05-31-2011 10:33 AM
I'm a 45 year old woman relocating to AZ by the end of September. I have two 19 yr olds coming with me and wanted an ideal location where they could commute to part time work and attend college as well. I'm looking for newer construction like in Maricopa or Queen Creek, but those areas seem to be such a distance apart from highways and public transportation. Are there other areas that have newer construction that would be good to live in terms of socializing and working for these teens?
06-01-2011 10:04 AM
Queen Creek is too far out....One way in and out..The traffic is bad when everyone is trying too come home from work...Maricopa is also way out there...Gilbert and South Chandler has great shopping...Gilbert has the new mall. You have Chandler GIlbert community college...I would look at those areas..If you were considering Maricopa and Queen Creek..Good Luck....
06-02-2011 07:36 PM
I live in Queen Creek/San Tan Valley and it is a little farther out from the bigger cities but I love the feel and vibe of this area. It takes about 25-35minutes to get almost anywhere in Gilbert, Mesa, or Apache Junction from here, but for me it is worth the time. The closer you get to the metropolis areas the worse the prime time traffic is to anywhere. There are community colleges in every area including Casa Grande near Maricopa and Apache Junction. There are even classes available in the Copper Basin HOA in this area. Also there are classes by the Mesa Airport area which is a branch of ASU located on an what used to be a military base. Grocery stores, Walgreens, CVS, Walmarts are everywhere. There are crops intersperced among the housing developments and it has a bit of a rural feel in the city. The other big draw is that you can get a newer and nicer home for much less $$$. Good luck in whatever you decide.
06-09-2011 07:28 PM
Thanks for the advice! My sister lives in Maricopa and my mother lives in Mesa. I like the newer homes that both Maricopa and Queen Creek seem to have. Also, as you said the prices are lower and I'm ok with commuting since I do it now here in Philadelphia. I will look in both of these areas to see which one I like better. My kids are going to have to get cars to get around regardless of where we live. Thanks again!
06-11-2011 07:54 PM
I think the best place would be the east valley, chandler and gilbert or mesa - all close enough to ASU or many community colleges. Area very populated with many businesses for them to work at. Gilber is where I live and it is very safe and very family oriented. Public transportation in all these areas as well.
06-12-2011 08:25 AM
I'm looking for newer constructed homes and it seems that the homes in those areas(Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa) all seem to be way more expensive. I like the look of the homes in Maricopa and Queen Creek. Are there homes like those in these areas that I could possibly be missing?
06-17-2011 11:29 AM
I show homes in the Southeast Valley, including Maricopa and Queen Creek/San Tan Valley. They are a bit further from central Phoenix then Chandler/Mesa, but yes the pricing is much lower. The areas are not as developed as Chandler/Mesa, but there are plenty of fast food places, WalMart, grocery stores all possible part-time work opportunities.
07-12-2011 12:37 PM
Take advice from a Real Estate investor. You get what you pay for when it comes to a home purchase. Queen Creek is way out there. I own a rental property there. Yes it is a solid 30 min drive anywhere out from the area. It’s boring and you 19 year olds will complain 24-7. Maricopa is also in the middle of nowhere. Both filled with foreclosures and 5ft weeds in front yards. In those 2 cities you can purchase a 3/2 property 2,000 sq ft for about $60K-$70K if you look hard. Banged up foreclosures but these homes are only a few years old. If you’re looking for the ideal area with a college and new construction try Gilbert. Google map = Higley Rd and Ray Road Gilbert, AZ 85296. New construction homes, nice upscale area, new giant San Tan outdoor mall, ASU Polytechnic campus and airport next door. You can’t go wrong with this area.. Buy in QC or Maricopa will get you a 35 minute drive to anywhere. Home prices are poor and foreclosed properties galore. Gilbert gets 5 stars. Make a choice. You get what you pay for. Good luck with the move.
07-12-2011 03:03 PM
I respectfully disagree with Investor Mike's opinion. Yes Maricopa, Queen Creek and san Tan Valley are further out, Queen Creek/San Tan Valley is 20 minutes from the San Tan mall and I definitely disagree that they are weed-infested. Most of the communities have HOA's requiring lawn maintenance, even in foreclosure. A 3/2 2000 sq ft home in Queen Creek/SAn Tan or Maricopa will run around $90-$120K. Gilbert, about double. I agree that Gilbert is closer to Phoenix, but it is pricier. That in my opinion is the trade-off. As a licensed AZ Realtor, I will be happy to send you listings if you would like me to register on the Zip website.
07-12-2011 03:56 PM
Well you have to look at it this way. I own in Gilbert and San tan Valley. 25 minute drive is still a pain in the butt from Queen Creek to the Mall. I drive it every month picking up my rent check. And it’s really about 25 minutes if not close to 30 taking short cuts and traffic.
When it comes to the home prices in QC/San Tan 3 bed/2 bath. MLS# 4595686 for $61K can pick it up for $57K. MLS# 4600078 $68K you can pick it up for $63K. MLS# 4611752 $74K can pick it up for $70K. All foreclosures. All these homes can be purchased with the bank paying 3.5% towards closing cost. HOA are backlogged with weed problems and the vacant properties. There are at least 2 empty homes with weeds on every street in QC and San tan Valley. There are 4 on my street not counting the 2 on the corner.
Gilbert spotless properties beautiful clean nice homes only around 3 years old. And up. MLS# 4597828 $138K can pick it up for $130K. Gilbert brand new built 2011 4 bed 2 bath MLS# 4606711 for $138K. Since this a new built builder finance. You can beat them up with the closing cost they will pay everything. All $7K. You can pick this house up with $130K. If you arrive there without a Realtor they will take another 3% off because of no commission fees. I can keep going and going here with these properties.
Like I said before. You can take advice from a salesman or an investor. It’s your choice. And investors are better then mortgage reps and any realtor. Combined. I challenge anyone out there to prove me wrong. I’m here to help people with the right answers. I’m not selling anything. I’m giving the correct path for someone who wants to buy.