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City of Avondale

You would like to take a trip to a place you want to see.  Too much time I a car is where you’d rather be- so why not see Avondale?

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Avondale is an adorable little town next to the Agua Fria River, just north of its junction to the Gila River.  To be a little more frank the city is about 15 miles due west of downtown Phoenix.  It is in the West Valley nestled between Tolleson on the east, the city of Litchfield Park on the north, the city of Goodyear on the west and the dramatic Sierra Estrella Mountains to the south.


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.


Avondale residents have so many options.  Some neighborhoods offer mature homes while much of the city is being developed into new suburban neighborhoods.  Master planned communities are popping up like wildflowers. 

Affordability and convenient location are some of the reasons the area is popular.

Look out here and you just may get it!  So just ask yourself how lucky someone would have to be to find just what they are looking for?  Then let Avondale living make your day.

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 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.

Avondale History

The area that is now the city of Avondale began when a cowboy named Billy Moore created the Coldwater Freight Station in the early1900’s.  The name referred to the runoff of the nearby Agua Fria River.

Later, the town became an agricultural community.  Crops such as lettuce, cauliflower, onions, melons, dates, citrus, and barley were planted and the next think you know they called this place “Arizona’s Salad Bowl.”  Luckily the name was changed to Avondale.

Today, Avondale covers approximately 24 square miles.  There is still farming but the area is also becoming a site for new, beautiful homes.  How is this small town to preserve its rural character while all this building is going on?  Just come on out and see how they do it!  Then you’ll know you, too, should be here.

Avondale Entertainment

It is a changing community from agricultural based small town to a growing residential and business area.  Avondale has become a city with a “small town atmosphere.”  Community facilities such as parks, senior centers, a library, golf course, and a variety of outdoor recreational amenities are all available in Avondale. 

Billy Moore Days is an annual event that honors the first setter in the area.  Filled with folksy events like the team burro races, there is no doubt that your cup will overflow with heaping helpings of good, old fashion fun.  A parade, carnival, and other activities are all a part of the event.  Billy Moore Days gives local residents opportunities to share folk are and crafts so that local people can discover what it might be like, even if ever so briefly, to be like their idols. 

Education is a big part of the city of Avondale.  Estrella Community College is available for those who want to further their level of higher education.  Schools in the area provide students with a variety of vocational and job training programs.  Living in Avondale is a great location to get ahead through classes and education.  You can call Avondale “the city that thinks.”  I think they’d like that.  What do you think?

Phoenix International Raceway is on the southern edge of Avondale.  The one mile oval seats over 78,000 enthusiasts there are several major auto races held each year at the track.  Both NASCAR and the Indy Racing League use Phoenix International Raceway.  The track is fast and the conditions are clear so that you can expect to have a good time.

Avondale Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor fun is easy to find found at Estrella Mountain Regional Park to the south of the city offers many outdoor activities.  Visitors will discover camping, horseback riding, hiking, picnicking, and an 18 hole golf course.  There is something for everyone at Estrella Mountain Regional Park.

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