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Avondale, AZ homebuyer’s guide

Find your fit in this fast-growing Phoenix suburb and medical hub.

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Rylie Brown

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Sharon MeyerLocal Authority

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5/31/2022 · 7 min read

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If Avondale’s Economic Development & Tourism Director Ken Chapa had to describe his city in two words, he would say “accessible and inviting.”

And the proof is in the numbers. Avondale was named one of metropolitan Phoenix’s fastest growing cities in 2020, with a boom in housing development, the health care sector, and outdoor recreation and mixed-use spaces. The city also boasts a number of neighborhood parks, walking trails, and lakes. 

Residents will enjoy a relaxed pace just 20 minutes outside of Phoenix. But perhaps the most compelling selling point? Avondale’s commitment to its people, especially newcomers. “It’s not intimidating for someone who is moving to the area for the very first time,” Chapa says.

Houses for sale in Avondale, Arizona

Look and Feel

The Avondale housing market

$450k

14%

Median Home Price

$254

18%

Median Price per Sq. Ft

152

-12%

Average Monthly Home Sales

The city is experiencing a growth spurt

“We’re popular right now,” says Ken Chapa, economic development & tourism director of Avondale. “There’s a boom — if you look at our housing permits right now, we’re in the triple digits just for this year. We’re probably the hottest housing market in the entire state.”

It’s an affordable place to place roots 

According to Arizona resident Marcion Albert, despite the recent surge in home and rental prices, it’s still a reasonable place to live and invest.

Cost of living

$871

Housing Median Rent

59.1%

Rent Affordability Index

Housing, utilities, and groceries are affordable

The average cost of living in Avondale is 4% lower than the national average. Utilities and groceries are 4% and 3% below the average respectively. Lastly, and perhaps most attractive, is that housing is 8% below the national average.

The job market

According to the Arizona Commerce Authority, the state is one of the fastest growing bioscience industries in the U.S. — and Avondale is helping to make it happen. The city is home to the Avondale Health-Tech Corridor whose regional assets include 65 health care-related companies like Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Abrazo West Valley Hospital, Banner Estrella Medical Center, and St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center. 

While the city is a location of choice for health care professionals, many residents also make the 20-minute commute to work in Phoenix.

3%

Unemployment Rate

$88k

Average Salary per Year

The medical community is growing  

As health care professionals flock to the city to specialize in personalized medicine at state-of-the-art facilities, Phoenix Children’s Hospital estimates that 28% of the pediatric population in Maricopa County lives in the surrounding West Valley region.

Public transportation

Services offered in Avondale

🚍

Bus: Avondale ZOOM

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Light Rail: Valley Metro Rail

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EV Charging: ChargeHub

Charge your EV at the local library

The city is making lofty steps toward becoming more eco-friendly, providing electric vehicle charging stations at the Civic Center Library — and it’s free for the first hour! 

You’ll probably need a car

While many residents take advantage of the fixed-route bus system and Valley Metro light rail, many still rely on a personal vehicle to get around. Neighborhoods and shopping plazas are fairly spread out, and if you commute to Phoenix, it’s quicker by car.

Demographics

86,084

Population

30.2

Median Age

79,477

Family Median Income

Avondale is a hub for families and professionals 

With a population of almost 90,000 and a median age of 30, the city blends the best qualities of quaint suburbs and bustling urban areas. In an interview, Avondale Mayor Ken Weise says: “It’s a city of entrepreneurs. It’s a city of young families. It’s a city that’s passionate.”

Crime & safety

Avondale residents and visitors can feel safe as the local police department’s Crime Prevention Unit works closely with the community, offering services like shred events, prescription drug disposals, block watch, and security reviews of properties.

Neighborhood guide

From charming lakefront views to laid back mountain-inspired atmospheres, there’s an Avondale neighborhood that suits every lifestyle and speed. 

Garden Lakes — The desert’s secret waterfront oasis 

Situated in northern Avondale adjacent to the Agua Fria River, this neighborhood was the first master plan in the city and offers plenty of natural beauty and a tight-knit community experience. If you love parks and outdoor activities, Garden Lakes would be a great spot to settle. There are several miles of walking paths throughout the neighborhood, as well as a centrally-located park. Most homes in the area also have a scenic view of the North or South Lake.  

