Being that I am a REALTOR® and that I own a home and live in Fountain Hills it just seems natural to me that I would want to fill you in on a few facts about the town I live in and have so fondly nicknamed “Mayberry”.
A few facts that probably would be of interest to someone who is considering making Fountain Hills their home:
- Fountain Hills is a town, not a city.
- Founded: December 15th, 1970
- Incorporated: December 5th, 1989
- Land Area: 18.2 square miles
- Population: 22,489 people, 22,489 people, 10,339 households, and 7,121 families reside in the town according to the 2010 census
- Income: Median Household Income is $75,038 and the Median Family Income is $91,585 according to the 2010 Census American Community Survey.Per Capita Income: $47,441
- Government: Council-Manager system currently consisting of a Mayor and six Councilmembers.
- Schools: Fountain Hills Unified School District. There are 2 elementary, 1 middle school and 1 high school located in the town.
Obviously I can’t write about Fountain Hills without telling you ALL about our “World Famous Fountain” and Fountain Park.
- The town was built by Robert P. McCulloch with the fountain as its centerpiece in hopes of attracting visitors and potential home buyers. On a side note, he is the same guy that purchased the London Bridge and reconstructed it another town he founded, Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
- The first day of operation was December 15th, 1970. At that time it was the world’s largest fountain. Today it is the 4th largest.
- At its maximum height of 560 feet, it is 5 feet higher than the Washington Monument, 10 feet taller than Notre Dame Cathedral, 110 feet higher than the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt, and three times as high as Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone Park.
- 3 pumps operate the fountain. 2 on a daily basis propelling the water 330 feet in the air every hour on the hour for 15 minutes from 9am – 9m daily unless it is windy. The third pump is used as a back-up.
- The fountain is dyed green at 12pm on St. Patrick’s Day.
- Fountain Park is a 64 acre park, home to the fountain in the middle of the park.
Now on to a few “fun” facts that you may or may not know about Fountain Hills:
- There is 5784 ft, 18 hole disc golf course at Fountain Park.
- Fountain Hills has 4 golf courses located in the town; Desert Canyon, Eagle Mountain, Sunridge Canyon and Firerock Country Club. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, one of the best in the country, is located a few miles away at the at Fort McDowell Resort & Casino.
- Fountain Hills hosts 3 large art festivals each year; a local art fair, the Fountain Hills Great Fair which incorporates arts and a carnival, as well as Thunderbird Artists’ Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire.
- Fountain Hills hosts the ONLY Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in the state of Arizona.
- The Hashknife Pony Express rides through Fountain Hills every January during the Parada del Sol festival on its 200 miles travel from Holbrook, Arizona, to Scottsdale, Arizona to deliver mail.
- Fountain Hills has one of the largest public art collections with close to 100 pieces on display throughout the town.
- You can explore several different hiking trails; Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve and the Lake Overlook Trail without having to leave town. The McDowell Mountain Regional Park which is great for hiking and mountain biking is only a few miles away.
- Fountain Hills Farmer’s Market/Art on the Avenue is held on the Avenue of the Fountains every Thursday from October to April.
- Sheriff Joe Arpaio resides in Fountain Hills and calls it home.
If you have additional questions or just want to find out more about Fountain Hills, give me a call, shoot me a text, or send me an e-mail. I am here to help!
Note: This entry is cross posted on the Phoenix NE Valley: Real Estate, Lifestyle & Living