Its not too often that a community gets recognized by the New York Times especially if your community is thousands of miles away in the Town of Gilbert, AZ., but that is just what happened when they built Agritopia one of the first "Agrihoods" in the nation.  The community was built and designed by the Johnston family who owned the farm that the homes sit on right now.  The unique thing about this community is that the homes are built around a working farm producing fresh produce for it's residents. Every Wednesday for about $100 a month residents can pick up there produce at the Agritopia Farmers Market where there are fruits, veggies, eggs, and honey.  And if that's not cool enough, it also boasts "Joe's Farm Grill" a grill within the community that cooks up the fresh fruits  and veggies into delicious meals.  People from all over Gilbert make this a regular lunch stop as the food is fabulous.  There is also a Coffee Shop next door to the grill so you can always get your daily dose of caffeine.

Agritopia Coffe Shop Gilbert, AZ.Agrihoods as they like to call them are rare, but are getting a lot of recognition by the media outlets across the nation. Check out this article from the New York Times.  Developers across the nation are also taking note as there are already new plans for more of these unique style communities coming.  It seems that this could be the wave of the future and I think we will be a better country because of it.  The community has tree lined streets with uniquely styled homes.  The vision of the Johnston family was to create not only a self sustaining community, but one that does not keep it's residences in there own little bubbles.  Throughout the neighborhood you will notice that the streets are a bit narrower and the fences a bit shorter.  The idea was to not hide from your neighbors, but to embrace the bonds of a community and break down the physical barriers.  The homes are craftsman style homes which is a truly unique feature to Gilbert and I dare say to maybe the entire valley.  Many of the homes have fully finished basements which is a huge bonus when the summer months come along, allowing for some much appreciated cooler homes.    

The Community has 5 play grounds, 2 volleyball courts, 5 basketball courts, 1 tennis court, community center, community pool,  and miles & miles of walking and biking trails.  Agritopia is centrally located in Gilbert, AZ., one of the safest cities in America.  A newly built Top Golf is literally across the street and full golf courses are not much further.  Shopping and fine dining is just down the street at the San Tan Village Mall.  Just a short 15 minute drive and you can hike, bike, or go on horseback at the San Tan Mountain trails.

The real estate market is good and property values continue to rise in Agritopia and Gilbert, AZ. for that matter.  You can find homes for sale that range in price from the $130K-$675K and can be almost 5,000 square feet in size.  There are 452 single family residences all built by Scott Homes.  The community of Agritopia is located in the Gilbert School district, which is a top rated district according to Great Schools.  There is even a school within the community, "Gilbert Christian Schools" that has grades pre-K-12th.  The School sits next to the community center which has activities such as tennis, swimming, community events, and includes a synthetic putting green.

Part of this master planned community is the Agritopia Senior Living facility that sits on a five-acre parcel just south of the community center.  With more than 140,000 square ft. and 118 units the 2 story building has offices, a kitchen, wellness center, dining areas, and outdoor/indoor lifestyle amenities.  Agritopia is re-defining neighborhoods in Gilbert, AZ. and has reached beyond our Arizona borders with positive effects that the rest of the nation can see.  Agritopia is a definite must see!

Check out all Agritopia homes for sale here!

Check out the 11 other "Agrihoods in the U.S.
Prairie Crossing
Hidden Springs
Bucking Horse
Skokomish Farms
Prairie Commons

Check out the NBC News report.