned areas. You can also choose from single-family homes, as well as spacious and upscale townhouses and lofts for sale.

 

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About Desert Ridge

Desert Ridge is a 5,700-acre master-planned community in North Phoenix, Arizona is full of life, energy, and activity. As one of Arizona’s largest planned communities, the population will ultimately exceed 50,000 people. Award-winning Desert Ridge has a wide variety of residential, recreational, commercial, employment, and health care opportunities. For outdoor lovers, shared-use trails wind through the Sonoran desert. The community includes Desert Ridge Marketplace, CityNorth, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, the American Express regional campus, and the Mayo Clinic Hospital.

Desert Ridge falls within the Paradise Valley Unified School District, which is considered one of the top educational districts in Arizona. The community is located just north of the 101 highway, which runs through Tempe, Scottsdale and East Phoenix. The Desert Ridge Marketplace is well known for the best local dining, entertainment, and shopping. Kierland Shopping District is a short distance from Desert Ridge with theaters, retail shops, and restaurants. In addition, Sky Harbor Airport and downtown Phoenix are just a 20 to 30-minute drive away.

For pleasure or for business, Desert Ridge makes a perfect retreat for those looking to unwind. The JW Marriott Resort and Spa delivers relaxing therapeutic spa services, golf, and dining. Desert Ridge will soon be home to three new resorts including Residence Inn by Marriott, a five-star luxury resort in City North, and a four-star business hotel. This makes Desert Ridge a favorite destination for golfers, snowbirds, and even locals looking for a “stay-cation” during the hot summer days.

As the premier master-planned community in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area, Desert Ridge offers a multitude of housing options to suit any lifestyle including apartments, condominiums, single-family homes, and luxury custom homes along a golf course. The community has quality lifestyle opportunities for every age. In addition, Sagewood at Desert Ridge provides a revitalizing way of life for seniors through assisted living, therapy, and on-site health care providers. Desert Ridge has an active recreation center located in Aviano, seven parks, and more than ten golf courses within easy driving distances.

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Desert Ridge

Desert Ridge is a resort-style community located in Northeast Phoenix.  It spans more than 5700 acres and is considered to be one of the most upscale subdivisions in the area.  It was created in 1991 as a private-public partnership between the city of Phoenix and the state of Arizona.  It now comprises of more than 4000 homes as well as numerous attractions that make it one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in Phoenix.  Arizona Loop 101 runs through part of the Desert Ridge neighborhood.

Among other attractions, Desert Ridge is home to the city's Mayo Clinic Hospital.  This hospital is a division of the world-famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  Deer Ridge is also home to numerous locally-owned restaurants including Yard House, Sandbar Mexican Grill, and The Keg Steakhouse Bar & Grill.  Chain restaurants like Dave & Buster's also can be found in Deer Ridge.

For recreation, Desert Ridge residents can enjoy playing golf at the Wildfire Golf Club, which is located at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge.  For shopping, they can browse the shops at the High Street Mall or the Desert Ridge Marketplace, which offers retail, dining, and entertainment venues. 

Home prices in Desert Ridge range from $289,900 to $574,000.  The neighborhood consists primarily of single-family homes.  It is also served by the Paradise Valley Unified School District.  The schools located in Desert Ridge include Explorer Middle School, Fireside Elementary School, Desert Trails Elementary School, Wildfire Elementary School, and Pinnacle High School.  

 

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City of Tempe

Tempe Location

Tempe has an ideal location.  The city is surrounded by many Valley of the Sun cities.  It is bordered by the city of Phoenix on the west, Scottsdale to the north, Mesa to the east, and Chandler to the south.  Tempe is in the middle of it all. It is located approximately 6 miles from Phoenix and minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport. 

Tempe’s centralized location is easy to access the extensive freeway system that networks the Valley of the Sun.  Tempe covers about 40 square miles.  The city is ideal for those who want to get around.

Tempe Properties

Residents have a wide choice of living environments in the city of Tempe.  The city has a mix of residents from college students to retirees.  This is mix is also seen in the types of properties in the city.  Historic homes, loft-style condominiums, single-family homes, luxury properties on larger lots can be found.  Some homes are centered on the city’s extensive network of parks.  Houses along mature tree-lined streets with old-time characters continue to attract students, faculty, and families.  Tempe has a home that will fit anyone’s needs.

The city’s motto, “More to Explore,” sums up how much this Valley of the Sun’s city has to offer its residents.  Tempe is a suburban community that offers cultural, academic, and economic opportunities.  It is a city with a distinctive and vibrant personality.  The city is a mixing pot, blending high-tech businesses, exciting resorts, college life, and friendly neighborhoods.

Find out now what properties are in Tempe, click here.

