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Old 12-30-2014, 06:53 PM
 
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Moving from across the Country for work. Larger family pets etc. We are used to acreage haha I know.

Work friends highly suggested Scottsdale. We visited there over the weeked. Impressive . Thing is we do like finer things dining and shopping it has but we are much more laid back low maintenance type... And don't need neighbors in our business. Beverly hillbilly

Any suggestions/areas to zoom in on? Commute is to Tempe. Scottsdale would likely be were we would dine. toddler to college age. You may have guessed (and yes I've read some threads) we are conservative type kids experienced most diverse areas in the past, been there done that. Thank you all! Looking forward to smelling the rain tomorrow that I've only read about here.
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Old 12-30-2014, 07:07 PM
 
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There are some large lots in Scottsdale off of Cactus and west of the 101. Very nice neighborhood and the homes have half acre+ private lots. Wouldn't be too bad of a commute depending on where in Tempe you're going.
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Old 12-30-2014, 07:52 PM
 
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can you offer a hoped-for price to us?!
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Old 12-30-2014, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Since you did not indicate a budget or size of house it is hard to offer suggestions. Certainly there are sections of Scottsdale, Phoenix or Mesa that will meet your needs. More information on wants & needs will go a long way toward answering your question.
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Old 12-30-2014, 10:54 PM
 
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Probably won't buy for a year, just purchased home this year up north 400k. Could lease up to 4500m.... Prefer to stick around 3000m.. There is 5 of us, dog, cat. Typically lived in 2500-3500sf 3+ bed... Almost always had a basement as we'll not counted in sf. Really like having large garage space and a great yard to enjoy. One recently off to college and we think we could downsize quite a bit, not much material things to move. I also think, mind you first time living south... We expect that we will spend much more time living and spending time outdoors (don't want windows overlooking the back yard) Up north we preferred game and play room space because we were indoors half the year. Is it safe to assume those things by moving south? How about schools? The one we want to gear this move around is mid way through 8th grade. Thank for the feedback, trying to check in and read in between touristy stuff

Ps. We love 5-10 acres! Realize that probably out of the question here though

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Old 12-31-2014, 12:25 AM
 
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If you are looking for luxury homes are larger lots, a few areas come to mind.

1. Anything in town of paradise valley (best parts are between Tatum( west), Scottsdale Rd. (east) and Double tree (north), and McDonald (south).
2. Pima acre estates- not much for rent, but there are some good homes for sale right now
3. Madrid around FLW and Thunderbird
4. Arcadia section of Silverleaf at Legacy blvd and Thompson peak
5. Any custom mansion north of Pinnacle peak
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Old 12-31-2014, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Probably won't buy for a year, just purchased home this year up north 400k. Could lease up to 4500m.... Prefer to stick around 3000m.. There is 5 of us, dog, cat. Typically lived in 2500-3500sf 3+ bed... Almost always had a basement as we'll not counted in sf. Really like having large garage space and a great yard to enjoy. One recently off to college and we think we could downsize quite a bit, not much material things to move. I also think, mind you first time living south... We expect that we will spend much more time living and spending time outdoors (don't want windows overlooking the back yard) Up north we preferred game and play room space because we were indoors half the year. Is it safe to assume those things by moving south? How about schools? The one we want to gear this move around is mid way through 8th grade. Thank for the feedback, trying to check in and read in between touristy stuff

Ps. We love 5-10 acres! Realize that probably out of the question here though
That's hard to find in AZ - with water or electric anyway. 1/2 acre in the city would be considered large. 8-10K sf is consider a very good lot size and is getting hard to find in new homes. Some of the outlying burbs may have 1/2-1 acre parcels. A little more remote gets you 3 acre lots. The problem is that so much of AZ is public lands. Once you get outside of the Phoenix metro you are in the national forest, BLM or state trust lands. Private land was mostly once ag and it sells off to developers who pack em in at 6 houses per acre. The upside is that all that public land is open and free (pretty much) for you to enjoy.
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Old 12-31-2014, 07:49 AM
 
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That's hard to find in AZ - with water or electric anyway. 1/2 acre in the city would be considered large. 8-10K sf is consider a very good lot size and is getting hard to find in new homes. Some of the outlying burbs may have 1/2-1 acre parcels. A little more remote gets you 3 acre lots. The problem is that so much of AZ is public lands. Once you get outside of the Phoenix metro you are in the national forest, BLM or state trust lands. Private land was mostly once ag and it sells off to developers who pack em in at 6 houses per acre. The upside is that all that public land is open and free (pretty much) for you to enjoy.
This isn't completely accurate. The Town of PV is not at all outlying and you will be hard pressed to find a lot that is smaller than one acre. Much of Arcadia proper has acre+ lots as do many of the sections of Scottsdale with custom homes. You don't need to go to the outlying areas to have a large lot. You just need deep pockets.
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Old 12-31-2014, 07:51 AM
 
Location: galaxy far far away
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Shea has some nice horse properties up against the hills near 40th street all the way to 66th street. Benefit, on some of those properties you are in Phoenix, paying Phoenix taxes, but close enough to play in Scottsdale and hit the 51 freeway down to Tempe.

Further north along either side of the 51 freeway you will find nice horse size acreage along Bell Road and Union Hills. My neighbor has 2 acres, mine is just shy of an acre. Better prices for more land in the North part of Phoenix. Again, the 51 gets you to Tempe quickly. The nice thing about being up north is that traffic isn't as crazy (though it can get that way) as the 10 and the 202 during drive time. And you have many options from side streets to the 101 through Scottsdale and the 17 a little west of the 51. The school in our district is pretty good from what I hear. Lots of kids in our neighborhood.

Here's a link on AZ schools: Phoenix Schools - Phoenix Arizona School Ratings - Public and Private

and here: Browse Phoenix Schools & Colleges with Reviews & Official Contacts

Personally, if I had a kid in the 8th grade, I would put them in a charter High School rather than the public school system. Charter schools get a lot of support in AZ, and you will find smaller classes and the potential for a better education. They have adopted common core for the public school system here and I have heard a lot of negative feedback on it from teachers and parents alike. (Not trying to start a political conversation here. Just sayin')

Oh - one more thing - I looked long and hard for a property without a Homeowners Association. We do have covenants that we agreed to, but nothing as stringent as a HOA with accompanying rules, dues, regulations and people with nothing better to do than watch your every move.

So - You don't want people in your business? Don't go with a HOA. All it takes is one overzealous board member and you're being told what color to paint your house, how many dogs you can have, whether or not you can fix a car in your own garage... While property values for reselling your home might be better in an HOA neighborhood, some people can be a real PITA while you are living there. This is an important point to consider - so always ask your Realtor this all important question.
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Old 12-31-2014, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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So...just going off your monthly lease number and a quick search of Realtor...$500k - $600k (could stretch this depending on down payment) within 10 miles of Tempe, AZ, 3+ beds, 2.5+ baths on 1+ Acres yields 14 results. All of them are over 2500 sq ft. Short answer, yes it is doable depending on your desired drive time and budget. If you want to go further out (20 Mile search radius from Tempe) you jump to 74 properties. Scottsdale, Chandler and some areas of Tempe (Kyrene school district) are going to be the better school districts in the East Valley...if you want to go as far SE as Queen Creek/San Tan area, they have a great district as well (depending on what actual schools you are in) Or you can try and get the 8th grader into the BASIS schools...but I wouldn't count on that as many apply but there are limited slots every year.
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