Many towns in Arizona are named after early pioneers who lived through years of hardship and who built something out of nothing. Others are old Spanish names while still others take the names of Native-American tribes which once occupied the area. The town of San Tan Valley is different. While the name is a nod to the nearby San Tan Mountains, the actual name itself came about in 2009 by the ballot box, beating out 23 other names.
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Prior to the name change, San Tan Valley was called Queen Creek. While both towns are similar, some people today still confuse the two, even those who live there. There is, however, a fool-proof way to know which town you live in. Just look at your garbage cans. If your trash is collected by the Queen Creek Sanitation Department, you live in Queen Creek, not San Tan Valley. Read More...
Besides this unique exercise in local democracy, San Tan Valley stands out as a really good place to live. It’s only 50-minutes from downtown Phoenix and a short drive to the regional airport. With a population of around 99,000, San Tan Valley is big enough to offer all the amenities one could want, yet small enough to retain some of the small town, rural feel that so many people cherish.
San Tan Valley is located in northern Pinal County. It’s a city where over 75% of the residents own their own homes; and the neighborhood ranking company Niche notes that the majority of residents of San Tan Valley rate their town as “excellent” or “very good”.
There are 14 public, one private, and two charter schools in San Tan Valley. Niche characterizes the city as a “peaceful suburban area” with many neighborhoods, multiple grocery stores, fast food restaurants, and easy to find amenities that are typical of American suburban living.
The San Tan Regional Park is just over 5 miles away and it has over 10,000 acres of beautiful, lower Sonoran Desert landscape to enjoy. There are horseback riding, hiking, and mountain bike trails. Just be careful you don’t ride over the desert tortoises that call the park home.
As one would expect being in Arizona, there are a lot of golf courses in and near San Tan Valley and multiple equestrian facilities for both Western and English-style horseback riding.
People have lived in the San Tan Valley area for centuries. Native American artifacts keep local archeologists busy digging up old pottery shards, polished rocks, and art sketched on rocks.
However, there’s an ongoing mystery why these Native Americans disappeared so abruptly. Scientists to this day still can’t figure out exactly who they were and where they went. Most importantly, nobody knows why they left in the first place. This mystery remains.
There is no mystery about what followed. European and American pioneers soon arrived, and as they did elsewhere in Arizona, began digging holes in the earth seeking gold. Unfortunately, all they found was copper and quartz, not unprofitable minerals, but not the stuff to make them instantly wildly rich.
The next group of settlers hoped to strike gold of a different sort, the golden nectar of orange juice. Citrus farms started popping up during the late 1800’s only to be followed by the unlikeliest of enterprises.
General Motors picked the area as a site for one of their proving grounds in the 1920’s. Back in the day, GM drivers would put the pedal to the metal and race their cars up and down dirt tracks while grinding gears and pushing their vehicles to the max. It must have been fun to get paid to race around and totally trash new automobiles all in the name of improving them.
Today, if you scratch the surface and dig around a bit, some areas are a virtual graveyard of old auto parts. Dented bumpers, broken axles, and an array of fenders, headlights, and hubcaps have found their eternal resting place under the sands of the San Tan Valley Mountain Regional park.
Like much of Arizona, San Tan Valley’s real estate market is “Hot”. Prices have increased steadily. There are many homes currently on the market today ranging from a beautiful mansion to a nice three bedroom, two bathroom condo. The median price of a home is not too far above the national median home price. Moreover, compared to some of its neighboring cities, home prices in San Tan Valley are downright cheap. Homes in San Tan Valley are staying on the market longer than they were, which may be a sign that this “Hot” market is cooling, which is a good thing for buyers.
If you would like to scoop up a home in San Tan Valley, you’ll need some help. You should contact the folks at Arizona Network Realty because they know every twist and turn of the San Tan Valley real estate market. With prices increasing, buyers should have someone to help them navigate what is probably an unfamiliar market.
Check out their website or give them a call. They can help you find the perfect house, the one you’ve been looking for.
And who knows, while you’re planting flowers in your new backyard, you may stumble on a valuable collectors piece or a rare hood ornament from a prized 1960’s muscle car.
Last updated - February 15, 2023
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