West Valley of Phoenix Communities

The West Valley is a vibrant area of the Phoenix that is west of Interstate 17 that connect you to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon corridor. This is the place “We Call Home” albeit the area is interconnected with Phoenix and the East Valley (Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, and Scottsdale). The West Valley of Phoenix is one of the fastest growing area in the United States. The area increased by 300,000 residents since 2000 and this expansion will continue as we have unlimited land available for residential and commercial development.  This is not the same in the East Valley where land is constricted by tribal reservation land where lots are being sold at a premium compared to the West Valley.

The West Valley is home to many major sport complexes such as the University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Cardinals), Jobing.com Arena (NFL Coyotes), Eight Major League Spring Baseball Teams (“The Cactus League”), Phoenix International Raceway (NASCAR Venue), four regional parks, and Lake Pleasant to the North (10,000 acre lake).

The West Valley is really two distinct areas known as the “Northwest Valley” that comprises cities Peoria, Glendale, the “Sun Cities”, El Mirage/Youngtown, and Surprise. The other area is the “Southwest Valley” which contains Avondale, Litchfield Park, Goodyear, and Buckeye.

Northwest Valley Communities

This was and still is the “Birthplace” of the Adult Community concept pioneer by Del Webb in the mid 1960’s.  These communities have a commonality between the residents who are 55 or better and many are tax free zones for school taxes.  The area know as “The Sun Cities” include Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Grand, Sun City Festival, Ventana, Westbrook Village, Sun Village, and now Viscancia of Trilogy to the north.

Not to overshadow the Traditional Communities the Northwest Valley include Peoria, Glendale, Surprise, El Mirage, and Youngtown where family subdivisions abound and the park system include hiking trails, baseball diamonds, and soccer field strategically place throughout the community.  Their are major shopping malls (Arrowhead Center, West Gate Mall, and a Outlet Mall) adjacent to the Jobing.com Arena “Hockey Venue” and the University of Phoenix Football Stadium (Home of the Fiesta Bowl and the NFL Cardinals.)

The areas is just west of the Phoenix City boundary and is wrapped by Loop 101 as a major corridor tying to Interstate 10 to the south and is interconnected by Route 303 on the west boundary between Interstate 17 and Interstate 10 to the south.  The diversity of this area is amazing with Active Adult and Traditional Communities in such close proximity to each other.  The area has some of the best health care and hospital that you can find in the Western United States which is a credit to the planning of Maricopa County back in 1960’s

Southwest Valley Communities

Basically the Southwest Communities you have to schedule your entertainment time as their are so many activities for all age groups.  Like the Northwest Valley the Southwest has 2 large Active Adult Communities “Pebble Creek” in Goodyear and “Verado” in Buckeye.  Again the growth potential is only limited by the developers imagination as the Southwest has unlimited land for development along Interstate 10.   The Southwest Valley is split by Instate 10 from Loop 101 on the east to the towering Sierra Estrella Mountains to the south and is one of the best kept secrets of the entire Phoenix Metro Area. It is blossoming with new residential developments, retail centers, light industry with many places to live and play in Arizona.

The area abounds with recreational opportunities from family fun at the park to a day on the golf course. You can enjoy the largest collection of exotic animals in Arizona at the Wildlife Zoo and Aquarium or cheer on your favorite NASCAR driver at the Phoenix International Raceway or watch Cactus League Spring Baseball game in the Goodyear Sports/Recreation Complex as there is so much to choose from.