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Old 10-21-2010, 11:05 AM
 
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Default Anyone familiar with the Surprise area

Seen some nice houses in the mid to upper 80's. Im not looking for anything big and these look plenty nice but any know how the area is around like 157th ave, 161st ave, 153rd Drive ?
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Old 10-21-2010, 12:37 PM
 
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It's a very nice and quite area. Crime is very low. Bell has horrible traffic and there isn't a lot to do out here besides go to the grocery store or movies. I don't know how old you are or if you have kids but if you do its a great place to raise a family.
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Old 10-21-2010, 02:41 PM
 
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Surprise is a very nice suburb. Depending on where you work, commute times can be brutal. Otherwise, it's a great place.
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Old 10-21-2010, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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You did not mention where you will be working, if at all, or what your interests are.

As the others mentioned Surprise is a nice community and YES you can find some very nice newer homes in your price range. However, if you need to commute into Phoenix, Scottsdale or Tempe (where most of the jobs are) Surprise might not be the best choice.

Surprise has much to offer. Home to the Texas Rangers & K.C. Royals spring baseball, The Legends tennis tournament, great shopping and dining, nice parks, etc.

You will like it there.
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:10 PM
 
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Not sure yet where i'd work, wanna buy a place outright and just live off some other funds i have for a while. My bigger concern is the area and is there plenty of road cycling available, not just the meander down the road side type i wanna be able to leave my drive go out for a 40 mile training ride on back roads
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Old 10-22-2010, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Not sure yet where i'd work, wanna buy a place outright and just live off some other funds i have for a while. My bigger concern is the area and is there plenty of road cycling available, not just the meander down the road side type i wanna be able to leave my drive go out for a 40 mile training ride on back roads
In that case. Yes, Surprise will work well for you. You might also consider Wadell and even parts of Buckeye.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:31 PM
 
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My husband rides and he has no trouble finding a good place. He often takes the Sun valley parkway - park at the riverboat and then just ride for as long as you care to. You just have to watch out for things people throw on the side of the road, and snakes. He sees snakes pretty frequently.

In 2000, when we moved to Surprise there was very little in the way of stores and restaurants. Now there are lots of stores, tons of chain restaurants, and quite a few independent restaurants. We have a nice park, a good tennis facility, a good aquatic center, and a movie theater. There are plenty of things to do with kids, if that is an issue. And it's not so far from Arrowhead that you couldn't take a ride over there to do other things - they have quite a bit to offer.

I really do love Surprise and I'm glad we moved here. We were living in Phoenix and the neighborhood started to go downhill, so we got out while the getting was good.
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Buckeye
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If biking is your priority, Sun Valley Parkway at the end of Surprise is very nice. 10 minutes from the end of Surprise you will find Sun City Festival (+ 55 community) and Festival Foot Hills. But maybe this is too far out for you and the prices are a little bit higher than you mentioned.
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:55 PM
 
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I would stay away from the next 6-9 months. Values have fallen more than 9% in the past two months, and economic assessments of the housing market are calling for price declines of 25-40% from this summer's prices. With the absense of the tax credits and other government help, the market has taken a dramatic turn for the worse, and wil be catching a falling knife.
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Hunterdon County, NJ
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I would stay away from the next 6-9 months. Values have fallen more than 9% in the past two months, and economic assessments of the housing market are calling for price declines of 25-40% from this summer's prices. With the absense of the tax credits and other government help, the market has taken a dramatic turn for the worse, and wil be catching a falling knife.
Where is a source of this info? Is this the outlook for the zipcode, state, region or the country?
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