Fountain Hills- “Come for a Day, Stay for a Lifetime!”
The Town of Fountain Hills is a master planned community established in 1970. Prior to 1970 the area was a cattle ranch and was part of one of the largest land and cattle holdings in Arizona. The land was purchased by Robert McCulloch in the late 1960s and the community designed by Charles Wood, Jr. (designer of Disneyland in southern California). Many people were first introduced to Fountain Hills in the early years by a “Fly and See” sales program initiated by Robert McCulloch in which you were flown in by a small aircraft and then escorted around by jeep. The famous fountain was constructed in 1970 by McCulloch the year before reconstruction of the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, which was another of his projects. Those were the days and we’ve come a long way since then and Fountain Hills has developed into a beautiful close knit community.
Fountain Hills is bordered on all four sides by open desert terrain. The town sits at a higher elevation than the rest of the Valley, so it is a little cooler and a lot cleaner (don’t have the congestion and pollution) than alot if it’s neighboring communities. To the north lies the popular McDowell Mountain Regional Park, to the south is the Salt River Pima Indian Reservation, to the east, the Fort McDowell Indian Community, Verde River and Tonto National Forest. Just to the west is Scottsdale and the majestic McDowell Mountain Range which separates Fountain Hills from the rest of the Valley of the Sun. These boundaries keep the community from expansion which makes this a very desirable location, I like to say that Fountain Hills is in “its own little corner of the universe.”
The majority of residents enjoy living here because it is away from the hustle and bustle of Scottsdale but still close enough to enjoy Scottsdale’s amenities. Fountain Hills is very convenient to Sky Harbor airport and to all the shopping and restaurants in old town Scottsdale and Kierland Mall, all which can be reached in under 30 minutes. If your looking to visit Downtown Phoenix, you can expect it to take you approximately 40 minutes. The population of Fountain Hills is only about 22,489 ( 2010 census) people which decreases to about half of that in the summer. The town attracts a lot of retirees, although we don’t have the active adult communities like in other parts of the valley, there is still plenty to do.
Fountain Hills offers 3 public golf courses, Eagle Mountain, Desert Canyon and SunRidge Canyon, one private course at FireRock Country Club and another, We-Ko-Pa which is located a couple miles outside of town near the Fort McDowell Casino. Besides some of the most challenging and picturesque golf courses in the country, the natural terrain also provides for a wide range of other outdoor activities. You’ll find hiking trails, disc golf, a wine walk and our own farmers market held every Thursday from October through April on the Avenue of the Fountains. We also host two large art fairs, one in February and another in November. There are over 400 artists that participate from all over the country and it usually brings in large crowds reaching 200,000 visitors for the weekend. Fountain Hills also has a Community Theater which offers outstanding performing arts year round. The locals take pride in their town and businesses, although we do have some chain stores, you will find several locally owned restaurants, sandwich shops and art galleries.
No visit to Fountain Hills is complete without a walk around the Park. The famous Fountain operates each hour on the hour for 15 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 9 p.m daily. At night It takes on a completely different look being illuminated from below, creating a glowing stream of water reaching for the sky. Whatever time of day it is viewed, it is a wonder to behold and brings visitors from all over the world.
Residents enjoy participation in Fountain Hills’ excelling schools. Children attend the following schools:
McDowell Mountain Elementary School – kindergarden through 2nd grade
Four Peaks Elementary School – 3rd grade through 5th grade
Fountain Hills Middle School – 6th grade through 8th grade
Fountain Hills High School – 9th grade through 12th grade
You are not far from some of the local amenities such as:
5 minutes to Scottsdale Mayo Clinic
15 minutes to the Loop 101 Freeway
30 minutes to Old Town Scottsdale
30 minutes to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
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