Over the last 30 years we have seen many changes in watching Buckeye, Goodyear, Avondale, and Litchfield Park expand and grow into the Southwest Valley. If you wanted to purchase a new home the only option was Garden Lakes in Avondale. Goodyear population has gone from 2747 in 1980 to the present population of 65,000 today. From 2000 to the present, the Goodyear population has grown 245%!
When Keith and Cheryl Krone started selling real estate in the late 1980’s, I-10 ended at Dysart. The closest grocery shopping was a Smitty’s Grocery Store at 83rd and Indian School. Litchfield Road was a palm lined two lane road with no commercial businesses.
In 1987 Estrella Mountain Ranch in Goodyear, AZ. was a mere vision. The road was not paved; the potting soil to plant all the palm trees was piled almost as high as the Estrella Mountains.
Mortgage interest rates were 18-19%. The Savings and Loan industry collapsed causing many people to lose their homes. Remember the RTC?
Buckeye, Arizona was just a sleepy rural farm town with no commercial business except maybe a feed store or two.
Avondale, Arizona housing gem was Garden Lakes. It wasn’t until 1995 that Avondale began to hire and train personnel to be paramedics. By 1992 the Avondale Fire Department consisted of only five fire-fighters-paramedics on staff.
Litchfield Park, Arizona encompassed from Litchfield Rd to Dysart; and Indian School to Camelback. It was (and perhaps still is) “The Place” to live. Growth was really looked down on by the original Litchfield Park residents.
Loop 101 was non-existent. Travel from South to North was all surface streets and to get from Litchfield Park, AZ to Peoria or Glendale was a tedious drive.
There were no cell phones, no email, no internet, and very few faxes. Realtors were issued a book twice a month (which looked like a phone book). The only property pictures were one small thumb-nail, black and white photo. And Video’s of homes for sale, forget it!!!
We are very proud to have been a part of the explosive growth in the Southwest Valley; and cherish our years here watching Buckeye, Goodyear, Avondale, and Litchfield Park expand and grow.