Gilbert, Arizona located only 22 miles, from Phoenix, is the safest city in the state, helping make it one of the fastest growing cities in the country, boasting numerous gated and planned communities. Making CNN's top 100 list of Best places to live in 2010, Glibert was rated number 36th. According to Morton Pederson, of Pederson Realty, families are seeking out two communities above all the others Higley Groves and Val Vista Lake.
Higley Groves, an all inclusive neighborhood located in the heart of Gilbert is easily accessed off Santan Highway. Nineteen miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and about five miles from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Higley offers its residents beautiful tree-lined streets and large sweeping yards surrounded by parks and walking paths.
Val Vista Lakes is located on 900 acres just south of Mesa, minutes to both airports and offers luxurious lake front living. The community enjoys numerous amenities including four sports parks, a tropical lagoon pool with waterfalls, biking paths, indoor tennis courts and clubhouse.
The Higley Unified School District received an overall rating of "A" from the Arizona Department of Education. Located in the center of the community, Higley High boasts an impressive 94% graduation rate and 85% of graduates attend college.
Val Vista Lakes Elementary school utilizes a character building approach to education. Gilbert Junior High has a low teacher to student ratio of 1:14 and boasts score above the state average. School District 40/41 standardized tests scores in for all levels of education are well above the state average.
Of the fifteen nearby golf courses, eight of them are public and include Kokopelli Golf Course, number 19 on the list of best golf courses in Arizona according to golflink.com. Other Golf resorts in the area include Western Skies gold Club, Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch, Leisure World Country Club Championship Course, and Viewpoint Golf Resort, all located within minutes of Gilbert.
Gilbert Arizona has two sister cities, Newtontonabbey, North Ireland and Leshan, Sichuan China.
Pancho Villa isn't the only famous Gilbert resident. Gilbert is home to Chester Bennington, the lead singer for the band, Linkin Park, NASA astronaut Carlos I. Noriega, Kimberly Joiner, Miss Arizona 2008 and a Gilbert native. Lindsay Sterling grew up and Gilbert and enjoys fame as a violinist and dancer.
Life in Gilbert is evolving and vibrant drawing new residents to it with Excellent schools, fantastic communities and enough recreational activities for anyone to find something they love.