The first thing a person might wonder when searching Surprise homes is how the city got its name. The founder, Flora Mae Statler, is reported to have said she named it Surprise because she “would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much.” In fact, the city has fared quite well. It has a reputation as a great place to retire. Indeed, tens of thousands of people moved to the city to retire in the 1990s and 2000s. A big attraction was Sun City Grand, an age-restricted resort community.
Although retirees do make up a large percentage of the population, families shouldn’t think they won’t be welcomed to Surprise homes. The public schools in the area perform very well on standardized tests. There are also many city-sponsored events for children and families. For instance, the White Tank Mountain Regional Park has family hikes and story times for kids each month. There’s also the White Tank Mountain Library and Nature Center. The library has a beautiful children’s section, as well as many reptiles and other desert animals on display. The Surprise Tennis & Racquet Center offers tennis lessons for kids of all ages.
In 2007, the Surprise City Council voted to allow the building of Prasada, the biggest regional mall in the state. Not only does it offer stores like Target and Walmart, it’s also a dining and entertainment destination. There is also a hospital and medical campus.
Surprise homes are located in a thriving community, with the natural beauty of the desert all around. Phoenix is only 20 miles away, making it convenient for jobs and entertainment. But there’s plenty to do right in town.
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