Anthem, AZ: The Town and its Neighborhoods

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Anthem Community Park, with ball fields and fishing lake, seen from above. I-17 is near the top of the image, and a bit of the Country Club golf course is at the bottom. Photo by Bob Copen

Anthem, AZ is a unique family-oriented, master-planned community that covers nearly 10 square miles of desert foothills just north of the Carefree Highway, all straddling I-17 at the northern edge of Phoenix, Arizona. Anthem is the largest development in North Phoenix, with more than 10,000 homes in six distinct neighborhoods, each with different personalities. All Anthem residents have access to the amenities of Parkside. See below for more information about the entire town, or jump straight to a neighborhood for more information:

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Anthem Country Club. Photo by In&Out Publications

The Setting

Anthem residents have quick access to I-17 and a less than 40-mile drive to Sky Harbor International Airport. Three major shopping centers are nearby: Outlets at Anthem sits in the middle of town; the Shops at Norterra and the Happy Valley Towne Center are about 20 minutes south. Four regional parks that offer hiking, fishing and boating are all within 30-minute drives.

Anthem is nestled along the slope of Daisy Mountain — a roughly 1-hour hike to the top for those in shape. The town has a stunning view of the sharp-edged Gavilan Peak to the North and views of the North Valley to the south.

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Daisy Mountain, undeveloped and gorgeous at sunset, is a visual anchor for the Anthem area. Photo by Robert Roy Britt

Saguaro and other cacti, along with ample shade trees and acres of open, grassy fields and parks dominate the town’s well-maintained landscape. The surrounding desert is wild, open and gorgeous. Thirty-six percent of the town is devoted to open space, with several miles of trails and walkways, plus open arroyos and wide-open, endless desert views and mountain scenes.

Anthem is anchored by a large Community Center and an adjacent 63-acre Community Park. The basic facilities are available daily for free use by residents, though special programs and events often carry a fee.

Homes in Anthem range from modest 2-bedroom houses to large 6-bedroom homes in Parkside and the gated Country Club section. Parkside homes range from 1,122 square feet to two-story, 4,338 square-foot models with libraries, courtyards and 4-car garages. Many houses in Anthem have swimming pools, and many have room to park boats and RVs.

Schools

Anthem is in the Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD). The primary public high school is Boulder Creek High School, and there are five lower schools serving the town ( Anthem School; Canyon Springs; Diamond Canyon; Gavilan PeakNew River Elementary), plus several charters. For details on each school, boundary maps and more, see:

Anthem Community Center

The vibrant center’s sprawling features include:

  • A full-size, outdoor heated swimming pool with lap lanes
  • A diving area with high and low diving boards
  • A children’s waterpark that rivals the finest resorts
  • Full gymnasium for basketball and other court activities
  • A mezzanine-level gym with dozens of exercise machines, weightlifting equipment and spectacular mountain views
  • Rooms for aerobics, yoga, tai chi, zumba and countless other classes
  • Six outdoor tennis courts
  • A fully certified child care center

The center is buzzing with activity with some 2,500 residents passing through each day.

Community Park

The Community Center sits on the edge of a lushly landscaped 63-acre community park including:

  • Multiple lighted soccer, baseball and football fields
  • Basketball and beach volleyball courts
  • A catch-and-release fishing pond
  • The Adventure Playground with its massive play structure and splash pad
  • A small-gauge train offering serene tours of the park
  • A skateboard/scooter park with a 6-foot-deep bowl
  • An outdoor amphitheater
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Rebuilt in 2016, Adventure Playground is a big attraction for kids.

Annual Events

Anthem hosts several landmark events each year drawing thousands of residents and visitors from throughout the state. [Event Calendar]

  • Anthem Days, a community business and arts fair, and a carnival ride
  • Music in May, an outdoor music festival bringing a new musical artist each Friday during May
  • Independence Day Celebration, full-fledged fireworks show on or around the 4th.
  • Daisy Mountain Veterans Day Parade, the largest Veterans Day event in the Southwest
  • Autumnfest, pumpkin carving, pony rides, carnival rides and games
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SuperHero is one of several bands that’s played recently at Anthem’s Music in May outdoor concert series.

