Jealousy in Fletcher Heights

photo (13)What you see above is what jealousy looks like.

That is the walking path through the greenbelt in Peoria’s Fletcher Heights subdivision. It starts just south of Frontier Elementary School and cuts south, with branches that take you to a shopping center at 83rd Avenue and Lake Pleasant Parkway (try the shrimp burrito at Ramiro’s) and also to the usually-dry New River bed, which has extended walking trails to the north and south.

As for the jealousy … my subdivision in Glendale is older and therefore was designed before developers thought about things such as greenbelts and walking paths (or the nice little pet deposit bags along the route).

Paseo Park - Glendale, Arizona

There’s Thunderbird Paseo Park behind my subdivision – for those who don’t know, it’s a gigantic ditch with walking and biking paths that doubles as the Valley’s largest drainage canal. No, really. It rained overnight and there’s a foot or more of water in the thing right now. Which is fine, since the walking paths are on the sides, high above the watery bottom.

But I digress.

The downside with Thunderbird Paseo Park is there’s only one way in and one way out unless you double back. So once you take that path, you’re in for a 2.7-mile loop. That’s okay if you happen to have some time and/or happen to be in better shape than I am. Or my dog, for that matter (not the one in the photos), since his little legs only carried him 1.7 miles and then he was looking for me to carry his little hyper tuchas the rest of the way.


Not so with the Fletcher Heights walking trail, which branches out to multiple roads along the way, all eventually leading to 81st Drive, allowing you to make the walk as long or short as you want. Or as your dog wants.

As a side note, walking trails in a community tend to be a desirable feature. Sometimes it’s a separate trail down a green- or brownbelt like Fletcher Heights, other times it’s a bike lane on one of the primary roads through the subdivision. It all depends on the vision and foresight of the builder when laying out a development.

Now … a walking trail isn’t going to improve the value of a home but, if someone is torn between your home in a well-planned subdivision versus a home where the builder didn’t think of such things. Well, you can figure that out.

Speaking of home values and the such, here’s what is available in Fletcher Heights these days. Have any questions about what you see, or maybe looking to move? Give me a call.

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Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at