Surprise, Arizona Real Estate

Surprise (Click here for Surprise, AZ real estate listings) Founded in 1938, by the owner of the one-mile square parcel of land, Flora Mae Statler; she named the town “Surprise” because she said she would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much. At that time it had a few houses and a gas station.  Well, Flora, you were wrong. The growth spurt for Surprise, Arizona was a phenomenal 281% from 2000 to 2010. It is the second fastest growing city in Arizona, behind Gilbert, and Surprise’s original one square mile is now 69.5 square miles.

The main reason: the development of Sun City Grand, an age-restricted resort like community of homes. Sun City Grand in Surprise, Arizona is only five miles north west of the original Del Webb communities of Sun City and Sun City West. The modestly priced homes, the proximity to downtown Phoenix (20 miles) and some of the lowest property taxes in the entire state of Arizona has appealed to many looking to live in an active adult community.

In keeping with Metro Phoenix’s sporting fans, Surprise is home of spring training for both the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers, who play at the Surprise Stadium.  The stadium is also home to Surprise’s entry into the Arizona Fall League called the “Surprise Rafters.”

Besides baseball, Surprise also has a 10,000 square foot Aquatics Center, the Maricopa County Northwest Regional Library, and a state of the art Tennis and Racquet Complex. In 2008 it was awarded the “Outstanding Facility of the Year by the United States Tennis Association.” professional tennis tournaments are played throughout the year.

With the addition of Sun City Grand, the demographics of Surprise has changed dramatically. 9% of men and 19% of women are in the age range of 60 to 69, with a median age range of 45.1 for men and 48.4 for women. 24.5% have a yearly income between 50K and 75K and 22% of the total population have lived in their present home for more than five years.

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