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The small town of Litchfield Park is just 20 miles northwest of Phoenix. This affluent community had its beginnings in the tire industry; the founder, Paul Litchfield, bought 36,000-acres here in 1916 for the Goodyear Tire Company. Back then, Goodyear needed long-staple cotton to strengthen the rubber in their innovative pneumatic tires. Not many places besides Egypt were suitable for growing this specialty cotton, but Litchfield Park was perfect. At the time, Litchfield Park real estate was selling for a mere $25 per acre.
The iconic Wigwam Golf Resort opened on Thanksgiving Day, 1929, as a vacation resort for Goodyear executives and their families. Today, The Wigwam is among the country's premier golf resorts, boasting three championship courses. The Wigwam not only sets the tone for a laid back lifestyle, but it also standard for the charming Southwestern architectural style predominant in Litchfield Park homes for sale.
Litchfield Park gets high scores for amenities, with lots of shopping close by. Likewise, it’s not far from the Camelback Ranch Stadium, where you can watch the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers during spring training.
At heart, Litchfield Park is a charming, family-friendly small town. The city’s lovely Tierra Verde Lake Park is stocked with trout, and a residential fishing license is only $1 per year. The Litchfield Park Recreation Center has outdoor basketball and tennis and basketball courts, as well as a heated outdoor pool and therapy spa for residents to enjoy. Finally, the parks and recreation department sponsors the free Art in the Park outdoor live music concerts throughout the year.
Litchfield Park even has its own zoo; Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 600 different species of exotic animals. There are also rides, daily animal shows, and a petting zoo. Your kids will love it.
For the outdoor adventurer, the White Tank Mountain Regional Park is just west of town. Explore the trails in this 26,000-acre expanse of desert and discover the ancient petroglyphs and rock carvings dotted throughout this beautiful wilderness. The desert air is fresh and clean, and you can get a spectacular view of the valley up in the White Tanks.
Above all, Litchfield Park is a very safe community, with a crime rate of 65% lower than the rest of Arizona. The schools here are very good too. Litchfield Park homes for sale are worth the investment; the lifestyle here is safe, quiet and family-friendly.