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Old 04-05-2007, 12:02 PM
 
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Hello,

Coming from Oregon w/in a few weeks and I'm curious if Rancho El Dorado gets the same "smells" as Maricopa? I'll be working in Southern Phoenix so I"m trying to find the most reasonable commute considering dollars being spent on a house.

Open to all thoughts.

Thanks!
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:52 PM
 
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I have no idea what you are talking about? Where is this place that you ask about? If it's a name of a subdivision, then you have to know we have thousands of them here. This place is HUGE!
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:54 PM
 
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Sorry, this subdivision is due north of Maricopa off HWY 347 approaching HWY 10.

I hear that Maricopa is very close to cow farms - and I'm wondering if living north of it a bit would help....
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Old 04-05-2007, 03:14 PM
 
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I was in Maricopa looking at subdivisions a few weeks ago and took some pictures. Hope this gives you a good idea.

Here is that "Rancho El Dorado" subdivision you were talking about. Pretty much your standard southwestern style subdivision:


This is Cobblestone Farms, a really nice looking subdivision built by Fulton Homes right across the street from Rancho El Dorado:


This is AZ-347, the main access road leading into Maricopa, through the Gila River Indian Reservation. This picture was taken on a Sunday, but I've heard that traffic can be horrendous for the weekday commute:


Yes, there is agriculture in Maricopa. I have no idea what the cow operations you're talking about is. I only saw some green fields:


Keep in mind Maricopa is an extremely new "town," if it can be called that. It is basically just a satelite of the ever-expanding Phoenix/East Valley blob. The only reason for all this growth is that it is cheap land just past the borders of the Indian reservation. It is a totally artificial location. Until just a few years ago, this is all Maricopa was:
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Old 04-05-2007, 03:21 PM
 
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Oh very good. Appreciate the insight and pics! Where do I send the cash?
8-)

Open for any other feedback. I understand the "field turned subdivision"...but weren't they ALL fields at one time? Gilbert at one point must have been the same way....
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Old 04-05-2007, 04:17 PM
 
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When we moved to gilbert 5 years ago we were surroned by dairies and fields. Now mostly gone. The smell was only bad in the summer. We liked being a little further out. We used to say we lived in South Gilbert, now it's more like central Gilbert.

We had looked at Maricopa a few times. We felt there was one way in and one way out. Have you looked at Tempe?
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Old 04-05-2007, 05:45 PM
 
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good info wamommy1. we haven't ruled any are out yet but are looking for the best bang for the buck. I'll be working off of E Baseline, so somewhere to the South, East or SE seems to make the most sense...
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Old 04-05-2007, 05:53 PM
 
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Yes, at one point everything in the valley was just a cotton field or orange grove, or cow farm. As natives might remember the 5 C's Cattle, Cotton, Copper, Citrus, and Climate. Thos are the things that made our state. Maricopa is brand new and in 20 years will be like any other area of the Valley. Right now it is dirt cheap, I have a buddy who just purchased a 4bd 1700sqft house for $160k, but acess is limited as there is one main way in and out but at least it is a freeway.
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Old 04-05-2007, 06:15 PM
 
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Parts of Chandler are still affordable. Do you know the cross streets of Baseline and.....? South Tempe is a great locaton anda nice area. Those zips are 85284, some of 85283. Also Chandler borders that. Try Warner Ranch. if you have the cross streets for youe work,that could help me give you some more suggestions. You will hopefully love the area as much as I do!
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Old 04-05-2007, 07:40 PM
 
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35th & E Baseline, apparently just south of the golf course. Its my understanding that its about 5-10 min's from the airport....
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