Blandford Homes is creating hometown charm, for real! Mulberry will feel like an enchanted land--magically reminiscent of the early 1900s when homes sprung up to create quaint neighborhoods. Imagine corner lots featuring homes with wraparound porches! This "New Old-Home Neighborhood" will be one-of-a-kind in Arizona.
The master plan and neighborhood amenities will be magical, too. Mulberry will feature two beautiful main entrances with lush landscaping. Tree-lined boulevards lead to centrally located Mulberry Park, no more than a 5-minute walk from anyplace in the neighborhood. You may feel as though you're in storybook land as you enjoy the park's impressive Georgian Colonial-style building complete with white trim and green shutters, along with the sport courts, playground, pool, fitness, multipurpose room and huge great lawn area. Wow, just imagine the events, concerts, and celebrations you'll attend within the huge pavillions and green playing fields of Mulberry Park.
Adjacent to the community, Desert Ridge Junior and High Schools, as well as two elementary schools, are all part of the top-rated Gilbert School District. The 202 Santan and US 60 Superstition Freeways are each within approximately 1.8 miles of Mulberry. Mesa's tech corridor, expected to provide thousands of job opportunities, lies just one mile south. Also within a mile you'll find major shopping, dining, a carwash and even an IMAX theater. A shopping area, "Mulberry Marketplace," planned for construction in 2015, will include a Fry's Marketplace designed in a Craftsman Bungalow style to tie into Mulberry's architectural theme. Mulberry residents won't even have to leave the community to shop!
The design of Mulberry does not take a backseat to its location. Most all sidewalks will be offset from the roads. Picture rose gardens, green grass, and large palm trees mixed with big, beautiful shade trees creating a true canopy over the streets and walkways. Mulberry is on track to open in early 2015 with a waiting list and sell out quickly. Unlike other Blandford Homes master-planned communities, this is a very limited opportunity offering homes from 1,700 sq. ft. to just over 4,000 sq. ft., starting in the low $200's. Once complete, Mulberry will inspire others to try to duplicate the charming feel that's real: The "New Old-Home Neighborhood."
While the overall history of the City of Mesa dates back two thousand years to the Hohokam Indians — and includes nods to Mormon migrations, Spanish immigration, missionaries and explorers — today, with a population of nearly 500,000, this bustling suburban city is a hub of economic growth. Featuring a family- and business-friendly lifestyle, residents of the City of Mesa enjoy excellent educational opportunities, well-paying job opportunities and first-class healthcare options, a number of which are located in South Mesa. In addition, residents of South Mesa enjoy easy access to multiple connecting freeways, expanding light rail and two busy commercial-aviation airports, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
The City of Mesa prides itself on offering an outstanding lifestyle for its residents from young children to active seniors -- and South Mesa is no exception to that goal, including providing residents with access to numerous arts and education opportunities, a variety of transportation choices and much more. One of the tenets of the City of Mesa's mission and vision is to provide a high-quality lifestyle for all citizens that features plenty of open space, well-appointed libraries, superb recreational amenities, and most importantly, safe and clean neighborhoods, something that South Mesa residents enjoy.
From an elementary and high school perspective, the Mesa Public School District -- the largest public school district in Arizona -- has a total of 82 schools: 50 elementary schools, nine junior high schools, six comprehensive high schools and 17 "choice" schools. This highly rated district served approximately 63,000 students in 2014. As with any student in Arizona, families can participate in open enrollment and explore schooling options in other cities such as Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix and Tempe, plus there are a number of charter and private schools across Mesa.
In recent years, the City of Mesa has attracted several top-notch educational institutions including Albright College, Upper Iowa University, Benedictine University and Wilkes University. A list of additional higher education institutions in Mesa includes Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus in South Mesa, A.T. Still University in South Mesa and Mesa Community College (MCC), which is part of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest providers of higher education in the United States. MCC has four campuses in Mesa: one in South Mesa, one in Downtown Mesa, one in East Mesa and one in West Mesa. And just recently, Phoenix-based Grand Canyon University selected South Mesa's Eastmark community for its East Valley location.
Beyond traditional education, the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) was Arizona's first joint technological education district that allows public school districts to deliver specialized vocational, career and technical education. EVIT provides a broad array of occupation-specific programs to career-minded high school students as well as adults.
Located in West Mesa just a short drive from South Mesa -- near Loop 202 and Dobson Road -- Mesa's largest retail offering is Mesa Riverview which sports more than 1.3 million square-feet of retail space featuring a mix of well-known stores -- including Bass Pro Shops, OfficeMax, Petco, WalMart, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Home Depot -- plus restaurants, independent retailers and specialty shops. Not far away, Village Square at Dana Park -- featuring palm tree-lined driveways, wide pedestrian walkways and outdoor dining patios -- is home to high-end retailers and unique boutiques. Meanwhile, East Mesa's Superstition Springs Center -- located near U.S. Highway 60 and Power Road -- is where you'll find more than 150 stores and eateries including such well-known names as JC Penney, Dillards, Macy's, Sears and many more.
Close to a trio of freeways, residents of the City of Mesa, including South Mesa, enjoy plenty of easy car-commuting options. From an aviation perspective, Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport is just a freeway's drive away, while South Mesa's Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport -- a busy regional hub -- and East Mesa's Falcon Field -- known as one of the busiest general-aviation airports in the country -- both offer additional aviation options to residents of South Mesa. Additional transit services across Mesa include LINK bus rapid transit (BRT), local and express bus service, a neighborhood circulator and paratransit.
In 2012, the estimated median household income in the City of Mesa was slightly more than $47,000, which is just about equal to the Arizona median. Mesa's estimated median house or condo value in 2012 was $129,400; in Arizona, it was $151,500. While the Arizona median age is 36, the City of Mesa has a median resident age of 35.3. In 2013, the overall population of Mesa was nearly 460,000, which reflects a 15.4 percent increase in population since the year 2000.
More than 100 companies are adjacent to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (a bustling commercial-aviation airport in South Mesa) and Falcon Field (a busy general-aviation airport in East Mesa), employing thousands of individuals in manufacturing, software and aerospace/aviation high-tech clusters.
Examples of some of the City of Mesa's major employers are Boeing (where the top-rated Apache attack helicopter is manufactured) and Banner Health, which has a number of major hospitals and medical centers in and around Mesa. Another major employer in the city is Empire Southwest, LLC, a third-generation family-owned Caterpillar(r) dealership. A sampling of additional employers with operations in various parts of Mesa include Bridgestone, Telonics, Ulthera, FUJIFILM, Mitel, International Rectifier, Guided Therapy Systems, PCT International, LaunchPoint: Mesa's Technology Accelerator, and the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI).
Located in Downtown Mesa and drawing approximately 400,000 patrons a year, the Mesa Arts Center (MAC) is Arizona's largest arts center with four theaters, five art galleries and 14 art studios. The MAC features a comprehensive calendar of professional performing arts shows and concerts as well as visual arts and arts education programming. The City of Mesa is also home to a plethora of parks and museums including the Arizona Museum of Natural History, the i.d.e.a. Museum (formerly the Arizona Museum for Youth), Mesa Historical Museum and Commemorative Air Force Aircraft Museum. In addition, the City of Mesa is home to Major League Baseball Spring Training parks for the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago Cubs, one of the biggest draws in the Cactus League.
As a result of huge investments made by medical providers, hospitals and medical centers in recent years, the entire Southeast Valley is a hub of world-class healthcare. Indeed, Banner Desert Medical Center, Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital are all in Mesa. Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center and Banner Gateway Medical Center are both in neighboring Gilbert, while Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers and Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center are both in next-door Chandler.