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Positioned in the southeast valley, in the 1920’s Gilbert was known as a sleepy farming town and the “Hay Capital of the World.” Today, this town receives national attention for its friendly atmosphere, excellent schools, unmatched expansion, small-town feel and big-city amenities. In fact, over the past two decades, has been ranked among the fastest growing towns in the country. Even with this rapid growth, it was still named the safest municipality in Arizona and rests among the Top 25 Safest Places to Live in the United States. Still holds a placement on CNN Money Magazine’s list of “Best Places to Live” in the United States in 2014. For these and many reasons, more than 215,000 residents continue to call Gilbert home.
Interestingly, Gilbert’s agricultural history is due in part to the proximity of the ancient Hohokam tribe’s once expansive canal systems that converted the surrounding desert areas into workable fields. Today, the agricultural industry has declined as the area continues to transition into one focused on aerospace and technology. Other popular employment areas include health services, renewable energy, and a large number of corporate facilities.
Living in Gilbert
The city of Gilbert is a thriving one. While it has expanded rapidly, it has kept up with its growth in an impressive number of ways. Offering all the benefits of a small-town without sacrificing the big-city amenities and luxuries that today’s residents demand. You experience a high quality of life that is simply unmatched.
Schools, Health and Transportation
Serviced by the award-winning Gilbert Public Schools District, the youngest residents receive an unparalleled educational experience. In fact, the Public Schools are committed to hiring educators that are consistently improving their teaching methods and standards, and who are innovative in their fields. Desert Ridge High School, for example, is one of only a handful of schools in the country that offers a national pre-engineering program called Project Lead the Way, which prepares students with a strong emphasis on math and science. For those parents who prefer a parochial or private school education, there are a number of options available.
Home to world-class health offerings, including eight area health care providers, including Mercy Gilbert Memorial Center, Gilbert Emergency Hospital, and three different Banner Medical Centers. These state-of-the-art facilities are just one of the many draws.
Easy to navigate in and out, residents have quick and convenient access to Loop 101, Loop 202, U.S. Route 60, and State Route 87. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, are both within about fifteen–miles of the city.
Parks and Recreation
Gilbert’s beautiful natural surroundings and excellent weather make it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The Riparian Institute, a 110-acre nature preserve, is one of the main draws, as well as the Big League Dreams Sports Park, which features scaled down replicas of famous baseball stadiums from around the country. Home to more than 26 parks, five aquatic centers and public pools, seven special use facilities and two libraries, this town offers something for everyone. Cosmo Dog Park, which has been named one of the best in the country, is another great example and offers a lake for dogs, and individual facilities for small or timid dogs. If you enjoy the arts, you will also find a number of local museums including the Gilbert Historical Society and the Heard Museum of Anthropology and Primitive Arts. Additionally, those residents who are avid golfers will find numerous world-class championship golf courses near-by. The perfect Arizona weather makes golf a year-round sport here in Arizona.
Gilbert Shopping and Dining
When it comes time to shop and dine, your options are seemingly endless. The San Tan Village, for example, is one of the regions premier shopping destinations and is home to a number of traditional retailers including Best Buy, Macy’s, Sephora, White House Black Market, and more. Throughout the community, residents will also find a number of unique, local boutiques and shops ranging from furniture and appliances to upscale clothing and antiques. As with any large metropolis, there is a wide selection of restaurants featuring cuisines of all cultures. Whether you’re looking for pizza, French cuisine, Thai food, or authentic Mexican, we have it all.
Want More Information?
As local community experts, Broker Roberta Candelaria and her team at Phoenix Urban Spaces look forward to introducing you to this community and its many wonderful amenities. To learn more or to begin your search for housing options, connect with their team today. They look forward to hearing from you soon and to welcoming you home to Gilbert.