Affordable  housing—whether it is nestled in quiet, established neighborhoods or new construction in outstanding master-planned communities—is only one of the  magnets that draw newcomers to Glendale. Ranked among Arizona’s largest cities,  the anchor of the West Valley boasts a highly established economic base and an  impressive array of amenities that guarantee stable property values. Although  this area was first settled as farmland, it has rapidly grown into a center for  dynamic, progressive industries. Major employment centers ranging from  professional to high-tech industries enjoy a centralized Valley location in Glendale, providing opportunities for residents to work within minutes of home.  Manufacturing, services and military installations account for a large portion  of local economic activity. Approximately half of the 10,000 employees of Luke  Air Force Base, distinguished as the largest jet fighter training base in the entire world, are Glendale residents.

Voted  “Arizona’s Antique Capital” by the readers of Valley and statewide newspapers,  Glendale invites residents and visitors to take a free ride on the town trolley  as they discover the charm of yesterday. The city’s earlier heritage has been  preserved in the Catlin Court Historic District, featuring gas-lit street  lamps, brick walkways, and rows of quaint antique shops. More than 1,400 acres  of well-equipped parks, year-round musical and performing arts events, regional  malls, abundant and affordable housing, and a myriad of recreational amenities  also attest to the city’s dedication to continual progress. Glendale’s 50 parks  include the Historic Saguaro Ranch Park and the sprawling Thunderbird Park,  where hiking, horseback riding, and picnics are common pastimes. Aficionados of  the arts can spend a relaxing evening at the Glendale Municipal Office Complex  Amphitheater, or enjoy performances by Theater Works and the Glendale Little Theater company. Glendale offers an excellent public school system as well as  private and parochial alternatives. Institutions of higher education include  the ASU West Campus, Glendale Community College, and several private colleges  and specialty institutes. And, Glendale is the home of West Gate where the Arizona Cardinals and the Phoenix Coyotes play…a beautiful complext that also offers concerts, great restaurants and great shopping.