By Frank May, Realtor

Have you ever just looked around the area and thought about what a great place NW Peoria is to live? If you haven’t, then you should! There are not many places in the Valley where you have our combination of relatively newer homes, newer businesses, easy access to freeways, great schools, incredible mountains, and a lake!

The Upper Westside is truly a gem, and all those amenities add up to more people wanting to live here, creating a demand that has been increasing the value of homes in the area for years.

A wonderful added benefit of that growth is that it has brought us some of the best shops and restaurants around. The team at Upper West Side PHX (, a grassroots community movement that encourages specialty shops and restaurants to open in the Northwest Valley, has often been the catalyst in bringing those businesses here.

On the Upper West Side PHX website and their popular social media pages, you can find out what is coming soon and where it will be located; and you can join in and have your voice heard on what you’d like to see come to the Upper Westside. Get involved and enjoy being a part of a unique community that works together to make it a more desirable place to live.

Hopefully, as the temperatures begin to cool down, you will have the opportunity to get out more. As you do, take some time to look at everything around you and say, “What a great place to live,” because it truly is.

And, of course, if you have real estate questions for the area, give me a call at 623-203-1800. I am always happy to help new UWS residents find their perfect home.

Frank May grew up in the Valley, graduating from Northwest Christian School and NAU. He is a real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty and has been helping both buyers and sellers for 18 years. Frank May is also a Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Provider.