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Buckeye Arizona

Buckeye Arizona


Buckeye Arizona is located approximately 30 miles west of downtown Phoenix as the westernmost suburb in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. It was initially established as an agricultural community; however, since its incorporation in 1954, Buckeye, Az has become a rapidly-growing, modern-day City offering a high quality of living in the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. 

U.S. Route 80 once passed through the town, while Arizona State Route 85 skirts the town’s west edge. According to the United States Census Bureau, the City has a total area of 660 square miles in the master plan. 


The original Buckeye was built around downtown’s main street, Monroe Avenue. The future and present are intermingled to such a degree it is difficult to separate them. Everybody’s talking about Buckeye and the projection for significant growth over the next 20 years.

Having a 660-square-mile planning area, Buckeye could be home to more than 1,000,000 residents in the not too far future, which is at least 55 times more than the current population. Link Senior Development and MedCore Partners have unveiled plans for Ativo of Sundance, which will be a 202-unit senior living community inside the Sundance Active Adult master-planned community. The location will offer 103 independent living, 75 assisted living, and 24 memory care units on a 10-acre tract.

Construction of the 211,000square-foot three-story project is scheduled to begin in late 2021 for an anticipated grand opening in summer 2023. Insight Senior Living will manage the community, including oversight of all programs and resident services. This will be Insight’s third senior living project in Arizona.


More than 30 master-planned communities have been approved, and developers are coming up with more ideas daily. Through selective planning and intelligent development interest, Buckeye will soon be the largest community in the Valley. Douglas Ranch is being planned for nearly 83,000 homes and 300,000 inhabitants. Sun Valley Villages, Verrado, Spurlock Ranch, Trillium, Sundance, Elianto, Westwind, Silver Rock, Sienna Hills, Henry Park, Southwest Ranches, and Montierre add to the uniqueness of this desert oasis. 

Douglas Ranch (this is not a 55+ resort community) was finally overwhelmingly approved by the voters to annex Douglas Ranch. Having an area of 36 square miles, this is Arizona’s largest master-planned community. Douglas Ranch was approved by a majority margin and was important to the town since it came with the Hassayampa River groundwater aquifer rights.

The aquifer is the largest untapped aquifer in the state. At least 22 percent of the land in Douglas Ranch will be left open for trails and parks, and developers plan to build 22 golf courses. Home prices in Douglas Ranch will range across the board– the community will feature all types of housing, from entry-level to custom-built.

BUCKEYE ARIZONA 55+ Communities

Sundance is a 55+ active adult community and features a 15,000 square-foot clubhouse with many amenities only found in large-scale active adult communities. Residents can exercise in a state-of-the-art fitness center, remain in shape by swimming in a resort-style outdoor pool, and enjoy a game of tennis, pickleball, bocce, or racquetball. Additional amenities include a billiards and card room, arts and crafts room, library, on-site restaurant, and golf course. There is also a full-time activities director, multi-purpose trails linking the neighbourhoods, parks, and recreation centers, allowing residents to walk or bike around the community easily.

Sun City Festival the 55+ Del Webb “resort-style” community is located in Phoenix’s northwest valley, at the base of the beautiful White Tank Mountains. The homes are designed with the latest popular floor plans, high-end finishes, and energy-saving designs. These improved technologies lead to new construction methods that guarantee a reduction of energy loss. Homes have been designed with magnificent Spanish, European, ranch, or Tuscany exteriors. Twenty-two different single-family floor plans range from 1,100 to over 3,340 square feet and feature two to four bedrooms and a two- to three-car garage.

Verrado’s has tree-lined streets, and you’ll find those old-time front porch parties and community celebrations bringing people together. It boasts over 21 miles of hiking and biking trails. ​Verrado’s walkable Main Street district has unique shops and restaurants only minutes from your door. Five high academic performing schools and more than 70 beautiful parks add to the view of White Tank Mountain sunsets.

Victory at Verrado offers superior 55+ active adult rliving, residents enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle since the association takes care of the beautifully landscaped common area and street maintenance. Victory at Verrado has an extensive list of amenities that complement a healthy lifestyle that’s sure to keep residents active. The 35,000square-foot clubhouse houses a billiards room, arts & crafts studio, multipurpose classrooms, a day spa, and a media room. Residents can grab a bite at the Vic Bar & Kitchen or hone their creative side in the arts.


If you’re out to have fun with the family, some attractions will be fun for families, kids and grandkids.

The Halloween Carnival – This has been a traditional event dating back 80 years in the Buckeye Community. It is recognized as one of Buckeye’s most popular events. It includes carnival-style games, food vendors, and activities sponsored by local non-profit groups. It’s old-fashioned, family-fun with something for everyone!

Buckeye Marathon – January 8, 2022 | 8a.m.-2p.m.Join in for the 8th Annual Buckeye Marathon, Half, 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run. It is known for its downhill and fast course (marathoners will drop over 530 feet in elevation from start to finish). The marathon route starts in the community of Sun City Festival before making its way around the beautiful White Tank Mountains and ending at the runway of the Buckeye Municipal Airport. Buckeyemarathon.com

Hometown Holiday Lights Contest – Residents will decorate their homes with holiday lights and turn the lights on in Buckeye with the tree lighting at 6th Street Plaza.

Independence Day Celebration – Pack your blanket and chairs and enjoy the tailgate-style event at Buckeye’s Independence Day Celebration at Buckeye Municipal Airport. Bring out your best yard games to enjoy the summer evening. This festive event will also include All-American eats & treats with various food trucks and vendors and music for entertainment. The patriotic celebration will finish with a drive-in-style spectacular fireworks show.

  Dog Days of Buckeye – The Dogs Days event in Buckeye is the place to be for dogs and dog lovers! Dog Days bring together various local vendors that offer information and opportunities to explore all things dog-focused. Activities include K-9 demos, agility training, games, and competitions.