Tempe History

Charles Trumbell Hayden founded the area.  Hayden provided ferry service across the Salt River.  He originally named the area “Hayden’s Ferry.”  However, later the town was renamed Tempe.  The story goes to tell that upon arriving and standing on the Salt River bank, a visitor was reminded of a place called Valle of Tempe in Greece. 

When most people think of the city of Tempe, they think of Arizona State University.  It is hard to imagine that this university began in 1885 on a donated five acre cow pasture.  Eventually, the land became the territorial normal (teaching) school.  Today, the campus covers an amazing 700 acres and is located in the center of Tempe.

Tempe Entertainment

A highlight of Tempe is its downtown district.  Most of the buildings line the main street called Mill Avenue.  Visitors will find brick sidewalks, tall shady trees, and 100 year old buildings lining the street.  Mill (as the locals call it) is host to a variety of shops, boutiques, hotels, bars, theater/film venues, and restaurants.  There are nearly 50 different retailers providing Tempe residents with a unique urban experience.  People of all ages enjoy spending time either sipping a cup of coffee/tea and listening to a good band play or strolling the street browsing through the many one of a kind shops.  Entertainment and fun also make Mill the place to go for lively night life.  This concentration of retail businesses has made Mill, voted by locals, one of the best shopping streets in the Valley of the Sun.

Those searching for sports don’t have to go far.  Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University is home to Sun Devil Football and the Fiesta Bowl.  With so many college sports offered at Arizona State University from basketball to wrestling, there is something going on all year round.  During the springtime, the Anaheim Angels, a professional baseball team, take up their spring training games at Tempe’s Diablo Stadium.  It is easy to find a sporting event in Tempe.

Cultural events play an important part of the city of Tempe.  Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium is located on the campus of Arizona State University.  The auditorium was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is a spectacular sight.  Many musicals, concerts, speeches, and debates are held in Grady Gammage.  It is easy for Tempe residents to take in entertainment and cultural events without having to leave their city.

“Tech Oasis” is the term Tempe has been given for its huge cluster of high tech and manufacturing companies, who have made the city their home.  Tempe has the highest concentration of high tech firms in Arizona.  There are many opportunities for commercial and retail businesses in Tempe.  Arizona Mills Mall features value oriented stores with a wide selection of entertainment venues.  Tempe residents do not have to leave the city to receive the services and goods they need.

Arizona State University (sometimes referred to as ASU Main, there are two other extended campuses located in other parts of the Valley) is a recognized research university.  It is one of only 62 research universities in the United States.  This research institution offers undergraduate and graduate education and nationally ranked athletic programs.  There are 87 bachelor degrees, 95 master degrees, 48 doctoral or terminal degree programs, and 1 law degree program, available to students.  The campus is home to several libraries, museums with distinctive collections, studios, performing arts spaces, and unsurpassed state of the art scientific and technological laboratories and research facilities.  With such a large campus, the city does cater to its students making is an active, energized place to live. 

Part of Arizona State University’s mission is to set new standards for excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education.  The university focuses on the individual student.  Even though Arizona State University is one of the nation’s largest, it still seeks to prove size is irrelevant when it comes to excellence in academic programs and quality in student life.  This commitment on the part of the university is reflected throughout the city of Tempe.  The small town, friendly feeling is felt when walking its streets.

Even though Tempe has a terrific location near many of the cities in the Valley of Sun, it still remains a close knit college community.  The Annual Spring and Fall Festival of the Arts which line the streets of downtown Tempe are big draws for visitors and residents.  These festivals bring out the small town feel that Tempe is known.  Tempe is a great place to live!

Tempe Outdoor Recreation

Today, although the Salt River doesn’t continuously flow, part of the river has been dammed up (with inflatable rubber dams) to create a manmade lake.  This man-made lake is named Tempe Town Lake.  Residents love to come to the lake and rent a boat.  Spending time on the cool water is a relaxing and fun way to experience the outdoors.

In combination with Tempe Town Lake, the city also created the Rio Salado Project.  This project is a waterfront development that is wrapped around the two-mile Tempe Town Lake.  It is a recreational and commercial facility that spans 5.5 miles.  An equestrian center, picnic sites, playing fields, and trails are all a part of the Rio Salado Project.

Tempe’s hometown attitude can be found at one of its largest parks.  Kiwanis Park is a 125 acre recreational area.  There are soccer and softball fields, volleyball and tennis courts, playgrounds, and armadas.  A 12 acre fishing lake is a big draw for Tempe residents.  Although the large indoor, heated, wave and swimming pool is a real hit for the children.  Family living is found in Tempe.

