Explore the East Valley

Purchasing a home in one of the Phoenix area’s vibrant East Valley neighborhoods gives you access to a wide range of educational and lifestyle pursuits. Explore the outdoors or find solstice from the summer heat. The options are endless!


The East Valley is home Arizona State University, a national space grant institution whose community has 33 percent of its population over 25 years holding bachelors.

At the Mesa Arts Center, home to four theaters, 14 art studios and five art galleries, you’re sure to see an amazing painting, movie or play.

Stop by the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, featuring amazing artists such as Laurie Lewis and Jack Williams, as well as some stunning architecture. The theatre is also available to rent for business or personal events!


Biking, hiking, and horseback riding are offered at the San Tan Mountain Regional Park with many trails ranging from 1 to 6 miles long, allowing you to pick a relaxing or strenuous hike. Open every single day of the year!

Visit Mesa’s Riparian Preserve to see over 200 species of birds, plus 4.5 miles of trails, camping and fishing for the public, and a public observatory. They also offer programs for the children, such as day camps, and bird watching adventures.

The Town of Gilbert has its very own trail system, which includes over 135 miles of hiking trails, 40 miles of equestrian trails, and 54 marked bike trails.

Take a ride on a horse stabled at the Saguaro Lake Trail Rides, matched to your size and skill level, on a rocky trail through water and sand. With over 3 million acres of land, you won’t run out of room to ride!


The East Valley is home to many unique events, like the bizarre Ostrich Festival of Chandler, a three day long festival where eight, 50-minute ostrich races are hosted. The event also features an amusement park with rides and concessions, as well as a place for the kids to hang with a petting zoo and pony rides.

Go to the Chandler Jazz Festival, featuring tons of great live jazz performances, or one of the many other events hosted throughout each month, like July’s Firework Spectacular, and October’s Halloween Spooktacular, which offers a haunted house and games for the children.

To beat the summer heat is the refreshing Mesa Golfland Sunsplash Waterpark. With everything from an arcade, go kart racing, miniature golf, bumper carts on water to giant water slides, this is an all-in-one water park for the entire family.

Check out Stratum Lasertag, which features and enormous laser tag arena measuring in at 13,000 square feet, as well as a snack bar and arcade.

The Queen Creek Olive Mill, a family-run olive mill and delicious restaurant, even has a gift shop featuring all olive everything. With wine tasting, extraordinary coffee, and a variety of culinary offerings, this is a one-stop restaurant that is totally worth visiting.

The Freestone Park manages ball fields, sport courts, batting cages, a train, playgrounds and picnic tables. The park is also surrounded by other amenities such as the Freestone Skate Park, measuring 22,000 square feet and featuring obstacles to match a wide range of skill levels, as well as an amphitheater and a recreation center.

Go to an Arizona Cardinals game, visit the Grand Canyon, hike Piestewa Peak, go tubing down the Salt River, discover Native American cultures, or search for the Lost Dutchman’s Goldmine in the Superstition Mountains. Buying a home in Phoenix gives you access to a lifetime of exciting adventures!