When potential buyers begin their search for a new home, they log on the internet and start searching for homes, trying to determine where they can get the most house for their money. The exercise involves reviewing hundreds of homes and deciding if they want to take the chance on a bank owned home or if they have the patience for a short sale, or purse a normal sale which are not as common as they use to be.
As the search continues, the surrounding area and amenities such as convenient shopping, schools, parks and community facilities may not be fully considered until after the contract has been accepted or the buyers have moved into their new home.
Whether nearby Gilbert parks are part of the search parameters for your new home, it is worthwhile to become acquainted with the facilities of the surrounding area. Gilbert has some impressive parks, some of which have attained national recognition.
One of the most unique is the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch. Surprisingly, this 110 acre facility is an active part of the water conservation program in Gilbert with 7 recharge basins where reclaimed water naturally seeps into the ground and replenishes groundwater aquifers. These lakes also create a riparian preserve where over 200 bird species have been identified. Visitors can enjoy a fishing lake that is part of the Urban Fishing Program that sits next to the Southeast Valley Library. The Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is located on the southeast corner of Greenfield and Guadalupe.
Cosmo dog park on Ray Rd. and the 202 was voted the Dog Park of the year by Dog Fancy in 2007. The most unique feature is the lake where dogs can swim and jump off docks into the lake to seek reprieve from the Arizona heat. The 4 acre park also provides a timid and small dog area as well as wash stations. Facilities for the 2 legged visitors include ramadas, bathrooms, walking trails, an amphitheatre, and a basketball court. This is a must visit for any dog owner in Gilbert.
Freestone Park and Recreation Center, a 65 acre park, is a buffet of family focused activities. The park includes soccer fields, softball fields, batting cages, 2 lakes, children play areas, an amphitheatre, basketball and volleyball courts and a 22,000 sq.ft. skate parks. And I almost forgot, tennis courts. The newest addition is the Freestone Recreation Center with its’ award winning architecture which features a rock climbing wall, a running track, a dance and aerobics room, child care, and weight room. Freestone Park and Recreation Center is truly a landmark among Gilbert parks.
Big League Dreams. Probably the most controversial park in Gilbert was built in 2008. Must of the controversy stems from the $ 40 million price tag which some claim was estimated initially to be around $ 26 million. There are eight scaled down versions of real ballparks, past and present; including Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Polo Grounds, Ebbets Field, Angel Stadium, Sportman’s Park, and to appease the local crowd, Chase Field. There are also batting cages and a 26,000 sq.ft. indoor soccer complex. Whether this public/private partnership pays off is yet to be seen, but in the meantime, those who love to play baseball can enjoy a beautiful facility. Another must visit!
These are only four of the most impressive parks in Gilbert, and there are many others to check out. So while you are out searching for the best real estate deal, be mindful of the parks and amenities that will affect your home ownership experience for years to come.
As a Realtor that specializes in Gilbert real estate, Gordon Baker has a great understanding of not only the Gilbert housing market, but the many benefits of living in Gilbert. For Gilbert real estate information, go to Gilbert Homes Search and Gilbert Waterfront and Lake Communities.