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Embracing Innovation and Heritage: Exploring the West Valley’s Past and Future 

September 12, 2023

The West Valley of the Phoenix metro area offers a fascinating blend of rich history, rapid growth, and a deep-rooted sense of community. At its heart lies Buckeye, a city that has witnessed a transformation from its small-town beginnings to becoming one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation.  

This region’s commitment to preserving its heritage while embracing innovation comes to life through its vibrant communities, booming job market, and recent entrance into cutting-edge industries like manufacturing and chip development. As this area continues to evolve, a new master planned community stands poised to encapsulate the West Valley way of life while imbuing new innovative conservation principles that will reshape the region’s future. 

Old Buckeye

Buckeye’s Journey: From Small-Town Roots to Urban Growth

Buckeye, once a quaint agricultural town, has experienced a remarkable evolution over the years. Founded in 1888, it was initially known for its farming and ranching activities. Its name is an homage to the founder’s home state of Ohio, known as “The Buckeye State.” The construction of the Buckeye Canal, a critical water source, transformed the landscape and paved the way for economic growth and the development of new neighborhoods and communities. The city’s commitment to its historical legacy is evident in the Historic Downtown Buckeye district, which offers a glimpse into its past to this day through well-preserved architecture and community events. 

In recent decades, Buckeye’s population has skyrocketed due to its strategic location, affordable housing, and access to employment opportunities, and the West Valley is now home to 1.8 million residents (about twice the population of Delaware). This transformation is emblematic of the West Valley’s growth as a whole, with neighboring cities like Goodyear, Avondale, and Surprise also experiencing substantial expansion. This growth has not only brought economic prosperity but has also strengthened the area’s sense of community, which remains the heart of its identity. Looking ahead, the West Valley is projected to account for 43% of all growth in Maricopa County, which means new opportunities to deepen and enrich the lives of residents there. 


West Valley’s Current Landscape: Amenities, Economy, and High-Paying Jobs

The West Valley offers a diverse range of amenities that cater to residents’ lifestyles. Sprawling parks, recreational facilities, and cultural centers provide opportunities for relaxation and engagement for all ages. The region is committed to education and has invested in esteemed institutions like Arizona State University’s West Campus and a network of top-rated schools. 

One of the West Valley’s most notable achievements is its recent surge in high-paying job opportunities. Previously viewed as a residential hub, the region has diversified its economic landscape by embracing new sectors like technology and manufacturing as well as investing in the healthcare, aerospace, and aviation industries. The emergence of semiconductor manufacturing has brought cutting-edge industries to the forefront. This transition aligns with the state’s broader goal of becoming a technology and innovation hub, contributing significantly to Arizona’s economic development. 

The Role of Teravalis: An Innovative Approach to Sustainability and Modern Living

Amid this transformation, a new master planned community has emerged as a potential game-changer for the West Valley: Teravalis. This community will preserve the essence of West Valley’s identity while infusing it with contemporary design and amenities. This balanced approach respects the region’s historical roots while catering to the needs and desires of a modern population. Teravalis will integrate open green spaces, energy-efficient infrastructure and home designs, and smart city technologies. These elements are how it will set new standards for sustainable living in the West Valley. 

Additionally, Teravalis presents an opportunity to foster a sense of belonging among residents. Emphasizing communal spaces, walkability, recreational facilities, and cultural integration, the community aligns with the West Valley’s dedication to close-knit neighborhoods. Residents will not only benefit from convenient access to modern amenities but will also be part of an innovative sustainable urban living. 

As Teravalis takes shape, the West Valley has the opportunity to showcase its unique way of life while spearheading modern approaches to embracing the beauty and climate of the land it’s honored to call home. The development of Teravalis symbolizes the region’s forward-looking mindset and its commitment to creating an environmentally conscious, inclusive, and prosperous future for the West Valley’s current and future residents.  

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About Teravalis™

Teravalis is primed to be a 37,000-acre premier master planned community located in the West Valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area, in Buckeye, Arizona. Translating to “land of the valley,” Teravalis is positioned between the White Tank and Belmont Mountain ranges and is committed to embracing the natural High Sonoran Desert beauty. Utilizing innovative technology and sustainable planning, the community will feature unparalleled amenities and wide-open spaces to explore and discover. Teravalis is a community by Howard Hughes®, known for its mission to curate vibrant communities that elevate the everyday, creating meaningful moments in great places where people can live their best lives – and thrive for generations to come.