Northwest Valley


Northwest  Valley Communities

Glendale     Peoria     The Sun Cities     Surprise



The  sprawling and vast area that is encompassed by the West Valley includes the  northwest cities and communities of Glendale, Peoria, Sun City,  Sun City West, Surprise, Sun City Grand, and El Mirage.

West Valley also refers  to the southern “Western Gateway” cities like Avondale, Goodyear, Tolleson,  Litchfield Park, and Buckeye. Distinctive in their personalities, West Valley  communities offer a virtually unlimited selection of environments and  lifestyles, from the upscale retirement amenities and emerald golf courses of  the Sun Cities to the Pima cotton fields and rural atmosphere of Buckeye.

Offering  open space, room to grow, and more home for the dollar, most of the West Valley  cities rank among Arizona’s fastest growing. Northwestern Phoenix blends  seamlessly into the cities of Glendale and Peoria, mixing established  neighborhoods of well-kept older homes with fine new subdivisions and sprawling  master-planned developments. Yesterday’s agricultural fields, along with sleepy  small towns like El Mirage, are growing a modern crop of new homes as well as  commercial centers, first-rate services, and unique attractions. One  development after another, the West Valley communities are transforming into  convenient, desirable suburbs.


While  the leading cities of Glendale and Peoria were both founded upon a strongly  agricultural economy, these communities are quickly diversifying their economic  bases to include industry and commerce. Distinguished as the largest of the  West Valley communities, these leading cities have accommodated rapid growth in  recent decades. Peoria has managed to retain a larger segment of its original  agricultural activity, offering the potential for a semi-rural lifestyle.

Throughout  the West Valley, progressive local governments encourage and manage quality  development. Avondale, Buckeye, and Tolleson are Southwest communities that  have sprung up around the farm fields of the past. Although Buckeye still  relies heavily upon its agricultural production, the town is home to a  cross-section of leading employers. Avondale and Tolleson have increasingly  moved from dependency on agriculture to a diversified economic base of light  industry and commerce. Today’s suburban communities of Goodyear and Litchfield  Park began as residential havens for Goodyear Aircraft employees. Now, the  massive operations of Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station and Luke Air Force  Base add significant employment opportunities to area residents.

Transportation  efficiencies in the region include Metro bus service, Dial-A Ride, and easy  access to Interstates 10 and 17. These major arteries not only provide rapid  and efficient movement from the West Valley area to other connections and  destinations throughout the Valley, they link this region to the rest of the  state and beyond. The new Loop 101 enhances travel from Interstate 10 through  the Northeast communities, circling the Valley to offer exits in northeast  Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the East Valley. The Glendale Municipal Airport  provides local air service, although Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport  is 10 to 15 miles away from most communities.

Excellent  public and private schools, a number of institutions of higher education,  extensive healthcare facilities, ample retail resources, and an expanding  economic base characterize the communities of the West Valley. The city of  Glendale is the undisputed hub of higher education for the West Valley, boasting  a well-respected community college with a special high-tech center as well as  Arizona State University’s West campus with graduated courses in a variety of  career fields. Phoenix University offers degree programs for working adults  from an extension in Goodyear. The Arizona Automotive Institute and  Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management are both located in  Glendale.

Regional  medical facilities include several full-service hospitals, highly specialized  service centers, and emergency care centers. Support facilities meet specific  health needs, including home health care, skilled nursing, occupational  therapy, behavioral health, outpatient clinics, family practice clinics,  same-day surgery centers, sports medicine, dialysis, and women’s health.  Important hospitals that serve West Valley residents are Glendale’s Arrowhead  Community Hospital and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, John C. Lincoln  Hospital in northwestern Phoenix, and Walter O. Boswell Memorial Hospital and  Del Webb Memorial Hospital in the Sun Cities.


Abundant  and affordable housing continues to influence growth throughout the West  Valley, from the Phoenix-oriented cities of Glendale and Peoria to the far  Northwest and Southwest communities. Large ranch-like residential developments  in this area are reminiscent of those that spurred earlier population booms in  the East Valley. Master-planned communities like Estrella Mountain Ranch,  Estrella Vista, Hidden Valley, Pebble Creek, and Palm Valley are ideal for tracts  of open space surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty. Palm Valley alone covers  almost 9,000 acres, reaching into the thriving communities of Goodyear,  Litchfield Park, and Avondale.

