When buyihng a home in Arizona it is best to refer to the BUYER'S ADVISORY form. It is packed with information for you as the consumer to check out all aspects of home buying.
Here is a link to the advisory: http://www.aaronline.com/documents/buy_advis.pdf
You can also find a lot of useful information on my website under the BUYER tab.
I hope to lessen some of the concerns that you may have regarding any area. "Bad neighborhood" is a subjective term. There are many things to consider when looking for a home. I always tell my clients to drive around to get a feel for the area in which they want to purchase. Only you can know where you are comfortable and feel safe. There are many revitalization areas going on arouond the valley, and Sunnyslope is one of them. Let me share a quick personal story. Eight years ago, I fell in love with a cute little, plain ranch style house on the wrong side of 15th aveune and McDowell. I bought that little house and have never looked back! Lots of people chuckled because I saw something that they didn't. Now I live in one of the most desired neighborhoods in all of downtown Phoenix. The median house in my "hood" (and I use the term "hood" in jest) goes for 325K.
Don't let anyone convince you where you may feel at home! Great question. Thank you for asking. If you would like me to show you around neighborhood and area, I would love to. There is always 2 sides of the story. I could show you the benefits of buying in a "revitalization" area. I sincerely believe that then you are not only a home owner, but a active participant in "Building Your Community."
Sunnyslope High School out performs most schools in the State. Here is a link to greatschools.net where you can read more about this highly rated school... http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/browse_school/az/1238
Our office is very close to Sunnyslope and we've shown many people homes in the area. Some love it for its uniqueness and others don't. The real answer to that question lies within you and your preferences.
I'm not a real estate agent - I live in Sunnyslope and we are not a "low income" family. I walk out onto the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and hike every morning. I have gorgeous views of downtown Phoenix, the Cardinals stadium and South Mountain. Every weekend I go mountain biking on North Mountain...the trails start 2 blocks from my house. My house is older, built solid as a rock, and we've updated it so that it's really nice.
There are awesome restaurants and a fabulous wine bar. The hospital is real close in case of emergencies and I drive 12 minutes to work in Downtown Phoenix, and if I want to go to Scottsdale it's 15 minutes away, the Cardinals Stadium is about 20 minutes away.
We love living here - there are people of all income ranges and ethnicity.
It is up to you to research crime statistics and to find out if you like the area. I would hope agents are more careful when answering such questions. Good luck in finding the right area.
I personally lived near 19th Ave & Dunlap for 4 years. I loved the neighborhood. For a community without an HOA, homeowners take exceptional care of their properties. Even though I moved away 12 years ago, I still have clients that I work with from that area, and I enjoy revisiting the neighborhood and seeing how well cared for things continue to be.
The advice above is very sound. You should definitely drive the neighborhood to get a sense, and maybe one morning (before it's too, too hot), walk a stretch where you find a home you have some interest in. Do the families you encounter make this neighborhood home?
Also, if you are concerned about a neighborhood, then check into the crime statistics. The buyer's advisory has excellent links that take you right to where you can find that type of information.
Steve Belt, GRI
There are lots of areas in the Phoenix area to live in. I would like to get more information of the type of home you are looking for, the price range, number of bedrooms, number of bathrroms, square footage of the house, etc.
After I get some basic information, I would be glad to supply you with many homes that meet your search criteria.
I am an experienced Realtor and also am a senior loan officer. This means that I can also be sure that you get the best financing available on your home purchase.
I will be glad to help you find and finance your home.
Also, please feel free to visit my website at vip.scottsonken.com for lots of helpful free information.
Scott Sonken, ABR, CBR, SRES, GRI, E-Pro, CPA, Senior Loan Officer
Keller Williams Realty Professional Partners
14239 W. Bell Road #101
Surprise, AZ 85374