Buckeye, Arizona Real Estate

Buckeye (Click here for Buckeye, AZ real estate listings) Founded during the last decades of the 19th century, by three men, Thomas Newt Clanton, Malin M. Jackson and Bucky O’Neil, Midwestern roots once again abound in this Arizona town. The Buckeye Canal, a ten mile stretch that helped it become a town was named for the Buckeye State of Ohio. The Original name of Buckeye, the town, was Sidney, as in Sydney, Iowa, but later changed to make the town name consistent with the canal.

The Railroad played a huge part in Buckeye’s early progress, connecting them to Phoenix, 35 miles east, in 1912. A state highway came through in 1915, and the popularity of events like “Helzapoppin Days” with a street dance, parade, carnival and rodeo in the 1930s laid the grounds for the incorporation of Buckeye, Arizona in 1929 on 440 acres. It is now billed as Metropolitan Phoenix’s “biggest small town,” of 50,000 people which represents a 580% increase since the 6,000 that populated the town in 2000. The Sundance Towne Center Shopping Center brought the town into the 21st century with merchandise, marketing and modern technology.

Buckeye today has five major highways running through, a general aviation airport, a railroad connection, and sits on the state of Arizona’s largest untapped groundwater aquifer, “The Hassyampa River Basin.” Buckeye is also the biggest producer of Pima Cotton in the United States.

More than 30 master planned communities are in the works for Buckeye, including Sundance, Westpark, Festival Ranch and Douglas Ranch. Verrado is a new community 25 miles west of Phoenix, and part of Buckeye, that is the largest development of “new urbanism” in the entire Phoenix Metropolitan area. It boasts walkable neighborhoods, accessible public buildings, modern town homes and single family homes, bordered by the White Tank mountains and the ambiance of history and the pioneer spirit.

For a quirky side note, visitors may want to check out “Hobo Joe,” which is a statue, circa 1967, who sits just southwest of the police station. Variations of his appearance into Buckeye abound, but he seems to have found his spot in the 1980s, and his symbolism is still significant today; a man, down on his luck, he sports a Phi Beta Kappa pin, a wall street journal in his pocket and obvious homeless clothing.

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