In 1999 Del Webb started construction on the master planned community of Anthem, Arizona. With over 10,000 households and over 40,000 residents Anthem boasts a healthy real estate market with aggressively priced homes for sale that are all built within the last 15 years.
Anthem is situated within the Phoenix Metropolitan Area but is as secluded and ‘out of the way’ as any place in Maricopa County. This is a well-designed and much sought after master planned community, with all the amenities, choices and security that such a community offers. Anthem has a feel of newness to it, given that it was only completed in 1999 and yet is already home to over 40,000 residents. That just shows how popular this community has been and continues to be. Residents enjoy living in an area that features sweeping mountain vistas that soothe the soul, not to mention the gorgeously stark and dramatic desert views. What more to expect from a community that has been voted the #1 planned community in America.
This is what the Anthem Community council has to say about its ‘Anthem Livability Vision’: “For a community with a reputation as a Top 10 Phoenix location to live, work and play, maintaining our community to top-quality standards is paramount. Strategic effort by leaders and residents is focused on ensuring Anthem’s stability, sustainability and livability for generations to come.” That is a vision of a community that is proud of what it has to offer and preserve. After all, Anthem has been voted one of the best places to live in by Phoenix Magazine. Anthem boasts the ACC Community Center, offering aquatics, camps and health and fitness programs, whilst Anthem Civic Building offers dance and arts programs, as well as a mind/body studio and other amenities. There are lovely parks dotted around Anthem, and the Maricopa Trail, which is rated ‘beginner to intermediate’, and is relatively flat and equestrian-friendly, can be enjoyed by the entire family and residents of all ages.
There is a superb range of properties to be had in Anthem for different budgets and property requirements. Anthem’s property landscape is suitable for first-time home buyers, experienced investors, or families looking for more space as they grow and become more affluent. For example, Anthem Country Club has smaller family homes from over $200,000, and many choices of larger and more spacious homes in the $500,000 to $800,000 range. In the Anthem Parkside area one can find affordable houses for above $250,000, with an array of charming and really well-appointed family homes also available in the $400,000 to $600,000+ range. Anthem continues to be a place with tremendous real estate appeal and opportunity for different buyers.
Both Anthem School and Canyon Springs School provide K-8 schooling. Other local schools include Gavilan Peak Elementary School and Diamond Canyon Elementary School. Boulder Creek High School is the local high school that serves Anthem. Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) is the local school district, which has a proud tradition and growing influence and excellence as a district. It serves a large area, including unincorporated areas of Maricopa County, such as Anthem, and oversees 38 schools. There are also private schools and academies located in Anthem, as well as elementary, middle and high schools in surrounding areas such as Cave Creek. Educational choices in Anthem are varied and plentiful.
Statistics provided by Data USA show that Anthem has a median household income that is substantially above the average income in Maricopa County, making it a mostly professional community. The most common occupations tend to be those in retail supervision, executive management and administrative supervision, human resource management and healthcare. The information technology field also has significant representation amongst Anthem residents, as does education. Being considered a commuter community means that Anthem’s economy is also intricately linked to those of the Maricopa County cities of Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria and Scottsdale.
Anthem is conveniently located right next to the I-17 Freeway, therefore the most direct route to Glendale will be with the 1-17 S, with a commute time of less than 35 minutes. A commute to the Phoenix CBD via the same freeway should take about 37 minutes. The same I-17 S will also get you into Tempe in about 45 minutes. Getting to Scottsdale is best possible using the Loop 101 E freeway via the I-17 S for a commute time of about 45 minutes.
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