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Old 06-30-2012, 08:41 PM
 
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I have searched this question numerous times and have come up with some really good answers but none of them on this website are within the past year, got some good places but the thread was from 09.

So heres the story,

The Wife and I will be moving from Chicago to Phoenix Area in the upcoming Spring, we are going to visit in October and want to start getting a gameplan on where we should be checking out and possibly signing the lease in October.

Our current criteria

-$700 - $1,000 a month for rent (Condo or Apartment) (1 Bed 1 Bath Would be sufficient)
- A good safe place to live
- For work I can transfer to the following cities (Scottsdale, N. Phoenix, Gilbert, Chandler, Glendale)
- Looking for places that are kind of close to a mall as well as my Wife will most likely be working there. (20 min drive or less is preferred)
-Gated community a plus but with our price range I can see this being a stretch

Our biggest thing is that it is a Resort Style Living.

Thank you so much for your help and we are excited to move to such a great state

P.S. How much should we expect to pay for utilities typically? (Energy/Water)

What is everyones opinions on Mark Taylor style apartments?
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Anchored in Phoenix
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You must forgive us who do not reveal the best apartments because we do not want our places overrun! Seriously, why don't you study the apartment ratings web sites? My complex for the most of the last six years has been like heaven. It's in southeast Phoenix. Utilities? I am hardly ever home but my bill from May 15 to June 14 was $50. SRP. 1,000 square feet. I laugh at the types who buy McMansions and complain they pay $800 per month for utilities. Mine is a 2 bedroom. Since you'd be home all the time I would expect in the $50 range. Water is not included in my SRP. I think it's $30.

I recommend Apartment Ratings :: The leading source of apartment reviews by renters for renters.

Also one person's paradise is another person's hell. You may be the quiet type who enjoys silence. Someone else may enjoy the party atmosphere and stay up nights til midnight. There are apartment complexes for both types. That's why I recommend reading the reviews and zero in on whether it's quiet or party type. Myself I prefer VERY VERY quiet. and make sure I am the same way.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:54 PM
 
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You can find a ton of resort style apts and they will be gated for your price!! Mark Taylor ae usually pretty nice. I lived in one many years ago, so they have aged a bit. Of your choices I would suggest sticking to Scottsdale (northern area) and NE Phoenix. OR N. Glendale, near Arrowhead mall is really nice!

Sorry I don't know of any apts off hand, it's been a while since I've lived in them. But, just do a search and anything in your price range for a one bedroom WILL be Luxury!! Don't rule out condos for rent either. That was my last move I did. A REALLY nice condo in central phx for $750+. Now I live in a townhouse in NE Phx.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:56 PM
 
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You must forgive us who do not reveal the best apartments because we do not want our places overrun! Seriously, why don't you study the apartment ratings web sites? My complex for the most of the last six years has been like heaven. It's in southeast Phoenix. Utilities? I am hardly ever home but my bill from May 15 to June 14 was $50. SRP. 1,000 square feet. I laugh at the types who buy McMansions and complain they pay $800 per month for utilities. Mine is a 2 bedroom. Since you'd be home all the time I would expect in the $50 range. Water is not included in my SRP. I think it's $30.

I recommend Apartment Ratings :: The leading source of apartment reviews by renters for renters.

Also one person's paradise is another person's hell. You may be the quiet type who enjoys silence. Someone else may enjoy the party atmosphere and stay up nights til midnight. There are apartment complexes for both types. That's why I recommend reading the reviews and zero in on whether it's quiet or party type. Myself I prefer VERY VERY quiet. and make sure I am the same way.
Wow, $50 for electric for someone who IS home? I never hit that in the winter! Mine has been $200-300 in the summer for a one bedroom, $60 or so in the winter.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:57 PM
 
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You must forgive us who do not reveal the best apartments because we do not want our places overrun! Seriously, why don't you study the apartment ratings web sites? My complex for the most of the last six years has been like heaven. It's in southeast Phoenix. Utilities? I am hardly ever home but my bill from May 15 to June 14 was $50. SRP. 1,000 square feet. I laugh at the types who buy McMansions and complain they pay $800 per month for utilities. Mine is a 2 bedroom. Since you'd be home all the time I would expect in the $50 range. Water is not included in my SRP. I think it's $30.

