According to the San Tan Historical Society, the unincorporated community of Higley is named for S.W. Higley who moved to Arizona while working on the railroad in 1900 and purchased 8,000 acres. He gifted 49 acres to the community and by 1910, a post office was established in the general store of the little business strip at Higley and... Show all »
According to the San Tan Historical Society, the unincorporated community of Higley is named for S.W. Higley who moved to Arizona while working on the railroad in 1900 and purchased 8,000 acres. He gifted 49 acres to the community and by 1910, a post office was established in the general store of the little business strip at Higley and Williams Field roads.
Higley was still not a town, but it was now a postal district, so the local farmers, who were not a part of Gilbert or Queen Creek could get their mail using their name in care of Higley 85236. The General Store owner's daughter would deliver the farmers mail by horseback in the early days. The rural farming neighborhood was beginning to establish a sense of community and its own distinct identity.
The dairy farmers along with the cooperation of their farming neighbors who raised corn, cotton, and alfalfa developed a strong sense of community and came together and built roads and the little school and established their own electric and irrigation districts. Farmers on tractors out in the fields taking in the beauty of the San Tan Mountains to the south and the Superstitions to the east. Higley remained relatively unchanged for decades.
Early in 2000 that all changed, and the east valley's population exploded. Soon the farms were giving way to new housing developments and the population grew 110 percent within a decade. That prompted Gilbert to attempt to annex Higley. Higley residents declined preferring to retain their own identity. Higley residents tried to incorporate but failed to get enough votes. Many residents were content to remain a postal district and a school district. In order to better serve the new population they built a new post office and schools. Gilbert Memorial Hospital also built a state of the art facility in the unincorporated community.
In the peak of the housing boom, people stood in long lines hours before subdivision sales offices opened and the ensuing bid wars drove the median home price to well over $300,000. Today the median home price in Higley is slightly below comparable homes in Gilbert, but higher than those homes in Queen Creek.
The average sales price for a single family home or condo in February 2010 was $154,000. This information is gleaned from MLS data, and while deemed reliable, is not guaranteed.
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