 

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Mesa

Mesa is located in the easternmost area of metropolitan Phoenix. A full 12 miles east of the center of Phoenix-Mesa is directly west of Tempe is to its west. Both Chandler and the town of Gilbert are to the south of Mesa and the mighty Salt River Indian Community is to the north, and the city of Apache Junction is to the northeast.

 

When you’re out this far from downtown freeway access is very important. And this was not lost on the city planners, who know the importance of tapping into multiple markets. So this city has numerous highway connections available everywhere to get everybody out there shopping.

The Superstition Freeway (or Interstate 60) runs the entire length of Mesa’s southern rim and The Red Mountain Freeway (or Loop 202) follows the northernmost boundary of Mesa. Loop 101, Price Freeway. The freeway system is continuing to grow and expand southward through the Valley. The Loop 101 separates of Mesa from Tempe. All of these freeways give residents several convenient ways to travel to other parts of the Valley of the Sun.

Climate

The climate is typical of the southwest. There is a mild winter that is balanced by a long hot, dry summer. Many have claimed that the dry, hot summer conditions have helped to relive many of their allergy symptoms.

Summer days are clear and spectacular and the temperatures are truly remarkable. Spring and autumn are mild transitions into the other seasons. There is a brief monsoon season that is truly extraordinary.

Mesa Properties

The three A’s: affordability, amenities, and the annual influx of retirees and visitors are the three A’s are factors that have drive Mesa’s growth. Affordable houses allow both individuals just starting out and retirees the ability to select Mesa as their home.

Mesa homes range in styles. Single-family homes and expansive master-planned communities for retirees are available. New home developments and mature neighborhoods are available in Mesa. Condominiums and town homes are perfect living environments for those who want to scale back. Locating a property that will suit your needs is easy to do.

And there are plenty of commercial opportunities, too. A unique feature of Mesa is Falcon Field Airport. Today, Falcon Field is home to more than 900 aircraft and business/commercial developments. This facility is designated for aerospace, education, and industrial expansion. It is a cost saving spaces for many local companies. This, in turn, makes the city of Mesa a strong candidate for future business growth.

Mesa is a friendly town where pride and a progressive spirit are difficult to argue with. Residents love this city for its strong cultural base, accessibility to other parts of the Valley. There are also schools and colleges in Mesa. The city is hard at work bringing greater prosperity and a better life to all its new residents. Mesa has a “welcome” mat out for the droves of new settlement-seekers that seem to be arriving more and more every day now.

Shopping, recreational facilities, educational institutions, and cultural events are just some of the amenities that Mesa residents enjoy year round. With all of this, it isn’t surprising that Mesa draws so many people. The city brings people in who are searching for the right place to live. Today, Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona. Mesa has it all.

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The Market

The spectacular amount of market activity in Arizona over the past decade has been well documented. People of all walks of life have been moving to Arizona, and particularly Phoenix, in numbers unmatched in recent memory.

Figures from 2000-2005 show nothing but increased construction, development, unit sales and unit sales prices in virtually every category of structure offered on the market.

The greatest degree of growth occurred during fiscal 2005, where previous growth statistics, impressive in their own rights, spiked sharply to even higher levels.

Of particular note to the residential home seller/buyer was the record appreciation in new and resale home values. These rates were up for new homes and resales, rentals and condominium units, the only difference being one of degree.

While it is true that not all Phoenix area real estate markets showed the same amount of increase it is true that the degree of growth for each area was roughly proportional.

Then along came 2006 and equally well documented has been the decline in the rate of growth of some key market indicators. The greater Phoenix resale home market is showing marked decreases in sales figures for comparable periods last year across the valley and across most unit categories.

One interesting exception is the median price for resale units has risen slightly. This rising price accompanied by a decrease in sales seems to be more in keeping with normal market tendencies. One would expect spectacular growth to lead eventually to a degree of scarcity that would be reflected in higher prices. Could this indicate that the market has reached its peak?

Let’s look at another indicator to see what it may tell us.
Since 1985, the Arizona Real Estate Center has computed what it calls “affordability indexes” for the Greater Phoenix area and several nearby cities.

The index was invented as a guide to predict market activity. When the index value is 100, the typical home buyer (based on the current median resale price and household income) would be able to afford a median-priced home at the stated effective interest rate. A lower index value indicates less availability of affordable single-family homes.

The affordability index for the areas selected for the study shows a significant reduction in the availability of that this type of housing within the means of the ordinary consumer. Whether this data can be used as a reliable indicator for other groups and other types of housing is arguable, but it does beg the question “how much longer will the market be able to sustain a situation where both sellers and buyers can apparently benefit by getting involved in the market?

The short answer is that these conditions can remain so long as they are supported by the market.