Crystal Gardens — A convenient location for lake lovers

Located by I-10 and north of McDowell Road, this Avondale neighborhood has a homeowner’s association, 905 lakeview homes, and 72 acres of wetlands. Residents can take advantage of its parks, walking paths, playgrounds, bike lanes, and fishing spots. Crystal Gardens is also a short distance away from a number of restaurants, shopping plazas, and schools.   

Corte Sierra — A suburb with the soul of a mountain town   

If you travel west of the Agua Fria River, you’ll find Corte Sierra — a beautiful neighborhood complete with a homeowner’s association and plenty of “pocket parks.” For those that love a weekend getaway, this neighborhood is only 15 minutes from the state capital and the Estrella Mountains, though the drive becomes longer if you're traveling at rush hour. 

Rancho Santa Fe — A quaint, welcoming community

Most of the single-family homes in this neighborhood were built in the 1990s, and the area’s ongoing development includes parks, playgrounds, and greenspaces. For those who are looking for convenient shopping, Rancho Santa Fe is close to 1-10, as well as various restaurants, entertaining venues, and more. 

Coldwater Springs — A sprawling space for growing families  

Boastinga variety of single-family style homes, this quiet neighborhood is in the heart of Avondale. Residents love the dog-friendly atmosphere, community spirit, and walkability. They also take pride in their well-manicured lawns and elevated curb appeal.

3 things to know before buying a home in Avondale, according to locals

1. There’s a new neighborhood on the horizon

Construction is currently underway to develop one of Avondale’s newest neighborhoods, Alamar Park. This 40-acre regional community park located on the southwest border of Broadway Road and Avondale Boulevard will have over 3,500 homes, plenty of parks, and public art throughout. 

2. The summers are sweltering, and the winters are mild 

If you’re relocating to Arizona, it shouldn’t be a surprise that a desert location will serve up serious heat for much of the summer. The average daily temperature from late May to mid-September is 98°F. On the other hand, the average daily temperature from late November to late February is 73°F.

3. It just celebrated its 75th anniversary

Since its humble beginnings as a farming community, Avondale has grown to become an attractive community for families and professionals who work in the area. In 2021, the city celebrated its 75th anniversary of incorporation and has officially emerged as one of Metropolitan Phoenix’s fastest growing cities. 

The top 4 things to do in Avondale 

1. Visit the Phoenix International Raceway

Find this fast track on the outskirts of Avondale. It hosts several events each year, including two annual NASCAR race weekends. If you’re more of a hands-on person, you can also try the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience that puts you in the driver’s seat.  

2. Spot some wildlife at the Tres Ríos Base

Close to Monument Hill, you’ll find the Tres Ríos Base and Meridian Wildlife Area — and it’s the perfect place to unwind. See a variety of native wildlife species up close, including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Or explore the outdoors through the walking trails. 

3. Check out a historic landmark on Monument Hill 

In the northeast foothills of the Sierra Estrella, Monument Hill is a popular spot for folks to watch races from afar at a lower price. It’s also home to the original land survey point of all of Arizona and used in the United States Geological Survey.

4. Try your luck at the Desert Diamond Casino

Feeling lucky? Leave the kids at home and take a 20-minute drive out of Avondale to visit the Desert Diamond Casino for games and entertainment. This hot spot is open 24/7 and offers a selection of tasty foods and drinks, as well as a contemporary desert vibe.

Continue exploring the Phoenix area

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Rylie BrownAuthor

Rylie Brown has worked as a copywriter since 2019. Serving a range of industries from e-commerce retail businesses to luxury home goods, pets, and real estate, she has experience writing email, blog, social, and web content for clients like Kendra Scott, Gump’s, WatchBox, Denny’s, and betterpet. She received her BS in Journalism from Ohio University where she was also the Managing Editor for Thread Magazine, an on-campus fashion publication. She currently lives in Charlotte, N.C.

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Sharon Meyer is the writer/editor of Phoenix on the Cheap. As a veteran educator, sharing accurate, timely, and meaningful connections to community events and attractions with families on a budget is her passion. Sharon is also a freelance writer who’s covered topics ranging from antiques and collectables to shopping and travel. Sharon and her family have called the Valley of the Sun home for 34 years and currently live in the Paradise Valley Village neighborhood.