Modern  conveniences and attractive new construction blend with historic homes,  established neighborhoods, and vintage shopping districts in many of the West  Valley communities. The Catlin Court Shops in Glendale’s downtown historic  district offer art galleries, antiques, and quaint eateries in a charming  atmosphere. The famous Saturday Market in Murphy Park ensures a tranquil  setting for local artisans and vendors to tempt visitors with displays of fine  arts and crafts. Both the Thunderbird Paseo Park and the idyllic Saguaro Ranch  Park speak of the area’s commitment to preserve its natural beauty.  Recreational amenities in the West Valley are outstanding, from regional  mountain preserves to the Peoria Sports Complex. Residents can choose from a  kaleidoscope of leisure activities, including horseback riding, swimming,  sports leagues, tennis, cycling, roller skating, bowling, and golfing. The  friendly and welcoming Sun Cities retirement communities garner the number one  position as a golfer’s dream. Jobing.comArena, acclaimed for its superior  acoustics and concert-friendly atmosphere,   complements Cricket Pavilion in southwest Phoenix in presenting the  biggest names in entertainment. The latest feather in Glendale’s cap is the  spectacular new Cardinal’s Stadium, leading the nation with its innovative  design.

The  Base Meridian/Amator Wildlife Area, where the Gila and Salt Rivers are shaded  by cedars, willows, and cottonwood trees, is popular with anglers and wildlife  enthusiasts. Estrella Mountain Regional Park offers an oasis of grass and  trees, spring wildflowers, an 18-hole golf course, an equestrian center,  riding/hiking trails, picnic areas, camp sites, playgrounds, an amphitheater,  sports fields, and a self-guided nature trail. Lake Pleasant Regional Park on  the Agua Fria River offers a 10,000-acre lake for boating and water sports.  White Tanks Regional Mountain Park sprawls over 26,000 pristine acres to offer  opportunities for relaxation and recreation.

Waterworld  Safari in Glendale encourages families to enjoy cool waterslides and other  water attractions on hot summer days, while the Wildlife World Zoo in  Litchfield Park presents a close encounter with Arizona’s largest collection of  exotic animals in natural habitats. Colorful festivals and celebrations, arts  and craft fairs, galleries, museums, symphonies, outdoor concerts, and local  spectator sports can all be found in the West Valley, where “the good life”  arrives in a surprisingly affordable package.



Throughout  the Valley of the Sun, welcoming neighborhoods nestled in fine master-planned  communities reflect the warm hospitality and casual elegance of the Southwest. The  variety of architectural styles and community settings can accommodate every  imaginable taste, lifestyle, and budget. Newcomers are able to select from a  wide array of patio homes, charming villas, luxury townhouses, posh  condominiums, elaborate estates, or ranch-style single-family homes. Many homes  feature archways that lead into charming courtyards or privacy walls that  ensure seclusion for artfully landscaped yards, covered patios and ramadas,  sports courts, and pristine pools.

Some  of the metropolitan region’s larger master-planned communities such as Sun City  and Sun City West, Estrella Mountain Ranch, Arrowhead Ranch, Anthem, DC Ranch,  and McDowell Mountain Ranch can provide all the amenities and conveniences of a  small town. Schools, libraries, churches, shopping and services, recreational  facilities, lush local parks, and connecting pathways create a true “community”  atmosphere.

The  following is just a small sample of the increasing number of residential  villages, subdivisions, and planned communities that are available throughout  the Northwest Valley.

Arrowhead Ranch, Union  Hills Road, Glendale.  Encompassing  diverse residential villages and new subdivisions, sprawling Arrowhead Ranch  offers a community of family- oriented neighborhoods in the affordable  Northwest Valley.

Arizona Traditions, Bell  Road & Cotton, Surprise.   This  active-adult golf community enjoys a panoramic location at the base of the  scenic White Tank Mountains.

Sun City & Sun City West, Sun Cities.   Remaining unincorporated under Maricopa County jurisdiction, the original Sun City and  neighboring Sun City West are world famous as ground-breaking models for  successful active-adult communities.

Sun City Grand, North Remington Drive, Surprise.   Active-adult living at its finest is available within the Surprise city limits in this new  Del Webb development that surrounds attractive homes with fine golf courses and  recreational amenities.

West Wing Mountain, Happy Valley Road, Peoria.  Pristine land, trail systems, and mountain preservation are the signature features of  this expansive new residential development carved from former open space.

Vistancia, Peoria.  Pristine views surround this expansive new residential development.