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THE VALLEY OF THE SUNThe greater Phoenix area is also called the "Valley of the Sun", which perfectly describes our many clear and bright days and superior climate. Want to find out more about cities, towns and areas of the Valley of the Sun? Whether you're interested in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, the East Valley, the West Valley or South Mountain, we can help you become familiar with the specific area and all it has to offer.
SCOTTSDALE The City of Scottsdale was built on land once farmed by the Hohokam. The canals that run through Scottsdale are built exactly where the Hohokam laid them out 2,000 years ago. Over 200 miles of irrigation canals enabled the tribe to farm the desert. In 1888, Army chaplain Winfield Scott bought 640 acres of land for $2.50 per acre. Orangedale, later named Scottsdale, became a community that has a national reputation for affluence, upscale resorts, and shopping. Arguably the artistic heart of the Valley, Scottsdale has thriving Scottsdale Center for the Arts which hosts fine arts performances. The Scottsdale Civic Center Mall includes galleries, fine dining, and a series of outdoors events including jazz concerts, food, and arts festivals which attract tourists and residents alike. Scottsdale is one of America's Promise Alliance: 100 Best Communities for Young People 2008.Founded: 1888Elevation: 1,160 feetSize: 185 square milesPopulation: 204,680 (1999 census)Major Attractions: Numerous world-class resorts, including the Scottsdale Princess Resort and The Phoenician; nearby Camelback Mountain; the Scottsdale Center for the Arts; spring training for the San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball team; approximately 200 golf courses, 23 of which are public; numerous art galleries, boutiques and restaurants in historic Old Town Scottsdale; upscale shopping and dining at the Borgata, Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, and the adjoining WaterFront area.
PHOENIX The City of Phoenix is located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. Phoenix has an average annual rainfall of 7.66 inches, an average annual temperature of 72.6 degrees and an annual high temperature of 85 degrees. Arizona is home to 23 reservations representing 21 different Native American tribes. Greater Phoenix consistently ranks among the nation’s top cities in the number of Five and Four Diamond and Five and Four Star resorts. More than 13.5 million people visit Phoenix each year. The typical visitor to Phoenix is 50 years old, has an average household income of $74,700 and spends 4.6 nights in the metro area. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is served by more than 20 airlines. Phoenix is home to the largest municipal park in the world. South Mountain Park and Preserve covers more than 16,500 acres and has more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. There are six lakes within a 75-minute drive of Phoenix. Phoenix has museums to suit nearly every taste. The Heard Museum (Native American); Desert Botanical Garden (the world's largest collection of desert plants); Taliesin West (home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation); the Phoenix Art Museum (the Southwest's largest art museum); the Arizona Science Center; the Hall of Flame (featuring the world's largest collection of fire-fighting equipment); Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park (Native American) and the Phoenix Museum of History are among the cultural hot spots. The Heard Museum has an extensive collection of Native American artifacts, including the largest kachina doll collection (donated in part by the late Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater) of any museum in the country. Phoenix is home to both Indy Car and NASCAR events at Phoenix International Raceway and at Firebird International Raceway.
Population: Greater Phoenix (which includes, among others, the cities of Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale and Tempe) has a population of nearly 3.8 million Size: Maricopa County—where Greater Phoenix is located—covers 9,127 square miles. Elevation: 1,117 feet.
Ahwatukee/FoothillsAhwatukee Foothills Village is an urban village within the Phoenix city limits. With South Mountain Park as its northern boundary, it is geographically separated from the rest of the Valley, giving it the feel of a city unto itself. It is a rapidly growing area where young, educated professionals are raising families in an environmentally attractive location. Good-quality schools, hiking, horse-back riding, a community center, country clubs and easily accessible Interstate 10 make Ahwatukee Foothills an attractive place to live and play.Founded: Original Ahwatukee Ranch built in 1921.Incorporated: Land developers purchased large portions and began building houses in 1971.Elevation: 1,280 feetSize: 35.8 square milesPopulation: 85,000 (2000 census)Major Attractions: South Mountain Park with hiking and horse-back riding trails, 3 golf courses
Chandler/OcotilloThe City of Chandler transformed itself from a small farming community into a "High-Tech Oasis of the Silicon Desert" (the city slogan), within the space of a few years. It's one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. A growing cultural life which includes public art and the performing arts, numerous museums, parks and recreation, and libraries have contributed to Chandler's appealing lifestyle. In addition, a variety of annual festivals, including the Chandler Ostrich Festival, attract tourists and residents from surrounding communities.Founded: 1912Incorporated: 1920Elevation: 1,213 feetSize: 71 square milesPopulation: 176,581(2000 census)Major Attractions: Chandler Museum, Arizona Railway Museum, Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler Ostrich Festival, Chandler Tumbleweed Christmas Tree Celebration, Annual Cotton Festival.
