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Is Ahwatukee a city, town, or village?
Actually, Ahwatukee is short for Ahwatukee Foothills, and is an urban village of Phoenix, Arizona. While Ahwatukee geographically forms the southernmost portion within the municipal boundaries of Phoenix, it is normally considered to be part of the East Valley region of the Phoenix metropolitan area due to it being "cut off" from the rest of Phoenix by an impassable South Mountain, and Ahwatukee's long standing cul-de-sac quality of only having access to it from the area of Tempe/Chandler. With the 2019 opening of the Loop 202 freeway connecting it to the West Valley, this perception may evolve differently later on. (source)
How did Ahwatukee get its name?
"Land Over The Hill" is one likely interpretation from the Crow language, as Ahwatukee is literally on the other side of South Mountain from the rest of the city of Phoenix. (source)
How big is Ahwatukee?
Based on estimates from 2016, Ahwatukee has approximately 83,464 residents.
K-8 public school students attend schools within the Kyrene School District, while public high school students attend schools in the Tempe Union High School District.
Mountain Park Ranch
Q: I hear so much about Mountain Park Ranch in Ahwatukee, what can you tell me about it?
A: Comprised of 9 sub-communities and covering 2700 acres, MPR is an acclaimed neighborhood offering residents many parks, tennis courts, refreshing pools, and Rec Centers for its residents. Also included are Sub-Association Members at Canyon Reserve; Diamond Ridge I & II; Keystone; Mountain Canyon Condominiums; The Estates at The Ranch; The Landings; The Terraces at Mountain Park Ranch; and The Townes at Mountain Park Ranch. All the Details can be found at the Mountain Park Ranch HOA website here.