Every town has a history. Gilbert has roots of being a farming community long before it evolved into the city we know today. Here are some fun things to know:
In 1902, the Arizona Eastern Railway requested for land donations to build a rail line between Phoenix and Florence. A rail siding was established on property owned by William “Bobby” Gilbert. The town was eventually named after the farmer.
This town was once known as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World”. It was an agricultural depot and the access to the railway could easily ship hay especially to the surrounding towns of Chandler, Mesa, and Phoenix.
Gilbert is currently the most populous incorporated town in the country. The last three decades has increased in population at an exponential rate due to neighboring Phoenix for job opportunities. According to the 1980 census, 5,717 people took up residence in Gilbert. Compare those numbers to 208,453 in 2010. Talk about a population boom! And in 2005, it was listed as one of the safest cities in America.
The Gilbert Historical Museum has reports of being haunted with after-hours residents. The century-old building has been visited by paranormal investigators to further look into mysterious giggles and creaks. This community was once a part of the Wild West so lots of history are on these grounds.
Joe’s Real BBQ is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The owners strived to give patrons a feel of a BBQ joint set in the 1940’s with an ambience to honor that time era. When the restaurant opened in 1995, they bought the current building built in 1929 that was originally a Safeway Pay’n’Takit.
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When you picture the perfect weekend away, what do you envision? Maybe it’s a day on a world-renowned golf course followed by a farm-to-table meal at a local restaurant. Perhaps it’s strolling through museums and ending your day at a relaxing spa. It could even be spending the day hiking the beautiful trails of desert. When this is the place that thousands of visitors come to unwind from everyday life, you know there must be something special about Scottsdale.
No matter if you are single, a young family, or a retiree, you can find exactly where you belong here. It’s no secret that the Valley of the Sun has no shortage of exciting nightlife, outdoor activities, and great homes nestled in a beautiful scenario. What are you waiting for?
Tee Time Golfing is a favorite hobby in Scottsdale. Whether it’s for leisure or business affairs, there are plenty of rolling green courses to choose from here. Surrounded by the complimentary views of mountainous landscapes, this area has become the premier destination for avid (and novice!) golf players around the globe. A few of the preferred courses of the locals to tee off include Troon North(which continues to hail king of the “must play” courses), Southern Dunes Golf Club, and The Boulders.
The Dining Experience If you are looking for an evening of fun and food, The Mission Restaurantserves up a mix of traditional dishes with a modern twist. The atmosphere alone will make you feel like you are miles away from home. Start your Latin-inspired feast with their famous guacamole and pair it with the perfect tequila cocktail. You won’t regret it.
When the chef is the southwest nominee recognized by the James Beard Foundation, you know you are in for an amazing culinary experience. FnBuses locally grown ingredients in dishes that will engage even the most eclectic taste buds. The menu is seasonally rotated to ensure the freshest quality. Their award-winning wine list perfectly pairs dishes to the glass. Be sure to make a reservation!
While locals enjoy celebrating special occasions at this local cafe, the setting at Monarch brings a romantic feel to any meal. Request a table in the candlelit courtyard to enjoy a chef-inspired 4-course meal. End it all with a delectable slice of rum cake.
Get Outside Many locals would agree that it’s almost impossible to live in Scottsdale without enjoying the active lifestyle. Bike trails, outdoor yoga, and hiking paths invite you to explore the hidden treasures of the city. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture breathtaking views!
Best local park? Pinnacle Peak. Be ready to spend your entire day enjoying the cactus air!
The Scottsdale Arts Festival welcomes over 170 artists from across the country. Peruse the booths, enjoy the music, and take home your own masterpiece. If you are a music lovers, Arizona Musicfestis your scene. Or check out live music when the sun sets. Old Towne Tavern offers one the best patios around. Gather some friends, sip on some drinks, and listen to your favorite local band. You’ll soon find out that Scottsdale is a nightlife kind of town. Get out and enjoy the scene!
Become Refined Gather your friends and sip on the best wines in the Valley. Explore different flavors at wineries and support your local businesses at Aridus Wine Company, LDV Winery, andPostino.
Tap into your cultural side by purchasing an annual membership into one of the area’s museums. Debuting as one of Arizona’s newest attraction, Museum of the West embraces the art, history, and stories of the American West. Engage yourself in the rotating exhibitions, events, tours, and activities for the entire family. The Heard Museum celebrates the heritage and culture of American Indians. The art exhibits and galleries brings to life how they played a role in shaping our future. The Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits the modern works of art, design, and architecture. Check out the events calendar for upcoming galleries, social minglings, and artist meet-and-greets.
While the Grand Canyon is Arizona’s most visited tourist spot, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home Taliesin Westcan also boost as a national historic landmark. Tucked at the foothills of McDowell Mountains, you can feel the famous architect’s presence and the legacy he left for the future.
Baseball Fanatics After a long winter break,baseball spring training returns just in time for spring. Sports fans flock to this great town from mid-February to late March to spend an afternoon immersed in America’s favorite pastime. Pitchers and catchers report to local spring training and more than 200 games are booked on the Cactus League schedule. Root for your team in (practically) your own backyard!
If you’re interested in looking at real estate in Scottsdale, consult a native from the Valley of the Sun! I’ll be able to find your dream home in your dream community! Call me- Erin Newman at 480-466-8193 for a consultation.