First, don't listen to Jay. Your parents should absolutely, positively, and 100% guaranteed want to live in Scottsdale. I live in Scottsdale after all, so this MUST be the place to live.
Ok, with that bit of humor out of the way, the choice for where to live in a city the size of Scottsdale is not a trivial thing to suggest. In case you aren't familiar, the city is 28 miles in distance from north to south. And parts of it are more than 10 miles wide (though it's typically relatively narrow at only a few miles wide), so with over 100 square miles of land with which to consider, it's not trivial to say, oh, you want to live north of X and South of Y, East of A and West of B.
Thus, more information is certainly needed, but some questions that naturally arise include: Is a newer home preferred or an older home? Condo, townhouse, or single family home? Near golf or that doesn't matter? $1M+ neighborhood, $2M+ neighborhood, $500K+, or under $500K? Large piece of land or small/no land? Pool or no pool? Near the "city" and hustle/bustle, or near the "desert" and quiet and relaxing? Near shopping/dining, or that's not so important? A gated community or not? HOA or not? Mountain or city views or not so important? Something up on a hill, or down in the flat?
Answers to some of those questions will dramatically affect price (like elevation, views, and lot size) as well as location, while answers to others of them will significantly affect location.
Circling back to Jay's suggestion, it could be something that is very important to your parents pushes the price in Scottsdale outside their means, but is actually available in Mesa or Glendale or some other city. Thus, while I love Scottsdale, and I believe it's a great city to live in, I wouldn't completely ignore other cities in the Phoenix area.
Of course, I would like to be your chosen Realtor! Which ever agent you choose, we'll do the searching for the right area in your parents home criteria.
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* Driving? Do they drive now, and for how long? Do they like to walk or bike to restaurants? As Steve shared, Scottsdale is a long and narrow city. Transportation and accessibility vary.
* Doctors and hospitals? Some residents are very interested in living close to their medical professionals. The Mayo Clinic is a draw for some.
* Friends? Do your parents already have friends that live in the area? Building a new network can take a bit of time, if a person is not in a working environment. It's nice to have contacts nearby who can pave the way for introductions.
* Home style? Single family, townhouse, or condo. Depending on how long they intend to live in the home, your folks may want to consider a property where the exterior maintenance and landscaping are taken care of by the home owners association.
* Levels? Many retirees don't necessarily need a single level home now, but make it a priority that will benefit them in the future.
* Neighbors? Some communities have a high percentage of second home ownership. Some year-round residents prefer to be in a neighborhood with neighbors who will be around most of the year.
These are the questions that immediately come to mind. I hope they give you and your parents some food for thought as they plan their relocation.
I think many of Seniors like to be near old town Scottsdale, because they like the shopping and dining experience. However some prefer to be further North near some Golf communities.
Would you let me know the price range they are looking to be at? Alos what types of interest they have such as a senior community or would they prefer more of an independent ownership.
Thanks for posting.
So many questions come up with yours. What kind of lifestyle are they looking for? What can they afford?
A good start would be to go here 1st http://www.inspire realty group.com and start searching for homes
within their affordability range using the MLS search engine.
Once you find what they like, email me an dI can help describe different area activities and so on.
I also have relocation information I can mail to them or you if they aren't comfortable with web surfing but would like some information to review.
Let me know how I can help an if you are in town, let me know and I can meet them.
I live in Scottsdale.
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