Phoenix Real Estate

4 Reasons to Live in Gold Canyon

Located in an unincorporated area about 45 minutes east of the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and considered by many to be an upscale community, Gold Canyon is a top destination for many homebuyers because of its variety of homes, picturesque scenery, and diverse activities. Adjacent to Superstition Mountains, residents have access to hiking and biking trails as well as plenty of open space for outdoor recreation.

With an average commute time of about 26 minutes, Gold Canyon is also ideally situated for those employed in nearby cities like Apache Junction or Mesa. Located far enough from Phoenix to enjoy a small-town atmosphere and the Sonoran wilderness yet close enough to have easy access to big city amenities, Gold Canyon offers the best of both worlds to homeowners.

Here are four reasons why you should live in Gold Canyon.

Community Vibe

Through more than a dozen organizations, Gold Canyon provides homeowners with opportunities to get involved in the community. Residents can volunteer with Artists of the Superstitions, a diverse group of local artists living and working in the Gold Canyon and Apache Junction areas of Arizona; East Valley Wildlife, a rehabilitation program where volunteers help injured wildlife and release them back into the wild; or A.D.O.B.E., a non-profit group where members gather information pertaining to any developmental activities that may affect the character or environment of the community.

Homes and Pricing

Many homes in Gold Canyon were built after 2000, and there are a variety of housing options to choose from. Buyers can find one- and two-story single-family homes as well as condos and attached homes priced from the mid $100s, according to listings. Homebuyers can also find custom-built, luxury single-family homes within gated subdivisions that offer resort-style amenities. 

Architectural styles vary throughout Gold Canyon, from Tuscan and Spanish Revival to Modern Ranch and Mediterranean designs. Homes range from quaint patio homes of about 1,200 square feet to expansive residences offering over 4,000 square feet and large acres of land. Many neighborhoods within Gold Canyon also offer private amenities like pools, clubhouses, parks, and recreational facilities.

Amenity-Filled Neighborhoods

Superstition Foothills

Among the more popular neighborhoods within Gold Canyon is Superstition Foothills. This master-planned community has just over 1,000 homes built by multiple developers including Toll Brothers, Morrison Homes, US Homes, Shea, Pulte, and Standard Pacific.

This community features resort-style amenities, such as a year-round heated pool and spa and views of the Superstition Mountains. Hiking and walking trails are also accessible from residents’ front doorsteps, which is a plus for those who want to maintain an active lifestyle. Homes within this neighborhood are priced from mid $200s to the high $500s.

Supersititon Mountain

Superstition Mountain is another master-planned community spread across 930 acres of desert landscape. Members of Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club have access to two Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole golf courses, and the community’s hiking trails lead into the Tonto National Forest for a scenic outdoor adventure.

The 50,000-square-foot clubhouse provides luxurious amenities such as a fitness and wellness center, elegant and private dining, and lively social events. Homes in Superstition Mountain are priced from the mid $400s to nearly $10 million.

Mountainbrook Village

Mountainbrook Village features mid-sized homes that date back to the 1990s. Homes in this neighborhood offer 1,100 to 2,800 square feet of living space, and they’re priced from the low $200s to the low $500s. Some of the amenities in this neighborhood include two swimming pools, pickleball and tennis courts, and a challenging golf course at the Mountain Brook Golf Club

Attractions and Activities

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Gold Canyon is widely known for being the closest city to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. The city gets an increase in visitors for about eight weeks during this seasonal medieval amusement park, which offers a 14-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament, and a feast.

Lost Dutchman State Park

The legendary Lost Dutchman’s gold mine in the Lost Dutchman State Park is what many locals and visitors spend their time dreaming about while camping and hiking in the park. Dotted with ancient cliff dwellings and caves (many showing signs of former habitation), the area has been a favorite for outdoor enthusiasts who believe they’ll come across some of that fabled hidden gold.

Gold Canyon Golf Resort & Spa

Gold Canyon is also home to some notable golf courses including the previously mentioned Superstition Mountain Golf and Mountain Brook Golf Club as well as Gold Canyon Golf Resort & Spa. Major golf tournaments can be seen at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort, but most people in this community prefer to play the game themselves. Sprawling fairways can be found at five 18-hole championship golf courses within the boundaries of Gold Canyon, and dozens more are only a 30-minute drive away.

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