Agritopia occupies a prominent position in the city’s southeast corner. This ancient property is surrounded by lush tree-lined avenues and homes with classic architectural details. New inhabitants can choose from a variety of home types that are modeled after homes built in Phoenix, AZ throughout the 1930s and 1940s. In keeping with the name, there is a strong emphasis on Arizona’s agricultural tradition in an urban context that is not just functional but also aesthetically pleasing.
Agritopia is a 166-acre mixed-use planned town in Arizona that was created to promote agrarianism while also creating a sense of community among people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Agrihood comprising housing plots, a certified organic farm, and business spaces is located in the area Homes ranging in size from 1300 square feet to 7,000 square feet are built next to each other, with some having complete basements and others having partial ones (extremely rare in Arizona). It is reminiscent of the mid-west in the 1950s, with its narrow streets and front porches, as well as its low back fences, which encourage neighborly interaction. The “farm” atmosphere permeates every aspect of Agritopia.
Joe Johnston built the neighborhood in the 2000s on the site of his family’s old farm, which had been abandoned for decades. It consists of 452 lots on which the developer constructed single-family homes, cottages, and bungalows in the neotraditional architectural styles that were prominent in the early twentieth century in the United States. Also included are an operational urban farm, community garden, private Christian school with 470 students, a community center, an assisted-living facility, and four eateries in the community. Neighborhood covenants were set by the developers, which favored home-based and agricultural businesses, as well as pedestrian transportation, while discouraging rental dwellings.
Agritopia was created with the goal of instilling a sense of community and walkability in the greater Phoenix region. “Joe’s Farm Grill,” which was featured on the Food Network’s popular show “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” hosted by Guy Fieri and is open seven days a week, is one of the stand-alone restaurants within Agritopia. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. “The Coffee Shop” is located directly across the street from Joe’s Farm Grill and was featured on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” program, which it won. The Coffee Shop serves breakfast and lunch, as well as award-winning pastries such as scones and cupcakes, in addition to a variety of beverages. The newest addition to Agritopia is a set of buildings called “Barnone” which features artisanal craftsmen showcasing their goods and making them onsite. Barnone is a community for skilled craftsmen to make and sell their handcrafted goods.