Goodyear, Arizona Real Estate

Goodyear (Click here for Goodyear, AZ real estate listings) One of only 500 cities in the entire United States of America to win the title of “All America City,” Goodyear achieved this distinction in 2008, joining the other Arizona cities of Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe.  Goodyear has also achieved a most “livable” award, mainly due to the gallant efforts of the Mayor and city officials to bring higher education to Goodyear.

Franklin Pierce University of New Jersey now offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy and many undergraduate programs at their institution in Goodyear, as well as other campuses that are found in Goodyear: Estrella Community  College, Arizona State University West, Grand Canyon University, DeVry University, University of Arizona and Park University at nearby Luke Air Force Base.

In 1980 ten acres of land purchased by Sun -Cor created the Palm Valley master planned community just north of I-10, helping Goodyear officially become a city in 1985. Goodyear’s existence is entirely due to cotton.  Although it is not the main industry any longer, during WWI when cotton was in short demand to make tires for airplanes, Goodyear’s Tire and Rubber Company found the land perfect for growing cotton, and a man called Paul Litchfield purchased the first 16 acres in 1917. First named “Egypt” for Egyptian cotton, and later changed to Goodyear.

After the war, economy suffered, but WWII brought recovery. The Litchfield Naval Air Facility and the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation both located to Goodyear. Goodyear was manufacturing Blimps and Dirigibles and the Naval facility was home to the Blue Angels aerial demonstration team until 1968.  The facility was sold then to Phoenix, and renamed Phoenix-Litchfield Airport, then the current name of Phoenix-Goodyear Airport.

Population has soared in Goodyear. In 1946 there were 151 homes. In the period of 2000 to 2006, Goodyear was the fourth fastest growing city with a population under 100,000 in the United States, and now has over 65,000 people, covering 191 square miles.  The median age is 33 and the median income is $76,000.

The Three Rivers Historical Society works hard to preserve the historical significance of cities along the Salt, Gila and Agua Fria rivers; Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park and Tolleson.

Since 2009, major league baseball’s spring training find not one, but two MLB teams in Goodyear; The Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds. They use the Goodyear Ballpark, which has 8000 stadium seats, 1500 lawn seat, 6 suites and 500 premium seats. The presence of the teams and the facility help the economy and tourism of the area. The Goodyear Ballpark is the centerpiece for existing and proposed multi-use facilities being developed.

Luke Air Force Base, located just north of Goodyear, hosts “Luke Days” every two years with aerial demonstrations by the Thunderbirds. The next event will be in 2013. Both Estrella and White Tank Mountain Regional Parks in Goodyear offer mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding opportunities.

Unusual offerings to visitors of Goodyear: the world’s largest antique bible collection can be found in the grand lobby of the Hampton Inn, and a “ghost” harness/racing track sits empty and unused for over 40 years, seeing only some activity in 1997 as a movie set for Martin and Charlie Sheen for the film “No Code of Conduct.”  Apparently the motto, “Build it and they will come” didn’t work in this case.

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