West Valley

Sprawled across approximately 140 square miles of land just west of Phoenix, Arizona, the city of Peoria boasts many opportunities both enjoyable and educational for people of all ages. Only a half-hour freeway drive from downtown Phoenix, Peoria combines the best of both worlds – the atmosphere of a smaller suburban city with the resources and opportunities of a larger metropolitan area. This city has some of the most affordable real estate in the Phoenix area, making it a great place to buy a home and put down roots. Peoria is serviced by two highly-rated public school districts, the Peoria Unified School District and the Deer Valley Unified School District, both of which contain schools that offer a top-rate education for children of all ages.

One of the many prime options for real estate in Peoria is the community of Vistancia. A collection of three different villages, Vistancia has housing options for families of all shapes and sizes. The family-friendly Vistancia Village is oriented around the Mountain Vista Club and has three community pools, two water slides, public parks and more, while the retirement community of Trilogy features the Kiva Club and offers a public golf course and an athletic club, among numerous other active-lifestyle amenities. Should you want a more private community, be sure to visit the upscale Blackstone Country Club where posh homes rival many of those found in Scottsdale.

Venues such as the Peoria Sports Complex offer the chance to attend a variety of events year-round, from baseball games (the Complex serves as the Spring Training home for the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners) to concerts to art shows. The Peoria Sports Complex is situated on 145 acres in the heart of one of Peoria’s busiest shopping districts, making it an ideal location around which to plan an outing.

If you’re more of an outdoors person, Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers a type of experience not usually associated with the dry heat of Arizona. The breathtaking waters of the lake and the surrounding area are an perfect place for an assortment of outdoor activities, such as boating, fishing and hiking. The more than four miles of trails, with lengths ranging from half-mile to two miles and differing in difficulty, can give anyone the chance to hike, whether it be someone who just likes to walk and look at the scenery or someone who enjoys something a bit more challenging. If you want to extend your stay, Lake Pleasant has 148 sites available for both RV and tent camping.