Once upon a time in the Phoenix area, subdivisions were thought of as little more than wide swaths of land under development by one or more builders. For all the homes that were built, little consideration was given to the idea of not only building homes but also communities.
In the East Valley, this changed with the advent of the Dobson Ranch – a wide-scale master planned community in southwest Mesa near the Tri-City border. Over in the West Valley, the change came with the creation of Arrowhead Ranch.
Arrowhead Ranch in what once was north Glendale stretches from Union Hills north to Deer Valley (or even further in some portions such as Top of The Ranch) and from the Loop 101 Agua Fria Freeway to 51st Avenue on the east. Included in its nearly 15 square miles are a wide variety of homes and neighborhoods.
Given its size, Arrowhead Ranch is less a single subdivision than a neighborhood or community area unto itself. With the manicured landscaping of its common areas and the tree-lined boulevards, not to mention the dozens of “Arrowhead Ranch” signs dotting nearly every major corner, visitors know immediately when they’ve entered Arrowhead.
For those who prefer life near the water, Arrowhead Lakes and Tuscany Ranch offer homes on Arrowhead Ranch’s chain of man-made lakes. If mountain views are more your style, Top of the Ranch and Hillcrest offer breathtaking panoramas of the Hedgepeth Hills. And if you’re itching to practice your short game from your back lawn, both the Legend at Arrowhead Ranch and Arrowhead Country Club golf courses wind their way through a number of separate subdivisions.
Arrowhead Ranch is located within the renowned Deer Valley Unified School District, with primary-school students attending any one of a half-dozen elementary schools and the majority of high schoolers attending either Deer Valley High School or Mountain Ridge High School.
Arrowhead has its own Glendale branch library, the Foothills branch north of Union Hills and east of 59th Avenue. This also is the location for the area’s dog park, skate park, city softball fields and the recently-opened Foothills Aquatics Center.
Shopping and dining options abound both in several small commercial centers and also at Arrowhead Towne Center, just south of Arrowhead Ranch itself.
While many newcomers to the Valley are drawn to Scottsdale because of the name’s cache, those with an eye on value are discovering equivalent quality and amenities in Arrowhead Ranch for a substantially lower price. And Glendale’s cache only can grow as host of the Fiesta Bowl, 2007 Bowl Championship Series Championship Game and Super Bowl XLII.