I recommend Apartment Ratings :: The leading source of apartment reviews by renters for renters.

Also one person's paradise is another person's hell. You may be the quiet type who enjoys silence. Someone else may enjoy the party atmosphere and stay up nights til midnight. There are apartment complexes for both types. That's why I recommend reading the reviews and zero in on whether it's quiet or party type. Myself I prefer VERY VERY quiet. and make sure I am the same way.
Completely understand about the whole keeping the best places secret.

The issue I have with Apartment ratings is really that you are more likely to leave a negative review over a positive one, and with the place we live at gets really good reviews (We think its the managers doing them, and we hate it here, tons of problems, etc). So trying to get some personal opinions from people who know the city, not possible managers leaving reviews to possibly sell more units.

But thanks for all the help so far!
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:59 PM
 
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You can find a ton of resort style apts and they will be gated for your price!! Mark Taylor ae usually pretty nice. I lived in one many years ago, so they have aged a bit. Of your choices I would suggest sticking to Scottsdale (northern area) and NE Phoenix. OR N. Glendale, near Arrowhead mall is really nice!

Sorry I don't know of any apts off hand, it's been a while since I've lived in them. But, just do a search and anything in your price range for a one bedroom WILL be Luxury!! Don't rule out condos for rent either. That was my last move I did. A REALLY nice condo in central phx for $750+. Now I live in a townhouse in NE Phx.
Awesome, this is more or less an answer we are looking for, just good places to live and you seemed to answer that, we havent been to AZ in about 10 years and I know stuff has changed, so any opinion/help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:28 PM
 
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If anyone else has a suggestion that would be appreciated.

Looking for more of an older community, no teenage/young adults would be best.
Would be great if it was near a golf course too!
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Old 07-01-2012, 12:44 AM
 
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Anyone know about the Alexan at Frank Lloyd Wright?

Got good reviews, pretty cheap, big, 3 floor, own garage.

Is it in a good location?
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Old 07-01-2012, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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It might make a difference to the replies you get if we knew your approximate age. I wouldn't recommend the same neighborhoods to a 50-year-old that I would recommend to a 30-year-old.

When you say "older community" do you want the community to be older (i.e. established) or do you want older people living there? Do I get this right: you want close to shopping, resort-style, but you want to live with older residents? An over-55 place? That's about the only way you can guarantee no kids, teens, or young adults. It's a fact that young people rent apartments. And given the current economic climate, many families with children of all ages rent apartments or own a condo because they can't afford a single-family home. Many complexes have playgrounds as one of their amenities and you are likely to have a young crowd poolside if you are in an all-ages complex. On the other hand, many over-55 complexes have their own golf courses and the people poolside will be adults.

Perhaps this will be helpful to you in regard to what various neighborhoods have to offer:
Neighborhoods We Love - Phoenix Magazine
Best Phoenix Neighborhoods - Phoenix Magazine
2010 Best Places to Live - Phoenix Magazine
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Old 07-01-2012, 01:03 AM
 
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It might make a difference to the replies you get if we knew your approximate age. I wouldn't recommend the same neighborhoods to a 50-year-old that I would recommend to a 30-year-old.

When you say "older community" do you want the community to be older (i.e. established) or do you want older people living there? Do I get this right: you want close to shopping, resort-style, but you want to live with older residents? An over-55 place? That's about the only way you can guarantee no kids, teens, or young adults. It's a fact that young people rent apartments. And given the current economic climate, many families with children of all ages rent apartments or own a condo because they can't afford a single-family home. Many complexes have playgrounds as one of their amenities and you are likely to have a young crowd poolside if you are in an all-ages complex. On the other hand, many over-55 complexes have their own golf courses and the people poolside will be adults.

Perhaps this will be helpful to you in regard to what various neighborhoods have to offer:
Neighborhoods We Love - Phoenix Magazine
Best Phoenix Neighborhoods - Phoenix Magazine
2010 Best Places to Live - Phoenix Magazine
We are in our Mid 30's. I dont want to be surrounded by ASU students.
When I say older I mean older as in age of the people.

Anything near Golf Courses would be fantastic as me and my wife are Avid Golfers.


Just looking for an older quiet style life, well kept, clean and safe.

Golf course living would be a HUGE Plus in our eyes.

Thanks
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