Hi, welcome to Scottsdale! Here is a video of Scottsdale living if you are interested: http://www.arizonahomesland.com/liveandplayinarizona.html
Areas to consider in your zip codes: Grayhawk, McDowell Mountain Ranch, Boulders etc.. Remember there are many custom homes in these areas. Don't rule out Gainey Ranch and McCormick Ranch to the south closer into Scottsdale central. Also, Fountain Hills just to he east of 85260 is wonderful with planned communities and great views.
To search the acutal MLS for free, click: http://www.arizonahomesland.com/mlssearchinarizona.html
Let me know if I can help or show you some homes in our beautiful city.
Jeff Masich, RealtorÂ®
Arizona Homes and Land
HomeSmart Real Estate
Welcome to Scottsdale, AZ. You have chosen some great zip codes with a ton of available options at a variety of different price points. There are too many communities to list without getting a better understanding of what you are looking for. Do you have a preference of living in a golf course community, mountain views, lot size, etc., All these would help narrow down the search.
Here are some general statistics (provided by the Cromford Report) on the 2 zip codes you are interested in that should give you a better idea of the current market conditions in the area. If you would like more information and or to see some actual listings please don't hesitate to contact me.
85260 - http://www.selling2arizona.com/statistics/85260.jpg
85259 - http://www.selling2arizona.com/statistics/85259.jpg
Good luck on your search!
There are some good agents in this forum for you to choose from! What I would recommend is to complete some neighborhood shopping that fits the needs of your family. When I moved out 13 years ago I started by blogging (back then they were chat rooms) just like yourself and was directed to the northeast Phoenix/Scottsdale area which I still live in the area to this day. The next step for me was knowing what schools my kids would be best suited for (you can review if needed by visiting http://www.greatschools.org) and selecting that. I didn't mind a commute because the traffic was much less than the California congestion I had left and in your case as well, Scottsdale flow downtown or west is lesser than the opposite route. However, do consider your commute as well and then I spent a couple weeks when time permitted driving the neighborhood to know that I could live in a specific vicinity and then it was easy to describe the property features I wanted and work to get the house I wanted.
I would suggest these similar steps for you as well Rob. There are many qualified Realtors to assure you have a superb experience. The key is to have one as a partner toward your goal. Take the time to interview those that pique your interest and select the match that gels.
You are welcome to utilize http://www.DesertRidgeLifestyle.com property search website and see via map, all available property in your price point and area. It's a great tool to generate higher knowledge about the market by seeing what prices are between the neighborhoods, which this site will allow.
When you are ready to interview or if you have any questions feel free to drop an email or call. I don't mind.
All my best
Additional input from you and your family will help me to best serve you. A few questions will help us to narrow the options to those communities that most closely match your vision of your next home. After 25 years as a Broker serving the North Scottsdale community, I will give you an idea of the "feel" of various neighborhoods. You will find some of the very "best buys" by being on a Broker's preferred client list. You will then get first opportunity to make an offer on homes that frequently are SOLD before they are even on the Multiple Listing Service. Short sales are better than bank-owned properties which are typically trash in some way that require additional investment. The responses that you receive from all of us here are helpful. However, your best course is to select an agent who will commit to finding you the ideal match to your vision. Please call me with your other questions, I am a Board and State Approved Instructor. Jim Kelder,ABR,CRS,GRI,CPM,CLHMS,EPRO,SRES,MRE,BA, Author: "Should I Short Sale My Home". 602-750-7200 CityOne Realty
You have received excellent information from the answers to you question on names of communitites in your desired zip codes and price range. Scottsdale has fantastic parks, trails, special events, children's programs and adult activities in which I am intimately familiar.
I would welcome your call or email if you would like any additional information on areas and how living in Scottsdale is a terrific quality of life! 480-221-7040
Welcome to Scottsdale, I hope you love this city and all it has to offer.
I am not a Realtor, but I can recommend a great Agent to you, very familiar with the 85259 / 85260 zip code area in Scottsdale. In the meantime, go to http://ezAZhomesForSale.com to do an easy search of homes for sale in those zip codes, plus, you can save the homes you like and also see what homes sold for.
As a side note, I am available to help you with your financing of this property - we are located here in Scottsdale.
1. Be sure to click on the "Map View" in the upper right-hand corner - very detail oriented if you want it to be.
2. On the left side of the screen, you can choose your home criteria.
3. You can move the map around with your mouse, plus zoom in & out.
4. You can also click on "Search Defined Areas" & add your zip code to drill down on only those areas.
Please feel free to call me with any questions on using this search tool and, of course, the financing of the home you find.
All the best,
Roswell Moore, CMPS
Certified Mortgage Planner
McDowell Mountain Ranch has a good mix of homes and seems to hold its re-sale values well. And there are some truly smoking deals in DC Ranch, because they were built just a few years ago when people chose those adjustable-rate mortgages. (DC Ranch is just north of McDowell Mountain Ranch, which puts it in 85255.)
Buying Tips from Melanie
Tip #1: Check out any neighborhood's HOA fees. They can vary dramatically and could be a burden, so be sure at the outset.
Tip #2: Decide if you want recreational amenities (clubhouse, fitness facility, etc.). You'll pay a little more in HOA dues, but you'll get a chance to enjoy amenities that might otherwise cost you.
Tip #3: Decide if being gated is important to you. If so, that will help you target your search.
Tip #4: Decide what you want to be close to. Job/employment centers? Recreation?
Tip #5: Visit my site: http://www.scottsdaledealfinder.com for more tips--and to see why I would be a great agent to help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Keller Williams Arizona Realty
There are 108 homes for sale in those 2 zip codes within your preferred price range. There are too many communities to name them all in this forum. The best tip I can offer will be to find a good Realtor to assist you and start gathering information from, by and with the assistance of that Realtor. As a potential home buyer, you will find a great advantage by allowing a Buyer's Agent to assist you.
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If you have a question about one of these homes or need to arrange a showing, feel free to contact me.
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