GilbertThe Town of Gilbert prides itself in maintaining a small-town atmosphere. It grew from a population of 5,717 in 1980 to 145,000 in 2003, making it one of the fastest growing communities in the country. Once the hay-shipping capital of the world, today Gilbert is family oriented with village-concept planned communities. The Heritage District in downtown Gilbert is home to the theater-in-the-round Hale Theatre where live performances are given. The Riparian Institute, Gilbert Historical Society Museum, four golf courses and many annual festivals including the Gilbert Days Rodeo add to the town's lifestyle.Founded: 1891Incorporated: 1920Elevation: 1,273 feetSize: 76 square milesPopulation: 109,697 (2000 census)Major Attractions: Gilbert Days Rodeo, Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch.
MaricopaIn order to honor the past while moving into the future of rapid growth, the City has developed a vision for itself in the year 2025: The City of Maricopa is known as "a community with a heart" with a conscience for taking care of its people, its land and all its resources. Maricopa offers educational excellence; is family-oriented with safe neighborhoods and many recreational and cultural opportunities. A strong business community is anchored by a diverse employment base that providesa balance between housing and jobs. Maricopa has a unique small-town feel, reflective of its agricultural roots and western heritage.Region: 20 miles south of PhoenixSize: Approximately 45 square milesResidential Population: 33,000Number of Businesses: 350Average Household Income: $75,000Education: 61% hold a bachelors degree or higherLibraries: 1Golf Courses: 2Parks: 1Annual Events: Founder's Day, Salsa Festival, Holiday Homes on Parade, Stagecoach Days, Parent-Child Fishing Derby, Great American Barbecue
MesaMesa is the third largest city in Arizona. It was founded by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) missionaries who dictated the layout of the original town site. It is a rapidly growing, family-oriented community with a strong public school system, and plans for arts and aquatics centers. Two museums, dozens of public and private golf courses. A baseball stadium, and tubing on the nearby Salt River provide recreation choices for Mesa families. The Arizona Temple's spectacular Christmas lights display and Easter Pageant are annual festivities that attract thousands of visitors. The Easter Pageant is noted as the largest annual outdoor Easter pageant in the world.Founded: 1878Incorporated: 1883Elevation: 1,255 feetSize: 122 square milesPopulation: 395,375 (2000 census)Major Attractions: Mesa Southwest Museum, Arizona Museum for Youth, numerous public and private golf courses, Cactus League baseball at HoHokam Stadium, and tubing on the Salt River.
Queen CreekThe Town of Queen Creek, located at the base of the San Tan Mountains, was named for the wash that runs through it. The rural, agricultural heritage that is the town's foundation is an integral part of the community's character. An abundance of citrus, cotton, pecans and vegetables are grown in the area. While urban growth spreads toward the community, the town works to manage and direct it so that their rural, small-town charm is not over-run. Four golf courses, numerous annual festivals, including the Peach Festival, Potato Festival, and Schnepf Farm's Pumpkin and Chili Party provide locals and visitors with year-round recreation.Founded: 1989Incorporated: 1989Elevation: 1,400 feet.Size: 25.8 square milesPopulation: 4,316 (2000 census)Major Attractions: Pick-it-yourself fruit and vegetable crops, annual Peach Festival and Pumpkin Fest, San Tan Mountains, San Tan Regional Park, Superstition Mountains, historic sites.
TempeTempe is home to the main campus of Arizona State University and its more than 40,000 students. Tempe is the 6th largest city in the state. It is situated geographically in the center of the major metropolitan area, bordered by Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Chandler. Tempe's newest attraction is Tempe Town Lake, a 220-acre lake with sailing, kayaking, pedal boats and river cruises. An annual July 4th picnic and fireworks show is held at the lake. The main ASU campus is adjacent to downtown Tempe, and on any evening, students and residents can be found visiting shops and restaurants alongMill Avenue. Because Tempe is "land-locked," most residential areas are fully developed.Founded: 1881 by Charles Trumbull HaydenIncorporated: 1894Elevation: 1,163 feetSize: 39.5 square feetPopulation: 165,000 (2000 Census)Major Attractions: Arizona State University, Tempe Town Lake, Mill Avenue, Anaheim Angels spring training, NFL Arizona Cardinals training field, ASU Sun Devils, Fiesta Bowl.
