Peoria, Arizona Real Estate

Peoria (Click to see Peoria, AZ real estate listings) was interestingly named after Peoria, Illinois, but has surpassed its namesake city in both size and value. Peoria, Arizona, which is 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix on the west side, is home to several jewels: Lake Pleasant’s Pleasant Harbor Marina is the “Jewel in the Desert,” and Lake Pleasant’s Regional Park , which is considered the “Jewel of all Maricopa County’s Parks.”

Lake Pleasant is considered the second largest lake in Arizona, but the largest in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. It encompasses over 10,000 acres and receives its water from the Central Arizona Project and the Aqua Fria River, and its levels fluctuate with rainfall in Arizona. The Southeast shore is home to the Pleasant Harbor Marina, the Western shore is the location of the Scorpion Bay Marina and Yacht Club, and there is no lack of activities to be found on or around Lake Pleasant at any given time.

Peoria is a city for families; there is recreational camping, para-sailing, kayaking, boating, swimming and hiking for the more adventurous, but also a wonderful place for calmer activities like picnicking, fishing and bird watching.

There is a Desert Outdoor Center that forms a magnificent backdrop for weddings, reunions and groups, as well as providing guided tours of life in the desert, dinosaur history, stargazing and general educational center.

Phoenix Metro is very sports oriented, and the Peoria Sports Complex is the spring training home to not one, but two major league teams; the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners. They use the facility all year long for not only spring training, but for the summer rookie cactus league, player rehabilitation, instructional leagues and other uses. The Sports complex had 12 lighted practice fields, 4 half fields 8 major league hitting tunnels, and 30 practice mounds. In the Fall, the Peoria Javelinas play there, and it also host international teams from Japan, Korea and China as well.
Peoria also uses the complex for concerts, art and car shows, bike race, private parties and weddings, and fundraisers.

The city of Peoria is located within two Arizona counties: Maricopa and Yavapai. It is the 6th largest city in Arizona by land and the 9th largest by population with 154,000 residents. The roots of Peoria’s growth as a viable city, stem from settlers in the 1890s, when a railroad was routed to the town encourages ranchers and farmers to ship cattle and cows. However a devastating fire in 1917 wiped out almost the whole business district, forcing the town to rebuild anew. It was a prosperous time with the advent of World War I, and the city stabilized quickly.

One other amazing find in Peoria is the Challenger Space Center of Arizona. It is a working memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Challenger disaster of 1986. It has a mission to educate and inspire people of all ages to the wonders and mysteries of space.

Whether sports, family outings, or just living in a jewel of a place, Peoria may be the gem you are looking for.

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