So when we take a long look at the larger picture we must ask ourselves whether we can realistically expect to realize more potential gain or value now or at some time in the future and it is very reasonable to conclude that the best possible time to buy or sell Arizona really is now.

 

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Town of Queen Creek

 

Queen Creek Location

 

One of the Valley of the Sun’s best kept secrets is the town of Queen Creek.  The town is located at the far southeastern reaches of the East Valley.  Residents heading home go east on Interstate 60 out of the Valley and then southbound on Ellsworth Road into town. It is close to Phoenix, yet is worlds apart from the bustling city life.  Queen Creek is south of the city of Apache Junction and town of Gilbert. 

 

Queen Creek sits at the base of the San Tan Mountains.  The Goldmine Mountains are to the south and the Superstition Mountains can be seen in the northeast.  All of these desert mountain views make this town picturesque.  Queen Creek residents have the benefits of small town living, combined with the natural beauty of the desert that surrounds Queen Creek.  It is the perfect town to call home.

Queen Creek Properties

Prospective residents have a wide range of home styles to choose from in Queen Creek.  Properties with large lots can be found in town.  With a network of multiuse trails throughout the community, many homes have horse privileges.  Irrigated acre lots and ranchettes are available for those who want to experience the true rural lifestyle.  Also, there are new single family homes and custom homes available. 

The town offers its residents open space and country charm.  The town’s heritage can still be seen today in many of the street names.  Ellsworth, Power, Sossaman, Hawes, and Combs where the names of some of the founding families of Queen Creek.  It is an area that is continuing to grow.  High tech businesses and other companies are located nearby.  This makes it easy for residents to get to work.  Queen Creek is developing a balance between growth and tradition.

There are many reasons people choose to make Queen Creek their home.  Good air quality, a low stress lifestyle, variety of recreational activities, and a chance to fulfill dreams.  Queen Creek residents enjoy a rural lifestyle where neighbors are friends.  This small town feeling is evident every time you meet someone from the community.

The town of Queen Creek continues to preserve its friendly, small town spirit, while providing a high quality of life, along with economic and recreational opportunities.  Queen Creek is a hidden oasis in the midst of the Valley of the Sun.

 

 

 

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Queen Creek History

 

The area began with ranching and farming.  Pecans, citrus, cotton, and vegetables were some of the crops that flourished.  The name Queen Creek came from the Queen Creek Wash, which received its name from the Silver Queen Mine.  The Silver Queen Mine was located in the nearby town of Superior.  The rural flavor of Queen Creek today attracts many horse owners and nature lovers, who want to explore the desert surrounding the town.

 

 

 

 

 

Queen Creek Outdoor Recreation

 

The Queen Creek Wash, after which the town was named, is being preserved.  This wash begins at the east of town with the Picket Post Creek (or Queen Creek) that winds its way through Queen Creek Canyon and into town. Along with the Sanokai Wash, both of these washes will provide residents with public trails and open space.  Although, these washes are usually dry, the washes provide habitats to many different types of wildlife, birds and plants.  Bird and wildlife observers delight in spotting creatures in these natural wash areas.

 

Outdoor living is a way of life in this town.  Hiking, biking, and riding a horse are some of the activities that many residents experience.  The Community Center, parks, and local schools provide ball fields and playgrounds for children.  Several golf courses are also located close by.  However, some people take a simple approach to sampling the outdoors.  A lounge chair on their patio to watch a nightly sunset is an event that no one should miss. 

 

 

 

 

Queen Creek Entertainment

 

Queen Creek is a special place.  The hometown feel that has brought people to the area can be both seen and felt at the local festivals.  Schnepf Farms is a 60 year old, 300 acre working farm.  Its doors open often throughout the year for festivals.  The Pumpkin and Chili Festival is a popular one held every fall.  Peaches and potatoes are wonderful festivals that many children love to visit.  The rural atmosphere and a relaxed lifestyle can be found in Queen Creek. 

 

 

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About Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills

the town of Fountain Hills is the perfect get-away from the hustle and bustle of big city life. Roll that urban sprawl into a tiny little ball and toss it in the refuse as you amble down the hall.  Peaceful living is what you’ll find lurking at The Fountains

 

The city of Scottsdale is to the west, along with most of the other Valley of the Sun cities and towns. There are more than 11,000 acres that make up the town of Fountain Hills. The town sits 500 feet above capital city in the McDowell Mountains.  Fountain Hills has a population of 16,000.

Residents use two main roadways to get to other parts of the Valley of the Sun from Fountain Hills. The Beeline Highway (State Highway 87) runs to the southeast of town while Shea Road travels from the city of Scottsdale into Fountain Hills from the west.

Fountain Hills is located about 30 miles from downtown Phoenix. Fountain Hills is secluded and lies in the desert’s natural beauty.

