Gilbert, AZ - Posh Gay Lifestyle in an Art Deco Desert Town

Gilbert, Arizona is located just southeast of Phoenix.  This 76 square miles of suburban sophistication is situated near the Canals of Consolidation and the Riparian Preserve of Water Ranch. This gives the area a little more waterfront than most irrigated agricultural desert towns.

It used to be a remote hay farming community that was run by a Mormons. Now it has been named as the fastest growing municipality in the United States from 1990-2003 and the fourth fastest growing since 2009.  Gilbert is a booming town that is known for its high household median income and safety. 

Gilbert is often billed as a small town with big city appeal and it is very well known for its Heritage district that features many high-end boutiques and shops and it is home to four new flashy hotels and scores of new housing developments near the outdoor San Tan Village and the Cosmo Dog Park. It is also bordered by four university campuses, including the Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Arizona State’s Polytechnic Campus, Northern Arizona University’s East Valley Campus and AT Still University.  It is also well-known for the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Gilbert is a city with a progressive attitude towards LGBT individuals and couples for the most part, probably because 34.5% of Gilbert residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. Still this is a suburban area without a lot of open displays of gayness so it is best to consult with a Gilbert gay realtor to find the best place for you to live.  Many people who live here are Mormon with Catholicism being the second preferred religion.

There is not a lot of gay action in Gilbert itself and most residents take the twenty-minute drive to Phoenix to enjoy such gay hangouts as the Bunkhouse Lounge, Karamba Nightclub, Charlie’s Phoenix and the Ice Picks.  Although a city in its own right, Gilbert was once considered to be just a suburb of Phoenix.  However, there are a few local gay-friendly hangouts mostly along or near Williams Field Road in the downtown area including the Fox Cigar Bar (that has a large humidor) and Postino East (a wine bar.)

One beautiful aspect of Gilbert is the large number of  amazing examples of intact Art Deco and depression era buildings that are still in evidence everywhere in the city. There are beautiful old silver water towers, many old neon signs and wonderful public Art Deco buildings. In some parts of downtown Gilbert, you feel that you are stepping into another era as many of the public and commercial buildings have large yards and parking lots.

The average price per square foot for a Gilbert home was $124 this fall, which is a rise of 20.4% since the Fall of 2014. The average listing price for a home was $319,378 for the week ending October 9.  Also that week were there 904 homes in the foreclosure process so there are short sales to be had.

For more information about Gilbert and its many events and attractions go to the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce site at