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Verrado - An Oasis in the Desert

Verrado is located 35 minutes West of downtown Phoenix and is considered the most coveted and desirable place to live in the West Valley. Although easily confused for a city in itself, it is actually private neighborhood. Though, like no neighborhood you have ever seen before. It is far more than just a group of homes with a park with play structure on the corner. There are two different sections. Verrado, which is a family neighborhood and Victory in Verrado which is a 55+ neighborhood. Both tailored to spoil its residents.

Verrado is 8,800 acres, large enough for 14,080 Verrado homes and four million square feet of office, some light industrial and retail space. Verrado’s name is derived from the Spanish word “verdad,” which means truth and authenticity.

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Are we still in the desert?

When you first enter Verrado, you will be happily surprised that it has decided to go in a different direction vs the standard desert decor of all other neighborhoods. With tree-lined streets and the majority of the public space covered in pristine grass. When Verrado chose to add trees, they went for gold. In the range of 20,000 trees have been planted and maintained in the common areas. There are also 78 parks, each vastly different from the next. The intention was that every home will be within a block of a park. Something that they  succeeded in doing.

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Party time! Excellent!

Verrado has a never-ending list of celebrations. On the calendar you can find festivals, picnics, block parties, concerts, parades, fireworks, pie baking and eating contests, resident talent shows, and live concerts. Living in Verrado is a culture, not a neighborhood. Here are a few of our signature events that happen every year.

Founders Day is the party of the year. This is a weekend long celebration to celebrate Verrado community heritage. The party starts on Friday night with drinks under the stars and socializing with friends and neighbors. Saturday begins with a Fun Run/Walk and a pancake breakfast along with games and activities for all. Saturday night there is a resident talent show and a live concert. Not a concert the will bore you, but an actual band you know and likely own their cd’s. Bands that have previously played in the park in Verrado are En Vogue, Rachel Platten, Sugar Ray, Rick Springfield, Steven Page, Andy Grammer, B-52s, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Beach Boys just to name a few. This concert as well as all the festivities and free to residents. Sunday is a neighborhood picnic, Community wide photo and the Neighborhood  Spirit Award is given out.

Spirit of Independence is when Verrado celebrates the Fourth of July and every inch of the Verrado community is covered in red, white and blue. The day starts with a community parade, followed by a festival in the park complete with food and the night rounds out with fireworks on the golf course.

Hometown Holidays is a winter tradition that celebrates the spirit of the holiday season. Bring the family to meet with Santa, have a real snowball fight, and gather around for the tree lighting ceremony.

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It’s showtime!

Verrado always has your family in mind. Once a month, Verrado has a Movie in the Park night where residents bring out their lawn chairs and sit under the stars and enjoy a movie with their very large and very friendly Verrado family. Snow cones and popcorn are supplied for all to enjoy.

In the summer months, the movie night is moved to the water park and aptly named, ‘Dive’ in Movie night. Now you are free to lounge around the pool or in the water and enjoy the same amenities while watching a movie. The movies are chosen to be family friendly to keep anyone from being excluded and all residents are emailed the details of the show as well as the date and time.

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What’s for dinner?

One thing is for sure, Verrado has it all and they have it in abundance. That doesn’t change when it comes time to eat. If you aren’t up for making a meal or maybe it isn’t your strong suit, Verrado has you covered. Want something fast? They have it. Pizza? Yep. A sit down meal for that family? Oh, yeah. It’s here. Maybe just a cup of coffee or some ice cream. Check and check.

Culver’s Restaurant is a quick and delicious hamburger and fries type of place. Roast Beef is also on the menu if a burger doesn’t hit the spot. They also offer free ice cream to the little ones.

Burger King – I think this one is self explanatory. Great burgers and fries, made your way.

Verrado Grille – A classy New American eatery at Verrado Golf Club with scenic views, a patio & an indoor/outdoor bar.

Ciao Grazie – An upscale pizzeria and wine bar.

