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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 6424186 MLS Trilogy At Vistancia SubDv. ACTIVE Status
STUNNING Stellare floorplan, 3 BED, 3.5 BATHS & 3 CAR GARAGE - walking distance to the Kiva Club. Notice the GORGEOUS CURB APPEAL w/decorative wall, iron gate, mature landscaping, paver driveway/walkway as you enter the charming front courtyard. Step inside to LUXURY DESIGNER TOUCHES w/12'' ceilings, spacious open floor plan, PLANTATION SHUTTERS & CROWN MOLDING t/o. Side courtyard w/large travertine patio, STACKED STONE WALL & pergola is a PRIVATE space to enjoy reading a book or for entertaining. Dining area is across from the WET BAR w/cabinets, R/O system & wine cooler - perfect for parties. GOURMET EAT-IN KITCHEN features an abundance of HIGH-END RAISED PANEL CABINETS w/42'' uppers, SS appliances w/warming drawer & GAS cooktop (2021), CUSTOM VENTED HOOD, under cabinet lighting/pendants EXPANSIVE GRANITE ISLAND, custom glass tiled backsplash, R/O system (2022) & instant hot water (2019)! GAS fireplace w/CUSTOM MANTLE & TILE SURROUND is the focal point of the large great room. Office/den overlooks the front courtyard. Owner's suite has a TRAYED CEILING W/CROWN MOLDING, speakers, tile shower/c-tops, soaking tub, rain glass shower door, framed mirrors & HUGE CLOSET. Guest wing w/2 bedrooms - each have their own private bathrooms. One w/a tub & other w/a shower - both have upgraded finishes. Also, a half bath for guests. Step outside to an ENTERTAINER'S DREAM backyard - expansive paver patio, decorative wall, BUILT-IN BBQ/BAR, water feature, speakers & LUSH LANDSCAPING creates a very private oasis. Don't miss this one - this home has it all & it is immaculate! Additional upgrades: HVAC replaced in December 2021 (both), refrigerator, dishwasher & microwave/oven combo (2020). Side panel drapes, central vacuum, ceiling fans, water softener, recirculating pump, coated garage floors & hanging racks.

12617 W Mine Trail, Peoria

Listing courtesy of Realty Arizona Elite Group, LLC.

3 Beds 2 Baths 6422169 MLS Pivotal Peoria Center Lot 1-297 Tr A-D SubDv. ACTIVE Status
Welcome to this absolutely stunning single-level home in the heart of Peoria. This fully remodeled 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house has undergone a complete transformation & is ready to be yours! Upon entry, you'll be greeted by a welcoming entryway & large great room, where you'll notice an open split floorplan which includes a fully remodeled kitchen. The kitchen boasts refinished white cabinets, brushed nickel accents, quartz countertops, stainless steel sink, slate GE Profile appliances, custom backsplash, & two breakfast bars. Continue to the dining room, where you'll find two large picture windows overlooking the beautiful front yard. The split floorplan features two guest bedrooms & a fully remodeled hall bath w/ quartz countertops. The master suite welcomes you w/ vaulted ceilings, a large picture window overlooking the backyard, custom remodeled bathroom w/ dual sinks, seamless glass shower, garden tub, private toilet room, & large walk-in closet. Exiting to the backyard, you'll find an oversized pavered patio, citrus trees, flowering bushes, green grass, & a corner patio perfect for entertaining. Situated in a neighborhood w/ NO HOA & neighboring the local elementary school, this home also boasts brand new roof w/ warranty (2021), newer AC (2017), newer water heater (2020), dual-pane windows (2020), wood-look tile (2021), newer exterior paint (2017), rainwater collection system, large shed, RV gate & slab, 2 car garage, & much more. Close to shopping, schools, the 101, & more, it won't last long. Come check it out!

8633 W Pershing Avenue, Peoria

Listing courtesy of Realty ONE Group.

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.

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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