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Old 08-26-2010, 03:00 PM
 
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My wife and I are snowbirds looking to buy a winter home in the Queen Creek or San Tan Valley area. We would like to end up in a subdivision that is predominately snowbirds. Is this possible and if so, which subdivisions? We're not in to the "gated" communities.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-26-2010, 04:19 PM
 
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Don't know if this helps, but it might....

Active Adult Living 55+ Communities in Arizona, AZ
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Old 08-26-2010, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
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Hi Snowbird, I am retired but not a snowbird, I live here year around now, just moved here about 15 months ago from Seattle. I live in Gilbert, and not in a retirement community but we do have quite a few neighbors that are also retired that live right around us. The community is called "Greenwood Lakes"
It is on a golf course and VERY convienent to everything. We love it here and highly reccomend it! There are a lot of snowbirds just north of hwy 60 in Mesa. We like to go to the Superstition Market over there.
I am familiar with the Queen Creek area and I suggest Gilbert instead. We are about a mile from the SanTan Mall and just close to everything! If you want more info send me a message. Richard
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:42 PM
 
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Thanks Ritchie_az. I will have a look at the links.

Also, thanks for the suggestion Richard. Although we would like to stay around QC, we are always open to suggestions. I will look at the listings for Gilbert.
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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I'm not one who is prone to obsessing about "crime" the way so many people today do. That said, wouldn't a neighborhood that was largely populated by snowbirds be an open invitation to house burglars? Especially if it isn't gated?

Lively neighborhood activity is a detriment to crime. It's been proven beyond doubt that when people hole-up in their homes because they fear what's going on in the streets, their actions invite incidents of crime. They're not staying safer, they're actually increasing the level of crime that goes on around them.

A neighborhood chock-a-block with homes that are empty six months of the year is not going to be very appealing, so the overall property values would probably decrease over time for everyone. Furthermore, how'd you like to be the permanent resident who has neighbors on every side who want you to "keep an eye on" their house all the time? I have only one of those and he's annoying.

I agree with Ritchie that an active adult community with an organization that is in charge of things while you're coming and going at your leisure would be best for your situation and the safety of others.
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Anthem at Merrill Ranch. Its a master planned community in Florence, which is about 5-10 min away from Queen Creek. There are a lot of seasonal residents there, both on the Sun City 55+ side, as well as the in all ages community. They have lots of amenities like a golf course, recreation center, pools, parks etc.
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Old 09-02-2010, 03:11 PM
 
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A neighborhood chock-a-block with homes that are empty six months of the year is not going to be very appealing, so the overall property values would probably decrease over time for everyone. Furthermore, how'd you like to be the permanent resident who has neighbors on every side who want you to "keep an eye on" their house all the time? I have only one of those and he's annoying.
i used to have a "part-timer" living behind me who actually got angry and quit speaking to me when his house got burglarized and i didn't see anything!! in fact, i'm not so sure he doesn't consider me a suspect, lol!!

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Old 09-02-2010, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Historic Central Phoenix
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I'm not one who is prone to obsessing about "crime" the way so many people today do. That said, wouldn't a neighborhood that was largely populated by snowbirds be an open invitation to house burglars? Especially if it isn't gated?

Lively neighborhood activity is a detriment to crime. It's been proven beyond doubt that when people hole-up in their homes because they fear what's going on in the streets, their actions invite incidents of crime. They're not staying safer, they're actually increasing the level of crime that goes on around them.

A neighborhood chock-a-block with homes that are empty six months of the year is not going to be very appealing, so the overall property values would probably decrease over time for everyone. Furthermore, how'd you like to be the permanent resident who has neighbors on every side who want you to "keep an eye on" their house all the time? I have only one of those and he's annoying.

I agree with Ritchie that an active adult community with an organization that is in charge of things while you're coming and going at your leisure would be best for your situation and the safety of others.
I agree with everything except for your comment that gated subdivisions are safer. Gates really don't do anything except make people think they are exclusive and they keep invited guests/pizza delivery drivers out.

I've lived in gated areas before and given the choice I'd choose an area that wants to be part of the community rather than wants to be separate and exclusive from the community.
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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There are plenty of snowbirds at the Trilogy/Vistancia across the road from us. They are opening some new models that start in the $150,000 which is rather low for that development. I think the models open this weekend and maybe there are incintives as well. Be worth checking out. Very safe community and I personally would rather have a home there than Queen Creek but then budget may dictate where you look.
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:52 PM
 
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Thanks for all the good comments and suggestions!
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