San Tan Valley, in the far southeast corner of the Valley of the Sun, is located in Pinal County. Nestled in the eastern foothills of the San Tan Mountains, it is a rural community that has grown over the past 20 years and still growing. With the growth, an increasing number of stores, restaurants and activities are improving. Unless you work from home, or work in the service or retail industries, or are retired, you will probably have to commute to work. Employment opportunities here have yet to catch up with the population growth. However, if you work in Gilbert, Chandler, or east Mesa, the drive isn’t too far. The town is serviced by two school districts, each with high schools within the area. If you enjoy hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding, then if you buy a home in San Tan Valley you will love having the beautiful San Tan Mountain Regional Park close. This desert park covers more than 10,000 acres; it ranges in elevation from about 1,400 feet to over 2,500 feet with both gentle desert hiking paths and more strenuous mountain hikes. Life here is typically pretty quiet; a place to enjoy your home, the sunsets, the outdoors, and the blue desert skies. If you are looking for a larger range of entertainment options and family activities, Queen Creek is only a 15-minute drive away, and much of the rest of the southeast valley can be reached in 30 to 40 minutes. Being at the outer limits of the Valley, property is definitely more affordable than in other parts of the Valley. So, if you’re looking for more of a rural, suburban lifestyle with only occasional trips to the bright lights of the big cities, then this could be the place for you! Several acreage properties also available with desert views. Some popular communities in San Tan Valley are Encanterra, Ironwood Crossing, Morning Sun Farms, San Tan Ridge, Pecan Creek, Rancho Bella, Solera, Circle Cross Ranch, Milagro, The Parks, Copper Basin, Johnson Ranch and The Meadows.