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Old 12-06-2008, 10:03 AM
 
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I"m looking to move to the Phoenix area from Florida in the future and have been scouting home areas. Everyplace I search through Realtor.com the land the homes sit on is less than 1/2 acre. In other words, matchbox sized lots.

I lived in California before and am not interested in such side-by-side living. Are there areas in the Phoenix area which have homes on large (1 acre or more) lots?

I did a search in the Tucson area and there are plenty of home sites with large lots.

Thanks,
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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I"m looking to move to the Phoenix area from Florida in the future and have been scouting home areas. Everyplace I search through Realtor.com the land the homes sit on is less than 1/2 acre. In other words, matchbox sized lots.

I lived in California before and am not interested in such side-by-side living. Are there areas in the Phoenix area which have homes on large (1 acre or more) lots?

I did a search in the Tucson area and there are plenty of home sites with large lots.

Thanks,
Of course. It will cost you mucho dinero though. 1 acre lot where I live will run about 300K for the lot and a home that will pass HOA in that area will be about 4000 sf and 500K or more. You can get "horse properties" in the outskirts for less. If they were cheap and conveniently located, we'd all own one.
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:12 AM
 
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oh, and I don't want to live in a HOA governed area too

I guess I'm out of luck in Phoenix then?
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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oh, and I don't want to live in a HOA governed area too

I guess I'm out of luck in Phoenix then?
Then you are looking at "horse properties". There are realtors who specialize in that. Don't expect it to look too nice in the neighborhood. Nothing decays here, so that fridge they put in the backyard in 1963 next to the travel trailer with no wheels looks as good as it did the first day.
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:28 AM
 
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I understand what your saying and I understand the reasoning behind the HOA. I'm just incensed that I have to pay a governing body to inforce what should be held up by local laws. Paying a monthly fee on top of local taxes. Does that make sense? Mortgage, Taxes, Insurance, Utilities, and here comes HOA fees. geeeze!!

On top of that, I've seen HOAs tell ppl they had to park their cars in the garage, they can't hang laundry outside, they can't do this, they can't do that... and the list goes on.

I want peaceful living and don't want endless montly fees which keep one from having a comfortable life. Suppose I want to take off work for a month or two? Even if I have the house and land paid off I still have to worry about my good friend the HOA.
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Old 12-06-2008, 11:02 AM
 
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I understand what your saying and I understand the reasoning behind the HOA. I'm just incensed that I have to pay a governing body to inforce what should be held up by local laws. Paying a monthly fee on top of local taxes. Does that make sense? Mortgage, Taxes, Insurance, Utilities, and here comes HOA fees. geeeze!!

On top of that, I've seen HOAs tell ppl they had to park their cars in the garage, they can't hang laundry outside, they can't do this, they can't do that... and the list goes on.

I want peaceful living and don't want endless montly fees which keep one from having a comfortable life. Suppose I want to take off work for a month or two? Even if I have the house and land paid off I still have to worry about my good friend the HOA.
We didn't have a HOA in Alaska.

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Old 12-06-2008, 11:04 AM
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Location: Chandler
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Just like with everything, not all HOAs are bad. If you find a property you like, get a copy of the CC&Rs. Also, try to talk to the neighbors to see how the HOA is. Some have busybodies that love to walk the neighborhood nit-picking for violations. Others, like mine, will let little things go and even on bigger issues are still flexible.
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Old 12-06-2008, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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You might be able to find some elbow room in Chino Valley, but land is gold here. Some of the more remote areas outside of Prescott may suit your needs. Will you be commuting to a job?
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Old 12-06-2008, 11:19 AM
 
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I know people who live on horse properties out at the litchfield farms area ...... not bad and not as expensive as places like the custom lots in Estrella or Vanderbilt Farms (where I personally would love to live if I were loaded)
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Old 12-06-2008, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Chandler
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In AZ the land is desert so most people don't really want too much of it, hence the homes are built close together. But there are plenty of areas with acreage available. I know of several properties in North Scottsdale as well as the Southeast valley area that are not HOA governed and have land. The caveat is, you are farther out from the cities and will have a drive to get to events like sports, concerts and shopping. Good luck!
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