Climate

 

The climate is typical of the southwest.  There is a mild winter that is balanced by a long hot, dry summer.  Many have claimed that the dry, hot summer conditions have helped to relive many of their allergy symptoms.  Summer days are clear and spectacular and the temperatures are truly remarkable.  Spring and autumn are mild transitions into the other seasons.  There is a brief monsoon season that is truly extraordinary.

Fountain Hills Properties

Those circumspect enough to include Fountain Hills in their property search will discover a variety of dwelling and living choices. The town is popular for both retirees and families.

 

Golf course properties, custom homes, estates on expansive lots, condominiums, patio homes, and single family homes are available. Properties provide privacy and an opportunity to take in the beauty of the desert.

Although, the Fountain Hills is off the beaten path, the town still provides its residents all the comforts and conveniences desired. Shopping, schools, and business are all found within the boundaries of Fountain Hills and many find it a charming, friendly community that boasts a backdrop of breathtaking desert mountain scenery.

Click here to locate homes and properties in the Fountain Hills area.

The Market

 

The spectacular amount of market activity in Arizona over the past decade has been well documented.  People of all walks of life have been moving to Arizona, and particularly Phoenix, in numbers unmatched in recent memory. 

 

Figures from 2000-2005 show nothing but increased construction, development, unit sales and unit sales prices in virtually every category of structure offered on the market. 

 

The greatest degree of growth occurred during fiscal 2005, where previous growth statistics, impressive in their own rights, spiked sharply to even higher levels.  

 

Of particular note to the residential home seller/buyer was the record appreciation in new and resale home values.  These rates were up for new homes and resales, rentals and condominium units, the only difference being one of degree.

 

While it is true that not all Phoenix area real estate markets showed the same amount of increase it is true that the degree of growth for each area was roughly proportional.

 

Then along came 2006 and equally well documented has been the decline in the rate of growth of some key market indicators.  The greater Phoenix resale home market is showing marked decreases in sales figures for comparable periods last year across the valley and across most unit categories.

 

One interesting exception is median price for resale units has risen slightly.  This rising price accompanied by a decrease in sales seems to be more in keeping with normal market tendencies.  One would expect spectacular growth to lead eventually to a degree of scarcity that would be reflected in higher prices.  Could this indicate that the market has reached its peak?

 

Let’s look at another indicator to see what it may tell us.

Since 1985, the Arizona Real Estate Center has computed what it calls “affordability indexes” for the Greater Phoenix area and several nearby cities. 

 

The index was invented as a guide to predict market activity.  When the index value is 100, the typical home buyer (based on the current median resale price and household income) would be able to afford a median-priced home at the stated effective interest rate.  A lower index value indicates less availability of affordable single-family homes.

 

The affordability index for the areas selected for study shows significant reduction in the availability of that this type of housing within the means of the ordinary consumer. 

 

Whether this data can be used as a reliable indicator for other groups and other types of housing is arguable, but it does beg the question “how much longer will the market be able to sustain a situation where both sellers and buyers can apparently benefit by getting involved in the market?

 

The short answer is that these conditions can remain so long as they are supported by the market. 

 

So when we take a long look at the larger picture we must ask ourselves whether we can realistically expect to realize more potential gain or value now or at some time in the future and it is very reasonable to conclude that the best possible time to buy or sell Arizona really is now.

History

From the very beginning it was all planned. In 1960, Robert P. McCulloch purchased 4,500 acres of land northeast of Scottsdale. The land was once a cattle ranch and was a part of the largest land and cattle holdings in Arizona.

But McCulloch had a vision.  He planned to developo one of the most desireable subdividions in Arizona, so he changed the cattle land into a community.

Charles Wood Jr. was retained by McCulloch to make this dream community a reality. Wood’s resume was impressive: he was co-designer of Disneyland and had worked with McCulloch in the development of Lake Havasu City; another successful McCulloch community located along the Colorado River in Arizona . 

IMcCulloch had marketing sense and he knew that a memorable landmark would popularize the community.  So he built this huge fountain right in the middle of the deser to act as a beacon- drawing curious sight-seers llike so many moths to the flame. 

The landmark fountain was the world's tallest fountain and was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. The fountain is almost three times higher than Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park. 

A 32-acre park surrounds the fountain which shoots its glorious stream in a 560 foot high airborne splurge.  The event occurs every 15 minutes from 10:00 to 9:00 daily. The creators of the fountain decided to use reclaimed irrigation water.

By 1971 many came to the community to buy land and Fountain Hills was incorporated in 1989. During the early 1990's, Fountain Hills was rated on of the fifty best places to raise a family.

