What was once a rural farming community in Arizona is now Gilbert, a city with about 200,000 residents and a reputation for being extremely family-friendly. Though it still houses some historic properties and family-owned farms at the edge of town, this Phoenix suburb grew very fast in the last two decades and now has several brand new shopping centers and many condos and rent to own houses. One of the newest and most popular plazas in this city is San Tan Village, an outdoor mall with hundreds of places to shop, eat, and see movies.
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Housing Statistics The median cost of a home in Gilbert is about $188,000. This is considered rather affordable, which is why many families have bought here instead of renting. In fact, about 70% of the homes in Gilbert are owner occupied, while about 23% are rental homes, though you can find rent to own homes here, as well. The vacancy rate is about 7%, and the annual residential turnover rate is approximately 26%, with the average resident staying in the home for a little over two years. One detail you might notice as you browse your Gilbert real estate options is that the average property is only about 12 years old, which is much newer than the national average of 35. Indeed, many of the master-planned communities here only started appearing in the early 2000s.
Outdoors Activities Most of the things to do outside in Gilbert are geared toward families, so you can expect to see activities for all ages. Freestone Park is a large park that features ball fields, athletic courts, playgrounds, batting cages, and a spacious area for skateboarders. Just as you'll find in most Arizona cities, Gilbert has a few public swimming pools, some of which have splash pads, waterslides, and other fun features that children enjoy. For the older kids and adults, golf is a popular outdoor activity, and there are lots of public and private courses. Seville Golf and Country Club is a major attraction for golfers, and the private club even has a water park with slides and several pools. There are at least five other golf courses in Gilbert. In addition, this city is the home of the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, which is perfect for bird watching, camping, hiking, fishing, and more activities that involve appreciating nature.
Local Restaurants Gilbert has a mixture of older, locally-owned restaurants and chain eateries. A long-time favorite is Joe's Farm Grill, which is located in a historic former home on a farm. The owners focus on serving fresh, healthy ingredients in a quaint, open air atmosphere. The same owners also operate Joe's Real BBQ, which is another hit among locals and visitors alike. If you prefer to check out restaurants you're familiar with, head toward San Tan Village to eat at Kona Grill, Blue Wasabi, Gordon Biersch Brewery, The Keg, and more.
Neighborhood Guide Gilbert still has some older custom homes with lots of land, mostly leftover from its early days as a farming community. But the majority of neighborhoods are master-planned communities with their own schools, parks, and homes that were built within the last decade or so. Here are some of the largest and most well-known areas of Gilbert.
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