I have a home that was recently put on the MLS in a gated community in Cave Creek, right next to Dove Valley Ranch golf course. Cave Creek is very close to Scottsdale. It's MLS # 4246605 . I completely remodeled the home and it is ready for new owners. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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Well, there is the light rail. There is a stop at Indian School and Central -- about a five minute walk from the VA hospital.
Granted the light rail doesn't yet serve the entire Valley, but Park & Rides in the East Valley would make a trip downtown to the VA rather convenient.
Agreed with others -- renting first is not a bad idea at all. It will give you time to explore the city. A bit of a hassle if you rent then decide to move into another school district though. Yes, there is open enrollment, but there are no guarantees.
Since real estate agents are prohibited from recommending a neighborhood/area, I can't direct you to a particular neighborhood. There are also a number of factors that would affect your selection, primarily price range followed by home size, yard size, etc. The home search tool on my website is extremely easy to use with a mapping tool and is broken into neighborhoods.
You mention an easy commute and living outside of the city...well...being that the VA hospital is well inside Phoenix, it may not be possible to have both. The easiest access to the VA hospital will be from SR51 (Piestewa Peak Parkway), but you have to get into SR51 from I-10 or Loop 101 or 202. If you will be working "normal" hours, these routes are heavily traveled and there is no real mass transit into city.
Here is a link to information about schools/districts http://www.greatschools.net/
For crime statistics go to the individual city website and then to their police department. I believe all valley cities have crime statistics on their websites.
As much as I would love to help you find a house to buy, especially with the current prices, you would probably be better off renting first and then finding what fits your family.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of any help.
The Arizona Native
Best of luck, and welcome to the Valley of the Sun! ;-)
Your question can't be adequately answered in an email. It's best to chat about your needs and desires on the phone. I'm a Phoenix native and have been a realtor for 30 years......I can help you.
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The N. Central Phoenix region meets the requirements stated. The following zip codes are probably the best suited... 85020, 85013, 85028. The Madison School district serves much of this area is very highly rated. In the 85028 zip code you have the Paradise Valley School district... also well rated.
Commute times from any of these areas is very low and both freeways and surface street would have you to work in a jiffy.
Renting is often a good choice when one first moves to an area. Since home prices are generally low and fairly stable, a 6 month rental might be the way to go. If you were looking at buying, we advise our clients they will likely need to hold the property for a minimum of three years or face a loss due to cost of buying and selling the home. I'd advise adding this into the equation.
We have an article/blog site that focuses on this area. You'll find lots of area information, real estae news, restaurant reviews and more. The Downtown Phoenix Journal is another godd site for area information.
Hope all this helps and feel free to email us with any questions... always glad to help.
There are many great desirable areas! Cave creek and Anthem are great areas North of the valley. If you would provide me more details of what price range your looking for and could direct you to the right area.
I have many buyers looking at Cave Creek with a large lot or acreage.
Feel free to contact me anytime with more questions.
Arizona has open enrollement for our schools. That means that as long as a school has space you can put your child in any school. However, if you are outside of the district you will have to provide transportation and it can be difficult to get into the highly desireable schools.
You can lean a lot about the schools here by visiting the Arizona Department of Education's website:
My next door neighbors both work at the VA Hospital. They probably have a 30-minute drive to work, but they choose to live near Kierland Commons, an area with good schools and good shopping, abundant amenities, etc.
If you could narrow your preferred price range I would be happy to post listings here for you to review. Trying on a neighborhood for size by renting might be a good idea!
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While you wait for some answers, maybe it is a good start to go and check some statistics. Here is one of the sites I found with information in that region: