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Unread 02-26-2012, 11:49 PM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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Well, being a short sale, for one (I only clicked on the first one). That area certainly is less dense, but you'll be driving a bit to anything, including a grocery store. It's going to be such a drastic change from where you are now that I would rent for a while before buying anything... you will get more familiar with the area and be far less likely to make an expensive mistake.
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Unread 02-27-2012, 09:51 AM
 
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Thanks for all the kind responses! Hopefully I'll get a chance to meet some of you in the future.
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Unread 02-28-2012, 03:46 PM
 
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Honestly, a lot will depend on if & where you are working.

The rural parts of AZ will be more limited in employment/amenities and the more urban parts are going to limit in space

The cities out here can be vast - especially the phoenix metro

Imagine using Irondequoit as your starting point - stretching it west to Brockport and then going south to Geneseo and then filling in the entire area with subdivision, strip malls, parks, full malls, more subdivisions, gas stations, another strip mall, etc ....... that is kind of like Phoenix

In Phoenix the space between say Webster & Bergen is completely developed and not really distinguishable ...... if your job is in Webster it may not matter how much you like living around Bergen unless you have no issues with 1 hr + commutes

My dad works in Rochester and commutes up from near the southern portion of 390 - it takes him about an hour each way and in mileage it's about 2x the distance from work that an hour commute will get you out here

As mentioned, most of the housing stock here is in subdivisions - most of it newer and most of it pretty close to each other.

Most of it also comes with garages and 6' block fences closing in your yard - so there is some privacy built in.

You can get more privacy by having larger lots, lots that back up to a greenbelt (or some other feature that would leave only two houses touching your lot as opposed to the traditional 5)

Also, we have no idea what your budget is ..... there are some acre+ lots out here in convenient area ..... there are also some old horse properties and the like that are decent
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Unread 02-29-2012, 02:27 PM
 
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Budget is 200-250 but could be upwards of 350 depending on what we find or like, meaning we'd like to keep it less than 250 but if there's nothing appealing in that range then we have the ability go up to 350. I'm willing to trade drive time for privacy. I'm completely opposed to a subdivision, even with some extra space.

In addition to "visual" privacy, I need some space for noise. I play guitar (loudly at times, which is an absolute necessity) and I don't want to disturb people. Here I have basement walls that provide a good deal of insulation and my neighbors (at least 50 feet away) say they can't hear me. Sound carries much further through drywall and windows than it does through brick basement walls, which I will most likely not have there. That is not our only determining factor though. We like open spaces and privacy in general and have pretty much settled on at least 2 acres (which is what we'd be looking for if we moved within the Rochester area).
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Unread 02-29-2012, 02:51 PM
 
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Getting 2 acres in AZ is going to be tough while still being within a good shot to amenities, jobs, etc

In the Phoenix metro in parts I'm familiar with you may have some luck in Waddell - just keep in mind some of the homes that sit on that much land are older and the lots can be pretty barren/dusty, etc
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