As far as specific neighborhoods, that's kind of a personal preference. What I may like, you may not ;)
Let me know if you want help finding a home. I know the East Valley really well and could definitely find you something you would love :))
I would definitely recommend Queen Creek or San Tan Valley. These areas you will get more bang for your buck! You would definitely be able to find your dream home that would be absolutely stunning in your price range, possibly below the 300 mark.
If you would like to take a look at my website, http://www.rebeccasellsaz.com you will be able to view houses that meet your criteria and that are active. OR if you would like to contact me and I can do the search for you and send you what you might be interested in.
Feel free to call me ANYTIME at 480-275-9566 I would love to help you look for your new home!
PS. I look forward to working with you in the near future!
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Here's a link to properties in those cities that are 3bdrm, 2bath minimums http://www.flexmls.com/link.html?zo26vmm3b8u,12,1
If you are not yet working with a Realtor, I would love to work with you and show you some homes that you might be interested in the areas you are interested in!
Feel free to call me at 480-275-9566 any time, whatever works for you!
PS. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
I currently live in Queen Creek and I love the neighborhood I live in. I am very familiar with the East Valley as this is where I was raised. I would recommend Gilbert as well. The home prices are going to be higher as Gilbert is a bery desirable city to live in. San Tan Valley and Queen Creek are going to be the best places right now to get the most bang for you buck. For instance, a $300k home in Gilbert might not have everything you are looking for but a home in Queen Creek or San Tan Valley most likely will. The reason for this is that Queen Creek and San Tan Valley are "In the City" so to say. I'd be more than happy to talk to you some more and get a feel of what it is that you are looking for and if you don't already have an agent, I'd be more than happy to help you search. My services are free to use and I know that we can find you the perfect home that fits your current needs. I look forward to hearing back from you.
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One of the best ways is to schedule some time together and actually view homes in each of the areas. One thing you will find is that area like San Tan Valley will allow you to afford more house for the money and a Gilbert/Chandler might be a better location for work/airport etc.
I personally live on the border of Queen Creek and Gilbert, frequent both on a regular basis.
We will discuss pro's and con's at length so you can make an informed decision that works best for you.
The cities you are considering are all good.
I would also recommend Gold Canyon, and NE Mesa!
By eliminating the houses you don't want (outside your search criteria), the right Home in the right area will appear!
Feel free to contact me with any questions or to schedule a time to meet and see whats for sale!