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Gold Canyon is a community that is located just east of Phoenix. It is famous for its plethora of beautiful homes and located right at the foot of the Superstition Mountains.
Gold Canyon offers a small, quiet and comfortable rural lifestyle that appeals to homeowners of all ages, especially retirees. However, the community is not so isolated or remote that it is not still conveniently located close to all of the services and enjoyments found in nearby Phoenix.
People who live in Gold Canyon also enjoy a wealth of amenities, most notably its five 18-hole championship golf courses. In fact, people who live in Gold Canyon have the opportunity to join these golf courses and gain access to other amenities that are not otherwise available to area residents.
Overall, the way of life in Gold Canyon revolves around offering the utmost of comfort, luxury and relaxation to everyone who buys homes here. Its location in the Arizona desert means that Gold Canyon has more than 200 days of sunny weather. The winters are very mild, with the days only getting chilly after the sun has set. It also rarely gets any snowfall, another appeal factor for interested home buyers.
Construction on many of the homes for sale in Gold Canyon began in the mid to late-1980s. The homes for sale here consist of a combination of attached and single family homes. Local real estate professionals like West USA Realty and Carl Chapman REALTOR can show listings to people who want to move into the community.
The homes in Gold Canyon sell for prices that range from the low $200,000s to the mid $500,000s. They are the creation of well-known home building companies like Shea Homes and UDC.
Further, the homes for sale in Gold Canyon average between 1500 to more than 4000 square feet of living space. Many of them sit on half to three quarter acre lots, although larger homes can take up an entire acre, if not more.
Many of the homes in Gold Canyon have attached one and two car garages. They also come with features like:
They also have large utility rooms and spacious enclosed backyards.
The individual residential communities in Gold Canyon offer additional neighborhood amenities that fall under the governance of the homeowners associations. The HOAs in Gold Canyon most typically consist of elected board members. These members include HOA presidents, vice-presidents, secretaries and treasurers. Many of them also have members-at-large and board directors or onsite managers.
The onsite managers for the Gold Canyon HOAs undertake a variety of responsibilities, most notably taking care of the daily safety and function within their communities. The managers hire contractors to repair infrastructure like roads, fencing and shared community spaces like clubhouses. They also hire contractors to clean and maintain swimming pools and spas in the community.
Members to the HOA are elected to their positions with elections being staggered every year. Most members serve two and three-year terms.
Likewise, the members of the HOAs in Gold Canyon hold meetings every month that are open to the public. Minutes from the meetings can be found on the HOA websites.
Every homeowner in the community is a member of the HOA. Homeowners pay HOA dues that range in price from $175 to around $300 per quarter. The dues are used maintain and repair fixtures and amenities in the community.
The HOAs in Gold Canyon ensure that the amenities are safe and available to people who live in the residential communities. Many of the amenities are found in the community clubhouses and include:
Much of the enjoyment in Gold Canyon also comes directly from the five championship 18-hole golf courses. These courses are designed for players of all skill levels. They are hallmarked with lush fairways and natural curves and bends that encourage players to perfect their skills during every game.
The Gold Canyon Golf Resort and Spa offer additional amenities to people who join it. These amenities include an onsite spa that offers a wide variety of services to members. These services include facials, massages and other body and skin treatments.
The Gold Canyon Resort and Spa can also be reserved for special events like weddings and parties. It offers accommodations, including seating and tables and onsite catering, that couples can take advantage of on their special days.
Finally, parents who live in Gold Canyon have a number of well-ranked schools to choose from for their children. Gold Canyon is part of the Apache Junction Unified School District. The district has just over 3300 students enrolled in it and a student-to-teacher ratio of 21:1, which is slightly higher than the 16:1 national average.
Further, Apache Junction Unified School District ranks as the 51st most diverse school district in the state of Arizona. It ranks 60 out of 115 for having the best quality of sports programs for students who attend school there.
Nationally, the school district achieves a B grade for both college preparation and the quality of its teachers. It gets an A grade for having a diverse student population.
In terms of standardized test proficiency, the Apache Junction Unified School District is on par with the national average. In fact, around 36 percent of its students are proficient in mathematics, which is higher than the national percentage of 34 percent. Thirty three percent of its students are proficient in reading, which is just slightly below the national average of 35 percent.
The school district has a graduation rate of 85 percent. Its average ACT test score is 22.