Reasons Why You Will Love Living in Gilbert

Posted by Cathy Carter on Saturday, September 12th, 2020 at 3:25pm.

Reasons Why You Will Love Living in Gilbert, AZ

There are many reasons why you will love living in Gilbert, Arizona! The friendly town of Gilbert is a Phoenix East Valley suburb located in Maricopa County. An affluent, educated, and youthful community, the median age of Gilbert residents is 33.8 years, with over 67 percent of the population under the age of 45. One the fastest-growing towns in the U.S, Gilbert has a lot to offer with over 300 days of warm, sunny weather per year, a vibrant Heritage District, great shopping (San Tan Village), a notable culinary scene, a weekly farmer’s market, an excellent school system, plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities, and some of the best golf clubs in the valley. The median household income in Gilbert is around $87,566 and the median price of Gilbert homes for sale is $365,000, making it an affordable place to buy a home, raise a family, and enjoy a quality lifestyle. Whether you are interested in a low-maintenance condominium or townhome, a cozy villa on the golf course, a single-family home in a quiet neighborhood, semi-rural horse property, a gorgeous, custom home in an exclusive golf course or waterfront community, or a sprawling luxury estate with the latest builder features, Gilbert real estate runs the gamut. A qualified agent can help you navigate the market and find the ideal home for your family. Cathy Carter is a luxury home specialist a top-rated Gilbert real estate agent with over 25 years of local experience. With in-depth local market knowledge and access to the most up-to-date listings, Cathy has all the information and resources you need to find your dream home. Get the process started today by contacting Cathy directly at (480) 459-8488 or you can reach her here


On our easy-to-use website, you’ll be able to search the MLS for Gilbert homes for sale - listings updated daily. You can view photos of available properties, find detailed real estate information, create a free account, receive notifications of new listings that match your specific home criteria delivered directly to your email, and access current market data. Also, be sure to scroll down below to learn more about Gilbert real estate and living in this vibrant community:  

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If you would like to schedule a private showing or would like more information on any of the above listings for Gilbert homes for sale, please contact Cathy Carter. A licensed, Gilbert real estate agent, Cathy specializes in newer homes, distinct and unique properties, and luxury homes. Cathy keeps her eye on the market and is always the first to know when new Gilbert real estate becomes available, ensuring that her buyers have the advantage they need in a highly competitive market.  

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With over two decades of local experience, Cathy is able to provide the kind of local knowledge and valuable insight that few other agents can offer. Cathy can inform you about the types of Gilbert homes for sale in the different neighborhoods and communities, the top builders in the region, school districts, area amenities, local community developments, and much more. If you are in the market for something specific like a home with a finished basement, 4-car garage, golf course view, or casita (guest house), Cathy is an expert at finding exactly what her clients are looking for and won’t waste time showing you properties that are not the right fit.

Get the home search process started today by calling Cathy directly at (480) 459-8488 or you can get in touch here.

Reasons Why You Will Love Living In Gilbert

Employment Opportunites in Gilbert

Over the past several decades, Gilbert, Arizona has experienced an influx of world-class facilities, talents, innovations, and public and private partnerships. With access to an educated and diverse workforce, a pipeline of emerging technologies from statewide universities, ease of market access, and an unbeatable quality of life, it is no wonder that major companies are attracted to Gilbert. Top Gilbert employers include GoDaddy, B H Drywall, Banner Health, Isagenix International, Northrop Grumman, Silent-Aire, Morgan Stanely, Merrill Lynch, and Deloitte, just to name few. 

Downtown Gilbert

Gilbert's Heritage District 

Gilbert has a vibrant and historic downtown, also known as the Heritage District, featuring a variety of locally-owned shops, pet-friendly eateries with patio dining to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine, several nightlife venues, the Hale Theatre with Broadway shows, and Water Tower Plaza, a gathering place for community events such as the Downtown Concert Series and the Gilbert Art Walk (bi-weekly art gathering that takes place from October through March, featuring an array of artistic styles for exhibition and sale). Below the iconic Gilbert water tower, there is a splash pad for the kids and an outdoor seating area. Popular downtown eateries include Joe’s Real BBQ, Liberty Market, Postino East, and The Farmhouse Restaurant. The Heritage District marks the original location of the town of Gilbert. A 135-mile bike path system connects the Heritage District to parks and attractions throughout town.  

Shopping and Dining in Gilbert

Premier Shopping at SanTan Village 

Gilbert has several great shopping destinations including SanTan Village, an outdoor lifestyle center featuring major retailers like Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillard’s, and Macy’s along with specialty stores like Apple, Barnes & Noble, Charming Charlies, Coach, and Sephora, just to name a few. Gilbert also boasts a cutting-edge culinary scene and is consistently named among the best “foodie” towns in the U.S. From fast-food joints to fine dining establishments, popular restaurants and eateries in Gilbert include American Way Market, The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, High Tide Seafood Bar & Grill, Postino's's Wine Cafe, Joe's Real BBQ, Brio Tuscan Grille, Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co., Joyride Taco House, Sal's Gilbert Pizza, Barrio Queen, The Farmhouse Restaurant, Nicantoni’s Pizza, Nico Heirloom Kitchen, Zinburger, and Romeo's Euro Cafe, just to name a few. 

