Located 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix, the City of Surprise is home to affordable properties on larger lots, quality schools, and beautiful desert scenery. Surprise is a popular destination for home buyers who enjoy being close to mountain park lands, a regional lake and pristine, open Sonoran desert.
The growing art scene and available cultural events in Surprise play an important role in making this a unique and fascinating place to live and play. Below is a list of art experiences throughout the City for residents and visitors to enjoy. Learn more about the Arts & Culture Master Plan. Surprise offers spring training baseball, the largest tennis and racquet complex in the southwest, seven gorgeous golf courses, an urban fishing lake and two public aquatic centers.
Founded by Flora Mae Statler, Surprise was just one square mile of farm land back in 1938. According to Statler’s daughter Elizabeth Wusich Stoft, her mother once commented "she would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much." That is how Surprise got its name. We think Flora Mae would be proud of what her city has turned into!
The neighborhoods are clean, distinctive and unique, and 9 out of 10 residents surveyed recommend Surprise as a place to live and start a business!
Surprise is ranked among the top 10 lowest crime cities in Arizona. You'll find mostly tract homes in Surprise, along with rural properties on acreage. You get great value in Surprise for your real estate dollar. You can buy a big house with a pool for less. Surprise is also home to beautiful active adult communities and relaxing golf courses.
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