Gilbert Real Estate City Guide
A Gilbert Homebuyer’s Guide
Often called America’s biggest small town, Gilbert, Arizona is the most populous incorporated town in the U.S., with over 240,000 residents. It is located southeast of Phoenix, once known as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World.”
Our city guide will teach you a bit about this wonderful city. We offer information on local neighborhoods as well as on the activities available in Gilbert, AZ. We will also talk a bit about the current real estate market in the area.
This rapidly growing former farming community and highly popular East Valley suburb offers a mix of residential suburbs with new build opportunities, newer established neighborhoods, older estates, and homes quaintly mixed with smaller working farms. Thriving local restaurants reside in the city’s historic downtown. Relatively newer developments, such as The Bridges and Morrison Ranch, draw new residents in droves. Many communities have manmade lakes in their midst.
The major school of higher learning in the area is St. Xavier University, a school that is growing greatly in popularity. The town has drawn numerous large employers, including Gilbert Unified School District, Go Daddy, Target, B H Drywall, General Dynamics, and Mercy Gilbert Hospital, to name a few. Newly built freeways have rendered Gilbert more accessible.
Gilbert has a wide variety of homes that are sure to suit even the most discerning homebuyer. Below, you will find home listings and information for some of the larger area neighborhoods. This should get you started on your home search.
The Islands/Val Vista Lakes
Home to many manmade lakes, this neighborhood has a system of homes with private docks. The shops at Gilbert Commons are in the northern part of this neighborhood. This neighborhood has great access to US-60 and is in close proximity to Dana Park.
Essentially, this is where the historic town center lies. Home to several shops and eateries, the downtown neighborhood houses the original square mile of the town. Here, you will find St. Xavier University and a burgeoning restaurant scene. Restaurants choices include:
- Liberty Market
- Nico Heirloom Kitchen
- Pomo Pizzeria
- Joyride Taco House
- SoCal Fish Taco Company
- The Farmhouse
- Barrio Queen
- Snooze A.M. Eatery
- The Waffle House
This urban farm development is a throwback in time, with large raised front porches and tree- and grass-lined streets that make this neighborhood one of Gilbert’s finest. In this quaint neighborhood, you will find parks, an organic community farm, Gilbert Christian School, Joe’s Farm Grill, and The Coffee Shop.
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A highly sought after community that sits on over 3,000 acres, this neighborhood is home to Gilbert’s Crossroads Park, which houses fields and courts that are suitable for several sports, as well as a dog park. This unique neighborhood lines the canal and is in close proximity to Riparian Preserve. With tree-lined streets and grass in every front yard, it is beautiful as fall begins and the trees change colors.
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This award-winning community offers tree-lined streets, a clubhouse, a community pool, tennis courts, 26-plus miles of trails, catch-and-release fishing lakes, and numerous parks. At the center of Power Ranch is the 10-acre Gilbert Soccer Complex, and on the northwestern side is a commercial corridor.
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This part of Gilbert has a multitude of neighborhoods to consider, including Trilogy, an active adult golf community, and the Seville Golf & Country Club area. There are also several gated neighborhoods with properties on offer in the $1,000,000 to $4,000,000 price range.
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Living in Gilbert
Gilbert is indeed East Valley’s fastest-growing suburb. However, the town hasn’t shed its primarily agricultural roots. The historic downtown area is home to several popular local eateries that attract people from across metropolitan Phoenix. Manmade lakes are a common feature of several of these communities. Newer and bigger homes surrounded by parks and other recreational sports exist here. Large employers finding their way here is also on the rise.
Things to Do: The Gilbert Bucket List
Visit Cosmo Dog Park for 17 acres of pure joy for your canine. Fitted with drinking fountains for dogs, along with benches, tables, wash stations, an obstacle course, and walkways, it makes for a perfect mid-city getaway.
Enjoy Gilbert Days in November, beginning with a Pony Express ride to invite all to a celebration that includes a rodeo, a barrel race, a dance, and other festivities.
Pay a visit to Freestone Park, which houses, in its 65 acres of space, a skate park, waterless waves, perfect picnic spots, baseball fields, playgrounds, basketball courts, and a miniature train.
Watch a baseball game at the iconic Big League Dreams Park.
Visit the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch to witness over 200 bird species in their natural habitat (tours are offered).
Spend time at the Gilbert Elementary School, built in 1913, which is now the Gilbert Historical Museum. The museum has exhibits that depict life in the city over the last 100 years.
Watch a show at the ages-old Hale Centre Theatre.
Visit a new Gilbert attraction to perfect your swing at Top Golf, located just north of San Tan Village Mall.
San Tan Village, Gilbert’s outdoor mall, features numerous shops and restaurants.
Shopping in Gilbert
SanTan Village is an open-air mall with big-ticket retailers and various dining choices. It sits next to the expanding Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and the Polytechnic Campus of Arizona State University.
The Shoppes at Gilbert Commons is another outdoor shopping center with over 50 stores. It is located at the corner of SWC Baseline Road and Cooper Road in Gilbert.
Crossroads Towne Center hosts sellers of apparel, home décor, beauty supplies, and more. Other shopping areas include Superstition Springs Center and Gilbert Gateway Towne Center.
Gilbert is rife with restaurants and eateries that serve up outstanding food and emanate local charm. Our recommendations include:
- Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company
- The Coffee Shop
- Henhouse Cafe
- High Tide Seafood Bar & Grill
- Isabel’s Amor
- Joe’s Farm Grill
- Joe’s Real BBQ
- La Ristra
- Romeo’s Euro Cafe
- Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
Housing Market Trends
Based on 1,429 home sales from March to April of 2016, the median sale price for homes in Gilbert stood at $270,000.
The average price per square foot was $137, an increase of 5% compared to the same period in the previous year.
The median rent per month for apartments in Gilbert for May 11 to June 11 of 2016 was $1,495.
We hope we’ve given you a basic idea of what to expect when you buy or rent in Gilbert, Arizona. Contact us today to receive your free home buying consultation.