North Valley Regional Library

North Valley Regional Library, part of the Maricopa County Library District, conveniently shares space with Boulder Creek High School in Anthem. Its collection of more than 80,000 titles includes:

  • Bestsellers
  • Books on CD
  • Music CDs
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • DVDs
  • e-books

The library has several computers with Internet access. Teen and youth areas with collections dedicated specifically to them. Programs and events for adults, teens and children are offered regularly. [More]

Anthem’s Governance

Del Webb began selling homes in Anthem in 1999 and was later bought by Pulte.

The Anthem community is operated by the seven-member volunteer board of directors known as the Anthem Community Council. Council makes decisions about finances and community-wide operations. It operates similar to a city council but has more autonomy. Since Anthem is not an incorporated town, the Council lacks authority over crucial services such as law enforcement and fire protection.

The Anthem Community Council’s stated mission is “to establish and maintain a governing structure which will preserve, protect and enhance the plans, policies, infrastructure and resources needed to support a sense of community, ensure sound economic development, and promote a quality of life for all Anthem residents.”

The day-to-day operations are overseen by Council employees, primarily a Community Executive Officer and a Community Operations Officer. Council maintains community property such as Anthem’s main community park, Liberty Bell park, the main entrance fountains, the catch-and-release fishing lake.

In addition, there are three HOAs that enforce their own Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs) and govern operations of their specific neighborhoods: Country Club, Parkside and the Village (condominiums). The HOAs have elected boards and community managers who run the day-to-day.

Examples of differences between the HOAs and Council: Parkside HOA maintains the pocket parks and monitors CC&R violations. Council, on the other hand, is in charge of running and maintaining the Community Center, Community Park and the ball fields. Council is responsible for collecting homeowner assessments and distributes a portion to the corresponding HOA.

The roads in gated communities are privately owned by the respective HOA, while roads in most of parkside are owned by Maricopa County on the eastside, and City of Phoenix on the west.

The overall operation of Anthem falls under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Revised Statutes Title 33, Chapter 16, “Planned Communities.”

Anthem’s Distinct Neighborhoods

Anthem Country Club: Exclusive Homes in a Gated Community

Residents of this quiet, gated community within Anthem enjoy access to private golf courses and a laid-back lifestlye on the slopes of Daisy Mountain. Many homes have stunning views of the mountain, others a vista encompassing much of the North Valley.

Anthem Parkside: A Premier Master-Planned Community

The largest HOA in Anthem, Parkside contains more homes and more amenities than any other community in the North Valley. Parkside straddles I-17: The west side is in Phoenix and the east side is in Maricopa County. A whopping 36 percent of the town is devoted to open space.

Anthem Parkside: Arroyo Grande

Separated from the rest of Anthem by the New River wash, Arroyo Grande is fully a part of Anthem in terms of HOA governance and access to amenities. Residents enjoy the secluded location, accessed off New River Road west of I-17. The drive to central Anthem is about 15 minutes.

Anthem Parkside: Circle Mountain

This highly anticipated new section of Anthem will be the last (at least given current plans). With the completion of the first model homes in spring 2017, interest has been high, based on inquiries that sales reps have already received.

Anthem Parkside: Paseo – Patio Homes & Walkable Streets

This humble collection of low-maintenance, modest-sized, detached 2-story "patio homes" with shared courtyard-style driveways is an enclave of tree-lined streets within Anthem's Parkside section. The HOA takes care of all yard work out front, and each home has a quaint, enclosed patio rather than a back yard.

Anthem Parkside: The Landing – Privacy & Views

This small community is a little-known gem of solitude, sitting within Anthem's Parkside HOA. It's within walking distance of an Ace Hardware and a medical plaza, and less than half a mile from a Safeway plaza, all just off I-17. Many homes have mountain- and golf-course views.

Anthem: The Village at Anthem – Condos

The Village at Anthem is a neighborhood of condominiums centrally located within Anthem's Parkside HOA, within walking distance of a medical plaza, Starbucks, CVS and an Ace Hardware store, and just a quarter-mile from a Safeway plaza.

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Some of this material was published previously on our sister site, Anthem News.