Ahwatukee, Arizona Real Estate and Community Info.

Ahwatukee, Arizona Real Estate and Community Info.

As one of the fifteen urban villages that make up Phoenix – and only fifteen minutes away – Ahwatukee is a thriving community of 85,000 that boasts the amenities of big-city living in an intimate, gorgeous setting. Ahwatukee stands apart from the other urban villages, not only because of its location (jokingly referred to as the “world’s largest cul-de-sac” for its L-shape) and beauty (nestled in the mountains), but also because of the legend surrounding its unique name. Founded by a Chicago couple in the 1920s, who named their home Casa de Sueños, or “house of dreams,” the second owner, Helen Brinton, mistranslated the name from Spanish to Crow as “Ahwatukee.” The closest approximation in Crow is actually awachúhka, meaning flat land or prairie. And while the Crow reservation is in southern Montana, Brinton’s home, and more importantly, her intent remains. It evokes the awe and mystery of the landscape itself. To the north lies South Mountain Park and Scottsdale, to the east Chandler and Tempe, and to the south and west Gila River Indian Community.

Shopping and Dining

The village of Ahwatukee has plenty of shops and restaurants, including department stores, groceries, co-ops, retail outlets, and boutique stores. There are a number of valley malls in the surrounding area. Arizona Center is an open-air marketplace that has specialty stores and nine restaurants. Biltmore Fashion Park is an open-air mall that features premium stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Sharper Image, Macy’s, and more. Casa Paloma includes Banana Republic, Gap, Ann Taylor, SurLa Table, and Flemings Steakhouse. Chandler Fashion Center has 150 stores, including Neiman Marcus, Williams-Sonoma, and a plethora of restaurants. Scottsdale Fashion Square offers Brooks Brothers, Neiman’s, Tiffany’s, Crate & Barrel, Hugo Boss, and more. Foodies enjoy global cuisine, from traditional Southwest to contemporary South American. Some favorites include Café Boa, Ausler’s Grill, Volcano Grill, Ruffino Italian Cuisine, Abacus Inn, Va Bene, and Brazilian Bull.

Parks and Recreation

Ahwatukee is blessed with great weather year-round, and it is known for its golf courses, hiking and biking, and plenty of other outdoor activities. South Mountain Park and Preserve is the largest municipal park in the country and offers hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Desert Foothills Park, Sun Ray Park, Vista Canyon, and Mountain Vista Park offer lighted ball fields, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Pecos is a 66-acre regional park with athletic fields, skate plaza, off-leash dog park, swimming pool, and playground. There are also two community centers that offer recreational activities and programs: Awhatukee Community Center and Ahwatukee Recreation Center.  State and regional parks in the area include Adobe Dame Recreation Center, Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Desert Breeze Railroad Park, Estrella Mountain Regional Park,  Lake Havasu State Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Monument Valley, and Grand Canyon National Park.

Living

Money Magazine named Ahwatukee as one of the “Best Places to Live” in the country, examining factors such as real estate, employment, education, and quality of life. The average household income is approximately $95,000. Homes for sale in the area are eclectic and span a variety of price points. In the Mountainside area, a 2,000 square foot, four bedroom, two and a half bath can be found for just over $150,000. In the Crimson Ridge area, 2,500 square foot, four bedroom, three bath homes for sale are available for $300,000. Pointe South Mountain is another nice area that has real estate for under $250,000. Desert Foothills offer a lot of bang for your buck, with 1,500 square foot, three bed, two bath homes for sale at under $150,000. Real estate encompasses a variety of styles, from single-family detached homes, condominiums, townhouses to lots for sale.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Ahwatukee is serviced by an excellent school district, Kyrene School District, one of the top performing districts in the state. All district schools have received excellent ratings for academic achievement, including the pair of high schools that are part of Tempe Union High School District. There are a number of private and charter schools in the area as well. Area colleges and universities include Arizona State University, South Mountain College, Ottawa University, and several community colleges.

Ahwatukee is supported by a number of excellent medical facilities, including Chandler Regional Hospital, Arrowhead Hospital, Arizona Heart Hospital, and Tempe Saint Luke’s. For local transportation, Valley Metro provides public transportation alternatives for the greater metro area. ALEX supports the Ahwatukee area and services ten area schools. It follows a 40-mile round trip route. Sky Harbor International Airport is close by, and Ahwatukee is bound by I-10 to the east.

 

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at (480) 355-8645 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

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Gina McKinley
RE/MAX Masters
2390 W. Ray Road, Suite 4
Chandler AZ 85224
480-355-8645
Cell: 1-480-779-9420
Fax: 480-355-8912

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