Ahwatukee is a residential community located in the
foothills of South Mountain and is the southernmost portion of Phoenix,
although it is associated with the East Valley communities of Maricopa County.
The community name is derived from the Crow language. Ahwatukee Foothills
Village is bordered by the Gila River Indian Community to the west and South,
by South Mountain to the north, and by Interstate 10 to the east.
The first notable house built in the area (on a 2,000-acre
site) was the 12,000 square foot winter residence of the founder of
Northwestern University Dental School, Dr. William Van Bergen Ames. Modern
residential development of Ahwatukee, however, began in 1970 by the Presley
Development Company. Originally envisioned as a retirement community, it
evolved into a mix of family living, retirement living and light commercial
The current population is estimated at 83,464, with a median
age of 38 years. Over 56% of residents have a bachelor’s or graduate degree.
The average household income is $127,693, and the median home price is about
$298,000. Sixty-four percent of homes are owner-occupied.Elementary students attend the local Kyrene
public schools, and secondary students attend Tempe high schools.