Live Like A Local: Gilbert

Live Like A Local: Gilbert

Posted 02/15/2016

In honor of the opening of our two new neighborhoods at Morrison Ranch in Gilbert, we present to you a special Gilbert edition of Live Like a Local.

Gilbert has become one of the largest burbs in the Greater Phoenix area, and with that, its vintage charm has crossed paths with a very vibrant and modern downtown experience. There is a lot to be said for this suburb’s close-knit community feel—especially when walking down Gilbert Road. Families are always out and about—shopping, eating or perusing through the farmers markets that hit the streets twice a week; riding through the downtown area on the town’s endless bike paths; and participating in events that bring together people of all different ages, from the art walks to the parades to the festivals to the food truck feasts.

Recent accolades such as being named 2nd Safest City and one of the best places to live in 2015 by Money magazine have attracted many to live and do business in Gilbert. The 72.6 square miles that Gilbert sits on puts the town in the center of multiple recreational areas, including parks, golf courses, and scenic areas like the Superstition Mountains and Tonto National Forest.

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In order to get a better idea of Gilbert’s big ‘burb-small neighborhood vibe, here is a list of our favorite local hangouts:

Agritopia: The urban farm situated right off the San Tan Freeway on the Northwest corner of Higley and Ray roads is a gathering place for family, friends—and many say it is the heart of community in Gilbert. Locals enjoy fresh organic produce at the farm stand, relaxing at the outdoor picnic tables and eating delicious comfort food from Joe’s Farm Grill or the best cupcakes in Gilbert from The Coffee Shop.

Cosmo Dog Park: This 17-acre-doggie-dreamland presents the perfect opportunity for you and your pooch to get some fresh air. But wait, this park isn’t just for dogs. Some locals come without pets because of the many amenities, such as the basketball court, ramadas, barbecue grills, tables, benches and walkways. Specifically for dogs, there is a lake, washing stations, doggie drinking fountains, an obstacle course and even separate use areas for active and timid dogs.

Downtown Gilbert: A revitalized, vibrant downtown has brewed a burgeoning foodie scene in downtown Gilbert, with local favorites such as Postino East Wine Bar, Joyride Taco House, Pomo Pizzeria, Barrio Queen and Snooze AM Eatery. The trick is, they are all within a few steps of each other, so if you thought you had trouble picking where to eat before, think again. So many choices! 

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.: The first brewery to step foot in Gilbert has become a definite favorite among craft-beer lovers and diners, alike. The owners have taken their two favorite things and blended them together: Beer and the (Arizona) outdoors, thus creating a beer menu with hints and flavors inspired by the state’s diverse wilderness. As for the food, each item on the menu is sure to pair well with one or more of the handcrafted ales on tap.

Heritage Trail Bike Path: Well-known as a Bicycle Friendly Community, Gilbert’s multiple bike trails are cyclist-magnets on the weekends, with the Heritage Trail being the most popular. Enjoy at leisurely a day on the trail, with great pocket parks along the way, full of shade, drinking fountains, ramadas and other recreational features.

San Tan Village: Shop at San Tan Village and get your Vitamin D in while you’re at it! This open-air mall is full of upscale dining, entertainment and both national and regional retail stores.

Farmers Markets: Each Saturday morning is the Gilbert Farmers Market in Gilbert’s Heritage District and every Wednesday is the Gilbert Town Square Twilight Farmers Market at Gilbert Town Square. Local artisans and farmers gather for these two year-round farmers markets that are perfect outings for the whole family to enjoy—feel free to bring your pet(s), too!