Southeast Valley


East Valley Communities  

Chandler     Gilbert     Mesa     Queen Creek     Sun  Lakes     Tempe



Taking in the communities of Tempe, Mesa,  Chandler, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Sun Lakes, Ocotillo, and Queen Creek—the  sprawling East Valley has experienced phenomenal growth in recent decades.  While Arizona’s abundant sunshine and the natural beauty of the high desert  continue to play a role in the area’s expansion, newcomers appreciate an array  of advantages. Welcoming neighborhoods, broad streets, new residential and  commercial construction, convenient access to regional freeways, progressive  school districts, and first-rate municipal services are all part of East Valley  living.

One of the most significant resources and  economic boosts for the entire Valley of the Sun is located in this quadrant.  Arizona State University in Tempe ranks first in size in Arizona and  consistently vies for the position of the largest four-year public university  in the entire nation. Outstanding libraries, museums, galleries, special  events, and performing arts are all aspects of ASU enrichment. The combination  of additional jobs for construction and staffing, as well as considerations of  dollars poured into the economy by students, represents another staggering  contribution.


Manufacturing concerns have taken a leading  role in the East Valley, multiplying almost exponentially in the leading  communities of Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, and Gilbert. The area has developed a  reputation as a home for high-tech firms, from giants like Intel and Motorola  to highly successful small companies. An expanding freeway system enhances  accessibility throughout the East Valley and greatly reduces travel time to key  destinations. Interstate 10, the Los Angeles freeway connection, winds it way  through the East Valley on the path south to Tucson. The Superstition Freeway  or Highway 60 crosses the East Valley to provide exits at every major crossroad  in every community between Tempe and the outskirts of Apache Junction at the  foothills of the Superstition Mountains. Loop 202 or the Red Mountain Freeway  enhances Tempe’s accessibility to the central and western sections of the city  of Phoenix. Loop 101 cuts a wide swath through bustling Tempe into Scottsdale  and across the northeast Valley into Northwest Phoenix. Sky Harbor  International Airport is conveniently located on the border of Tempe and  Phoenix.

Keeping pace with a growing economy and  record-setting residential development, the East Valley is home to many new  schools and first-rate healthcare facilities. These communities share the  benefit of excellent primary and secondary public education systems, high  achievement test results, and close proximity to the resources of Arizona State  University. The Mesa Unified School District has gained national recognition  for excellence in curriculum and support services. The cities of Mesa,  Chandler, and Gilbert offer a local community college campus, ensuring  convenient opportunities for continuing education and an affordable beginning  to a four-year degree close to home. Other institutions of higher education in  the East Valley include Arizona School of Health Sciences located in Mesa as  well as Remington College, Collins College, the College of the Humanities &  Sciences, the International Institute of the Americas, and Lamson College in  Tempe. The cities of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Tempe also provide extension  services and classes for the University of Phoenix.

State-of-the-art healthcare is accessible  throughout the East Valley, anchored by Mesa General Hospital and the Chandler  Regional Hospital in Chandler; the Banner Desert Medical Center, the Banner  Baywood Medical Center and the Banner Baywood Heart Hospital in Mesa; and Tempe  St. Luke’s Hospital. Emergency care, walk-in treatment centers, medical  centers,  family practice clinics, and  skilled professionals in every major specialty are available to meet every need  from routine to advanced. Just a few miles from home are exceptional regional  resources such as Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.


The many East Valley communities provide  something for every resident, embodying everything “bright and beautiful” about  the Valley of the Sun. New construction of community and cultural centers, fine  retail malls and outlets, housing developments, and recreational amenities are  expanding. Residents of this region also enjoy close proximity to one of the  most diverse and popular recreational areas in the Valley, the Superstition  Mountains. Famous for the legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, this rugged  area is a natural playground for hiking, rock climbing, picnicking, visiting  historic sites, horseback riding, and boating. Winding through the mountains is  the historic and scenic Apache Trail, created in the early 1900s as a transport  route into the Roosevelt Dam area. The 78-mile scenic byway parallels the  ancient travel route of the Apache Indians through the Canyons of the Salt  River, running along the mountain’s southern edges. The Roosevelt, Apache, and  Canyon lakes offer water sports in scenic settings surrounded by towering  cliffs and the hauntingly beautiful Sonoran desert.

The legacy and spirit of the “Old West” is  alive in the East Valley, where ranches feature horseback riding adventures and  cowboy-style cookouts, wagon and hay rides, petting zoos, mock gunfights, and  other attractions. Gilbert draws visitors and residents to its annual rodeo  extravaganza, one of the most impressive celebrations in the entire nation.  Chandler’s outrageous Ostrich Festival is rated among the “Top Ten Unique  Festivals in the United States,” while the award-winning Tempe Festival of the  Arts stands in a class of its own as one of the largest arts and entertainment  festivals in the entire Southwest. Just beyond the outskirts of Apache  Junction, visitors flock to the annual Arizona Renaissance Fair.  Nearly 2,000 costumed characters create  constant mayhem and merriment in this 16th-century European Country Faire, one  of the nation’s largest.

