Fountain Hills


“The Fountain in the Desert”:  One of Arizona’s most popular icons, the world famous Tallest Fountain will become your time clock at the top of each hour, becoming more mesmerizing each day.  Enjoy the beautiful 32-acre park around the fountain that provides a water splash park, kids playground, trails and an 18-hole disk golf course.

Stroll Amid World-Class Arts & Crafts: Enjoy one of the many celebrated art festivals hosted along Avenue of the Fountains; try the finest wines at the Thunderbird Art & Wine Festival or stop by one of the Avenue Galleries & Shops featuring celebrated local and national artists who each contribute in a unique art coop.  Chances are, you’ll be talking with one or more of the artists when you stop by….you’ll find jewelry, sculpture, decor and more.

Travel Through Time:  The River of Time Museum recounts the captivating past of the Lower Verde Valley. Learn how the Yavapai migrated throughout Central Arizona; explore with trappers such as Kit Carson; join the “river tamers” as they build dams and canals and see how “the dam that never was” brought about the development of Fountain Hills.

Be Entertained!  Performing Arts at the Lakeside Village Amphitheater are as varied—and grand—as your imagination!  Treat the kids to a “Movie in the Grass”;  marvel at Ballet Under the Stars, catch the Old Bard himself at Shakespeare Live, applaud your neighbors of the Fountain Hills Community Theater (Arizona’s most honored community theater!) or listen to the melodious sounds of musical performances by Arizona’s finest entertainers.  On week-ends, drop in at Grapeables Fine Wines toenjoy live entertainment and marvelous vinicultural delights!

Watch Art Come to Life: Embark on an artistic journey…. and never leave your neighborhood!  The Fountain Hills Public Art Collection is a wonderfully eclectic experience that celebrates artistic excellence ranging from high-alloy contemporary sculpture to traditional bronzes and everything in between.  Nearly 70 selections valued at over $1.4 million grace the Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Park, Plaza Fountainside and the Community Center Complex.

Pay Your Respects To Fallen Heros:  The Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial is one of Arizona’s most beautiful and serene tributes to the men and women of the United States Armed forces.

Let It Fly!  You’ll never call it a Frisbee again!  Fountain Park is home to one of America’s favorite Disk Golf Courses…and the competition can get fierce!  From friendly week-end tournaments to national competitions offering  major prizes you can’t help but “catch” the fever!  If traditional golf is more your game, then go any direction and you’re only minutes from five nationally acclaimed golf courses.

Take A Hike!  Choose your trail, challenge your friends and find your passion.  But be warned:  A walk around one of the Lakeside Village trails can be habit  forming!  Improve your health, elevate your outlook and meet new acquaintances each and every day.

Gaze Upon History:   Look in any direction, and you’re treated to stunning mountain scenery with rich historical significance:  Four Peaks Mountain protects it’s world-renowned Amethyst Mine;  The Superstition Mountain’s offer 200 years of lost gold, mystery and intrigue;  The mighty McDowell Mountains will reveal to you the relics of old silver, gold and copper mines, ancient petroglyphs and hundreds of species of plant and animal life found only in the lush Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Pacify Your Palette:  Within a 6-block radius of our Fountain, there are no less than 16 restaurants, 5 great “watering holes,” 2 coffee shops, wine bar, gelato shop, a French Bakery, Holiday Inn, Basha’s Shopping Center and a medical park.  Just about every convenience from dry cleaning to day spas are nearby, along with several fitness and yoga centers.

History:  Fountain Hills’ Heritage Adds to its Future

While Fountain Hills is relatively young as a community, it was developed on a site that is indeed rich in history. This region has a much-storied past ranging from ancient Native Americans farming these lands to the creation of new communities.

Arizona itself has only been a state since 1912, and Fountain Hills’ official date of incorporation is Dec. 5, 1989.

The expanses surrounding Fountain Hills, including the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, the Verde Communities and the nearby mountain ranges, present a rich and fabled background that includes Native American migrations, mining tales, trappers, gun battles, wagon trails and the rise of a modern city today known as Phoenix.  The “early day” history dates back centuries when the area was a lush desert environ­ment for Native Americans who inhabited the region. Different Indian cultures occupied the lands over the years, drawn mainly by the area’s two major rivers, the Verde and the Salt. The confluence of the two rivers is just a few miles southeast of Fountain Hills.

Founding of a Community:
The “modern” history of Fountain Hills goes back  to the late 1960s, when a development company envisioned an old cattle ranch as a potential “model city” for an enterprising United States of America that was rapidly expanding in its metropolitan regions.   Today, Most of this local history is captured in the entertaining and educational L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum, located in the popular Town Center Complex at Avenue of the Fountains and La Montana Drive.  Here, in addition to the museum, you’ll find the Community Center, Public Library, Town Hall, Post Office, Sherriff’s Office.
The community’s foun­ding birthday is con­sidered Dec. 15, 1970, when the famous “World’s Tallest Fountain” was turned on for the first time at Fountain Park. Work started on the first residences in the fall of 1971, and by February 1972, the first homeowners were moving in. Today, more than 22,000 people call Fountain Hills home on a permanent basis.
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If you’re new to The Sonoran Lifestyle site, this page will help you learn a bit more about Fountain Hills, but we have MANY MORE resources to assist you, as well.  Be sure to stop at our Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate office;  16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills (map) where you’ll find complete information about the community and its real estate.  Or, give us call at 480-816-5557.   We look forward to talking with you!

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