Taking in the communities of Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Sun Lakes, Ocotillo, and Queen Creek—the sprawling East Valley has experienced phenomenal growth in recent decades. While Arizona’s abundant sunshine and the natural beauty of the high desert continue to play a role in the area’s expansion, newcomers appreciate an array of advantages. Welcoming neighborhoods, broad streets, new residential and commercial construction, convenient access to regional freeways, progressive school districts, and first-rate municipal services are all part of East Valley living.
Distinguished as one of the fastest growing cities in the entire Southwest, Chandler joins Tempe and Mesa to form the Tri-City area located southeast of Phoenix and the Salt River. The regional economy has grown along with the boom in population, moving away from agriculture toward an economic base of high-tech industries and leading-edge electronics manufacturing. Widely recognized as a family community, Chandler offers its residents a small-town atmosphere as well as easy access to the complete array of cultural, educational, and employment opportunities throughout the metropolitan area
Gilbert residents can attend horse shows, pursue adult education courses, or cast a fishing line in Freestone’s stocked lakes. They can also hike, bicycle, and horseback ride along miles of well-maintained local trails. With its reputation for outstanding services and efficient local government, Gilbert will be reinforcing its reputation as a “Community of Excellence” for decades as the new millennium continues to unfold.
Housing options in Mesa are abundant, diverse, and affordable—advantages that often attract newcomers as well as those who live in other parts of the Valley of the Sun. Modest but well-kept single-family homes nestled in well-established family neighborhoods contrast with handsome new construction in upscale residential villages that offer luxurious recreational amenities. With its highly developed resources and reputation for serenity and quality of life, Mesa has long attracted seasonal visitors and retirees in addition to families, young professionals, and executives.
Many newcomers are drawn to this outlying East Valley community for exceptional home values, breathtaking mountain views, and the blend of residential neighborhoods with panoramic ranches and recreational activities. Unique opportunities within the Queen Creek area include one-acre home sites that appeal to aviators and equestrians. Local residents can enjoy the freedom and enjoyment of airpark living that includes horse privileges and easy access to nearby bridle trails in a setting of natural beauty.
The active adult community of Sun Lakes covers 3,500 acres just seven miles south of Chandler. Sun Lakes has introduced the legendary active-adult lifestyle of the West Valley’s “Sun City” to the East Valley. Creating a small-town atmosphere with resort amenities and an atmosphere conducive to relaxation, Sun Lakes has enjoyed rapid growth since it was originally established in 1972. In fact, the community has been listed among the “Top 20 Retirement Communities in America.”
Progressive and dynamic, Tempe is well known as an “All American City.” Over the decades, the city has moved far beyond its genesis as a small college town and Phoenix bedroom community into a vital urban center with a strong and diversified local economy. The powerful influence of Arizona State University, the state’s largest institution of higher education, contributes heavily to the first-rate amenities, youthful attitude, and stimulating environment that characterizes this attractive suburb.