Explore Valley of the Sun Homes for Sale

Commonly referred to as the “the Valley of the Sun,” Greater Phoenix, AZ is home to more than 20 communities that collectively make up the fifth largest metro area in the U.S. With warm weather and sunshine 320 days per year, a thriving economy, plenty of high-paying jobs, exciting culture and entertainment, over 200 top-rated golf courses, and four major sports teams, it’s easy to see why nearly 42,870 people relocated to the Greater Phoenix area in the last year alone. Homebuyers will discover that Valley of the Sun real estate runs the gamut from urban condos situated in the heart of things, single-family homes in all shapes and sizes, homes tucked away in exclusive golf course and waterfront communities, horse properties to gorgeous luxury estates with breathtaking views. In order to navigate the market and find the best Valley of the Sun homes for sale, buyers will want to partner with a qualified agent. Cathy Carter is a luxury home specialist and top-rated Valley of the Sun REALTOR® with over 25 years of local experience. Intimately familiar with Phoenix and the East Valley communities of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Sun Lakes, Tempe, and Ahwatukee, Cathy has the knowledge, resources, and local expertise to help you find the home of your dreams. Feel free to call Cathy directly at (480) 459-8488 or you can get in touch here.

On our easy-to-use website, you’ll be able to search the MLS for the most accurate and up-to-date Valley of the Sun homes for sale. You can view photos of properties, find detailed real estate information, create a free account, save your search, 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 Valley of the Sun real estate and the benefits of living in the Greater Phoenix area. 

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If you would like to schedule a private showing or would like more information about any of the above Valley of the Sun homes for sale, please contact Cathy Carter, specializing in newer homes and luxury real estate. 

The Benefits of Living in The Valley of The Sun

The Greater Phoenix region is known for its year-round warm weather and sunshine, exciting local culture and attractions, numerous championship golf courses, and host to major events like the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Cactus League spring training baseball, and the Barret Jackson Auto Show, just to name few. The area has become the hub of commercial activity in the southwest as more and more businesses are choosing to relocate here from other parts of the country. 

Health care, manufacturing, and financial services are all solidly growing industries. Technology and bioscience are also major economic drivers. Fortune 500/1000 companies based or having major operations in the Phoenix area include Avnet, Freeport-McMoRan, Republic Services, PetSmart, Apollo Group, Insight Enterprises, ON Semiconductor, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, Amkor Technology, Swift Transportation, and First Solar.  

For parents with school-age children, Phoenix is home to 325 public schools in 30 school districts along with more than 200 charter and private schools. Use the links below to find additional information on school locations, districts, websites, and attendance boundary maps:  

School Districts A - Z
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The Phoenix East Valley has several nationally-recognized school districts filled with top-rated schools, including Chandler Unified School District, Gilbert Unified School District, Kyrene School District, Higley Unified School District, Tempe Union High School District, and Mesa Unified School District, which is the largest district in Arizona. Under Arizona’s open-enrollment law, children can attend other schools within the district or in another district by applying to that school, so families can be confident their child is receiving the best possible education.

Art and culture abound in the Valley of the Sun. The downtown Phoenix art scene has seen major development over the past decade, and dozens of museums span the valley including the Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Capitol Museum, Arizona Military Museum, Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum, the Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park, Children's Museum of Phoenix, Arizona Science Center, and the Heard Museum

Popular performing arts venues include the Phoenix Symphony Hall, Arizona Opera, and Ballet Arizona, Orpheum Theatre, Dorrance Theater, and Herberger Theater Center. Concerts can be attended at Talking Stick Resort Arena and Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix, and Gammage Auditorium in Tempe (the last public building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright). The Mesa Arts Center in Mesa supports regular independent musical and theater performances.

