Peoria, Arizona Real Estate and Information

Peoria, Arizona Real Estate and Information

The origin story for Peoria, Arizona borrows a classic page from the story of the expansion of the United States: it was started by people moving west in search of farmland. Founded by itinerant Illinoisans in 1886, its first generation of settlers came seeking farmland. This original settlement, just a single square mile, was incorporated in 1954, and has since grown to sprawl across more than 175 square miles of picturesque Sonoran desert.

About 154,000 men, women and children call Peoria home. It is located approximately 15 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix. The city covers parts of both Yavapai and Maricopa counties. Peoria, AZ real estate for sale is near one of Arizona's largest lakes, Lake Pleasant, and welcomes the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball to the Peoria Sports Complex, their training facilities in the spring.

In 2008, the city of Peoria made Money magazine's Top 100 Places to Live list.

Shopping and Dining

Peoria's close proximity to Phoenix gives its residents and visitors a robust number of restaurants and retailers from which to choose. The city of Peoria's dramatic growth over the last dozen years or so has had a dramatic impact on myriad aspects of life in Peoria, including its shopping and dining destinations.

Walmart Supercenter, Target, T.J. Maxx, Kmart and Walgreens are just a few of the big name retailers dotting the landscape in and around Peoria.

In the mood for the one-stop shopping and dining experience? No problem. Head on over to Peoria's own Park West Mall. Here in this open-air, 250,000 square foot shopping center – located only a mile from University of Phoenix Stadium, the new home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals – you will find popular national retailers and restaurants, alongside local and regional shops and cafes. Park West also features a 14-screen movie theater, more than 50 specialty shops, two parks, canopy-lined pathways and outdoor fireplaces.

When you are in the mood for some local flavor, check out these one-of-a-kind Peoria, Arizona, restaurants and retailers:

Parks and Recreation

The area encompassing Peoria, AZ real estate for sale enjoys more than 30 neighborhood parks and about 35 miles of hiking trails within its borders. For highly detailed information about the parks that are managed and maintained by the City of Peoria, including maps, locations and amenities, click here.

Lake Pleasant Regional Park, and its eponymous 10,000-acre lake – one of the most popular outdoor recreation destinations in the state – is located within Peoria's municipal boundaries. The man-made reservoir is utilized for just about any and all of the freshwater activities you can imagine, such as water skiing, fishing, windsurfing, sailing and much more.


Peoria has earned a stellar reputation for seeking out and building up an arts and culture community that is second to none in the West Valley. If you like a little theater performance as a side dish for your dining pleasure, check out the Arizona Broadway Theatre, which sits next to the Peoria Sports Complex.

Peoria also offers the multi-purpose, family friendly public gymnasium called Rio Vista Recreation Center, the award-winning Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, the Challenger Space Center and the West Valley Art Museum.

As of December, 2012, the real estate website, Sperling's Best Places, lists the median home cost for the city of Peoria, Arizona as $147,400, with home appreciation over the last year of 9.48 percent. With its cost of living coming in at about 4.3 percent lower than the average for municipalities and communities in the United States, Peoria is a relatively affordable place to live.

Schools, Health, Transportation

The majority of Peoria lies within the public education purview of the Peoria Unified School District. The Deer Valley Unified School District in the northeast, the Nadaburg Unified School District in the northwest and the Wickenburg Unified School District in Yavapai County cover the rest.

Health care centers, hospitals and medical care facilities near the city of Peoria include Banner Estrella Medical Center, about 11 miles away in Phoenix; Maryvale Hospital, about 12 miles away in Phoenix; and Phoenix Baptist Hospital, about 14 miles away in Phoenix.

Transportation resources for the good people of Peoria include several fixed routes on the Valley Metro bus service, two Park-and-Ride lots, a Dial-A-Ride service, and a choice of highways, including interstates 10 and 17 and Highway 101. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is about 25 miles southeast of Peoria.


If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at (623) 414-4515 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

Contact Information

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The Kothe Team
Essential Properties, Inc
1616 N Litchfield Rd #240
Goodyear AZ 85395
Office: 602-717-0604
Cell: 602-717-4792
Fax: (866) 602-5803