by Jeff Wasowicz
We’ve come a long way since the homesteaders of the 1870s decided to strike camp and build a life in Lonesome Valley – now called Prescott Valley.
In 1964, Bill Fain established Prescott Valley and in his lifetime he watched one of the fastest-growing towns in Arizona mature into the great community it is today, where people from all over the world have come to make a life. Prescott Valley has come into its own as a result of so many people joining together to build a community.
With a population of 42,900, and ranked the safest town in Northern Arizona, the Town of Prescott Valley issued almost 500 new building permits in 2017. Prescott Valley’s shopping, dining and entertainment-centric lifestyle is now bolstered by the recent groundbreaking of the Homestead Talking Glass apartments, amenity-rich dwellings where residents can walk to their favorite events, restaurants, movies, play and even their veterinarian if their favorite furball isn’t feeling well. And, if you’re not feeling well, our own Yavapai Regional Medical Center-East is just a couple of minutes from home. It’s a convenient, well-designed and perfectly placed lifestyle.
Our region’s center of gravity – what we refer to as Talking Glass – is anchored by Northern Arizona’s premier indoor arena, the Prescott Valley Event Center, a sporting and convention facility, which is host to the NBA’s G-League Northern Arizona Suns, amateur hockey, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) competition, the RAM Turquoise Pro Rodeo Finals, along with country, folk and rock music concerts, to name just a few of the numerous marquee events and sporting competitions taking place at Northern Arizona’s entertainment and sports hub here in Talking Glass.
Imagine walking over to Casa Perez for dinner, then off to a Justin Moore concert for your country music fix and then trotting over to Rafter 11 for a coffee before heading home. Yep, someone just did that in Prescott Valley.
And this summer, people will be attending Prescott Valley Days, one of our community’s largest events, then lingering in The Entertainment District, Talking Glass, and maybe even grabbing a slice of pizza-pie at Home Slice and a movie at one of Harkins Theatres’ 14 screens. Of course, many will drop in to the Event Center to see a live game and then walk over to Buffalo Wild Wings to down a tall frosty beverage and eat some of those tasty lemon pepper-rubbed wings. It’s hard to stop eating those things.
Whatever people will be doing, they are doing it because we are seeing the Town of Prescott Valley come alive, spurred by thoughtful design focused on making a good life for all and a place to linger.
Speaking of the good life, this May marks the annual Yavapai County Contractors Association (YCCA) Home & Garden Show taking place at the Prescott Valley Event Center. With almost 1,000 new home starts in 2016 and 2017 combined, we see residents celebrating a lifestyle they only dreamed about growing up. Clean air, farms and ranch land cohabitating with residential developments, antelope grazing while cattle meander in the tall grass and road trips to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Phoenix and even our beloved sister city, Prescott, are all reasons why families choose Prescott Valley.
As a family of families, all of us at Fain Signature Group continue each day to do our part in building community and creating a place to linger. Design and development are not fixed. Over time, they evolve and take on new shapes and produce new opportunities and challenges. This cycle is what makes us a community, sharing a common passion to make the place we call home.