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Glendale, AZ homebuyer’s guide

Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Phoenix, Glendale Arizona is a beautiful town with lots of sunshine and families.

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Melissa Rae Sanger

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Samuel PeñaLocal Authority

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6/1/2022 · 8 min read

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Avondale, AZ homebuyer’s guide

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Glendale offers terrific weather, affordable housing, and a diverse population made up of varying faiths and ethnicities. This area is very popular among millennials who are looking for an affordable cost of living and a job market that shows tremendous promise.

An area that used to be described as old-fashioned, this lively, fun town has become an eclectic combination of old charm and modern convenience. An incredible nightlife, a variety of restaurants, annual music festivals, and tons of shopping (including some of the country's best antique shops) all make Glendale stand out.

Houses for sale in Glendale, Arizona

Look & Feel

The housing market

$450k

16%

Median Home Price

$272

17%

Median Price per Sq. Ft

910

-7%

Average Monthly Home Sales

Trending upward 

2021 saw the prices of homes in the Phoenix area skyrocket. With fierce competition between homebuyers, many people are coming to the table with cash offers, causing first-time homebuyers to have a difficult time finding property in the area.

Quicker than usual turnaround time

Homes in Glendale sell after 39 days on the market, according to the National Association of Realtors, compared to the national median of 61 days in January 2022.

Notably low inventory of homes for sale

Glendale is a seller's market, meaning that there are fewer homes available than buyers looking to move to the area. With current homeowners staying in their homes an average of 13 years and an influx of out-of-state buyers, property value continues to rise.

As one resident put it, “A good friend of mine is a realtor. She says she is too busy, and selling many for above listing price on the same day she listed them.”

Cost of living

$795

Housing Median Rent

Slightly less expensive across the board 

The cost of living in Glendale is 8% lower than the national average. Housing expenses are 13% lower than the national average and utility prices are 4% lower than the national average. Transportation expenses including bus fares and gas are 8% lower than the national average.

The job market

With the proximity of Luke Air Force Base, Glendale is home to several aerospace and aviation companies such as Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, and Magellan Aerospace. With local universities nearby and plenty of public transportation available, it’s easy to understand why this is a desirable place to live. Additionally, a whole host of opportunities awaits Glendale residents in Phoenix, just 9.2 miles away.

2.9%

Unemployment Rate

$89k

Average Salary per Year

The job market has increased

Job growth has been positive with an unemployment rate comfortably under the national rate.

Public transportation

Services offered in Glendale

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Bus: GUS the Bus

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Light Rail: Valley Metro Rail

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EV Charging: ChargeHub

GUS the Bus 

GUS the Bus (short for Glendale Urban Shuttle) is a great way to get where you need to be, whether for business or pleasure. This service is always free, wheelchair accessible, and even has bike racks! Text message alerts update riders, providing peace of mind. This map displays GUS’s three convenient routes and shows how each of the buses connect to one another.

Convenient EV charging 

Glendale offers many convenient EV charging locations, with 64% of the charging stations being free, meaning 20 out of 31 will get you back on the road without a fee. Level 2 charging is the most common, and Glendale has 28 of these charging stations. Level 3 is the quickest way to charge an EV and if you are in a bit of a hurry, you’re in luck! Glendale has 3 of these speedy stations available.

Demographics

Population of Glendale is on the rise

330,100

Population

35.6

Median Age

88,861

Family Median Income

With over 300,000 people living in Glendale, there’s always something going on. The population is increasing due in part to gorgeous scenery, a promising job market, and an affordable cost of living. Growing at a rate of 0.94% annually, projections estimate that the population boom is expected to continue.

Crime & safety

Glendale’s crime rate is higher than the national average, averaging 33 crimes per one thousand residents, according to FBI data. (The national average is about .47 per thousand.) Crime rate is determined by either a violent crime or a property crime.

Neighborhood guide

Just a short drive to Phoenix, Glendale offers a mixture of different neighborhoods ranging from rural to urban, and everything in between. Here's an overview of some of the most unique places in the area.

Just a short drive to Phoenix, Glendale offers a mixture of different neighborhoods ranging from rural to urban, and everything in between. Here's an overview of some of the most unique places in the area. 

West Deer Valley—Something for everyone

A fantastic place for families and young professionals who like a bit of adventure, Deer Valley provides that and more while living in a safe, suburban neighborhood. The Adobe Dam Regional Park is located here and includes a sports complex, golf course, paintball field, and even a 44-acre large-scale model railroad. Deer Valley boasts Wet’n’Wild Phoenix and Arizona’s largest theme park too! If you are looking to connect with nature, you will find spectacular geographic features here, including the volcanic Adobe Mountains and Hedgpeth Hills.