Tempo Urban Bistro – A cutting edge urban bistro focused on fresh food, craft beer, music and art.

The Vic Bar + Kitchen – From-scratch menu featuring the season’s best fresh and local ingredients, it changes often.

The Cliff House at the Victory Course – Another amazing upscale restaurant and golf course.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt – A delicious self-serve frozen yogurt bar.

Ebb and Flow Coffee Co – Two childhood best friends with a passion for coffee and the Verrado community. They also offer healthy food items as well as a few baked items.

Starbucks – I think this one is also self-explanatory. Great Seattle coffee with a few eats and treats.

Verrado Coffee Shop – This is the hub for residents and doubles as the Verrado welcome center. It also has two separate dog parks for residents and customers alike.

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Golf anyone?

At the base of the White Tank Mountains, the Verrado Golf Club, with two 18 hole courses wind through the desert, lined with saguaro cacti, Ironwoods, and plenty of wildlife. Both the Founder’s Course and the Victory Course equal more than 7,000 yards. Both courses were designed by Tom Lehman, A former number 1 ranked golfer. His tournament wins include one major title, the 1996 Open Championship; and he is the only golfer in history to have been awarded the Player of the Year honor on all three PGA Tours: the regular PGA Tour, the Tour and the PGA Tour Champions.

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Cool down from the summer heat

When the weather gets warm, the residents of Verrado head for the water, and in Verrado there is plenty of water to be had. The gym boasts two swimming pools. One for lounging, the other is a multi-lane olympic sized lap pool. For those that are more family oriented, Verrado has its very own water park complete with kiddie pool and a large organic pool with a beach entry making it completely ADA accessible. The water park has numerous covered cabanas and grills available to residents to host parties, entertain guests or just meet other residents and make new friends. There is also a private area with a gas grill available for birthday parties. The birthday cabana is covered to give little ones a break from the heat when not swimming.

Victory, father into the neighborhood, has its own ADA accessible lap pool and a series of three cascading swimming pools, each slightly lower than the next. The water from these three pools pour into the next lower pool in a waterfall fashion. All pools in both Verrado and Victory are heated so the fun doesn’t have to end and the months get cooler.

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Fresh foods and friends

During the summer months, Verrado is host to a farmers market every Saturday morning where you can come on down, grab some fresh fruits and vegetables as well as local honey. There are also several resident vendors. Verrado is also home to a neighborhood sized Bashas grocery which supplies fresh meats, fruits and veggies grown in the great state of Arizona.

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Which way is the Gym?

Verrado and Victory alike both have full gyms which are complimentary to all residents. Just a perk of living in the neighborhood. Along with the gym, there is also, at last count, 21 miles of paved pathways. These pathways span the community connecting the neighborhoods together. Perfect for walking, running, biking and hiking. Additional back-country hiking trails lead out from Verrado to places such as the White Tank Mountains and Skyline Regional Park.

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Pamper me, please.

Looking for some love and attention? Again, you are covered from places to get your hair cut and nails done, to full body messages and total relaxation.

The Blue Daisy Day Spa Salon Boutique – Bright boutique offering haircuts & coloring, mani-pedis, facials & massage, plus women’s clothing.

Barbershop on Main – The place to go for a haircut or old fashioned straight razor shave. Catch up with your friends or catch the game on TV.  A great place where men can just be men.

The Lotus Room – Massage and bodywork for your mind, body and soul.

Majestic Beauty Spa – A medical spa offering Botox, Dysport, dermal fillers, and reiki treatments! The Best Way to Achieve Younger, Better Looking Skin Without Plastic Surgery.

The Spa at Victory – A relaxing and comfortable sanctuary where experienced staff deliver the ultimate in care.

As you can see, there are endless things to explore in Verrado. Everything you need is within its limits, from dentists, to eye care, CVS, banking, etc. You almost never need to leave.

Though some of the great features such as golfing, shopping and restaurants are available to the public, the lifestyle and amenities are only available to residents.