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Glendale began in the mid-1880s when William John Murphy dredged a 40-mile stretch of the Arizona Canal. Mr. Murphy was paid in land, not in cash, and in order to profit from his labor, he had to sell Glendale AZ real estate. Thus, Glendale was born. In order to provide access to his new community, Murphy also built an 18-mile-long diagonal road which he christened Grand Avenue.
The 1890s brought a colony of seventy River Brethren families to Murphy’s new town; the River Brethren is a breakaway group of the Mennonites. The intention was to form a temperance colony, a town where no alcoholic beverages were allowed. Settlers attracted to Glendale's ban on alcohol continued to pour in. Thankfully, today, you can enjoy a night out at Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District, complete with microbreweries and wine bars.
The city of Glendale prides itself on it’s past, and the historic district is full of gorgeous, historic Glendale AZ homes for sale. Historic Glendale homes range from early 20th century Art and Crafts style to Spanish Revival and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Derby House. These are unique homes and full of character.
There are plenty of new homes here too; this city has been growing ever since William John Murphy built Grand Avenue, and you can find Glendale AZ homes for sale from every era, in all price ranges.
If you are a hockey fan, Glendale might just be your city; the Gila River Arena is the home of the Arizona Coyotes. The 19,000 seat arena also hosts a wealth of world-famous performing artists, and was named the best new major concert venue in North America.
Likewise, the University of Phoenix Stadium is the home of the Arizona Cardinals. This is one of the best places in the country to enjoy NFL football. And Glendale has not forgotten the baseball fans; Camelback Ranch is the spring training home for the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The amenities in Glendale are excellent, from shopping and dining at the Westgate Entertainment Center, to high-end shopping at the Tanger Designer Outlet Mall. You can even buy farm-fresh produce in town, at the Tolmachoff Farms; the family has been farming for four generations.
Glendale AZ homes for sale are affordable, with prices averaging 8% lower than the rest of Arizona. The overall cost of living here is affordable too. Glendale has grown to be a diverse city that has a lot more in its future.