Ahwatukee is not a city, but rather one of the 15 villages designated by the City of Phoenix. The people who live, work and play in this thriving community share the intimacy of small town living, while enjoying the plentiful amenities of a bustling metropolis close at hand. Because Ahwatukee is nestled so closely to the surrounding mountains, it gives the feel of an independent city. Ahwatukee is bound by I-10 to the east along with the cities of Chandler and Tempe, to the north is South Mountain and the Gila River Indian Reservation to the west and south.
Money Magazine recognized Ahwatukee as one of America’s “Best Places to Live”. This 35.8 square-mile village currently has a population of approximately 88,500 residents. The average household income is $96,700.
A portion of Ahwatukee’s appeal is attributed to the strong educational system. The Kyrene School District serves the pre-k through 8th grade sector. It is one of the top performing districts in the state with all 25 schools receiving “excelling” or “highly performing” ratings. The two high schools are part of the Tempe Union High School District and both boast “excelling” ratings. In addition to the fine public schools are a variety of private and charter schools.
Colleges and Universities are just around the corner, with Arizona State University in nearby Tempe, and South Mountain Community College, the University of Phoenix and Ottawa University also with a campus presence in the area.
Ahwatukee offers fine shops, boutiques and a variety of fabulous restaurants. Residents of Ahwatukee seldom have to leave the area for anything. Ahwatukee boasts large department stores, abundant grocers, health food outlets, several general retail outlets and specialty stores. You will also find a movie theater megaplex, country clubs and public recreation centers.
The Fall Season is the beginning of the finest weather in the country from October to May. When most cities put activities to bed for the winter, Ahwatukee is just getting started. A Farmer’s Market offering a wide variety of regional produce, baked goods and crafts offers local artists and entrepreneurs an outlet for their small businesses. Enjoy concerts in the park, arts and crafts festivals, several heated community pools, along with tennis and basketball courts.
If you enjoy the outdoors, South Mountain State Park is the largest city owned park in the country. The picturesque setting is perfect for hiking, biking or horseback riding. Outdoor sports are year round here. There are leagues to suit any age at any time of the year. Ahwatukee is also home to many fitness and training centers and a state of the art YMCA.
Ahwatukee is a wonderful place to call home!
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