Gilbert Schools and Education 

A-rated Gilbert Unified School District (Gilbert Public Schools) 

For parents with school-age children, the quality of a school district is often a top deciding factor when choosing where to live. Most of  Gilbert is served by Gilbert Unified School District #41 (GUSD), also known as Gilbert Public Schools (GPS). As of 2020, thirteen GPS schools have earned the "A+ School of Excellence™ Award" from the Arizona Educational Foundation. A district of choice, GPS serves over 35,000 students at 40 schools across GilbertChandler, and Mesa. Gilbert Public Schools has twenty-six elementary schools (Pre K-6); six middle schools (7-8), five high schools (9-12), two academies, one global academy, and one alternative education. 

Each of the 40 schools in Gilbert Public Schools delivers academic excellence through a comprehensive well-rounded curriculum that includes technology, art, music, leadership, physical education, and a wide range of athletics and extracurricular programs. Gilbert Public Schools offers open enrollment opportunities for students who wish to attend a school within the Gilbert Public School District even if they don't live within that school's boundaries. School Choice Arizona provides alternatives to parents who don't choose to send their children to the local public schools to which they are assigned. Public school choice options include open enrollment policies, magnet schools, and charter schools.   

The school district also offers Traditional Programs for K-6 (classrooms and curriculum) at Neely Traditional Academy, Spectrum Elementary, and Canyon Rim Elementary. In the Traditional classroom, the desks all face the front of the room, and the curriculum is delivered primarily through whole group instruction led by qualified teachers. Gilbert Classical Academy is a high performing National Blue Ribbon School and Gilbert’s college preparatory school of choice. The Academy ranks third in the state and 10th nationwide, in part because of the school’s 100% participation rate in Advanced Placement coursework and its all-honors level classes. 

The GPS Performance Academy program (4–8 grades) at Mesquite Elementary School allows students involved in elite athletics or performing arts to experience everything a school has to offer, while still maintaining their training and competitive schedule. Benefits include personalized learning, flexible schedule, opportunities for acceleration, socialization with students, elective offerings, mentor programs, and collaborative project work. 

Gilbert has a number of tuition-free Charter schools, public schools operated independently of public school systems, either by nonprofit or for-profit organizations. Although they are largely publicly funded, charter schools are exempt from many of the requirements imposed by state and local boards of education regarding hiring and curriculum. Students are usually admitted through a lottery process if demand exceeds the number of spaces available in a school. 

A smaller portion of Gilbert is served by the nationally-recognized Higley Unified School District and Chandler Unified School District (CUSD), named Arizona A+ Schools of Excellence. Institutions of higher learning serving the community include Chandler-Gilbert Community College (provides two-year degrees and comprehensive certificate programs), East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT), Park University’s Gilbert Campus Centerthe University of Arizona (operates (coding boot camp classes out of Gilbert’s University Building), and Arizona State University's Polytechnic Campus located at Gilbert's eastern border in Tempe.    

Outdoor Recreation and Parks in Gilbert

Gilbert Regional Park

Gilbert has a number of great parks including Gilbert Regional Park, Freestone ParkDiscovery District ParkVeterans Oasis ParkRiparian Preserve at WaterRanch, and Tumbleweed Park, just to name a few. Discovery Park features 2 lakes, basketball courts, picnic benches, a ramada, BBQ grills, multi-use fields, walking and biking trails, and a children’s playground. Gilbert Regional Park is the newest park in town, featuring a 4,000 Sq.ft. splash pad, a 35-foot-tall climbing & play structure, and a tot lot climbing structure. Future plans for the park include a 7-acre lake, a performance pavilion/amphitheater, a 10-acre event lawn, 6 tennis courts, 16 pickleball courts, 2 basketball courts, 6 sand volleyball courts, and a massive water park with areas for swimming, surfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

Riparian Preserve is one of the largest wildlife preserves in Gilbert offering hiking, equestrian trails, and wildlife and bird watching. Named a Bicycle Friendly Community, Gilbert is well known for its Central Trail System. Along with equestrian tracks, you can enjoy more than 54 miles of marked bike trails along the canals. On any given day, you can catch people enjoying the outdoors on their bikes, walking, jogging, and even horseback riding. The Western Canal Powerline /Sun Circle Trail runs east and west, connecting Big League Dreams, the Riparian Preserve, Freestone Park, and  McQueen District Park in an 8.5-mile stretch, continuing west into Chandler and also Tempe.     

