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Old 12-07-2007, 12:31 AM
 
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I've been renting for the past three years in AZ. I've lived a year each in Gilbert, Mesa (ghetto), and Tempe, and by far my favorite was Gilbert (friendly people, safe, clean). So since the real estate market is going to be down for a while and I know wherever I buy I will be stuck for a while, I really am trying to make sure I'm not moving into an area that has a problem that I am unaware of. My wife works in Tempe by ASU, and I only travel once a week to work out at the airport. We wouldn't mind living in Tempe (south of th 60) but we want to stay under 300k. We both really like Gilbert but we don't want to be WAY out there, so were thinking of buying a house in the 85233 zip (north of elliot). Anybody have any comments on the area? Good, bad, ugly? I've never lived or known anyone who lives there so anybody's comments are much appreciated, also if anybody has any comments about any other area that we should be looking at, I appreciate it. Thanks!
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Old 12-07-2007, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Gilbert - Val Vista Lakes
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Hootie, there is a really nice lake community called The Islands that runs between Elliot and Warner (and a little south) to the east of McQueen, all in 85233. I checked the MLS and there are quite a few homes in there in your price range.

The area to the north of Elliot and east of McQueen is also nice, and there is a ski lake up there also.

Val Vista Lakes is a little farther west starting at Val Vista Dr and Baseline, and it has a few homes in your range.

Bill
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:06 PM
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Location: Gilbert
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I live in 85233 near Gilbert Rd and Ray Rd...great area.
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Old 12-07-2007, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Sunny Phoenix Arizona...wishing for a beach.
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I've been renting for the past three years in AZ. I've lived a year each in Gilbert, Mesa (ghetto), and Tempe, and by far my favorite was Gilbert (friendly people, safe, clean). So since the real estate market is going to be down for a while and I know wherever I buy I will be stuck for a while, I really am trying to make sure I'm not moving into an area that has a problem that I am unaware of. My wife works in Tempe by ASU, and I only travel once a week to work out at the airport. We wouldn't mind living in Tempe (south of th 60) but we want to stay under 300k. We both really like Gilbert but we don't want to be WAY out there, so were thinking of buying a house in the 85233 zip (north of elliot). Anybody have any comments on the area? Good, bad, ugly? I've never lived or known anyone who lives there so anybody's comments are much appreciated, also if anybody has any comments about any other area that we should be looking at, I appreciate it. Thanks!

If you think you might be stuck for awhile don't buy just yet.
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Old 12-07-2007, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Sunny Phoenix Arizona...wishing for a beach.
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Hootie, there is a really nice lake community called The Islands that runs between Elliot and Warner (and a little south) to the east of McQueen, all in 85233. I checked the MLS and there are quite a few homes in there in your price range.

The area to the north of Elliot and east of McQueen is also nice, and there is a ski lake up there also.

Val Vista Lakes is a little farther west starting at Val Vista Dr and Baseline, and it has a few homes in your range.

Bill

Hi Bill,
I really like the Islands but I'm not comfortable in some of the areas around there. It's mostly pleasing to the eye but sketchy as you go father south. I would chose Val Vista Lakes over the Islands, although no area is crime proof these days.
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Old 12-07-2007, 07:27 PM
 
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I live near Gilbert and Warner.. Great area right next to Gilbert Towne Center. Lots of nice restaurants, movie theaters, and shops. We've been able to kick Walmart out now for three years... I think they finally got a hint. Elliot/Cooper is nice also.
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Old 12-07-2007, 07:31 PM
 
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Hi Bill,
I really like the Islands but I'm not comfortable in some of the areas around there. It's mostly pleasing to the eye but sketchy as you go father south. I would chose Val Vista Lakes over the Islands, although no area is crime proof these days.
I agree...You know your neighborhood is going downhill when Goodwill moves in....lol

The worst lake community I've seen is south of Chandler Blvd, between Gilbert and McQueen. Not sure if there is an HOA in that subdivision...
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Old 01-05-2008, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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I live in 85234 right on the border of 85233. I love it here. Not too far out, like you said, and despite living on a horse property (lots of space, rural environment), there are a lot of entertainment businesses around. I also like it because it's not as pretentious as some areas of Gilbert, and a bit more homey.
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Old 01-06-2008, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Sunny Phoenix Arizona...wishing for a beach.
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I live in 85234 right on the border of 85233. I love it here. Not too far out, like you said, and despite living on a horse property (lots of space, rural environment), there are a lot of entertainment businesses around. I also like it because it's not as pretentious as some areas of Gilbert, and a bit more homey.
Funny I was trying to decide between a rental at the Islands today(85233) or Val Vista Lakes(85234). I guess we are sticking with Val Vista Lakes. If they go for what I offered in rent
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Old 01-06-2008, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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I agree...You know your neighborhood is going downhill when Goodwill moves in....lol
Oh please. I have a Goodwill right down the street, and I wouldn't call my area sketchy. Where would we all take our excesses if it weren't for Goodwill?
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