One of the best characteristics of the town is the spectacular views and fresh air coupled with the proximity of the city life in Phoenix. The town continues to grow, although Indian Reservations, a park and a mountain range place a natural, healthy restriction on how far the town can stretch.

 

Fountain Hills Entertainment

Today, the town’s motto is “All that is Arizona.” This all encompassing notion is reflected in the center of town at a man made lake. Here, visitors will find the world’s tallest, continually flowing fountain.

The fountain shoots a spray of water high into the air approximately every 15 minutes. This geyser of water shoots five feet taller than the Washington Monument.

The early developers chose the fountain to differentiate the town from others. The fountain continues to bring people to this area each year.

The annual Great Fair in February and Fountain Festival of the Arts and Crafts in November make Fountain Hills the ideal hometown. The town is a blend of individuals who have earned their fortunes, to those who are just setting out to earn theirs.

Today, many retirees and families select Fountain Hills as their home.

Experiencing all of life and nature’s beauty is what living in Fountain Hills is all about.

Fountain Hills Outdoor Recreation

Another landmark along the northeastern horizon of town is Four Peaks Mountain. The peaks rise up past 7,500 feet into the air, surpassing all others in the Valley of the Sun. Four Peaks Mountain is within the Tonto National Forest where approximately 40 miles of trails are available for hikers.

Outdoor enthusiasts call the town of Fountain Hills home. Saguaro Lake is a little over 10 miles northeast of town and Bartlett Lake is about 50 miles north. Visitors to these local lakes will find swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, waterskiing, and much more.

Golfing is another outdoor sport that is very popular in town. There are several local golf courses and spectacular resort club styled courses located nearby. Residents enjoy playing rounds of golf year round.

Salt River and Saguaro Lake located just 12 miles away, Canyon Lake 80 miles and Bartlett Lake and Horseshoe Lake are each only 50 miles away making them a short drive away.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park is a terrific place to go see exotic animals. This park has many entertaining and educational animal shows offered through out the day. The tigers are everyone's favorite.

Fort McDowell Casino is just one of the more popular gaming areas near Phoenix.

Outdoor activities are found all around Fountain Hills. Saguaro Lake has boating, fishing and picnicking. This lake was formed by a dam along the Salt River and is very close to town.

Fountain Park is a 32-acre park that surrounds the Fountain, after which the town is named. The park is a delightful spot to enjoy the blast of water or picnic or walk the scenic trails.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park sits between the Lower Verde Basin and the McDowell Mountains. It is 21,099-acre park with room for camping, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails.


Events:

Fountain Hills Arts and Crafts Fair February
Fourth of July Celebration July
Great Fair November


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Sun City Arizona

Sun City is alive and this golden treasure of retirement city continues to thrive!

Way back in the old day's Sun City was dreamed about, talked about, master-planned then actually built as a special retirement community.  Established and built by the Del Webb Corp., it remains the champ of retirement areas and it is still the largest retirement community in this or any other nation.

It got its start in January 1960 when it opened its doors to the tens of scores who found they could afford what Sun City had.  This place is grand, it is famous all over the world for its active-adult entertainment and retirement lifestyle and it’s fair to say that they raised the bar as the standard for other retirement communities who would flock to the area with their offerings.   You can’t move in unless you can demonstrate the maturity shared by your neighbors.  No young boys and girls running about making noise and upsetting your applecart.  Just mature adults seeking to live out their remaining days in peace and quiet.  The community is age-restricted with the requirement of one resident must be at least 55 years of age and no permanent resident under the age of 19 so that teeny-boppers need not apply!

Sun City is all by itself, a little self-contained world with its own shopping centers and restaurants offering you a wide variety of stores and services.  And best of all, you don’t have to deal with all the “hustle and bustle” of life on the outside  Security, street repair, zoning protection and many other key community services are provided publicly by Maricopa County since this community is actually unincorporated at present and relies upon the county essential guidance and services.  But think about it, what better protection could you ask for than the police?  And who better to plan what will happen to the community in the future than duly elected public officials who are sworn to uphold your trust!  Fire protection is provided by the Sun City Fire District.

Now to the good stuff!  Eleven golf courses, including three country clubs, and seven recreation centers in Sun City bless this retirement haven with swimming, tennis, bowling and countless other activities.  Believe it or not there is some water that can be found in what is naturally an arid desert climate! The Lakeview Recreation Center even has a lake for fishing and limited boating.

Volunteers are a mainstay in Sun City and the community is known as the “City of Volunteers.”  This means you get the best for less.  No disinterested high-profile but unresponsive elected officials meddling in your menial day-to-day affairs.  In this area it is probably in your best interest to have your neighbors, people just like yourself, deciding what you can and cannot do on an ordinary basis.