Top-Rated Golf Courses in Gilbert 

Seville Golf and Country Club

Gilbert provides several outstanding options for the avid golfer, including several top-rated courses and plenty of tee times to fit your schedule. Golf enthusiasts have their pick among some of the best courses in the Valley, including:

  • Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch - The 18-hole Trilogy Golf Course opened in 1999. Designed by Dick Bailey, Trilogy Golf Course measures 6932 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 126 and a 71.5 USGA rating. The course features four sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Seville Golf and Country Club - Seville’s picturesque 18-hole course captures the challenge of the game and the beautiful views of Arizona and the San Tan Mountains. The course was designed by Gary Panks, ASGCA, and opened in 2002. The USGA rating is 72.5 with a slope rating of 129.
  • Greenfield Lakes Golf Course - The 18-hole Greenfield Lakes Golf Course in Gilbert is a public golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Ray Pacioni, Greenfield Lakes Golf Course measures 4107 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 91 and a 59 USGA rating.
  • Kokopelli Golf Course - The 18-hole Kokopelli Golf Course in Gilbert is a public golf course that opened in 1992. Designed by Phillips Associates, Kokopelli Golf Course measures 6716 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 132 and a 72.2 USGA rating. The course features four sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Western Skies Golf Club - The 18-hole Western Skies Golf Club is a public golf course that opened in 1992. Designed by Brian Whitcomb, Western Skies Golf Club measures 6744 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 120 and a 70 USGA rating.

Getting Around Gilbert and Beyond

Gilbert provides easy access to the Santan Freeway portion of Loop 202 and a small section of US-60, which skirts the northern boundary of Gilbert at the Higley Road interchange. Public transportation is provided by Valley Metro, with daily express and local bus service in the northern, central, and western areas of town. The community is served by two major airports: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport located in Mesa about 9.5-miles away and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport located about 18 miles from the center of town.

Partner with The Best Gilbert Real Estate Agent - Cathy Carter

Whether you are interested in Gilbert homes for sale or you’re ready to list your current property, experience matters most in a changing market. Serving the community for over two decades, Cathy is very familiar with the Gilbert market and the surrounding area. Known for her warm and friendly personality,  Cathy has a gift for uncovering the perfect home for clients’ lifestyle needs in the neighborhood they want to live in. For sellers, Cathy will create a comprehensive marketing plan that exposes your Gilbert real estate to the public as well as to other agents through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), other cooperative marketing networks, open houses for agents, and so on.

Your home will appear on all the most popular real estate sites where buyers spend hours a day looking at homes such as Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, REMAX, Redfin, and dozens of others. Your listing will also be featured on Cathy’s own highly-trafficked website: realestatechandler.com. You can be assured that with Cathy as your Gilbert real estate,  your home will get sold quickly and for the highest market price.

Read what Cathy's valued clients have to say:

"Cathy was a terrific agent from beginning to end. Her comps were accurate and helpful at the outset. Her marketing was the best we have seen in our experience and we have sold 7 previous homes. She handled all the selling and closing negotiations very well and helped us navigate several anxious turns in the process. Cathy is calm, judicious, and responsive and we found her opinions and ideas valuable. We would use her to sell or buy a house again without hesitation. Great to work with and got great results."

"Cathy Carter is a highly respected, seasoned real estate professional who is very responsive, knowledgable, and open-minded. She kept my deal together by going beyond the call of duty to do some of the work of a novice agent (representing the buyer) on the sale of my house. Plus, she really went to bat for me on the purchase of my new home, getting upgrades and closing in 3-weeks. I highly recommend Cathy to represent you in selling and purchasing your next home or investment."

“I have dealt with many real estate agents and I would have to say Cathy Carter was a pleasure to deal with. We flew in from New York to see the area and Cathy gave us as much time as we needed. She showed us around and made us feel comfortable and welcome. As of today we are currently in contract for the sale of our home and are actively looking at homes in the Gilbert and Chandler areas. Cathy emails homes for us to look at on a regular basis and we would not use anyone else.”

“My husband and I worked with Cathy to find our home in the East Valley suburbs of Phoenix AZ. We were transferred to Phoenix from the east coast and Cathy did a wonderful job of orienting us to the area and helping us gain perspective into the different homes and neighborhoods in the East Valley. While working with Cathy, she was always very attentive and efficient. Cathy is extremely knowledgeable. She listened to our ideas about the ideal home, offered suggestions, and took us to see properties that were in line with our expectations. Cathy is extremely responsive and has even reached out to check on us after we moved into our hew home. I would highly recommend Cathy to anyone who is interested in selling their home or purchasing a new home.”

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Cathy works extremely hard for her clients and provides the kind of personalized service you need and deserve. Partner with Cathy and she will protect your interests, advocate for you, and be your trusted guide and advisor throughout the home buying or selling process.  If you or someone you know is interested in Gilbert homes for sale, please give Cathy a call directly at (480) 459-8488 or you can reach her here

 

CATHY CARTER, ABR, CRS, CDPE 
RE/MAX Alliance Group 
725 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 111 
Gilbert, AZ.  85233 
Cell: 480-459-8488 
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