The sunny town of Gilbert is one of the fastest growing incorporated towns in the country. Gilbert is located in Maricopa County, Arizona, about 30 minutes southeast of Phoenix, Arizona. The average July high in this desert city is 104 degrees, with mild January lows at 36 degrees Fahrenheit. This town used to be known as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World”.
Gilbert’s history begins in 1902 when the Arizona Eastern Railway established a rail line between Phoenix and Florence. A rail siding was built on William “Bobby” Gilbert’s property. A town came to life around the siding and became known as Gilbert. Gilbert, a farming community, was sustained by the development of the Roosevelt Dam and the Eastern and Consolidated Canals. Until the 1920s, Gilbert remained an agriculture community. The town earned its title as “Hay Shipping Capital of the World” during that time. During the 1970s, the Town Council approved a strip annexation of 53 square miles of land. Since then, the town has flourished into the thriving community it is today.
There are many spectacular neighborhoods that come together to create the ever-growing city of Gilbert. Some of these neighborhoods include Morrison Ranch, The Bridges, Power Ranch, Ashland Ranch, Layton Lakes, Lyons Gate, Freeman Farms, Val Vista Lakes, Cooley Station, Agritopia, Highley Groves, Trilogy, and so many more. Morrison Ranch is a 3,000-acre master-planned “community with character”. The goal of this community is to provide seven beautiful neighborhoods with groves of trees, white rail fences, tree-lined streets, sidewalks, parks, and plenty of shade for hot summer days. Morrison Town Center will offer shopping, dining, boutiques, and professional services close by. The Bridges has rock waterfalls, lakes, and streams that flow within the neighborhood providing a sense of tranquility throughout. There is a community park, play structure, basketball court, amphitheater, splash pad, picnic area, different themed playgrounds, and more. Elementary, middle and high schools are located within three miles of the neighborhood. Lennar offers everything included homes in the community with green features and luxury designer upgrades.
Ashland Ranch is located near San Tan Village Mall, Mercy Gilbert Hospital, Cosmo Dog Park, Freestone Park, and two freeways. This ranch-style community is centered right in the heart of Gilbert bringing quality and convenience to its residents. Ashland Ranch is where upscale meets affordability. Layton Lakes is a master-planned community near shopping, movies, and freeways. Over half a dozen floor plans that are certified Energy Star Homes are offered here. The amenities include a volleyball court, a basketball court, a gorgeous amphitheater on the lake, a splash park, a rock wall, and a catch and release lake. Val Vista Lakes is a large waterfront community with nature trails and breath-taking scenery. Agritopia takes up 166 acres of the Johnson Family Farm. The community is full of farmland and active pastures. Agriculture is prominent in the community, and the residents like to bring fresh produce to the city’s farmer’s markets. The Trilogy at Power Ranch is a short drive from Phoenix, near the San Tan Mountains.
This is an age-restricted, gated, private resort community for adults. Relaxation and tranquility surround this community. Residents can enjoy a cozy clubhouse, two pools, a spa, four tennis courts, a fully-equipped fitness room, a cyber café, a computer lab, arts, crafts, and activities. All of these neighborhoods come with their own unique charm. Students living in Gilbert are served by the Gilbert Unified School District. The district covers most of Gilbert and some of Mesa and Chandler. The district has a Great Schools rating of 8 out of 10. The schools in district also boast a high school graduation rate of 90%, according to gilbertschools.net.
The Riparian Preserve is a great place to explore the great outdoors with activites like fishing in pods, walking through trails, observing local fauna and flora, bird watching, and more. Spend an afternoon outdoors with the whole family. The Cosmo Dog Park is preferred over some of the larger dog parks in the area because of the pond. Many dogs love to jump right in and cool off on hot summer days. There is sufficient parking, and the dog areas are separated by dog size. Be sure to wash your furry friends off with the hoses provided after swimming in the pond. San Tan Village Outdoor Shops have everything you could possibly need from popular chains like Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, H&M, Claire’s, Coach, and Sephora, to stores like AT&T, Build-A-Bear-Workshop, Best Buy, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Tons of food options are available such as pizza, sushi, and Auntie Anne’s famous pretzels. Kids’ furniture and clothing stores, medical offices, chocolate stores, jewelry stores, and so many more places make this shopping center a great place to spend the day and get errands done in one place.
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