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Offers residents small town charm and close proximity to all that the big city has to offer, including nearby access to I-10. This lakeside master-planned community also features nearby hiking, biking, and camping access.

The Lakes at Rancho El Dorado by Meritage Homes

General Information

Wholesome family fun. It's just one of the celebrated qualities you'll love about The Lakes at Rancho El Dorado. Located in a prime location in the town of Maricopa, Arizona, The Lakes at Rancho El Dorado is a community of new, incredibly energy-efficient homes, ranging 1,527 - 2,764 square feet, featuring both single and two-story homes. Located just south of Phoenix, Maricopa offers residents small town charm and close proximity to all that the big city has to offer, including nearby access to I-10 as well as nearby hiking, biking, and camping access.

Every home we build helps showcase our commitment to providing incredibly energy-efficient homes that let you spend your money on better things than utility bills. After all, we believe in building new homes and communities the way they can, and should be, built.

Neighborhood Overview

The second-largest city in Pinal County, Maricopa is an historic community located approximately 30 miles south of Phoenix. Originally known as a prosperous and hospitable trading center, Maricopa has quickly become one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Arizona since its incorporation in 2003. The only city in the nation to be bordered by two Native American communities, Maricopa's diverse heritage and sense of community make it the interesting and very livable community it is today.

Lifestyle & Amenities

After a rapid population growth in the 2000s, Maricopa's population went from a little more than 1,000 people to 45,000-plus in 2013 thanks to a low cost of living that made Maricopa an attractive option for folks looking to live on the outskirts of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Due to this housing boom, residents of Maricopa now enjoy access to many of the amenities that come with a larger city, while still enjoying their traditional rural heritage.

School Report Card

From a public school perspective, the Maricopa Unified School District serves students in Maricopa and surrounding areas. The district includes six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Each school features a core academic program as well as a particular academic focus with a goal of providing increased innovative learning opportunities for students. Some of the areas of academic focus include "STEAM" (science, technology, engineering, arts and math); leadership; critical thinking and technology; and college and career preparatory. In addition to public schools, there are also several private and charter schools in Maricopa.


Maricopa is home to a variety of restaurants and shops, including a nice mixture of local stores and national chains. The nearest large shopping center is probably Phoenix Premium Outlets at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, about twenty minutes north of Maricopa. Phoenix Premium Outlets is home to approximately 100 outlet shops including Adidas, DKNY, Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and more.


Personal vehicles are always helpful, while from a public transit perspective, Maricopa is served by the City of Maricopa Express Transit (COMET). For just $1 for a one-way trip within the city, many residents use COMET as their primary means of public transportation. The service also provides transportation to medical facilities in Chandler and Casa Grande for a round-trip ticket price of only $3. For air travel, most residents travel north to Phoenix and fly out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.


Since 2000, the population of Maricopa has increased at a staggering rate of more than 4,000 percent growth. As of 2013, the population of Maricopa was 45,508. The median resident age is 31.2 years, slightly lower than Arizona's median of 33.8 years. The estimated median household income is $65,039, much higher than the state's median of $47,826, while the median property value is $117,958, significantly lower than Arizona's median of $151,500.


The largest employers in and around Maricopa include Harrah's Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino, the Maricopa Unified School District, Walmart, the City of Maricopa and Fry's Food Stores. However, many residents don't work in Maricopa, indeed, quite a number travel to nearby Casa Grande or to Chandler as well as to other cities in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Some residents also travel to Tucson for work.


Maricopa residents have access to a wide variety of recreation and entertainment options. For those interested in museums and culture, the Ak-Chin Him-Dak Museum is a "museum without walls" and showcases some of the area's most important artifacts. For those who enjoy horses, Corral West Horse Adventures in neighboring Goodyear provides fun for the whole family, while Harrah's Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino features over 72,000 square-feet of casino games. Maricopa is also home to several golf courses as well as a number of popular hiking trails.


Banner Health Center in Maricopa offers access to medical specialties such as family medicine, OB-GYN, pediatrics, general imaging and more. Meanwhile, Dignity Health has an Urgent Care Center in Maricopa that is open 365 days a year. For residents seeking more advanced care, the Phoenix and Scottsdale metropolitan areas offer a huge selection of world-class healthcare just a freeway's drive away.