Longhaven West—Fabulous for 55+ 

Longhaven Estates is an energetic, fun-loving gated community for 55+. Residents love swimming in the pool on Arizona’s sweltering hot days and staying fit in the upgraded fitness center, and their dogs love the pet park! Enjoy community activities including potlucks, karaoke, craft days, and aerobics in this close-knit community, or spend the day exploring downtown Phoenix, just nine miles away, or the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, only eleven miles away. With a great location, fun activities, and remodeled amenities, Longhaven Estates makes a wonderful place to call home.

Hillcrest Ranch—Great for college students

An analysis by NeighborhoodScout reveals that Hillcrest Ranch is rated among the top 5.8% of college-friendly places to live in AZ, and families with school-aged children also enjoy everything this lovely neighborhood has to offer. With an above-average safety rating, decent walkability, and family-friendly activities and restaurants, it’s not surprising that this is such a sought-after location.

Arrowhead Ranch—Breathtaking landscape

Arrowhead Ranch is divided into several neighborhoods, including Arrowhead Homestead (the original community), Arrowhead Lakes, Arrowhead Legends, Sierra Verde at Arrowhead Ranch, and the Highlands at Arrowhead Ranch. If you’re looking for a spectacular natural color palette, the combination of palm trees, desert cacti, and green grass create breathtaking views. This community features shopping, sports, a country club, mountain vistas, and parks and playgrounds that offer exceptional opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors for both kids and adults alike. Fun fact: Arrowhead has the highest concentration of millionaires in all of Arizona!

Pioneer Estates—Cozy neighborhood feel

The pioneer neighborhood is a fantastic place for families with kids. Offering acceptable walkability, convenient public transportation, and well-maintained homes, this neighborhood rates highly. Pioneer Estates consists mainly of reasonably priced, cozy homes with a friendly neighborhood feel.

Westgate Entertainment District—Good for nightlife seekers

It’s possible to shop, eat, work, see a concert or catch a game, and walk home afterwards in Glendale’s sports and entertainment district. Several new multi-family projects are under construction or in review for 2022 that will bring an additional 5,500 new units. At the center of Westgate is State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, and Gila River Arena where you can catch an act like Shawn Mendes, professional bull riding, and more.

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

1. Glendale is lovely if you know where to live

Residents feel that the further south you head in Glendale the less desirable it becomes. Many of the southern homes are in disrepair and crime is on the rise as compared to the north.

2. Summers get really, really hot

Expect temperatures averaging upwards of 106 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months, and chunks of time when you’ll probably want to stay indoors. One resident says that even pools don’t help, explaining, “If you get a pool it will be useless in July and August, unless you enjoy 98 degree bath water.” Yikes!

3. Antiques abound

There’s no shortage of beautiful antiques in Glendale; the downtown area alone has more than 70 antique and specialty shops! Readers of both Valley and statewide newspapers voted Glendale “Arizona’s Antique Capital.”

The top 4 things to do in Glendale

1. Catch spring training in action at Camelback Ranch

What could be more exciting than watching your favorite baseball team prepare for the upcoming season? Camelback Ranch is the spring training home of Major League Baseball's Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. With a river running through it, the best hot dogs around, and fantastic seats throughout, this stadium is a major highlight of life in Glendale!

2. Explore ancient ruins at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

Featuring one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley, visitors learn about the Indigenous peoples that traveled through this location. The preserve is also home to a quarter-mile trail where native desert plants and animals can be seen in their natural habitat. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

3. Treat yourself to delicious, fresh picked produce at Tolmachoff Farms

Offering a large variety of fruits and vegetables, you can enjoy the utmost in fresh produce straight from the field to your table. The produce stand is open in June only, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and U-pick produce is $2.00 per pound. Other times during the year they offer field trips and have tons of kid-friendly activities including train rides and a petting zoo.

3. Cool off at Hurricane Harbor

According to Tripadvisor, “Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix is Arizona’s biggest ‘n’ best water park.” Featuring thrilling water slides, delicious restaurants and snack stands, a souvenir shop, and play areas for younger kids, your visit will be jam-packed with exciting adventures. This water park boasts the world’s first Maximum Velocity – Dueling H2O Coasters for the thrill-seekers in your group. One-day tickets start as low as $34.99 each, and season passes are available for those who just can’t get enough.

Continue exploring the Phoenix area

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Melissa Rae SangerAuthor

Melissa is a freelance writer, copy editor, and licensed veterinary technician. In addition to Opendoor, her work has been published in betterpet, Rover, PawTracks, and Blissmark. She has three beautiful daughters, three rescue dogs, and a delightful starling. In her spare time, she loves to sew, garden, and create healthy vegetarian recipes.

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Samuel PeñaReviewer

Samuel Peña is a native of Glendale and the city’s economic development program manager. He has more than 15 years of public service experience, knowledge that helps connect businesses with city, Maricopa County, and Arizona state services. Peña also serves as president of the Glendale Hispanic Network, a chapter of the Local Government Hispanic Network.