Ahwatukee – it is quite a mouthful. It is a word from the Crow Indians meaning the “house of my dreams”. Very appropriate for an area which houses many beautiful neighborhoods and outstanding custom estates.
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Wrapping around the eastern and southern edge of South Mountain, Ahwatukee also known as the Ahwatukee Foothills is technically located in southeast Phoenix. The mountain however, forms a barrier that gives the impression that they are a distinct entity. This barrier – South Mountain – is also the largest city park in the nation. Residents can open their backdoor to enjoy all that nature has to offer in the form of hiking, jogging, mountain biking, and picnicking and they can also relax and feast their eyes on the spectacular views. Springtime is a wonderful time to visit South Mountain Park to enjoy the beautiful desert wild flowers that bloom on the hills.
With a population topping 85,000 Ahwatukee has come a long way from that first house built in 1921 for a wealthy dentist. The area has grown exponentially in part because of its beauty, in part for its proximity to Phoenix and the growing employment centers in neighboring Chandler, and in part due to the excelling schools provided by the Kyrene school district and Tempe Union High school. All this growth has brought a wide range of shops and restaurants making it unnecessary for residents to use the freeway system that connects Ahwatukee to the rest of the Valley. Residents have no reason to wander far from the “home of their dreams”.
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