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5 Reasons Peoria AZ is a Great Place to Live In 

Peoria is one of the oldest cities in the Valley, having been first settled in 1886. The first settlers were from Peoria, Illinois, and named the new town after their hometown. Many of the early settlers worked on the Arizona Canal and lived in tents until they could build adobe mud homes.

By 1895, the railroad came to town, and Peoria blossomed into a busy shipping hub for the local ranchers and farmers. For over 100-years, Peoria was known as a farm town, with vast citrus orchards and fields of grain, squash, melon, beans, and potatoes. However, Peoria was best known for its production of long-staple cotton.

It wasn't until the 1980s that Peoria outgrew its rural beginnings, to become a thriving suburb of Phoenix. Orchards and farm fields gave way to development, and Peoria AZ real estate was hot.

In the early 1990s, the Peoria Sports Complex came into being; it was the first spring training facility in the country shared by two Major League Baseball teams, the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres.

From its humble beginnings to one of the most desirable places in the Valley, Peoria has come a long way. If you're curious about what living in Peoria is like today, keep reading.


Peoria's Future is Focused on Sports and Leisure

With the cotton fields and citrus orchards long gone, the Peoria Sports Complex now is the focus of the city. Spring training attracts thousands of baseball fans to Peoria every February and March, where up to 12,000 people can watch the games.

But, the Sports Complex is not just about baseball; there is also a playground and splash park for kids, and grownups can partake in the “Craft Courtyard” with microbrews from Arizona, as well as California and Washington State.

Surrounding the Sports Complex is the P83 entertainment district with dozens of family-friendly entertainment options. There are dozens of restaurants, an ice skating rink, and two theaters.

Canyon Speedway will thrill motorsports fans with car racing throughout the year. The track is north of town off Lake Pleasant Parkway.

Peoria also is home to five great golf courses, Peoria Pines, Quintero, Westbrook Village, Trilogy, and the Blackstone Country Club.

Finally, the Park West Mall is a nice place to spend an afternoon window shopping, catch a movie, or grab a bite to eat.

No longer a sleepy, little farming town, Peoria is now a sports and entertainment destination for the entire Valley of the Sun.


Nature Lovers Will Also Love Peoria AZ

Lake Pleasant Regional Park has long been a favorite getaway from the summer heat in the Valley. The 10,000-acre park features not only the 7,500-acre lake but also spectacular desert scenery. Valley residents have been flocking to Lake Pleasant for decades, to fish, swim, camp, and boat. If you don't have a boat of your own, you can rent one at the marina. You can even catch a luxury cruise boat that features a full-service bar, and an open-air top deck.

West Wing Mountain Preserve is also a nearby getaway for nature lovers. There are several trails through the spectacular Sonoran desert landscape. You'll also love the Sunrise Mountain Preserve, with its moderately challenging trails.

But that's not all; you can also get away west of town at the expansive White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Here, you can lose yourself in 30,000 pristine acres of beautiful mountain and desert scenery.

However, keep in mind, that summer temperatures in the Arizona desert get well over 100 degrees in the summer. The best time to go hiking during the summer anywhere in Southern Arizona is early in the morning.

But, you don't even need to leave Peoria to enjoy nature; the paved New River Trail stretches 18-miles along the dry river bed. The New River Trail also runs parallel to the city's shopping district, making it convenient.


Peoria AZ has Amenities Galore

By now, you should be getting a picture of what it's like to live in Peoria AZ. There are plentiful recreation opportunities, as well as shopping. In addition to the Park West Shopping Mall, there are half a dozen grocery stores, hardware stores, and boutique shops.

There are also medical services nearby, including St. Joseph's Westgate Medical Center, Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, Boswell Memorial Hospital, and Peoria Regional Hospital.

No matter what you need, you'll be able to find it close by in or around Peoria, AZ.


Peoria AZ Pays Homage to its Past

Unfortunately, many of the historic buildings in Peoria were razed to make way for new development. But, the city is now making plans to revitalize the Old Town area. Old Town Peoria features many historic buildings such as the Peoria Presbyterian Church, built in 1899. Peoria Central School, built in 1906, the Peoria Women's Club, built in 1919, and the Mabel Hood Building, built in 1920.

The old firehouse has already been renovated as a craft brewery. Surprisingly, the Quick Stop at 8484 Madison Street is listed in the Peoria Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1940. The Peoria Jailhouse was built in 1939 and currently serves as the museum of the Peoria Arizona Historical Society.

Osuna Park forms the center of Old Town Peoria; it marks the spot where the first town well was drilled back in 1889. The park hosts the annual Peoria Old Town Holiday Festival, as well as other community events.

There are pieces of historic Peoria AZ real estate dotted around Old Town, including a few homes from the 1880s. There are also a number of craftsman-style homes from the 1920s and post-war modern homes from the late 1940s. But, new single-family homes in Peoria AZ have been built at a record pace since the mid-2000s.