Historic Gillespie Dam Bridge – Constructed over the Gila River in 1927 and restored in 2012, the Gillespie Dam Bridge is a unique reminder of Arizona’s rich past and America’s transportation history.

This 1,662-foot long bridge was one of the longest bridges and the largest steel structure in Arizona.

While the bridge no longer serves as a segment of the Old U.S. 80 highway, it is continually used by locals and tourists. By driving just a quarter of a mile west of the bridge, on the west side of the river, an impressive display of petroglyphs is found at the base of the cliffs.

Desert Botanical Garden – Established in 1939, it has more than 50,000 plants, one-third of them native to the area.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park – The White Tank Mountain Regional Park mixes desert and mountain landscapes.

With nearly 26 miles of hiking trails and an extension of 29,271 acres, this is the largest regional park in the county.

Verrado Golf Club – Designed by the Ryder Cup Captain, Tom Lehman, and the Verrado Golf Club lays 36 holes of championship golf in two different layouts. Located in the shadows of the White Tank Mountains, golfers can delight in its amazing views and wildlife while playing an enjoyable round.

Buckeye’s Air Fair – Celebrated annually at Buckeye’s Municipal Airport, Buckeye’s Air Fair features aviation exhibits, aircraft displays, and air demonstrations. Part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, where children of all ages can learn about aviation science, Buckeye’s Air Fair is a day of fun for the whole family.

Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium – Located just 20 miles from Buckeye, the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium is a 215-acre zoo specialized in African and South American animals.

Opened to the public in 1984, the zoo has the most extensive collection of exotic animals in Arizona. There is much to see and experience at the Wildlife Zoo and Aquarium. From feeding a giraffe to spot baby animals in the Animal Nursery, visitors can enjoy the zoo 365 days a year.

Corral West Horse Adventures – Located in the Estrella Mountain Regional Park, Corral West Horse Adventure is the perfect spot for horse lovers. Visitors can experience the west in true cowboy fashion, whether it’s from the back of a horse or in the back of a wagon. Corral West Horse Adventures provides costumers boots, hats, and chaps to wear while they enjoy a horseback riding adventure as well as a cowboy cookout 

Sonoran Desert National Monument – Located south of Buckeye and Goodyear, the Sonoran Desert National Museum was created in 2001. Home of several listed endangered species, the monument is almost 500,000 acres and protects a small portion of the Sonoran Desert, considered the most biologically diverse desert in North America.


Buckeye has a hot desert climate with abundant sunshine due to the stable descending air of the eastern side of the subtropical anticyclone aloft and at sea level over the southwestern area. The winter season from November to March is warm to very warm during the day, with no month cooler than 68°F. Buckeye gets 9 inches of rain, on average, per year.

The US average is 38 inches of rain per year. On average, there are 295 sunny days per year in Buckeye. The US average is 205 sunny days.


Buckeye has excellent medical care facilities and some of the finest physicians in Arizona. Facilities include Abrazo Buckeye Emergency Center, Emergency Room at Arizona General Hospital, The Little Clinic, Boswell Memorial Hospital, Banner Del E Webb Medical Center, and Banner Health Center: Primary Care Medicine.


The population of Buckeye in 2000 was 6,537, and from 2000 to 2010, the Buckeye population growth percentage was 678.3%. The city has a population of 90,032 as of July 1, 2021, and has been recognized as the fastest-growing city in the country over the last decade!


The rate of violent crime in Buckeye is only 3.32 per 1,000 residents during a standard year. People who live in Buckeye generally consider it among the safest cities in Arizona.

Quality homes for sale in Buckeye, AZ, are a good value!

The median home price in Buckeye for the weekend on September 10, 2021, was $182,100 compared to $1,195, the median rent. The present population of Buckeye is 62,090. The median age of the locals is 33.5. In 2021, single-family homes in Buckeye sold on average for $440,000 and spent 25 days on the market.

55+ communities in Buckeye are thriving. Del Webb has the features and amenities, like golf and recreation centers with pools, designed for your lifestyle if you’re looking for new homes in a retirement community.

Living in Buckeye means you’ll be close to shopping, entertainment hotspots, and sporting arenas at Westgate and Gateway Pavilions. Socialize with neighbors during events and activities at their active adult communities, planned by our on-site lifestyle director. There is an on-site Copper Canyon 27-hole championship golf course with panoramic views of the White Tank Mountains.

If retirement is still a few years down the road, and you need access to employers, Del Webb’s 55+ community has you covered. With convenient commutes to some of the largest employers in Buckeye, like PetSmart, Lockheed Martin Aerospace, and Luke AFB, the area is excellent for professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds.


Early settler Malin M. Jackson developed 10 miles of the Buckeye Canal from 1884 to 1886, which he named after his home state of Ohio’s nickname, “The Buckeye State.” It was founded in 1888 and originally named “Sidney,” after Jackson’s hometown in Ohio. However, because of the significance of the Buckeye Canal, the town became known as Buckeye. The name was legally changed from Sidney to Buckeye in 1910. The town was incorporated in 1929 and was only 440 acres. Hugh M. Watson (1956-1958) founded the Buckeye Valley Bank, the town’s first mayor. Today, Watson Road is the site of the City’s commercial center.

Jarl Kubat Arizona's 55+ Community Specialist
Jarl Kubat


Jarl Kubat of West USA Realty & Arizona 55+ Communities has been selling homes in 55+, golf and resort style communities for the past 18yrs. His knowledge and experience of communities and builder quality will help make your home buying experience more enjoyable and a lot less stressful.

Contact Jarl Today!  (480-710-6326) for a showing appointment and/or questions about any homes or communities on this website

Arizona 55+ Community Specialist