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RecreationGlendalians lead very active lifestyles and realize the importance of taking time to enjoy the outdoors. In Arizona, both visitors and residents take advantage year-round of the excellent outdoor recreation available in Glendale.

For picturesque picnics and dramatic spring blooms, venture to Thunderbird Park, a huge regional desert mountain park and one of the 56 parks in Glendale's superb 1,800-acre park system. Spend time with family and friends swimming in a city pool, picnicking under the many ramadas, or playing softball or volleyball at Sahuaro Ranch Park.Recreation

Soothe your soul with warm breezes by hiking the mountain trails, playing the lush golf courses, boating on the waterways or wandering through serene park gardens. Dance with nature while jogging or rollerblading along city footpaths, riding horses along Glendale's equestrian trails or cycling on miles of bike paths. An active outdoor lifestyle can easily be found right here in Glendale!

And for the even more adventurous, try rock climbing, rappelling, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, canyoneering, downhill or cross country skiing, hunting, water or jet skiing and whitewater rafting - all within a two-hour drive from Glendale. Where else can you find all these adventures in one state? All these recreational opportunities help make Glendale, Arizona the perfect place to call home.

Visit www.arizonaguide.com/glendale for more information.

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HomesThere's a home in Glendale to match every lifestyle and budget. Featuring scenic mountain views, desert vistas, wide-open spaces, golf course and lake properties, the city boasts housing amenities second to none.

HomesHome prices in Glendale are some of the most affordable in the Phoenix metropolitan area, and residents have a wide range of choices: beautiful master-planned communities, luxury executive homes, older residences in quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods and affordable starter housing. Apartments, townhomes and condominiums are available as well.

Glendale offers some of the finest master-planned communities in greater Phoenix. A prime example is 4,000-acre Arrowhead Ranch with its two championship golf courses, 14 miles of lake shoreline and a private country club/sports complex. Besides master-planned communities, Glendale has a full range of quality homes in many architectural styles with prices ranging from the high $90s to over $600,000 in more than 30 actively developing subdivisions.

Strong community programs, sound residential design, construction guidelines and many organized neighborhood associations ensure buyers that housing here will retain its value.

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Shopping & DiningGlendale boasts a wonderful variety of high-quality shopping and dining experiences. Shopping can range from rare and unusual antique treasures found only in Arizona, to famous nationwide stores found on Glendale's Bell Road corridor.

New discoveries await shoppers in beautiful Downtown Glendale - Arizona's Antique Capital. In 1998, Glendale was named by USA Today as one of the 10 best places to shop for antiques in the country. If history, character and the charm of yesteryear sound intriguing, visit Downtown's "Old Towne" and "Historic Catlin Court" shopping districts. Historic Catlin Court Shops District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a beautiful collection of restored Craftsman bungalows now housing stores filled with crafts, dolls, jewelry, collectibles and tea houses. Old Towne greets visitors with original 100-year-old storefronts housing antique stores and restaurants, colorful awnings, benches, brick sidewalks and gaslights lining the avenues.

Shopping & DiningShop more than 90 antique stores, specialty shops and restaurants, all within walking distance of the shady town square. Don't feel like walking? Ride through the tree-lined streets on the Glendale Town Trolley. Tour Cerreta Candy Company, a Willy Wonka playland, offering free admission, daily tours and delicious samples! Chances are, in this eclectic mix of classic antiques, collectibles, furniture, primitives, Americana, home accessories, bath and body care, art, jewelry, crafts and more, you'll uncover treasures impossible to leave behind. And every week, October through May, plan to attend Glendale Gaslight Thursdays and The Market at Murphy Park special events hosted by the Downtown Glendale merchants.

For a special dining experience in Downtown, make reservations at Glendale's interactive murder mystery dinner theater, a German pub and outdoor biergarten, quaint tea houses, an Italian pizzeria, Mexican and American fare or Downtown's charming outdoor cafes.

Shopping & DiningFor a more contemporary, fast-paced, power-shopping excursion, head to the Bell Road corridor, a retail shopping mecca in north Glendale that has experienced a development explosion over the past 10 years. At the core is the 1.3 million-square-foot, 180-store Arrowhead Towne Center super regional mall. Neighboring power centers feature major national department, specialty, discount and warehouse retailers, sure to satisfy the most discriminating shoppers.

After shopping or to take a break from work, recuperate at one of many eateries on Bell Road corridor’s "Restaurant Row." Fine to casual dining establishments cover every corner, featuring major national chains as well as local and regional favorites. Retail activity in the Northwest Valley is among the hottest in the state, evidenced by the fact that national chain stores and restaurants on Bell Road regularly outperform their counterparts in other Valley locations. For more information on shopping and dining in Glendale, visit www.arizonaguide.com/glendale.

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Business & IndustryGlendale enjoys a widely diversified economic base that includes manufacturing, warehousing, service sector, aerospace, communications, precision metal working and casting, electronics and healthcare industries. Major employers include Honeywell Corporation, Luke Air Force Base, Thunderbird Samaritan Medical Center, Schuck Component Systems, Inc., Gilbert Engineering, U.S. Postal Service Encoding Center and the City of Glendale. Also, famous names such as Conair, Serta Mattress Company, KayBee Toys and Sunkist call Glendale home.

In 1998, after considering a number of communities, Mattel Toy Corporation selected Glendale as the site of a 25,000-square-foot customer service center for its product lines. The facility employs 200 people. The company chose Glendale because of its pro-business environment, excellent city services, land and building availability, a skilled workforce and excellent location within greater Phoenix.Business & Industry

A center of the defense industry in Arizona, Glendale is also home to Luke Air Force Base, the largest jet fighter training base in the world. The base provides over 7,000 jobs and contributes an economic impact of more than $1 billion annually to the economy. Arrowhead Towne Center, a super regional shopping mall, has added more than 2,000 jobs since 1994.

Glen Harbor, Talavi and Eaton business parks are the three main industrial employment centers in Glendale. However, all of the city's eight commercial and industrial sites are conveniently grouped around major transportation centers. Innovative spec building and fast-track new construction programs, enterprise zone tax incentives and a smooth permitting process are all available to new and expanding companies.


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