The exponential growth of Peoria has been fueled by a good economy and job market throughout the Valley. The West Valley is home to several high-tech firms, such as Microsoft and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. There is no sign that the trend is slowing down, and West Valley cities such as Peoria are places to live, work, and play.


5 Reasons Peoria AZ is a Great Place to Live In

3 Beds 3.5 Baths 6424208 MLS Trilogy At Vistancia SubDv. ACTIVE Status
Built in 2016 - This private SOLAR home is a Trilogy Masterpiece!! An incredible Aspect w/UNRIVALED LEVEL OF DETAIL around every corner of the property. This exclusive home will not disappoint as it is equipped w/the finest finishes - you'll find a design flow that is consistent every step of the way. Fabulous curb appeal greets you - stone accents, pillars w/pots, mature landscaping, coated driveway w/banding & paver walkway. Step inside to soaring 12' ceilings - sophisticated comfort creating a welcoming space to entertain. The Gourmet Kitchen is a show-stopper w/an atmosphere to inspire one to cook & entertain. You'll find high-end cabinetry w/black glazing, stacked uppers & glass door fronts, GAS cooktop w/wall oven, warming drawer, pot filler, SS hood vent, under cabinet lighting, built-in refrigerator w/matching cabinet front, reverse osmosis, soft close doors/drawers & roll-outs. The dramatic island is a focal point - spectacular granite w/a WATERFALL EDGE sets this kitchen apart from the rest. CUSTOM TILED BACKSPLASH to the ceiling is a perfect touch. Just around the corner is a WET BAR w/plenty of storage, granite c-tops w/sink & wine cooler. STUNNING TILE FLOORING (t/o) leads you to the large great room & den w/a double-sided stone accent gas fireplace. The wrap around patio is located just off the multi-slider from the great room. The cozy Owner's suite has an impeccable design: engineered marble shower, c-tops & tub surround w/a designer listelle, shower wand, framed mirror & heavy glass shower enclosure. On the other wing of the home is two guest suites w/private bathrooms - perfect for overnight guests. One of the guest suites features its own living room, kitchenette w/sink (cabinets, microwave & beverage center), bedroom & bathroom. The smart space has a built-in desk, an abundance of cabinets & sink. A 20' ROLLING WALL OF GLASS off the kitchen brings the outdoors inside & invites you to the spectacular resort backyard oasis. An amazing - over the top outdoor kitchen w/built-in BBQ/BAR, pizza oven, sink, refrigerator & doors/drawers - this is protected by a solid structure that includes tons of lighting & a ceiling fan. Expansive travertine pavers, huge covered patio w/speakers & stunning waterfall w/colored lighting is impressive. It also has a lounge area - perfect to enjoy reading a book. Additional Upgrades: custom window treatments & power shades inside/out, recycle center, cutlery & tray divider, ¾ garbage disposal, comfort height toilets t/o, larger baseboards, extensive recessed lighting & fans, surround sound & security system, water softener garbage enclosure, landscaping lighting & tons of eave lighting. This will check the boxes on the wish list - take a look yourself - your dream home awaits you!

30388 N 130th Glen, Peoria

Listing courtesy of Realty Arizona Elite Group, LLC.

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 6423902 MLS Running Horse At Arrowhead SubDv. ACTIVE Status
Stop Swiping! This is the one! Step inside this BEAUTIFULLY Updated Home in Running Horse at Arrowhead. Some of the Upgrades included New AC 2019, New Carpet 2021, New Exterior Paint in 2016, New Water Heater 2021, Soft Close Hardware installed. Thousands of Dollars of Updates throughout this home! Opening the door you are warmly greeted by Beautiful tile flors and tall ceilings with updated light fixtures and Plantation Shutters that continue throughout the home! Take notice of the extra features of this home like the fire sprinklers. As you move past the Formal Living Room you are taken aback by the Gorgeous Brand New Quartz Counter Tops and Backsplash Just installed! Matching Stainless Steel Appliances with Double Oven and Upgraded Fridge with See Through Door! Recessed lighting, Refini ...shed Cabinets with Hardware Installed. Updated Light Fixtures and Fans continue into the Dining Area with window Bench, and on into the Family Room with Upgraded light fixtures into the Entertainment Area! Upstairs are 4 spacious bedrooms; 1 master and 3 guest bedrooms! The updates continue into the guest and master bathrooms with Updated Counters, Faucets and Light Fixtures! Master Bedroom has Walk in Closet and Master Bathroom has double sinks, Standing Shower and Separate Tub! Outside onto the back patio Led Light Strips for Ambience in the Evenings and recessed lighting in the patio roof! Step out to the Always Manicured look of the Artificial Grass and Pavers Installed! No Neighbor Directly behind you just the cool air from the green belt in the evenings and walking path. Enjoy the walking paths through this community, Children's play ground and Community Pool. All just off the beaten path of the Arrowhead area where you are close to the 101 for commute, tons of dining options as well as entertainment! Don't miss this one, it will go fast!

