(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Fulton Homes and Mattamy Homes.)
By Cyrus Guccione | Phoenix New Times
Thirty-five years ago, Queen Creek wasn’t even a town. It was just a desert farming community called Rittenhouse, located in the foothills below the San Tan Mountains, an hour southeast of Phoenix. Citrus, cotton, vegetables, and pecans grew in abundance across the area’s expansive farmland. The main reason people knew it existed was because of Schnepf Farms, where city folks would sometimes come to pick their own peaches and corn.
For years after incorporating as a town in 1989, growth in Queen Creek was slow, gradual. Twenty years ago, the population was a modest 3,700 residents. Even ten years ago, it wasn’t much more than a Wal-Mart and a QuikTrip surrounded by 26,000 people.
Today, though, Queen Creek is booming. With nearly 70,000 residents and more arriving every day, it’s one of the fastest-growing cities in Arizona.