THE WEST VALLEY
Welcome to the West Valley: Goodyear, Avondale, Buckeye, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Glendale, Surprise, and more! We consider ourselves lucky to be able to enjoy mild (ice-free) winters, great golf, peaceful mountain views, and numerous parks for hiking, biking and more. Located in the suburbs, you are still able to take advantage of the big city culture and events. You have professional baseball, hockey, basketball, football, and even la crosse all less than 30 minutes away. You can head north to Lake Pleasant in Peoria for boating and water sports, visit the white tigers at the Wildlife World Zoo just North of Litchfield Park, or venture a bit farther north to more rural parts of Arizona like Sedona (beautiful red rocks) or Flagstaff (in case you want to see some snow in the winter). This is an exciting time to live in the Southwest Valley as our community is growing quickly and new shopping malls, family entertainment venues, and other conveniences are popping up all around us each month. A brief overview of each of the cities is provided below. Enjoy!
AVONDALELocated about twenty minutes west of downtown Phoenix, just west of Tolleson, east of Goodyear, and south of Litchfield Park. Historic downtown Avondale hosts annual special events such as Billy Moore Days Western Heritage Celebration, Fiesta Parties Mexican Independent Festivals, and Taste of the Southwest Valley Regional Event.There is a new state of the art civic center on Avondale Boulevard for all government operations and it houses the Avondale Civic Center Amphitheater for community events such as the Under the Stars Concert Series. Avondale is the future home for the West Valley Arts Council. Also you can find Estrella Mountain Community College near Thomas and Dysart, which offers a wide variety of classes to parents for continuing education. EMCC offers childcare assistance programs available to those who qualify.Home to Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) which brings in racing fans from all over the country for NASCAR and Indy events. Friendship Park, an extensive youth sports complex on McDowell between Dysart and Avondale Boulevard, boasts 11 soccer fields, four baseball fields, a dog park and a Japanese sculpture garden.Two main shopping plazas are Gateway Pavilions at 99th Avenue and McDowell and Coldwater Plaza I-10 and Dysart. Gateway Pavilions has some large, popular retailers, a couple restaurants, and a huge luxury movie theater. Coldwater Plaza offers many restaurants, fast food places, and all kinds of stores.Founded: around 1880 as "Coldwater" by Billy MooreIncorporated December 13, 1946Size: 54 square milesEstimated 2007 Population: 76,000Average home value: $225,000Average annual household income: $72,000
BUCKEYELocated about thirty to forty minutes west of downtown Phoenix and west of Goodyear. Less of a suburb feel and more of an old west, small town atmosphere. Buckeye celebrates its history with Countryfest in the Fall, Pioneer Days in the Spring, Electric Light Parade, and the Holiday Arts and Crafts Boutique. Also you can catch exciting shows and events at the Helzapoppin' Rodeo.Enjoy great views and sunsets at the White Tanks Mountain Regional Park. The park offers all kinds of outdoor activities including overnight camping. Buckeye Town Park has a picnic area, a skate park, volleyball, and a great Olympic size pool with a water slide and other water features to help cool you off in the summer. In addition you can find the Buckeye Historical and Archaeological Museum with an original pottery collection at Town Park.Founded: 1888Incorporated: 1926Size: 440 acresPopulation: 40,000Elevation: 869 ft. above sea level
GLENDALEThe City of Glendale is situated next to Phoenix and runs from Pinnacle Peak Road to the north, to Camelback Road on the south and from 43rd Avenue on the east to Luke Air Force Base and Reems Road on the west.Glendale offers a wide variety of family activities and dining opportunities and is well-known as the home of Luke Air Force Base. Glendale also boasts a unique shopping experience in its downtown district, with nearly 100 one-of-a-kind shops, carrying wares ranging from antique treasures and home-made crafts to pop-culture-finds. Delectable dining opportunities for every taste and ethnicity abound throughout the city, sure to satisfy whatever cuisine you crave.Sports fans congregate in the newly-built University of Phoenix Stadium, to cheer on Arizona's home football team, the Arizona Cardinals. This same field is also garnering national attention as the chosen venue for the 2008 Super Bowl. Hockey fans also howl in Glendale for Arizona's NHL team, the Phoenix Coyotes. For the holidays, you can take the family to enjoy a time-honored twinkling event, the Glendale Glitters Holiday Lights Spectacular, (running from Thanksgiving until the middle of January).Other visitor 'hot-spots' include the Cerreta Candy Company, Sahuaro Ranch, and family museums, (including the Police Museum and Bead Museum), aimed at entertaining and educating the public.Founded: February 27, 1892Incorporated: 1910Size:Population: 252,618Elevation: 1,150 feet
