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Living a Mountain Lifestyle in Gilbert, Arizona

Gilbert, home to the Goldmine Mountains, is a very fast growing town of over 200,000 located southeast of Phoenix. It is between Mesa and Chandler.  The city is a bedroom community for Phoenix and Tempe. Gilbert is characterized as more suburban and more of a town than nearby Chandler, although the latter has a stronger economic base. The town's average income is much higher than the rest of Arizona.

Where to Retire in Gilbert and Home Prices

Gilbert real estate has increased rapidly in the last few years. According to Zillow, the median home value was $535,746 in early 2023. Homes in some of the many active communities here will be less.

What Is Special about Gilbert

Arizona climate, mixed generation community, good real estate stability. This town has grown very rapidly - the population was less than 6,000 in 1980 and was 267,000 in 2020. Obviously it has some good things going for it. The great Arizona dry climate with mild winters. Plenty of recreational opportunities and adjacency to Phoenix attractions.

What Is Not Special about Gilbert

The summers are brutally hot. This is a very fast growing town and there is always uncertainty about how it will end up.

Climate and Physical Environment

Gilbert is southeast of Phoenix in the Sonoran desert. The Superstition Mountains are nearby.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Gilbert residents have easy access to the major cultural opportunities of nearby Phoenix and Arizona State University, located in adjacent Tempe. Residents will find interesting events at the Gilbert Civic Center.


Crime in Gilbert tends to hover at least 25% below the national average.

Medical Facilities

Phoenix and its larger suburbs have some of the world's finest medical facilities.


Sky Harbor Airport is a short drive (25 minutes) away with its connections to anywhere in the world. Mesa also has an airport. There is a park and ride facility for bus service to Phoenix and possible future light rail. Compared to other communities, Gilbert is below average in walkability.

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