What Are The Best Cities To Live In East Valley? 

Looking to buy a home and want to know what are the best cities to live in East Valley, Arizona? You'll definitely want to check out Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Sun Lakes, Mesa, and Tempe. From exclusive golf course and waterfront communities, family-friendly developments to active adult retirement communities with resort-style amenities, real estate in East Valley includes some of the most sought-after addresses in Arizona. Boasting year-round warm weather and sunshine, major employment opportunities, exciting cultural and recreation options, fabulous shopping and dining destinations, an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, top-rated golf courses, popular events and festivals, and more, it's easy to see why East Valley cities are consistently ranked as some of the “Best Places to Live in the United States.” In order to navigate the market and find the right home, buyers will want to partner with a qualified agent. Cathy Carter is a top-rated East Valley REALTOR® and a luxury home specialist with over 25 years of local experience. Cathy has the knowledge and resources across the valley to help you find your dream home. Get the process started today by calling Cathy directly at (480) 459-8488 or you can get in touch here!

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More About The Best Cities to live in East Valley, Arizona 

The vibrant communities in the Phoenix East Valley offer high-quality living and are a popular choice among young professionals, growing families, empty nesters, and retirees. Below are some of the best cities (towns) to live in East Valley:


The city of Scottsdale is located in the stunning Sonoran Desert at the foot of the McDowell Mountains. Beautiful surroundings, world-class resorts & spas, art & culture galore, great shopping & restaurants, popular annual events (Phoenix Open Golf Tournament, Barrett-Jackson Auto Show, and Scottsdale International Film Festival), over 50 golf courses, top-rated schools, and plenty of outdoor activities make Scottsdale a great place to live and buy a home. From urban condos to multi-million dollar luxury estates with fabulous views, Scottsdale has something for every lifestyle and buyer.


Chandler is a family-oriented suburban city known for its world-class shopping (Chandler Fashion Center), fabulous restaurants, nationally acclaimed A-rated school district, top-rated golf courses, and numerous outdoor recreation options. Chandler’s high-tech Price Road Corridor is home to Intel Corp, Microchip Technologies, Paypal, and other major companies.  Whether you are interested in a cozy villa on the golf course, a single-family home in a quiet neighborhood, or a gorgeous home on the waterfront, Chandler real estate will exceed your expectations. 


One of the fastest-growing towns in the U.S., Gilbert is home to a vibrant heritage District, SanTan Village outdoor shopping, an exciting culinary scene, a highly acclaimed school district, and plenty of outdoor activities for all age groups. Major employers in Gilbert include GoDaddy, B H Drywall, Banner Health, Isagenix International, Northrop Grumman, Silent-Aire, Morgan Stanely, Merrill Lynch, and Deloitte, just to name a few. Gilbert real estate runs the gamut from low-maintenance condos and townhomes, single-family homes in quiet neighborhoods, semi-rural horse properties to homes tucked away in exclusive golf course and waterfront communities.  

Queen Creek

Queen Creek is a rapidly-growing suburb located in the southeast corner of Maricopa County, with some overlap into Pinal County. The community offers a family-friendly, low-key lifestyle with plenty of open spaces and natural desert beauty, an excellent school system, and easy access to East Valley employment hubs. Queen Creek has a number of family-oriented developments offering a wide range of residential choices. Some of the most desirable communities in Queen Creek include Johnson Ranch, Ironwood Crossing, Montelena, Circle G, Crimson Heights, Saddlewood Estates, Ocotillo Heights, and Vaquero Estates, just to name a few.   

Sun Lakes

Sun Lakes is a premier, master-planned retirement community for active adults. The community includes 5 distinct golf and country club subdivisions: Sun Lakes #1 (the original neighborhood), Palo Verde (gated), Cottonwood, Ironwood (gated), and Oakwood (gated). Residents enjoy a vast array of resort-style amenities including five golf courses, restaurants, heated community pools, tennis & pickleball courts, fitness centers, driving ranges, lakes stocked for fishing, miles of walking paths, dozens of clubs, planned activities, events, and more. From cozy villas on the golf course to single-family homes with guest casitas to spacious homes with plenty of room for entertaining, Sun Lakes has the perfect home to fit your individual needs and lifestyle. 


The third-largest city in Arizona, Mesa offers the exciting urban amenities of a city while maintaining the feel of a suburban community. Mesa has a rich cultural heritage and is currently experiencing tremendous economic growth due to the expansion of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport attracting many new businesses to the area. The city is currently home to several major companies like Apple, Bridgestone, FUJIFILM, Mitsubishi, and Boeing, just to name a few. From upscale urban dwellings in the heart of things to sprawling luxury estates with breathtaking views, Mesa real estate accommodates every lifestyle and buyer. 


The city of Tempe has a lively downtown brimming with restaurants, stores, galleries, clubs, and nightlife. Tempe is also home to the main campus of Arizona State University. Major employers in Tempe include State Farm, Insight, Chase, GoDaddy, Northern Trust, Medtronic, Honeywell, Silicon Valley Bank, Avnet, ADP, and Viasat, just to name a few. Some of the best communities in Tempe include Alta Mira, Sandahl, Tally Ho Farms, Camelot Village, Warner Estates, Raintree, Dava-Lakeshore, Sunburst Farms, and Corona Del Sol. Buyers will find a wide range of residential choices in Tempe from condos and single-family homes to luxury estates tucked away in private golf course and waterfront communities.  

East Valley Amenities

For parents with school-age children, East Valley has a number of 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, 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 education possible.  There are also plenty of higher education opportunities throughout the East Valley including Arizona State University in Tempe.  

The greater Phoenix area offers plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities for all age groups. Hiking, biking, climbing, horseback riding, and golfing are among the most popular activities, which can be enjoyed year-round. 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.  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. Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area is a local landmark and a popular hiking destination that offers spectacular city and desert views. Salt River also provides plenty of recreational fun with bike paths and picnic areas that surround the lake.  

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.

Public transportation serving East Valley 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. Major airports serving East Valley include Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport located in South Mesa and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport located in Phoenix. 

Partner with East Valley REALTOR® - Cathy Carter for Unmatched Expertise in East Valley Buying and Selling  

Whether you are interested in East Valley homes for sale or it’s time to list your current property, experience matters most in a changing market. Serving the area for over two decades, Cathy provides the kind of knowledge, skills, dedication, and personalized service you need and deserve. For buyers, Cathy is an expert at matching her client’s lifestyle needs with the perfect home and has access to the most up-to-date MLS listings for homes across the valley. 

For sellers, Cathy has the experience and skills necessary to handle the marketing of your home and get it sold for the highest market price in the least amount of time possible. Cathy employs the latest technology to give your property massive exposure that will drive maximum response from qualified buyers. She also partners with the most talented home stagers to make sure your home is thoughtfully staged to showcase its features and amenities.  

If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate in East Valley, please contact Cathy Carter today at (480) 459-8488 or you can reach her here


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Gilbert, AZ.  85233 
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