Take the Sun City PRIDES for instance.  It is a non-profit corporation that assists Maricopa County in keeping Sun City clean.  The organization mobilizes the gathering of time and money to keep your area clean.  A mechanism like this is so important today; because if you don’t do it- who will?

Security is always number one.  Nobody wants to ever have to face the threat of burglary or robbery on their own and it is of vital importance that paid professionals who are aware of the problems in the area and who are trained to deal with the problems in these areas be ready, willing, and able to do what it is they have to do. 

No doubt about it!  Police protection is provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, along with the members of the Sheriff’s Posse of Sun City.  The posse is a group of dedicated and motivated men and women from your very own community who volunteer their services 24 hours a day.   This means that your first ring of protection is as close as a phone call to a neighbor away! Posse’s primary objective is to prevent crime through neighborhood patrols.  They get together and schedule patrols and that is how they do it.

A number of civic organizations, too numerous to mention here, have generously offered to assume the responsibility of keeping an eye on issues that affect the community.  Just take a look at the list that follows and you’ll see more reasons why Sun City is YOUR place to be!

The Recreation Centers of Sun City, Inc., a private corporation, is responsible for recreational amenities in Sun City; the Sun City Home Owners Association works with county and state agencies on such issues as zoning and transportation; the Sun City Taxpayers Association keeps a close watch on such issues as taxes and utility rates.  The Sun City Visitors Center at 99th Avenue and Bell Road, which offers prospective residents brochures and other helpful information, is operated by the Sun City Ambassadors, a non-profit corporation made up of volunteers.

 

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Sept. 26, 2021

Town of Florence

Town of Florence

Florence Location

Florence is located in Central Arizona at the junction of State Highway 70 and State Highway 287, just south of Phoenix.  The town is part of Pinal County.  Florence has held the title of Pinal county seat since 1875. 

Although Florence sits outside of Maricopa County, it is still considered part of the Valley of the Sun.  The fast development of the East Valley has caused many cities and towns, such as Florence to become much closer and more a part of the metropolitan area.

 

The town is also situated inside Arizona’s Golden Corridor.  This corridor stretches from Tucson to Phoenix, spreading out on each side along Interstate 10.  This strip of land is a growing and expanding area.  It is believed that this corridor will eventually connect both big cities with smaller towns and cities in between. 

Florence Properties

 

A variety of people have come to Florence to live.  Properties can be found in any size, ranging from large ranches and farms to small ranch homes.  Retirees are also drawn to the town’s ideal climate and clean air.  Others come for the rural life and beautiful desert landscapes.  Florence is continuing to grow.  This growth and expansion has created new master-planned communities located on the fringes of town.

 

Florence offers its residents the convenience and lifestyle perfect for any lifestyle.  It is a small western community which is located only minutes away from either Phoenix or Tucson.  This town is an attractive and affordable alternative to the bustling crowds in nearby cities. 

 

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Florence History

 

The residents of Florence are proud of their town’s past.  Rich in history, Florence is the fifth oldest town in Arizona.  Just two years after Arizona was established as a territory, the community of Florence was created.  In the town’s early years, a post office and general store were all that existed.

 

Today, Florence is moving toward the future by preserving is rich heritage.  It is an Arizona town that has many stories to tell.

 

 

 

 

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Florence is actively involved in restoring and preserving establishments to help reclaim its glory years.  The downtown district is one of the largest historic districts, compared to any other Arizona towns.  Florence’s main street has continued to retain its original architecture and beauty.  There are many territorial era homes and businesses in Florence.  It is said that the town has more buildings listed on the National Register than any other town in the state. Residents enjoy walking the sidewalk and passing by false storefronts, which give Florence its authentic Old West feel.  Visitors always take part in the walking tour of the historic district.

 

One unique spot in town is the territorial courthouse.  The McFarland Courthouse was constructed in 1890 and was named after Ernest W. McFarland.  McFarland served in the United State Senate, governor of Arizona, and Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court.  The courthouse was the only one built in town.  Many historic trials took place in the McFarland Courthouse.  Today, the courthouse still stands and it is a main feature of the town of Florence.  Today, the McFarland State Park includes the courthouse and other historic features.

 

Florence can tell many famous stories of past gunfights, mining incidents, and political strategizing, which all took place in town long ago.  A great story is told about how Florence received the nickname the “Cowboy Cradle of the Southwest.”  During the Depression, Charlie Whittlow, a Florence rancher came up with an excellent idea.  Because of the Depression, many ranchers had been forced to dump their milk rather than sell it for a loss.  Whittlow suggested that instead of dumping the milk, he would give it to schoolchildren.  Soon, other ranchers joined in the milk contributions.  Not long afterward, the National Milk and Free Lunch Program was created.  Due to Whittlow’s creative idea, the town received its nickname.  However, the name is a bit misleading; Whittlow was a rancher, not a cowboy.

