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Surprise, Arizona is located on the northwest edge of greater Phoenix in Maricopa County’s “Valley of the Sun,” and is a scenic and rapidly growing city. In the last decade alone, Surprise’s population grew from just more than 30,000 residents to more than 117,000 in 2012.
With an approximately 281% growth rate, this makes Sunrise Arizona’s 10th largest city. Home to the West Valley Art Museum and the spring training home to Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, residents turn to Surprise for its pristine natural surroundings, quality new construction, and wealth of vibrant activities and amenities.
Incorporated in 1960, Surprise’s history dates back to 1938 when Flora Mae Statler founded the city with little more than a few homes and a gas station. The community began to flourish when Sun City Grand, a Del Webb senior retirement community was built and tens of thousands of retirees moved in.
Rapid and phenomenal growth occurred, much of which is attributed to Surprise’s close proximity to this land development. Today, Surprise sits approximately five-miles northwest of the original Sun City site and next to Sun City West.
Living in Surprise
Living in Surprise, Arizona means being surrounded by beautiful vistas and having every amenity at your fingertips. It also means enjoying a cost of living that is more than 5% lower than the national average.
Furthermore, with one of the fastest growing school districts in the state and a wealth of excellent housing options, it is easy to understand why so many of Phoenix’s professionals, families and retirees are choosing Surprise as their home.
Schools, Health and Transportation in Surprise
The Dysart Unified School District is the primary education provider in Surprise, however there are some areas that fall under the Peoria Unified School District’s purview. One of the fastest growing districts in the state, Dysart Unified School District is consistently praised for its top-scoring students and commitment to quality education.
Hospitals in close proximity to Surprise include Banner Estrella Medical Center (14 miles), West Valley Hospital in Goodyear (16 miles) and Maryvale Hospital (18 miles); all of which offer top-notch medical services to area residents.
Transportation options in Surprise include Valley Metro bus, light rail and RideShare, although many Surprise residents choose alternate transportation.
Surprise Parks and Recreation
The City of Surprise offers more than 15 city and neighborhood parks and a wide range of recreational opportunities.
Home to numerous playgrounds, sports fields, hiking and biking trails, and more, some of the most popular area parks include Bicentennial Park, Community Park, heritage Park, Asante Community Park, and Sierra Montana Park. Dog lovers will also enjoy a special dog park that spans more than 1.5 acres and offers landscaped grounds, multiple shade areas, and drinking fountains.
The Surprise Recreation Campus, the spring training home to the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, is one of the area’s most popular recreational facilities. It offers 12 baseball fields, an 8-acre multipurpose-lighted field, an aquatics center, an urban fishing lake and more. The aquatics center at Surprise Recreation Campus features a zero-depth area, two slides, a vortex whirlpool and two 1-meter diving boards.
Eight championship golf courses can also be found in and around the city, as well as the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex. Quite simply, recreational opportunities abound within this city.
Surprise Shopping and Dining
While Surprise is just a 45-minute ride to downtown Phoenix, residents do not have to leave the city to find some of the finest shopping and dining options in the region.
Shopping options include major retailers such as Sam’s Club, Kohl’s, Target and Best Buy, while a number of locally owned boutiques and upscale shops are available throughout Sunrise.
Another shopping, dining, and lifestyle destination named Prasada is currently under construction and will feature a regional shopping mall with more than 100 retailers and restaurants, a variety of office buildings, a state-of-the-art medical campus, and more than 250-acres of automotive brands.
These are just a few of the many benefits to life in Surprise, Arizona.
To learn more about the city and its housing options, the team at Phoenix Urban Spaces welcomes you to contact them at your leisure. They are always just a phone call away and look forward to sharing their knowledge of the area with you. Connect today to get started!
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