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Old 06-15-2011, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Marana, AZ
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Hi All:

This is my first post here.

My wife and I are looking to move (retire) to the Valley, buying in the next year. I was looking at Whispering Heights near Chandler Heights & Lindsay. It's in Chandler, but right on the Gilbert Line.

Anyway, I'm doing my search from a distance before travelling to finalize our decisions. I see on Google Earth that there are two cow farms within 0.75 miles to the east and north-east. I have traveled to the Valley frequently over the last 20 years, so I know the "lay of the land". I remember passing some especially pungent (stinky) cow farms over the years.

The Gilbert General Plan shows these farms as "residential" in the future, but I am more concerned about the present/near future.

Is anyone familiar with this area and any potential smell? Is there a general "stink zone" around these farms? Does anyone know the direction of the prevailing winds in this part of the Valley?

Any input/info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Texas
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We have friends in the same area. Yes you do get the cow smell and fairly strong at either feeding or milking time, around 6 to 8 am and again in the early evening from around 5 to 7 pm.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Gilbert - Val Vista Lakes
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These are some of the few remaining dairy farms in Gilbert. There is also one in Chandler on the west side of the Chandler airport.

You will get the odor from the farm, and if you're concerned about it for the near future, you may want to consider being a little further from them.

25 years ago, Gilbert was all farm area with a lot more dairy farms. Val Vista Lakes was all farm land, and just across Guadalupe was a dairy farm.

Within the past 7 years several more of the dairy farms were sold and homes built in their place. The remaining farms will probably eventually be sold to developers.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Another thing I'd worry about would be bugs. I thoroughly enjoy going to Joe's Farm Grill on East Ray Rd. in Gilbert, but the flying insect problem can really have an impact on enjoyment of your meal. I'm assuming that in addition to the food being taken outdoors, the insects are attracted by Agritopia's natural fertilizer smell, because these aren't just the kind of flies you get in a sidewalk cafe.

If you haven't been to Joe's do go, but a weekday will enable you to enjoy your food without hordes of screaming children knocking it off your table. It's very quiet on weekdays at lunchtime.

And, as everybody says who goes to the Farm Grill, "Don't leave without seeing the restrooms." (No, it doesn't have anything to do with bugs.)
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Maricopa, AZ
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We lived there and HAD to move. It was horrendous. We could NEVER have the windows open because it was seriously so bad I had a hard time not vomiting. I do not recommend.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Southeast Valley
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I was at a meeting last night with the Mayor of Gilbert, John Lewis. He asked everyone what their first memory was of when they moved to Gilbert, and why they chose the area. Believe it or not, a couple people actually chose Gilbert because of the farm like smell. It' VERY minimal, to what it was like 25 years ago. To each his own.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Maricopa, AZ
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Depends on where you are in Gilbert. Southeast corner is NOT minimal. It is INCREDIBLY strong.
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Used to drive back and forth on Chandler Hgts Rd to go to work in Queen Creek. Wow ! Those are some stinky cows !
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:23 PM
 
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I'm always fascinated by people who go through the process of looking for and buying a home (which should include passing through and getting familiiar with the surrounding area (including dairy farms) and never apparently consider whether the proximity of dozens or hundreds of cows could be an issue before buying the house and moving in, and THEN complain. There's a legal doctrine called "coming to the nuisance" which applies in situations like this. If you move next to a dairy farm or an airport or a noisy factory, well, look in the mirror for whose fault it is that you are unhappy.
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Gilbert - Val Vista Lakes
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Another thing I'd worry about would be bugs. I thoroughly enjoy going to Joe's Farm Grill on East Ray Rd. in Gilbert, but the flying insect problem can really have an impact on enjoyment of your meal. I'm assuming that in addition to the food being taken outdoors, the insects are attracted by Agritopia's natural fertilizer smell, because these aren't just the kind of flies you get in a sidewalk cafe.

If you haven't been to Joe's do go, but a weekday will enable you to enjoy your food without hordes of screaming children knocking it off your table. It's very quiet on weekdays at lunchtime.

And, as everybody says who goes to the Farm Grill, "Don't leave without seeing the restrooms." (No, it doesn't have anything to do with bugs.)
But these flying insects are better because they feed on natural fertilizer grown food. No bothersome pesticides for these insects
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