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In Queen Creek, Arizona, as far as anyone knows, there aren’t any queens and you’d be hard pressed to find a creek. However, what you will find here is a wonderful place to live because Queen Creek has just about everything one is looking for in a community. Read More...
Queen Creek is in Maricopa County, just outside Phoenix. With a population of around 60,000 people, it is not overly crowded, nor is it a one stoplight backwater. It strikes a wonderful balance because it has retained a lot of its old charm while embracing all that makes a modern American suburb a great place to live.
For Everything Else It’s Great
As is the case everywhere, city boosters always promote their town as a wonderful place to live and do business. You wouldn’t expect them to say otherwise. That’s why looking at independent ranking companies can give a clear and honest profile of a place.
Niche, one of the country’s largest ranking companies, sounded as if they were with the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce, their praise for the city is so high. Queen Creek’s overall “grade” was an A-, which is pretty amazing. It said Queen Creek is “…one of the best places to live in Arizona…”. It doesn’t get much better than that.
On individual attribute rankings, only the town’s “Night Life” received a B- (best to go to Vegas if you want to party). It received an A- on A Good Place For Families, Jobs, Health and Fitness, and Public Education. If you are looking for good schools, Queen Creek is a good place to be.
There are six school districts in Queen Creek, with 18 public schools. There are 25 private schools and 12 charter schools in town too. According to U.S. News and World Report, Queen Creek High School comes in at an impressive 3,679 out of 24,000 high schools in America that were part of this survey. The elementary schools rank high too.
Queen Creek actually started out as Rittenhouse, Arizona for the simple reason that an important railroad stop was located near two roads; Ellsworth and Rittenhouse. When locals wanted a ride into Phoenix, they’d simply flag down the train and hop aboard.
No one would claim that a lot of thought went into naming the town back in the day and that’s probably because the people put their energy into farming and agriculture. Citrus, pecans, cotton and vegetables were all grown in the fertile valley below the San Tan Mountains.
As the town expanded, and the railroad gave way to autos, Rittenhouse changed its name to Queen Creek after a creek that ran down from the mountains through Queen Creek Canyon into an area around the present day town.
Fortunately, Queen Creek is located in a perfect area, close to bustling Phoenix and a short drive to many state and national parks. In the city itself, there is plenty to keep you occupied.
Perhaps the most popular event on the town’s calendar is the annual American Heritage Festival which usually takes place every November. The festival features activities and exhibits depicting life in America from the colonial days up to modern times. You can see battle reenactments, historic fashion shows, and cooking classes from the 1800’s.
The American Heritage Festival is the largest living history show in the Southwest. That’s why an estimated 20,000 visitors come to the festival every year.
Another cool place to go in town, especially if you are into horses, is Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center, the largest publicly owned riding park in the area. It consists of 38 acres and events in both Western and English riding styles.
As for shopping and restaurants, Queen Creek is located by large malls and shopping areas that team with fashionable eateries, fast food joints – there are 95 restaurants in town - and everything in between. Like most suburban towns in the area, you are a quick drive to these popular venues. In neighboring Gilbert, there is the new and very popular San Tan Village that has just about everything.
Like much of America these days, the Queen Creek real estate market is hot, with prices increasing. By some estimates, the U.S. is short of around 4 million housing units nationwide. Queen Creek is also experiencing a shortage of homes for sale. Home prices in Queen Creek are 18% percent higher than in the Phoenix Metro Area.
You can pick yourself up a 5 bedroom, 7 bathroom 7,700 sq ft home in Queens Creek for $2.7 million. Or if your budget is a bit more modest, the least expensive house on the market runs around $350,000. For that, you will get a very nice 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom adobe style house in a great neighborhood.
Despite the shortage of homes for sale, there are some gems that do come to market. To find them, you’ll need an experienced real estate team to help you. Home buyers can’t go wrong if they contact an agent at Arizona Network Realty. They know pretty much everything about Arizona real estate, particularly in the Queen Creek, AZ area. And they are nice folks too.
They can find you just about any house you desire. However, what they can’t find – and it’s not for a lack of trying - is a queen or a creek in Queen Creek, Arizona.
Check out their website or give them a call.
Last updated - February 15, 2023
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