While Scottsdale may appeal to the “urban cowboy,”  Gilbert preserves the true essence of the grassroots farming and ranching  communities of the past. Once a center for cattle, sheep, dairy, and other  agri-business, Gilbert was known in the World War I cavalry days as the  nation’s “hay shipping capital.” As one of the driving forces behind the East  Valley’s population surge, Gilbert experienced phenomenal growth in the latter  decades of the 20th century. Between 1980 and 1990, the municipality claimed  Arizona’s growth record for that decade by quintupling its population. Within  recent years, hundreds of employers have relocated their businesses to this  booming community, adding thousands of jobs to the diverse economic base.  Equestrians will appreciate the attractive horse properties or the mini-ranches  that are available in a town that annually hosts one of the largest rodeos in  the entire nation. The annual Gilbert Days celebration kicks off with a  magnificent parade, followed by three days of nonstop rodeo thrills and spills.  Ideally positioned to accommodate further residential and commercial growth,  the Gilbert area has the advantage of civic leaders who recognize the value of  preserving recreational and open space such as the prime 40-acre site for  recreation, rodeo, and equestrian events. The cooperative effort between the  city planners and members of the local business community guarantees Gilbert’s  place as one of the outstanding business and living environments in the entire  Southwest. This progressive attitude also encourages the continued development  and expansion of quality educational, healthcare, retail, and  recreational amenities.

Athletic fields, tennis courses, golf  courses, and bridle trails are scattered throughout the area; while Freestone  Park provides 65 acres of bicycle and jogging paths, playgrounds, picnic areas,  and lighted softball fields. Area residents can attend horse shows, pursue  adult education courses, or cast a fishing line in Freestone’s stocked lakes.  They can also hike, bicycle, and horseback ride along miles of well-maintained  local trails. With its reputation for outstanding services and efficient local  government, Gilbert will be reinforcing its reputation as a “Community of  Excellence” for decades as the new millennium continues to unfold.



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.

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.