GOODYEARLocated about twenty-five minutes west of downtown Phoenix, south of Litchfield Park, west of Avondale, and east of Buckeye. Nestled at the base of the Estrella Mountains, you can head outdoors to enjoy the Estrella Mountain Regional Park for hiking, biking, horse back riding, and special events. The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce also brings a Senior Rodeo to the park each year.Enjoy shopping and restaurants at the Palm Valley shopping centers near I-10 and Litchfield Road. Coming soon a new Westcor shopping mall is beginning construction at Bullard and McDowell Road. Wind your way up the hills to master-planned community Estrella Mountain Ranch to enjoy Goodyear's Taste and Tunes Festival in the Fall, the annual Lakeside Symphony Pops Concert in the Spring, and a Farmer's Market the third Saturday of the month from 10am – 2pm.Take your little ones to Goodyear Park for playgrounds, skate boarding, and baseball, or join the new YMCA for other great family exercise and activities (both located near Thomas and Litchfield Road). The City of Goodyear has an aquatics and recreation program that offers many kids' classes and sports.Founded: 1917 as part of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.Incorporated: November 19, 1946Size: 188.4 square milesPopulation: 56,000Elevation:
LITCHFIELD PARKLocated about twenty-five minutes west of downtown Phoenix, just north of Goodyear and Avondale. This is a small, yet charismatic city with attractive and unique neighborhoods that hosts an Annual Native American Festival sponsored by the West Valley Fine Arts Council. You will find many great children's activities and programs at the Florence Brinton Litchfield Library. The city of Litchfield Park provides an online recreational center and activities guide including youth sports, camps, and classes.The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa (four-star resort) offers golf, spa services, and several recreational classes to kids and parents in the community. Don't miss the Wildlife World Zoo a few miles north of Litchfield Park. The zoo has a train ride, sky ride, carousel, petting zoo, boat ride, kids play area, refreshments, and of course animals, too.Founded:Incorporated:Size:Population:Elevation:
PEORIALocated about twenty-five minutes west of downtown Phoenix, just north of Goodyear and Avondale. This is a small, yet charismatic city with attractive and unique neighborhoods that hosts an Located East of Glendale, West of Sun City and North of Avondale and Goodyear.Peoria offers a wealth of indoor and outdoor activities for families. During Spring Training, sports fans can take in a Seattle Mariners or San Diego Padres game at the Peoria Sports Complex. Visitors to the Challenger Space Center can learn about our universe and the astronauts who have explored space. Water enthusiasts can water-ski, jet-ski, boat, scuba-dive or fish at Lake Pleasant. Recreational activities also available in Peoria include public pools and five golf courses.Patrons of the fine arts can take in a play or musical at Theatre Works or Arizona Broadway Theatre, both of which call Peoria home. In addition, Theatre Works offers classes and workshops in drama at the Peoria Performing Arts Center, while Arizona Broadway Theater ticket holders enjoy an elegant dining experience, along with the entertainment.A range of restaurants, suitable for families, is easily found within the city.Founded:Incorporated:Size:Population:Elevation:
SURPRISESurrounded by mountain park lands, a regional lake and the Sonoran Desert, Surpise is located about 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix.Entertainment in Surprise includes the city's popular Aquatic Center, which offers residents a respite from the heat with slides, waterfalls and refreshing pools.Visitors and residents can also enjoy DreamCatcher Park, the city's "first all-access sports facility."Golf enthusiasts have a choice of eight different golf venues within the city's boundaries, while White Tank Mountain Regional Park is a popular place to hike and bike, especially in the cooler winter weather of Arizona.If tennis is your game, watch for a new 17-court/5,000 seat Tennis Complex, soon to be completed.The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers call Surprise Stadium home for Cactus League Spring Training. Services in Surprise include Sun Health Hospitals, as well as several urgent care centers. Arizona State University is situated only 20 minutes away.Founded:Incorporated:Size:Population:Elevation:
TOLLESONLocated about fifteen minutes west of downtown Phoenix and just east of Avondale.A small city with big growth on the horizon. Tolleson has three city parks, a community center, five lighted ballparks, basketball, tennis, and racquetball courts. The Tolleson Public Library offers a summer reading program.Founded:Incorporated:Size:Population:Elevation:
CRIME STATISTICS / INFORMATIONThese web sites provide crime statistics and studies, and may have information concerning the area of the home you want to buy. Note that the police departments for the various municipalities also provide crime statistics, and may provide different information from the private sites.
Compare City Crime Rates (private site):
Scottsdale Police Dept., Crime mapping tool
Felon Search (private site):
Crime Prevention and Statistics (private site):
Arizona law and crime information (government site):
Arizona sex offenders (government site, list available for a fee):
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