Goodyear Recreation Campus

Artist’s rendering of the Goodyear Recreation Campus.

As Antonio Brown likes to say, “Business is boomin'!”

OK, so maybe the NFL’s uber-diva wide receiver isn’t the best person to quote, but West Valley business big and small is booming, nonetheless.

Two decades back, the population of sleepy little Goodyear was 18,000 people; today, nearly five times that live in Goodyear.

And, with businesses like UPS bringing hundreds of jobs to the West Valley, where will they all live?

 “There’s construction on every block,” Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord has said. 

One of the biggest West Valley developers is Newland, which boasts of being “the largest private developer of mixed-use communities in the United States.” Newland manages the 20,000-acre Estrella master-planned community as well as Lucero in Goodyear.

At 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 10, Estrella hosts a “Real Estate Professionals Networking Group.”

Join local real estate professionals at the Sales Conference Room in CantaMia, 17700 W Star Point Drive, Goodyear. 

To register or for more information, contact Cindy Oliver at

Estrella has a busy month planned, with a farmer’s market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 19.

Curious to see what the Estrella homes are like?

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19-20,  Estrella has one of its biggest events:

“The Fall Tour of Homes returns to Estrella this October with its two-day community-wide open house," says Estrella's website. "Residents and guests alike are invited to explore our amenity-rich, lively community. This year’s event will offer attendees the opportunity to view more than 80 properties including model homes, quick move-in homes, inventory homes, custom home sites, and resale homes.”

How big?

Floor plans range from 1,360 to more than 3,300 square feet.

How much?

Homes “begin in the low $200s.”

The Estrella New Home Information Center is located inside Casa Lucero at 8175 South Hillside Drive, Goodyear.

For more information, see

Real estate folks will tell you that a big part of the reason people are headed this way is the city’s location, family-friendly vibe and facilities.

That gets another boost, soon:

“Construction is about to begin on what is already being called 'the jewel of Goodyear.’ The city will break ground on the Goodyear Recreation Campus, which will include a recreation center outfitted with fitness rooms and an elevated walking/jogging track, an aquatic facility with water slides and a lazy river, and a 30-acre park with walking paths and lighted fields,” said a Goodyear press release.

The park will be at Estrella Parkway and Harrison Street.

“The Goodyear Recreation Campus will be a destination year-round for all ages and abilities,” said Lord. “It’s designed to be a gathering space to spark activity and community engagement for years to come.” 

And, when business is booming, people have to eat, right?

From the Verado developers, McDowell Road and Buckeye Way in Buckeye:

“Site construction continues for Fry’s Marketplace, anchoring our community’s newest commercial center at the corner of Jackrabbit Trail and Indian School Road … Fry’s closed in February 2017 on the approximately 123,000 square feet Village Grove at Verrado site.

“Fry’s has not yet released its opening schedule for this Marketplace storefront, which will serve Buckeye and the greater West Valley.”