Anthem is a Pulte/Del Webb planned community of about 25,000 people at the north edge of Phoenix, straddling the recently widened I-17. It is a reliable 30-minute commute to downtown Phoenix and a 1-hour drive from Prescott and cooler altitudes that enjoy winter snow.
Unlike previous Del Webb communities aimed at older folks, Anthem is a family development, with a list of amenities that has made it an attractive place for families from around the country to relocate.
Built on 5,856 acres (nearly 10 square miles) about 5 miles north of the Carefree Highway at the base of both Daisy Mountain and Gavilan Peak, Anthem dedicated 36 percent of the total development area as preserved open space. The result is a residential community punctuated by frequent parks, trails and natural washes, with 291 acres of open hillside.
The town’s elevation ranges from 1,760 to 2,428 feet, according to Del Webb documents.
Del Webb opened 26 model homes in March 1999.
A total of about 12,000 homes were built in Anthem by Pulte, Del Webb, Centex, Engle Homes, US Homes and Hacienda Builders.
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