Adding a degree of sophistication to the East  Valley is the City of Tempe. Music fans will find an eclectic lineup of  concerts at the Marquee Theatre, while Gammage Auditorium at Arizona State  University is a showcase of Broadway’s greatest hits. The  Downtown Tempe Community is an active group  that maintains a full calendar of special events from the Tempe Festival of the  Arts to Arizona’s only outdoor ice-skating facility. World-class arts,  important galleries, fascinating museums, shopping districts, the factory  stores of Arizona Mills, and fine restaurants are all available in this  friendly, progressive community. Mesa adds Fiesta Mall and a virtually endless  variety of commercial centers and plazas to the East Valley scene, while  Chandler boasts one of the Valley’s newest and most sought-after retail  centers, Chandler Fashion Center.

The housing selection throughout the East  Valley is abundant and attractive, from cozy bungalows in the well-established  sections of Tempe and Mesa to elaborate, upscale residences in handsome new  residential communities. Ahwatukee Foothills Village, whose residents boast one  of the highest incomes per household in the entire Valley of the Sun, continues  to draw new residents to exceptionally beautiful neighborhoods. Although the  village actually falls under the jurisdiction of the City of Phoenix, it is  aligned closely in geography and spirit with the East Valley  cities—particularly with Tempe. Sun Lakes provides an active adult community  with picturesque boulevards lined with stately palm trees and a wealth of  recreational amenities. Considering the close cooperation between area  residents, businessmen, and local governments, the East Valley seems ideally  suited to manage the rapid growth that continues to transform this vibrant  region. Expansion continues into the far reaches of once-sleepy rural areas  like Queen Creek, spring to life with fine golf courses and residential  neighborhoods.



Throughout  the Valley of the Sun, welcoming neighborhoods nestled in fine master-planned  communities reflect the warm hospitality and casual elegance of the Southwest. The  variety of architectural styles and community settings can accommodate every  imaginable taste, lifestyle, and budget. Newcomers are able to select from a  wide array of patio homes, charming villas, luxury townhouses, posh  condominiums, elaborate estates, or ranch-style single-family homes. Many homes  feature archways that lead into charming courtyards or privacy walls that  ensure seclusion for artfully landscaped yards, covered patios and ramadas,  sports courts, and pristine pools.

Some  of the metropolitan region’s larger master-planned communities such as Sun City  and Sun City West, Estrella Mountain Ranch, Arrowhead Ranch, Anthem, DC Ranch,  and McDowell Mountain Ranch can provide all the amenities and conveniences of a  small town. Schools, libraries, churches, shopping and services, recreational  facilities, lush local parks, and connecting pathways create a true “community”  atmosphere.

The  following is just a small sample of the increasing number of residential  villages, subdivisions, and planned communities that are available in the Southeast Valley

Ahwatukee Foothills Village, Pecos  Road, I-10, Phoenix/Tempe.   Officially a Phoenix Urban Village, this magnificent master-planned development at the  very edge of the city of Tempe boasts upscale residential enclaves. Residents  can choose from such neighborhoods as The Foothills, Club West, Lakewood,  Mountain Park Ranch, Mountain Ranch Estates, Pecos West, and Pointe South  Mountain.

Augusta Ranch, Baseline & Ellsworth Roads, Mesa.  Recreational  parks, a lush golf course, and linking pedestrian paths complement the peaceful  community environment for single-family and multi-family residences.

Circle G, North Gilbert Road, Queen Creek.   Set  against the rare beauty of the San Tan Mountains, Circle G offers an oasis of  lovely homes and recreational amenities.

Dobson Ranch, South Dobson Road, Mesa.   Waterfront  properties crown the diverse home sites surrounded by vast recreational amenities  in this established but popular East Valley community.

Gold Canyon, South Kings Ranch Road, Gold Canyon.   Beautiful  homes nestle at the foot of the Superstition Mountains, surrounded by  bike paths, hiking trails, and the velvet  fairways of top-rated golf courses.

Las Sendas, Thomas & Power Roads, Mesa.  Set  against the scenic foothills of East Mesa, this 4,200-acre community offers  upscale properties surrounding the spectacular golf course designed by Robert  Trent Jones, Jr.

Ocotillo, Queen Creek Road, Chandler.   Featuring  167 acres of sparkling lakes and water features, the mixed-use community of Ocotillo  offers exceptional residential, commercial, and business opportunities.

Power Ranch, Power & Queen Creek Roads, Gilbert.   Creating  an intimate small-town atmosphere for family living, residential villages enjoy  a large community park, sparkling lake, and elaborate clubhouse.

Red Mountain Ranch, East Teton, Mesa.   Recreational  amenities include the country club with 18-hole Pete Dye-designed golf course,  tennis courts, Olympic pool, fitness center, and clubhouse.

Sunland Springs Village, South Springwood Boulevard, Mesa.   Active-adult  living in a recreational golf-course community that provides Superstition  Mountain views includes a wide selection of housing that ranges from  single-family to twins and condominiums.

Superstition Mountain, South Ponderosa Drive, Apache  Junction.   Nestled  within the privacy of this guard-gated enclave, 36 holes of a Jack  Nicklaus-designed golf course complements Tuscan-style residences in a lush  desert setting.

Val Vista Lakes, East  Lakeside Drive, Gilbert.   Residents  of this family-oriented enclave enjoy exceptional recreational amenities that  include spacious sports parks, bicycle paths, lagoon swimming pool with beach,  and a multi-million-dollar clubhouse filled with sports facilities.