15836 N 73rd Lane, Peoria

Listing courtesy of My Home Group Real Estate.

3 Beds 3 Baths 6423813 MLS Trilogy At Vistancia SubDv. ACTIVE Status
SPECTACULAR 'Serenitas w/Casita' on GOLF COURSE LOT w/exquisite PRIVACY & sweeping VIEWS of 16th FAIRWAY! IMMACULATE 3BD/3BA+DEN w/10' ceilings & dramatic rotunda entry w/custom chandelier. Extended covered patio w/built-in stereo speakers & pristine lush landscaping. Great room w/cozy gas fireplace & surround sound. GOURMET KITCHEN! Premium granite slab countertops & large island w/bar seating. Stainless appliances: Whirlpool refrigerator-NEW 2021, 5-burner gas stove, convection oven+warming drawer, staggered cabinets & full-tile backsplash. Owner's suite w/BAY WINDOW, luxurious tile shower w/multiple body sprayers & premium shower door, dual sinks & dual closets. Large enclosed front courtyard w/TRAVERTINE pavers & lush landscaping. Beautifully UPGRADED CASITA w/20'' tile on the diagonal Other luxurious features: 2-Trane A/C units in main home-NEW 2021, 4' extended garage w/golf cart bump-out & 20-amp outlet, utility sink, built-in cabinets galore w/workbench, brilliant added lighting w/motion sensor, H2O softener, pedestrian door to outdoor garbage can enclosure with TRAVERTINE pavers & paver path to driveway; Hunter Douglas Silhouette shades throughout; custom window treatments; 20" tile on diagonal in entry, separate dining room, kitchen, great room, hallways & den; guest bedroom has private entrance to guest bath; Premium Tuscan elevation. Located in award-winning gated, 55+ Trilogy at Vistancia with 5-star-resort style amenities at the 35,000 SF Kiva Club with indoor & outdoor pools, fitness center, day spa, cafe, billiards, meeting rooms, library, tennis courts, pickle ball, bocce ball, events & a plethora of activities to choose from. Outstanding Gary Panks-designed golf course is woven throughout the neighborhood. The Mita Club has additional outstanding community amenities. Easy access from Trilogy to the 303, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, Lake Pleasant & Paloma Park, Peoria's huge new community park loaded with amenities.

27546 N Cardinal Lane, Peoria

Listing courtesy of Friedman Realty Associates.

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 6420653 MLS Trilogy At Vistancia SubDv. ACTIVE Status
RARE OPPTY. to own this sought after LUMINA floorplan in Trilogy at Vistanica! Beautifully upgraded 2 bd, 2.5 ba open concept home is move-in ready for you. GOURMET kitchen features: S/S appliances, French door refrig., BLT-IN wine fridge, upgraded cabinetry w/soft close doors/drawers, upgraded granite & tile B-splash. The Great Rm/Dining Rm features a 3 panel slider-wall of glass that extends the living space to the well designed private R-yard. Beautiful travertine patio leads to the heated cooled pool for your year round enjoyment! The spacious covered patio & BLT-IN BBQ complete this well thought out space. The open Den is perfect for library/study/flex space. Gorgeous engineered marble shower & C-tops in Master bath. OWNED SOLAR! 9.2 kwH system for LOW utility bills!! (MORE) You will fall in love with the neutral plank style flooring through-out the entire home! The guest room with en-suite bath has beautiful new oversized textured tiles from tub/shower to ceiling. The smart-space features a custom built in desk/wall unit along with custom built in cabinets for all of your storage needs. Large walk in pantry is perfect for all of your additional kitchen storage. Garage features epoxy floors with custom built in garage cabinets, and hanging racks. Custom plantation shutters in the Great Room, Den, Kitchen and Smart-space. Hunter Douglas custom designer tri-panel power roller shades w/remote on multi-slider in Great room. Additional home upgrades include: whole house air scrubber, upgraded ceiling fans through-out, Genuis custom designed zig zag single screen retractable screen door on multi-panel door (Great Room), built-in surround sound speakers in Great room, built-in speakers on patio, owned water softener & reverse osmosis. Trilogy Vistancia is a resort style Active Adult 55+ community. Located in NW Peoria, Trilogy has 2 beautiful clubhouses, 2 heated outdoor pools, 1 heated indoor lap pool, 2 fitness centers, pickleball & tennis courts, bocce ball courts, 18 hole Gary Panks championship golf course, Cafe Solaz and V's Taproom. Trilogy offers numerous fitness classes, hosted bus tours, numerous lifestyle clubs ie...Veterans Club, Car Club, Pickleball Club, Wine Club to name just a few! Enjoy The Good Life at Trilogy!

13178 W Duane Lane, Peoria

Listing courtesy of Long Realty West Valley.

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