Our sister site, North Phoenix News, has a new and comprehensive guide real estate, including Anthem and the rest of North Phoenix along the I-17 corridor from Norterra to New River. Select from several pages:
- Anthem Real Estate Watch (Parkside)
- Anthem Real Estate Watch (Country Club)
- Resource Guide to Anthem Neighborhoods
- North Phoenix Real Estate Watch
Real Estate in Anthem, AZ is highly valued compared to surrounding communities largely because of the family-oriented community’s large amount of preserved natural open space and its plentiful amenities including golf, swimming, community theater, youth sports and other activities and the excellent Anthem schools, including a higher concentration of charter and private schools than anywhere else in the district. Anthem also enjoys plentiful shopping with the vibrant Outlets at Anthem.
Like much of Arizona and particularly the Valley of the Sun, Anthem’s real estate values soared to a peak in 2008 then plummeted with with nationwide recession. Today, real estate in Anthem is back on the rise, but still a great value, especially when considering the quality of life available to residents. The real estate environment attracts many buyers from colder climes with more expensive real estate, including many buyers from Canada. Homes today sell quickly and inventory is low.
Anthem homes were originally sold exclusively by Del Webb, starting in 1999. Resales became brisk as homeowners traded up in the booming housing market. The market got feverish in 2004 as prices rose rapidly, supply tightened, and homes were frequently on the market for less than a day. As with most of the North Valley and greater Phoenix area, Anthem real estate sales activity peaked in 2005, along with prices. A steady downward trend in housing prices ensued, then finally settled during 2011 and 2012.
More About Anthem, Arizona
Anthem, AZ covers nearly 10 square miles of desert foothills about 5 miles north of the Carefree Highway. There are about 12,000 homes in Anthem.
The town is nestled along the slope of Daisy Mountain — a roughly 1-hour hike to the top for those in shape (wildflowers bloom on the mountain in spring, left). The town has a stunning view of the sharp-edged Gavilan Peak to the North and views of the North Valley to the south.
Saguaro and other cacti, along with ample shade trees and acres of open, grassy fields and parks dominate the town’s well-maintained landscape. The surrounding desert is wild, open and gorgeous. Thirty-six percent of the town is devoted to open space, with several miles of trails and walkways, plus open arroyos and wide-open, endless desert views and mountain scenes.
Anthem is anchored by a large Community Center and an adjacent 63-acre Community Park [See Anthem Amenities]. The basic facilities are available daily for free use by residents, though special programs and events often carry a fee.
Homes in Anthem range from modest 2-bedroom houses to large 6-bedroom homes in Parkside and the gated Country Club section. Parkside homes range from 1,122 square feet to two-story, 4,338 square-foot models with libraries, courtyards and 4-car garages. Many houses in Anthem have swimming pools, and many have room to park boats and RVs.