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Avondale AZ began in the 1880s as a settlement called “Coldwater,” for the cool water that flowed from the Aqua Fria River. However, when the post office was moved near the Avondale Ranch, the tiny farming community changed its name.
Avondale gained prominence as one of the very earliest stagecoach stops in Arizona, feeding weary travelers and horses alike. In fact, for much of its history, Avondale was a farming community, growing both hay and cotton. It wasn’t until the 1980s that Avondale real estate began the transformation into the city we know today. You can still see glimpses of Avondale’s rural past along Western Avenue, in Old Town. A visit to Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on Thomas Road will also give you a feel for this city’s rich history.
Since 1964, Avondale has been known throughout the Valley as the home of the Phoenix International Raceway. Now known as ISM Raceway, the 1-mile track is the finest motorsports arena in the entire Southwest. If you love NASCAR and Monster Trucks, you will love Avondale. In fact, you can get behind the wheel of a NASCAR race car yourself with the Richard Petty Driving Experience, right here in Avondale.
While Avondale AZ has grown into a robust, young and diverse city of nearly 85,000, nature is still close at hand. The views of the nearby mountains are stunning, If you’re considering Avondale homes for sale, know that the 19,840-acre Estrella Mountain Park is close by, as well as the 29,271-acre White Tank Regional Park. If you need a respite from city life, the towering Saguaros and the silence of the Sonoran Desert are just a short drive away. There, you can hike miles and miles of well-maintained trails, up into the mountains overlooking the Valley.
If you’re interested in Avondale real estate, the cost of living here is 17% less expensive than the national average. Likewise, Avondale homes for sale are a good value, priced 62% lower than the rest of Arizona. Avondale also rates an A+ for amenities, with plenty of shopping, public transportation, and medical services within easy reach. Finally, Avondale came in at #3 for livability.com’s list for 2016’s Best Cities for Moderates, with a good balance between Democrat and Republican voters.
If you are relocating to the Valley of the Sun, consider Avondale homes for sale. This diverse community is affordable, balanced and within easy reach of everything you will need to make life here enjoyable.
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