Distinctive in their personalities, West Valley communities offer a virtually unlimited selection of environments and lifestyles. Offering open space, room to grow, and more home for the dollar, most of the West Valley cities rank among Arizona’s fastest growing. Modern conveniences and attractive new construction blend with historic homes, established neighborhoods, and vintage shopping districts in many of the West Valley communities.
Characterized today as a residential haven that provides a pleasant small-town atmosphere, El Mirage is maintaining a progressive attitude toward development and expansion. Nestled along the western banks of the usually dry Agua Fria River, the city is attracting many families to new subdivisions filled with affordable homes. The city has just completed a major renovation of its civic center complex, an ideal reflection of new energy and vitality that continues to transform the entire community.
Affordable housing—whether it is nestled in quiet, established neighborhoods or new construction in outstanding master-planned communities—is only one of the magnets that draw newcomers to Glendale. Ranked among Arizona’s largest cities, the anchor of the West Valley boasts a highly established economic base and an impressive array of amenities that guarantee stable property values. The city’s earlier heritage has been preserved in the Catlin Court Historic District, featuring gas-lit street lamps, brick walkways, and rows of quaint antique shops.
An abundance of affordable housing in a pleasing variety of styles and price ranges, as well as the semi-rural beauty of fields and wide open spaces, continues to attract many to this corner of the Valley. Nearby recreational attractions add to the allure, including the panoramic Lake Pleasant and White Tank Mountain regional parks. Offering year-round activities for local residents, the spectacular $34 million Peoria Sports Complex also serves as the home of the Seattle Mariners, the San Diego Padres, and the Texas Rangers during pro baseball’s spring training season.
The Sun Cities
The original Sun City community and the newer development of Sun City West are world-famous as quintessential active-adult master-planned communities. Literally hundreds of clubs and organizations meet the needs of retirees and mature adults who demonstrate a real zest for life and active recreation. Residents of these well-managed communities are almost exclusively retired, and a comfortable degree of affluence tends to characterize the area. Often referred to as the “golfer’s paradise,” Sun City devotes a full 1,200 lush acres to golf links that wind through the community.
White Tank Regional Park borders Surprise on the western side, offering vast acreage for camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and exploration. Home to the West Valley Art Museum, Surprise celebrates the fine arts with an impressive permanent collection as well as traveling exhibits from around the globe. Close to home, the recreational area that includes lovely Lake Pleasant is one of the Valley’s most popular destinations for water sports and boating. Surrounding the entire community are desert settings for picnics, horseback riding, and hiking as well as fascinating ghost towns.
Like many of the West Valley outlying communities, Avondale is rapidly transforming from an agricultural center into a mature suburb with a diversity of light industry and commercial development. Residents enjoy a variety of well-managed facilities and services that include serene parks, community and senior centers, a local library, several premier golf courses, tennis courts, sports courts, and ballparks. Students of all ages can take advantage of the continuing education courses and degree programs available close to home at Estrella Mountain Community College — also one of the area’s leading public employers.
The Town of Buckeye takes great pride in offering a family-oriented atmosphere and quality rural lifestyle in close proximity to world-class metropolitan amenities. Community spirit runs high in this community, where generations of residents have withstood periodic flooding and times of drought to create an oasis of farmland in the middle of an arid desert. Surrounding the community are exceptional parks for outdoor adventure and recreation. Golfing, hiking, mountain biking, off-roading, and nature study are just a few of the common activities.
The popularity of the Southwest Valley for new-home construction has expanded the quality residential development. Goodyear civic planners are committed to developing neighborhoods where homes are solidly built and residents have access to cultural and recreational amenities. Outdoor attractions include the Estrella Mountain Regional Park for fine golfing, camping, horseback riding, hiking, and picnicking. White Tanks Regional Park, Phoenix International Raceway, and a wide variety of exceptional golf courses add to the quality of life for Goodyear residents and draw visitors from across the Valley.
Providing a small-town atmosphere and more casual lifestyle, Litchfield Park is designed to hold a number of self-sufficient residential villages that have formed a strong, positive foundation for today’s record growth. One of the local highlights is the premier Wigwam Resort Hotel, the four-star jewel that was originally built to accommodate visiting Goodyear executives. Nearby is the Wildlife World Zoo, a veritable “Noah’s Ark” of exotic animals and endangered species. Northeast Phoenix offers big-name entertainment at Cricket Pavilion as well as expanded shopping opportunities at Desert Sky Mall.
The small community of Tolleson enjoys an ideal location west of the downtown Phoenix attractions along the bustling Interstate 10 corridor. The city is developing a strong, diversified industrial and commercial base. With a reputation for friendliness and community spirit, Tolleson offers quality facilities like the community center, a local library, lighted ballparks, sports courts, tennis courts, and the open space of local parks. While major hospitals are only minutes from home, two medical clinics are available to meet routine healthcare needs.