San Tan Valley is a local community in northern Pinal County and is one of the fastest growing in the area. This bedroom community is the perfect place for professionals looking for a home away from the fast-paced city life. San Tan Valley is not a city or a town, but a census-designated place. The area boasts hundreds of sunny days per year, little rain, and lots of warmth. The San Tan Mountains decorate the area providing incredible views to approximately 80,000 residents.
The origin of San Tan Valley’s name is debated between the San Tan Mountains, a corruption of the name Santa Ana, the last name of a former postmaster, George San Tan, and more. The area acquired a new zip code, so the United States Postal Service petitioned to provide it with a name of its own on January 1st, 2009. A non-binding vote took place on June 23rd, 2009 giving it the name San Tan Valley.
The area consists of many different subdivisions and neighborhoods including Ironwood Crossings, Encanterra, Laredo Ranch, Pecan Creek, Johnson Ranch, San Tan Heights, Skyline Ranch, Copper Basin, Circle Cross Ranch, Morning Sun Farms, and Rancho Bella Vista. Many of these communities are master planned and family-friendly. Family living is affordable and fun at Ironwood Crossings. Ironwood Crossings is one of the bestselling communities, not only in Arizona, but in the nation. In 2012, Ironwood Crossings ranked 23 in the United States with 309 sales for the year. The neighborhood has its own aquatic center and splash pad, schools are within walking distance, and the brand new Ironwood Banner Hospital is only two miles away. Basketball courts, bike trails, soccer fields, and over 20 different parks are among the many reasons Ironwood Crossings is the perfect neighborhood to raise a family. Encanterra Country Club is a golf resort community welcome to all ages. The 750-acre gated neighborhood is located just outside of Phoenix providing amazing views of the San Tan and Superstitious Mountains to residents. Enjoy private tennis and spa facilities, a clubhouse and recreation center, 3 pools, 4 restaurants, and a large outdoor amphitheater in this active lifestyle community.
Laredo Ranch is a master planned community designed by Taylor Woodrow. The community has three big parks with play areas for children, basketball courts, and ramadas. The immediate surroundings provide everything you need including grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations, shopping centers, restaurants, hospitals, libraries, horseback riding, hiking and more. Pecan Creek is another master planned community with walking paths and trails, parks, playgrounds and tot lots for kids, a volleyball court, and grass fields for soccer and Frisbee. Johnson Ranch provides impeccable mountain and golf course views to its residents. Families will be happy to find three recreation centers, swimming pools, spas, sport courts, playgrounds, a pitch and putt golf course, a catch and release fishing lake, an 18-hole championship golf course, and neighborhood shopping centers. San Tan Heights is a commuter friendly neighborhood in the San Tan Valley area. Nearby, hiking, biking, camping, and schools are available. The Mountain Vista Community Park and the San Tan Mountain Regional Park are in close proximity to the neighborhood providing more than enough opportunities for outdoor activities and exercise. Copper Basin is an 847-acre master planned community with 20 acres of park, a YMCA, a fire station, a series of family-oriented neighborhoods and views of the Superstitious Mountains. Rancho Bella Vista is friendly and open to all ages, providing walking paths, tot lots, parks, sport courts, and more. All of these neighborhoods and more encourage an active lifestyle and provide a beautiful backdrop for residents and visitors to enjoy. The schools in San Tan Valley are served by J.O. Combs Unified School District, Florence Unified School District, and Coolidge Unified School District.
San Tan Valley supplies more than enough space and trails for horseback riding, hiking, camping, walking, and more. Horseback Riding at Central Arizona Riding Academy holds lessons for all ages and skill levels to learn the basics of horseback riding. These lessons cover the dressage and basic riding, last about 90 minutes each. More outdoor fun can be had at the San Tan Mountain Regional Park. The park is outstanding, and the hiking is suitable for all ages. Go mountain biking, camping, walking, hiking, or whatever else peaks your interest, but be sure to bring plenty of water.
When it’s time to grub, try one of the amazing hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the area. A local favorite is The Daily Bread Bistro. The Daily Bread Bistro is one of the most satisfying restaurants in the area where everything is delicious, from the barbecue quesadilla to the cracker crusted macaroni and cheese. The portions are large, too, so get ready to fill up on some delicious southern foods. More customer favorites include the juicy flavorful burgers, cookie bars, maple bacon green beans, fish tacos, sweet potato casserole, and the strawberry fields salad wrap. Another gem in the San Tan Valley area is Greek Islands Grill. This restaurant is fresh and delicious. The local business serves food like gyros, barbeque pitas, falafel sandwiches, and Philly cheesesteaks on pita bread.
The area as a whole looks and feels like a small town, or even a city. This large community offers everything a family could need in a big city while also offering peace, open spaces, and starry night skies. The outdoor recreational opportunities, impeccable scenery, and small-town atmosphere can’t be beat.
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