Mesa Real Estate
About 20 miles east of Phoenix is Mesa, the third largest city in Arizona with around 485,000 residents. Mesa boasts a rich history, dating back at least 2,000 years with the arrival of the Hohokam people. The Hohokam built the original canal system (the largest and most sophisticated in the prehistoric New World), and actually transformed the Sonoran Desert into an agricultural oasis by 1100 A.D. Hundreds of miles of canals were eventually constructed, many of which are still in use today. A group of Hohokam structures constructed during the classical period are preserved at Mesa Grande Cultural Park, including a massive ruin of adobe walls and platforms.
Today, a number of properties throughout the city are designated as historical and are either included in the National Register of Historic Places or the Mesa Historic Properties, including multiple parts of the Williams Air Force Base, and many homes or schools noted for their significant architecture.
Mesa is home to multiple higher education institutions, including the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University, Mesa Community College (the largest of the Maricopa Community Colleges), the aviation school CAE Global Academy Phoenix, and a handful of smaller private liberal arts institutions.
Sports and recreation are an important part of life in Mesa, with numerous championship golf courses, along with Sloan Park, the new spring training home for the Chicago Cubs which opened in 2014.
The only natural history museum in the greater Phoenix area, the Arizona Museum of Natural History is located in Mesa, and it exhibits the natural and cultural history of the Southwestern United States, including a Paleontology Section with an impressive Dinosaur Hall and recreations of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine and a Hohokam village. The largest comprehensive arts campus in Arizona, Mesa Arts Center, is located in downtown Mesa. At more than 210,000 square feet, this performing and visual arts complex includes performance venues, art galleries, classrooms, and more. Many people flock to the Mesa Amphitheatre, an outdoor concert venue with lawn seating that holds close to 5,000 people and attracts national musical acts, performing arts, car shows, and more.