Compared to other cities in the US, Gilbert, Arizona is fairly young. It was established on July 6, 1920, but has experienced exponential growth since then. Despite its youth, the area of Gilbert, AZ has rich background and history. In fact, beginning in the early 1900’s, the area was known as “The Hay Capital of the World.” The town found its early beginnings in 1902, when the Arizona Eastern Railway asked for donations to found a rail line between Phoenix and Florence.
Gilbert, AZ is home to 250,000 residents and is one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. In 2014, Time Inc.’s Money magazine ranked Gilbert the best place to live in Arizona and the 22nd-best place to live in America. The study evaluated all 781 cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000, analyzing factors like jobs, housing, education and health care and Gilbert was the only Arizona municipality in the top 50. Gilbert is an ideal place for home ownership or investment, and you can trust your Gilbert Property Management experts to take care of all your property management needs.
Later, a rail siding was established on land owned by William “Bobby” Gilbert, causing a town to grow around it. As the years passed, the area became known as a prominent farming community, earning it its name of “Hay Capital.” However, it wasn’t until the 1970s that Gilbert began to take the look and shape of the town you know and love today. To learn more, read here.
Some of Our Favorite Spots:
Gilbert Farmers Market
Located in Gilbert’s Heritage District, just west of the iconic water tower, the Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday. The market features local, organic produce from many local farmers, farm fresh eggs, meat, cheese, bread, sweets, coffee and tea, sauces, seasonings, and many other locally made artisan products.
Summer Hours: 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Winter Hours: 8 a.m. – Noon
222 N. Ash Drive, Gilbert, AZ 85234
Check out their Facebook page: GilbertMarket
Hale Centre Theatre
Part of the Old Town Heritage District, Gilbert’s Hale Centre Theatre is one of the oldest landmarks in the town. Known as the longest continuously running and privately owned and operated theatre company in America, it’s been in business since 1947 and is still going strong!
50 W Page Ave., Gilbert, AZ 85233
Check out their Facebook page: Hale Centre Theatre
Gilbert Riparian Preserve
A great place for hiking, fishing, bird-watching, camping, and just enjoying nature. The Riparian Preserve is a wildlife sanctuary settled in Arizona’s wetlands. You can enjoy over 4.5 miles of walking trails, hundreds of species of birds, great fishing spots, and much more!
2757 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234
Check out their Facebook page: Riparian Preserve
Weekly Food Truck Festival
Check out the Food Truck Festival featuring anywhere from 10 to 20 food trucks, live music, and boutique vendors.
Fridays, 5:30 p.m – 9 p.m.
1012 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ 85296 (Gilbert Town Square)
Check out their Facebook page: GilbertFoodCourt
Big League Dreams Sports Park
Another amazing landmark in Gilbert, AZ is the Big League Dreams Sports Park. This whimsical spot is built of scaled down replicas of some of the most famous ballparks in America. The Park is designed to accommodate youth baseball and make kids feel like they’re playing in the big leagues too.
Hours: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. M-F, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
4536 E. Elliott Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234
Check out their Facebook page: Big League Dreams Gilbert
Why We Love Doing Business in Gilbert, AZ
Mosaic Property Management serves all of southern Arizona, but we chose to base ourselves in Gilbert, AZ. The small-town feel, the kind neighbors, and the unbeatable proximity to all of Arizona’s top spots make Gilbert a perfect choice to base the company. No matter where we head out to, drive time is minimal, areas are easily accessible, and Mosaic can count on the wonderful Gilbert neighbors for business, friendship, and much more. This town is the heart of Mosaic, so it’s no wonder we love to do business here!
Many might think a slow-paced area with a small-town feel wouldn’t be that interesting, but Gilbert, AZ begs to differ. Some of what make it unique is certainly what makes it interesting. Perhaps the most interesting fact about Gilbert is that though it feels small and slow, it was and has been one of the fastest growing areas in the US. Despite its impressive growth patterns, Gilbert AZ has never actually changed its designation from town to city, making it one of the biggest towns in the nation.