Gilbert : Arizona


What It Is Like to Retire in Gilbert

Gilbert is a very fast growing town of over 200,000 located southeast of Phoenix. It is between Mesa and Chandler.  The city is a bedroom community for Phoenix and Tempe, as well as home to many retirees living in active adult communities. Gilbert is characterized as more suburban and more of a town than nearby Chandler, although the latter has a stronger economic base. The town's average income is much higher than the rest of Arizona.  Photo of waterfront in the Val Vista Lakes community in Gilbert courtesy of Wikipedia and Eustress (public domain); Gilbert's Heritage Court as viewed from Gilbert Road, courtesy of Wikipedia and Marine 69-71, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/
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Where to Retire in Gilbert and Home Prices

Gilbert real estate has held up better in the Arizona real estate debacle than many communities to the west of Phoenix. According to Zillow, the median home value was at $456,888 in mid-2021.


What Is Special about Gilbert

Arizona climate, mixed generation community, good real estate stability. This town grew 75% between 2000 and 2006, so it is obvious it has some good things going for it.  Great Arizona dry climate with mild winters. Plenty of recreational opportunities and adjacency to Phoenix attractions

What Is Not Special about Gilbert

The summers are brutally hot. This is a very fast growing town and there is always uncertainty about how it will end up.

Who Will Like Retirement in Gilbert

Gilbert is less of a retirement community and more of a mixed generation town. So it tends to be livelier and more interesting.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Gilbert tends to be a bedroom community for Phoenix and the more developed suburbs.  Retirement, retail, and construction contribute to the local economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Gilbert is southeast of Phoenix in the Sonoran desert. The Superstition Mountains are nearby

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Gilbert residents have easy access to the major cultural opportunities of nearby Phoenix and Arizona State University, located in adjacent Tempe. Residents will find interesting events at the Gilbert Civic Center


Crime in Gilbert tends to hover at least 25% below the national average.

Medical Facilities

Phoenix and its larger suburbs have some of the world's finest medical facilities.


Sky Harbor Airport is a short drive (25 minutes) away with its connections to anywhere in the world. Mesa also has an airport.  There is a park and ride facility for bus service to Phoenix and possible future light rail. Compared to other communities, Gilbert is below average in walkability.


Valuable Links

Arizona retirement community guide
Wikipedia entry for Gilbert
Discover Gilbert
Sun Lakes Retirement


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