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Old 05-11-2010, 12:22 PM
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many, many choices in that price range...all over.....look all around and spend time getting a feel for individual neighborhoods

I think DC Ranch has just a little bit more of a "prestige" factor than Grayhawk, but both are great....

personal opinion (long time resident), but I'd stay as close in as you can just to avoid driving a long distance for a gallon of milk....also, some of these newer developments lack "soul": houses look the same, nobody out walking and waving, long and dull streets....

lots of for sale signs out there!....check very recent comps, decide what you really need, and ask questions
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Old 06-26-2010, 02:27 AM
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I have been looking at homes in a development (well, it has a homeowners' association) called Scottsdale Ranch. But it appears to be very spread out and the homeowners' association seems to mention dozens of neighborhoods. Is this a gated community? Can't figure it out at all! Thanks!
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Old 06-26-2010, 03:21 AM
Location: North Phoenix/Moon Valley
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Here is a link to a description of Scottsdale Ranch.

Scottsdale - Real Estate - Scottsdale Ranch

It is a large area with many different styles of residences from condos to townhouses to single family homes. There are many amenities and activities nearby. Some of the areas are gated like the lakefront neighborhood of Bayview Estates.
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:31 PM
Location: Phoenix AZ
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Originally Posted by Pye View Post
We're planning on retiring to either Arizona or New Mexico next year. A real estate agent in Scottsdale has been sending us listings and these two neighborhoods look particularly interesting. Which is better for "walkability" (we have two very large, very gentle dogs to exercise each day) and is safe for our daughter (who has learning disabilities) to get her bearings? Golf would be great, shopping nearby too. Our budget is around $650,000 for a 3 bedroom + den/office home + pool.

Any other suggestions of good, safe, practical neighborhoods in the Phoenix area? We'd rather avoid having to drive 30 min to grocery shop, etc. Thanks very much!
I used to live in the same area as Grayhawk (DC ranch is similar) , it wasn't "unsafe" from a crime perspective, but we did regularly see coyotes on morning walks, and rattlesnakes on summer afternoon walks.

Coyotes will steal "foo-foo" dogs from your leash or backyard in the right circumstances - this isn't an "urban" area, although there are grocery stores and eateries. You really need to see these areas to decide for yourself if they're right for you.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:29 PM
Location: South Scottsdale AZ
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Originally Posted by Pye View Post
Thanks for the replies! The realtor has also sent us listings for homes in "Princess Views" (around the TPC courses) and Pinnacle Peak, Terravita, Winfield and Troon North. Do you know about these neighborhoods? Sorry to be so clueless - but we're only coming to Scottsdale in the summer and there's only so much you can figure out from Google maps!
the farther north you go...Troon, Pinnacle Peak, all are
million dollar homes,
DC ranch is a good choice considering your daughter
and in particular the McDowell Mtn neighborhood is
an excellent neighborhood, right near Desert Canyon
Middle School and Elementary. (Scottsdale Unified
School District) Pinnacle Peak area is Copperridge
School, also a Scottsdale Unified school, Troon is
so far north I heard talk of the school bus discontinueing
pick up out there because of budget. Not sure if that
idea got approved though, you'd have to check with
the school district on that one. My favorite area up
there is that Pinnacle Peak area, also called Desert Camp.
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:57 AM
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If you are going to live in Scottsdale, don't live in its more remote parts even if it has a fancy title like "North Scottsdale" Some of the most prestigious areas in Scottsdale are rural. There are areas in Scottsdale that provide the best of both worlds. I personally prefer the Gainey Village area which is metropolitan yet also possesses the elite reputation.
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