Flora Mae Statler founded Surprise, Arizona in 1938. She named it such because she "would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much." Well surprised she would be, to know that this small plat would become one of the fastest growing cities in the nation between 2000 and 2010. Lots of new homes are available at reasonable prices, along with other modern properties built in the 2000s. Houses rule the market here, but you'll also find a number of condos and townhomes.
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Baseball fans will delight in the fact that each spring, the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers spend the season training at Surprise Stadium. Within the same campus you'll also find the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, where you can take lessons, practice or attend tournaments. Anglers should be sure to check out Surprise Lake, where catfish, trout, bass, sunfish and amur can all be caught. Locals frequent the Irish Wolfhound Pub for food, spirits and live music, along with big screen TVs so as not to miss an important game. Veggie lovers should look into Community Sponsored Agriculture organizations such as Sunizona Family Farms, where weekly "farm box" pickups can be scheduled.
Public transportation is available via Valley Metro, and Northwest Valley Dial-A-Ride is available for private trips, wheelchair passengers included. On Bullard Avenue, the city striped a new multiuse path dedicated to golf carts and bicycles. The Dysart Unified School district provides quality K-12 education and was "A" rated in 2014 by the Arizona Department of Education. Ottawa University offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in fields such as business, communication, education, health care management and psychology. Combined, the city and the Dysart school district employ over 2300 persons. Other major employers include Fry's Food and Drug, Maricopa County and Crescent Crown. The city provides an array of small business support services to help minimize risk for existing and new entrepreneurs. Sustainability efforts include a dust control ordinance, city fleet of more than 200 hybrid vehicles and a waiver on solar power permit fees. Arts and culture are alive with facilities like the West Valley Arts HQ, with its 2500 square feet of indoor space plus outdoor courtyard, and the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, which seats up to 1300 guests. Surprise is a community to please all ages and interests. If you want to learn more about available properties, please check out our listings.