Avondale is one of the fastest growing cities in Maricopa County. The population is now around 60,000 residents. However, United States Census projections claim the population by 2020 will more than double to 140,000 residents. Two things are fueling Avondale's growth; it is only 15 miles from Phoenix and workers know it is an easy commute from the lovely suburban area. The second is the expected number of retiring Baby Boomers who will retire to the area for the weather and low-cost of living. Businesses are moving to the area knowing there is a reliable source of skilled workers. Avondale enjoys being the home to the Phoenix International Raceway. As the raceway holds several important races throughout the years, racing fans can always be found in the area. Building on its history of auto racing, the Avondale Auto Mall is gaining dealers at a rapid clip and will soon be among the largest auto malls in the United States. Speed shops, custom shops and other car-related retail and service businesses are in high demand. Avondale's Old Town area is also undergoing a major revitalization.
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Housing Statistics The latest census counted 11,412 residences, counting private homes and rental units in Avondale. Of these, 7,150 residences are owner occupied. Renters live in 4,200 units. The approximate median value of a condo or home in 2011 was $115,400. Median gross rent paid by renters in Avondale in 2011 was $1028. Homes listed for sale are on the market an average of 32 days with a median listing price of $164,420. Avondale real estate listings show about 200 listings for rent to own homes. They consist of short sales and investor properties available for direct rental or with a rent to own option.
Avondale Transportation and CommutingThe city is mostly a bedroom community with most employed folks commuting to Phoenix. Avondale Valley possesses an excellent freeway system. Generally, traffic flows at the speed limit. The government seems determined to prepare for the region's growth. A long-term project on I-10 has been a source of commuter irritation for years. It seems that work is beginning to wind down, and this one bottleneck is almost over. Once complete, the I-10 will be able to carry anticipated rush hour traffic without delays.
Local Events and FestivalsThe city is placing an emphasis on attracting new business and new patrons and keeping existing customers and companies in its Old Town district. Beginning in 2012, the city began an ambitious re-branding project for the historic downtown area. Locals have referred to the area as Old Town for years. Now, the official designation is Historic Avondale. It is more than a name change though. Plans call for improving storefronts, adding art galleries, building or renovating existing buildings so they are energy-efficient. The first stage of the revitalization is complete. The Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library opened in 2008. It cost $6.2 million and added is a 12,500 multi-purpose space.
Art and Culture
Western Avenue Art WalkDesigned to increase the appreciation of local artists and craftspeople, every Thursday the businesses on Western Avenue in Historic Old Town host Avondale's Thursday Art Walk, This ongoing event showcases local artists who show their work in retail store and restaurants along Western Avenue. Western Avenue is part of the lovely Historic Business District.
TheaterPhoenix and other Avondale Valley cities are just minutes away, and on any given Saturday evening residents of Avondale are theater bound.Arizona Broadway TheatreThis is Arizona's major producer of community theater. Productions are offered in a dinner theater where the cuisine is just as good as the shows. Musicals, drama, and comedy are offered through single show ticket sales or subscriptions and are performed at the production company theater in Peoria, Arizona.
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