Gilbert is a seventy-six square mile town located in Maricopa County in Arizona. It’s bigger than other cities which would probably account for its population boom. In the early eighties, the town of Gilbert only had 5,000+ residents.
In the last official census which was carried out in 2010, the Gilbert populace has exploded to more than 200,000 residents. To a small town that is literally surrounded by more well-known giants such as Phoenix and Scottsdale, this increase in the population means there’s a lot of progress and development taking place in this part of Arizona.
Like other towns and cities across the US, Gilbert’s beginnings took shape when a railway system was built. The initial development of the railway that passed through the land that was later called Gilbert happened in 1902.
After the completion of the railway which effectively connected Gilbert to other parts of the state, stores and eventually a post office was erected in this area. With some facilities already in place, it was only a matter of time before the area became a booming town.
How's the Real Estate Market?
The real estate market of Gilbert is doing farewell well this year, like other sister cities. Due to the size advantage of Gilbert, development is quite possible in many neighborhoods and the number of residential properties for sale in this town is equivalent to the number of listings of cities like Chandler.
Unlike Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler, the real estate market of Gilbert is very focused on non-luxury properties for families. The price range of a single family home ranges from $170,000 to a high of $500,000. These figures can of course change depending on the season and the length of time that a listing has been active.
To recap, properties that are unsold for a period of time are often relisted with a discounted price to encourage speedy sale.
Generally speaking it is not good for a property to remain listed for weeks at a time as this may lead people to think that it is a “cold property.” A cold property may mean that there is something wrong with the house or that the location is undesirable. Properties that are sold in less than a week are aptly called “hot properties.”
Properties in Gilbert that are in the $180,000-$250,000 range are often less than 1,500 square feet. You can expect at least 2 master bedrooms (not suites, no central access to a bathroom) and 2 separate bathrooms. As the price of the property goes up, the number of master bedrooms often double; the same goes for the bathrooms.
If you need more space (interior and exterior), we recommend checking out properties that are priced at $400,000 or more. The average $400,000 home will have 3-4 large bedrooms, 4-5 bathrooms and the total land area will exceed 2,500 square feet. Some listed properties offer more than double the land area of properties in the $200,000 range.
The $400,000 price range also gives you access to covered patios, a courtyard (infrequent, but possible) and you will most likely live in an exclusive community that has a central entry point or gate. Exclusive communities are deemed safer and more upscale than non-gated neighborhoods. If the idea of living in an exclusive neighborhood excites you then you know what to do.
Are All Houses For Sale Remodeled?
The short answer to this question is no, they’re not all remodeled. While it is true that many houses in the $170,000-$250,000 price range have been improved by the home sellers, there are also properties that are newly developed and are being offered to the market for the first time.
Here’s a fast tip to make sure that a remodeled house won’t give you headaches later on: before buying, ask for house inspection results and a timeline of improvements done to the property. Ask very specific questions about the property. If you can’t get straight answers from the broker or agent, try to get in touch with someone who can give you accurate information.
Not all properties are close to perfect. This is a “bare fact” of the housing market. You may encounter minor issues every now and then with the house that you just bought. That’s why it’s also important that you analyze the pros and cons of a property before buying it. Attend open houses and don’t be afraid to ask for a private viewing if this is what the house seller wants.
Visiting Gilbert for the first time
If you’re a first-time tourist, you’re probably wondering where you can stay. Worry not as there are many great hotels in Gilbert, AZ that are just waiting for your booking.
Among the established names are Hyatt Place, Residence Inn by Marriot and Double Tree by Hilton Hotel. Power Road, San Tan Valley and Market Street are the places to be when looking for a hotel (if you weren’t able to call and book ahead of time).
When you’re settled at the hotel, it’s time to eat! If you’re in the mood for some snacks and coffee, head over to The Coffee Shop located at Agritopia. They are open all week and you can go there if you’re hankering for breakfast, snacks (of course!) and lunch. The Coffee Shop is also home to a prize-winning cupcake recipe that you definitely have to try.
For heavier fare, we suggest places like The Farmhouse and High Tide Seafood Bar and Grill. The former serves local cuisine like a champ (their lunch menu is highly recommended) while the second one is well known for its short rib hamburgers and flavorful, steam-cooked seafood.
The majority of restauranteurs in the town of Gilbert are strong supporters of “going local.”
This means that restaurants strive to use in-season ingredients as much as possible and instead of ordering supplies from places that are hundreds of miles away, businesses source their supplies from local farmers. As you can see, Gilbert certainly has the right mindset when it comes to sustainability!