Greater Phoenix provided an abundance of shopping opportunities with chic boutiques, high-end shopping malls, outdoor lifestyle centers, and designer outlet malls. Some of the most popular shopping destinations in the region include Uptown Plaza (Central Phoenix), Biltmore Fashion Park and Kierland Commons (Phoenix); Scottsdale Fashion Square (Scottsdale), Chandler Fashion Center mall and Phoenix Premium Outlets (Chandler); the outdoor Santan Village lifestyle center (Gilbert); and Tempe Marketplace and Arizona Mills Outlet Mall (Tempe),  "Foodies" will discover exceptional dining options in Phoenix and the East Valley from classic comfort food to ethnic cuisine to five-star restaurants too numerous to count. 

For outdoor enthusiasts, Greater Phoenix provides plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities for all ages. Hiking, biking, climbing, horseback riding, and golfing are among the most popular activities, which can be enjoyed year-round. Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area is a local landmark and a popular hiking destination that offers spectacular city and desert views. South Mountain Park & Preserve, the largest municipal park in the country, includes over 51 miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking for all ability levels. 

McDowell Mountain Regional Park offers spectacular views and features more than 21,000 acres of pristine desert, with miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. Salt River also provides plenty of recreational fun with bike paths and picnic areas that surround the lake. Known throughout the world for the best in desert golf, the Phoenix metro area is home to 200 public, private, resort, municipal, and executive golf course destinations to accommodate all skill levels from expert to novice. 

Sports fans have the opportunity to watch professional basketball, football, hockey, and baseball teams, as well as offseason spring training games held in the Phoenix metro area. Phoenix is one of only 13 U.S. cities to have representatives of all four major professional sports leagues. It’s also the only city in the nation to host an entire spring-training league for MLB - the Cactus League. Other major sporting teams/events in the Phoenix metro area include PGA and LPGA golf, NASCAR and NHRA racing, and major marathons.

Troon North Golf Club in Phoenix, AZ

One of the top destinations for golf in the country, the Valley of the Sun is home to 200 golf courses. Top-rated Phoenix-area courses such as Troon North and We-Ko-Pa occupy desert landscapes while Raven Golf Club features more than 6,000 mature pine trees along its lush fairways. Other great golf clubs like Arizona Biltmore, Boulders, and Gainey Ranch are part of opulent resorts where golfers can indulge themselves with a post-round spa treatment.

Phoenix is also home to some of the biggest golf tours and events in the nation such as  the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open, also referred to as the "people's open," and the "greatest show on grass.” Here is a list of the top 35 golf courses located in Greater Phoenix, including the level of difficulty, awe factor, value/bang for your buck, course layout, service, and proximity to restaurants and activities.

Public transportation in Greater Phoenix is provided by Valley Metro, which includes trains, buses, and a rideshare program. The Valley Metro Rail is a 20-mile light rail that runs through north-central Phoenix, downtown, and eastward through Tempe and Mesa. However, depending on where you choose to live in the Phoenix metro area, you’ll most likely need a car to get around. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport serves more than 100 cities with non-stop flights and over 1000 flights per day.

Partner with the Highest-rated Valley of The Sun REALTOR® -  Cathy Carter

Whether you are interested in Valley of the Sun homes for sale or it's time to list your current property, experience matters most in a changing market. Serving Greater Phoenix since 1994,  Cathy provides the kind of knowledge, skills, dedication, and personalized service you need and deserve. Known for her warm and friendly personality, Cathy’s personal approach to the real estate process allows her to connect with her clients and uncover the right homes for them.

As a local expert, Cathy can help educate you about the different neighborhoods and communities, the types of homes and features offered, the top builders in the region, school districts, surrounding area amenities, nearby attractions, local community developments, and much more. Cathy recognizes that you are looking for someone you can trust to guide you through the home buying process and is committed to providing accurate, reliable, and trustworthy information as you make one of the most important financial and personal decisions in your life.

As your personal agent, she will protect your interests, advocate for you, and exceed your expectations in order to ensure the best possible results. Read what Cathy’s valued clients have to say about working with her!  If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling Valley of the Sun real estate, please contact Cathy today at (480) 459-8488 or you can reach her here.


RE/MAX Alliance Group 
725 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 111 
Gilbert, AZ.  85233 
Cell: 480-459-8488 
Toll-Free: 800-519-5578

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