Ahwatukee and Ahwatukee Foothills Community Information
For hundreds of years, Indians hunted and farmed in the area now known as Ahwatukee. By the 1800s, there were 32 gold and silver mines registered in this rich area. One of the area's first residents was Dr. and Mrs. W.V.B. Ames. In 1921, they built a house on approximately 2,000-acres, giving it the name Casa de Sueños, meaning ?House of Dreams.? After the Ames' death, the property changed hands and names; Helen Brinton retranslated it to the Crow Indian phrase meaning ?House of Dream,? in honor of the rich native heritage in this part of the state.
Today, Ahwatukee offers its residents beautiful parks, golf clubs, excellent schools and a central location resulting in a short commute to the city. Nearby shops, theaters and restaurants are easily accessible along Ray Road and other areas, making this community extremely popular among Phoenix residents. The area also has four public golf courses, many neighborhood parks, community centers and a public swimming pool.
Ahwatukee enjoys easy access to the South Mountain Park trail system, where mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking is allowed. Mountain views and the Arizona sunshine create a fabulous backdrop for recreational activities. South Mountain Park, the largest city-owned park in the nation, offers miles of recreational opportunities from hiking trails to horseback riding. Much of Ahwatukee is built around master-planned communities, supplying amenities, which include parks, golf courses, community centers and landscaped walking paths. Golf is also a major attraction for both winter visitors and those that live here year-round. The area features some of the world's finest golf courses offering lush fairways and the opportunity to test one's abilities to the fullest.
Ahwatukee's strong education system helps give it an excellent reputation as a place to live. The area's K-8 students are served by the Kyrene School District. High school students go to one of two in the area: Desert Vista or Mountain Pointe. Both schools are operated by the Tempe Union High School District.
Due to its ideal location, strong schools and beautiful vistas, Ahwatukee is one of the fastest growing urban villages in Phoenix. The majority of Ahwatukee residents are affluent, college educated and between the ages of 25-48, who view it is a great place to raise a family. Job opportunities abound nearby along Chandler Blvd., which bridges Ahwatukee and Tempe/Chandler. There are several well-known high-tech companies here, such as Motorola, Intel, Insight, Adobe Systems, McDonnell Douglas and Go-Daddy, a leading web host company headquartered in Tempe.