Val Vista Lakes Artisan Market. (Photo courtesy of Val Vista Lakes Banquet Department and Dwight Smith) Area Information
Gilbert is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona. Named a Best Place to Live by CNN/Money in 2012, it's easy to understand why Gilbert is one of the fastest growing communities in the country. This suburban area provides nature lovers plenty of opportunities to enjoy Arizona's ideal climate. Residents enjoy over 700 acres of designated open space, and a trail system with more than 135 miles of marked and unmarked paths for hikers, bikers and bird enthusiasts.
Gilbert features a number of distinct neighborhoods, offering urban condos and apartments, homes and expansive ranches. The downtown Heritage District, in the heart of Gilbert, offers live theater, quirky stores, locally-owned restaurants and an iconic water tower with a plaza, where the city frequently hosts free concerts. A 90,000-square-foot office and retail development, Heritage Marketplace, complements the historic properties. Open-air shopping and entertainment centers, including SanTan Village (near San Tan Ranch) and Gilbert Town Square, are located throughout town.
Commuters in Gilbert take advantage of five bus routes that run through town, as well as a bus service that connects to Chandler, immediately to the west, and Mesa, to the northeast. The latter also connects to the Valley Metro light rail. Gilbert sits 8 miles from Interstate 10, which runs from California to Florida. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is just 10 miles to the west, and commercial air service is also available at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
A trail-side park in Power Ranch. (Photo courtesy of Rick Livermore)
Rentingin Gilbert, AZ
Apartments for rent in Gilbert can be hard to find, as demand is generally high.
Gilbert Attractions Hale Centre Theatre ? This is the longest continuously running, privately-owned-and-operated theater company in America.
Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch ?The various vegetative zones of this 110-acre property attract 298 species of birds and visitors from around the world.
Big League Dreams Sports Park ? Scaled-down ballfields replicating Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium are the highlight of this 42-acre complex for community baseball and softball leagues.
Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch ? An Arizona landmark, this award-winning championship golf course has views of the Santan and Superstition mountains.
Freestone Park ? Sports facilities, a recreation center, skate park, miniature railroad and amphitheater are found in this park.
Yucca District in Glendale. (Photo courtesy of billlovesmarcy)
Glendale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona. Located on the western border of Phoenix in the Valley of the Sun, Glendale is the fifth-largest city in Arizona.
Glendale features a number of distinct neighborhoods. The city recognizes six neighborhood districts: Cholla, Sahuaro, Barrel, Cactus, Ocotillo and Yucca. Each is composed of smaller communities and subdivisions. In Ocotillo, the historic downtown includes two neighborhoods; charming bungalows-turned-stores populate Catlin Court, while red-brick Main Street-style buildings line the streets of Old Towne. The walkable downtown area maintains the city's reputation as "Arizona's antique capital," but also offers more than 90 unique specialty shops. If you're looking to rent an apartment close to the action, Yucca is home to Glendale's Sports and Entertainment District. This area includes the University of Phoenix Stadium ? a Super Bowl site and the home field for the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals. Next to the stadium, the Gila River Arena, which is home to the National Hockey League's Arizona Coyotes, anchors the Westgate Entertainment District. Westgate offers world-class dining, shopping and entertainment, as well as condos and office space. Attractions there include a 60,000-gallon water show and massive electronic signs that earned its plaza the nickname "Times Square of the West." Luke Air Force Base, the largest Air Force Training Base in the world,sits 7 miles west of downtown.
Commuters in Glendale use Interstate 10, which runs east/west;, Interstate 17, which runs north/south; and U.S. Route 60. The city is conveniently located just 9 miles from Phoenix, and 20 miles west of Scottsdale. For business and pleasure travel, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is about 14 miles away; the Glendale Municipal Airport, 7 miles west of downtown, handles general aviation flights.
University of Phoenix Stadium. (Photo courtesy of Jason Trim) Renting in Glendale, AZ
Apartments for rent in Glendale are in high demand, even though rental rates tend to run higher than the county and state averages.
Glendale Attractions Sahuaro Ranch Historic Area ? With 13 original buildings and a breathtaking rose garden, this park preserves one of the oldest and most magnificent homesteads in the Valley of the Sun.
Cerreta Candy Company ? Tour a family-owned chocolate factory and sample their treats.
Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix ? Arizona's biggest water park has more than 30 attractions.
Xeriscape Botanical Garden ? This award-winning garden contains over 1,000 trees, shrubs and cacti and offers educational amenities.