 

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City of Coolidge

 

City of Coolidge

Coolidge Location

The city of Coolidge is located on State Highway 87, approximately halfway between Phoenix and Tucson.  It is in Pinal County.  The community of Coolidge is situated close to the Gila River.  Coolidge was once known as being the “Cotton King.”  The Gila River played a big role in providing the necessary water to grow cotton.

Even though Coolidge is not technically in the Valley of Sun, it is getting closer to becoming part of it.  The growth and expansion in the East Valley has exploded, causing borders to change.  It is predicted that one day Coolidge will be connected to the Valley of the Sun through the development of surrounding communities. 

Coolidge is also inside Arizona’s Golden Corridor.  This corridor is a strip of land running from Phoenix to Tucson.  It is envisioned that the Arizona Golden Corridor will the next growth area in the state.  The Arizona Golden Corridor will be a cluster of cities and towns stretching along the edge of Interstate 10.  Although the city of Coolidge does not sit on Interstate 10, it is still considered part of Arizona’s Golden Corridor.

Coolidge Properties

Coolidge properties range from small ranchettes to much larger farms and ranches.  Some newer residential developments have popped up in the area.  There are many choices in Coolidge when it comes to living styles.  The desert landscape makes Coolidge the perfect home.

From the surrounding area’s rich history to its southwestern farming roots, Coolidge offers its residents a progressive quality of life.  It is a city that blends a relaxed, rural atmosphere with convenient access to urban areas nearby.  Its natural desert plants grow in abundance and create spectacular landscapes in and around the city.  Coolidge is a progressive and comfortable place to live. 

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Coolidge Entertainment

Coolidge is a vibrant community where opportunities abound. It offers its residents a bit of city life with its easy access to metropolitan areas such as Phoenix and Tucson.  Major sporting events, entertainment, and cultural activities are a short drive away. 

However, it is Coolidge’s small-town feel shown through its festivals and activities that cause people to stay in this rural city.  The Coolidge Historical Museum is a symbol of the small-town feel that the city is known.  Festivals and local celebrations contribute to Coolidge’s sense of community and capture the unique cultural heritage of the area.

Education plays an important role in Coolidge.  Central Arizona Community College, the Signal Peak campus is located in the city.  It is a multi-campus community college.  The campus provides studies in the areas of general education, transfer education, occupational and technical education, student development, developmental education, community services, workforce, and economic development.  The Signal Peak campus provides upper-division coursework through Northern Arizona University.  Residence halls are also available.  The community college is home to 20 National Championships and boasts as one of the most dominant athletic programs in the National Junior College Athletic Association.  Central Arizona Community College is committed to providing a superior environment and plays an active role in being a part of the city. 

Located on the southern outskirts of the city is the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.  This monument preserves the culture of the ancient Hohokam Indian people, who farmed the Gila River Valley centuries ago.  The Hohokam Indians were the first farmers of the Sonoran Desert, nearly 600 years ago.  These ruins include a walled neighborhood and a four-story structure called “Casa Grande”{ (Spanish for ‘big house’). 

Coolidge History

In the beginning, both farming and the construction of Coolidge Dam fostered the development of the City of Coolidge.  In 1924, President Coolidge authorized the building of the Coolidge Dam.  Then, two years later the R.J. Jones laid out an 80-acre area to found the city.  It was named in honor of President Coolidge, a fitting name because the city has had a history of using the water from the dam to grow its crops. 

Today, agriculture is not its only focus for the town.  Coolidge is becoming a regional trade and service center, due to its proximity to Phoenix and Tucson.  The community provides equipment, supplies, and personal services to the area’s families.  Coolidge’s future continues to use its strategic location to create an active environment for economic and business development

Coolidge Outdoor Recreation

A friendly community and a dynamic recreational program give residents a variety of activities to choose from living in the city.  The San Carlos City Park is a great place for outdoor events and sports.  Many residents spend time at the local park.

One great outdoor activity that many residents and visitors enjoy taking part in is driving the Pinal Pioneer Parkway.  This scenic drive has received the distinction of being one of the best drives in Arizona.  The parkway begins just east of the city, in the town of Florence, and continues south toward Tucson.  A portion of the parkway contains a natural garden. This garden is unique.  It has been recorded that almost every species of flora found in the Arizona desert is located in this garden. 

Picacho Reservoir (Lake) is to the south of the city.  Birders have found this area to be excellent to spot water birds and shorebirds, such as ducks and sandpipers.  Living in Coolidge is an ideal place for those who want to experience the outdoors.

 

 

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