A charming Phoenix suburb, Peoria is a city oasis of homes in the midst of the vast Arizona desert. Characterized by a multitude of affordable, single-story ranch-style houses mixed with architecturally unique, multi-story structures, Peoria has a lot of diversity in housing to offer its 110,000 residents. The homes in this thriving desert locality are welcome retreats from the day's heat, but it is far from a ghost town, located just 13 miles from downtown Phoenix, an urban hub of education and commerce.
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Sprawling over 170 square miles, Peoria is the sixth largest city in Arizona and is spread across two counties, Yavapai and Maricopa. Full of historical sites and the picturesque saguaro cacti that dot the landscape, the region is steeped in the sandy tradition of the wild West but has been tamed now into a rewarding place to work, live, and play. For those itching to get away for the weekend, the Grand Canyon is about a four-hour drive and there are a myriad of outdoor adventures within just a few miles of Peoria. Bodies of water like Lake Pleasant and the surrounding park, located in Peoria itself, offer cool respite from the heat as well as opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming.
Ranked in the top 100 Places to Live according to Money magazine, Peoria (coming from the word for "prairie fire") is a desert dream for those who thrive in Arizona's dry, hot climate. The weather may be relentless to some, but for others, the lack of humidity and the heat itself does wonders for their health and well-being, and they stay in Arizona, having never felt better anywhere else. Sports aficionados will appreciate the venues available for spring baseball training and the major arenas that draw teams and fans from around the world during the seasons. Shoppers will love the many 'town centres' located in and around Peoria, including many local boutiques and several retail outlets. The Challenger Space Center attracts visitors, from schools to birthday party groups, offering outer space simulation facilities as well as camps and star-gazing nights. Primary education in Peoria is abundant: there are more than a dozen elementary schools and several high schools within the city limits. If you can picture yourself thriving amongst the sun and shade of suburban Arizona, consider our home listings in beautiful Peoria to see if your ideal home sits in this desert.