Fountain Hills Real Estate
by Justin Lombard
An Oasis in the Desert
The Town of Fountain Hills is a master planned community just east of Scottsdale that was designed by Charles Wood, Jr. (designer of Disneyland in southern California) and established in 1970. Prior to 1970 the area was part of one of the largest land and cattle holdings in Arizona.
Located on 12,996 acres of land, Fountain Hills is surrounded by the 3,500-foot McDowell Mountains and Scottsdale on the west, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation on the east, the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community on the south and the McDowell Mountain Regional Park on the north.
The elevation is 1,520 feet at the fountain in downtown Fountain Hills and rises to 3,000 feet on Golden Eagle Boulevard, indicative of the hilly terrain over which the Town lies.
Over the past 22 years Fountain Hills has grown from 10,190 residents to a town of 22,489 in 2010. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) estimates that the population of Fountain Hills will continue to grow to a build-out population of between 30,000 and 35,000. Although the rate of growth has slowed due to the economy, the Town continues to attract residents who are building large custom homes to take advantage of the scenic vistas surrounding the mountain community.
So Close, Yet So Far Away
One of the community’s most valuable assets is its natural beauty. Incredible views and natural desert terrain provide for a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, boating and golf. In fact, Fountain Hills contains some of the more challenging and picturesque golf courses in the State of Arizona.
The centerpiece of Fountain Hills is the beautiful fountain; one of the world’s tallest man-made fountains. It serves as a focal point for the community and attracts thousands of visitors each year.
The fountain, driven by three 600 horsepower turbine pumps, sprays water at a rate of 7,000 gallons per minute though an 18-inch nozzle. With all three pumps and under ideal conditions, the fountain reaches 560 feet (170m) in height, though in normal operation only two of the pumps are used, with a fountain height of around 300 feet (91m). When built, it was the world’s tallest fountain and held that record for over a decade.
Awards and Accolades
In 2006, Fountain Hills was named by Phoenix Magazine as the best place to live in the Valley of the Sun and was cited as “a welcome oasis on the outskirts of a metropolis.”
Fountain Hills has also earned a top accolade from the magazine, Business Week. In its February 2009 edition, the magazine named Fountain Hills the “Best Affordable Suburb” in all of Arizona. They evaluated suburbs on a variety of factors but weighted affordability most heavily. They also considered lifestyle (short commutes, clean air, low crime, good weather, and green space), the quality of schools, and the strength of the local economy. None of the places evaluated had populations of more than 60,000 or less than 5,000. Only one suburb per state was selected.
Fountain Hills Real Estate
With it’s gorgeous mountain and city views and suburban appeal, Fountain Hills is very popular with winter residents. Fountain Hills real estate opportunities are diverse. Future residents can choose from small turn-key condos in the $60,000’s to impressive gated estates with mountain and Valley views that are priced well into the millions.
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