My family and I moved to Ahwatukee in 1992 and have enjoyed the community so much. For me the different areas have something special to offer. We lived in a house on 44 st right by Western Star Park in what you are calling the Old Town. Loved walking to the park. The homes mostly single level. Mature trees and large backyards. Most of the homes are well kept and the area is much closer to Tempe,Chandler and Phoenix. I think that the area has great potential because the prices are lower. The area offers great Mountian views and the potential to update the homes. NO HOA fees (except for retirement area) but there are regulations which help keep the area well maintained.
Mountain Park Ranch is a great area with over 2000 homes. 3 community pools with play areas and tennis courts. Tile roof homes. HOA. I love the area because it has a more tropical look. ( I came from Florida) Closer to I10 access. Movie Theather, Shopping and restaurants. Large variety of homes, single level and two story.
The Foothills and Club West are the newer areas. The proposed freeway construction which by the way has been going on since the early 80's will affect parts of the area. The area offers a true desert environment. Close to South Mountain preserve and gives you an opportunity for hiking and other outdoor activities. It also takes longer to exit this part of town and get to Phoenix. It is a bedroom community with no main source of employment available in the inmediate area.
When it comes to finding your home I would suggest you take a look at your life style and decide which area suits your needs better. Find a home in a good location within that area. There a lots of good buys out there at the moment. Take good care of your home and when it comes time to sell you will be able to reap the benefits.
Please feel free to contct me if you would like more information.
If it is a choice between the Foothills or Mt. Park Ranch, it comes down to the house with the best views. I was recently in a home, a rather large one, with the most incredible reserve views I have seen in Ahwatukee. You may stumble across an equally beautiful home in the Foothills. It comes down to previewing as many homes as you can with your criteria. Both areas are wonderful.
As far as appreciation is concerned, have your agent do a spread sheet on past values and observe the trend of appreciation. No one has a crystal ball as far as appreciation is concerned but you can try to predict the trend.
Catherine Kolodin, GRI
Catherine Kolodin, GRI
I have lived and worked in this area for over 16 years. There are different areas in Ahwatukee, but pretty much the same type. The older part is around 48th St and Elliott. There is retirement living and homes as old as in the late 70's. There are also custom areas closer to the preserve over $$$3M mark.This is closer to freeway and city. Mt Park Ranch starts at 48th/Ray and goes up to about 28th Street. As you get higher and closer to the mountains(around 24th St/Chandler Blvd) it becomes The Foothills. That is the area where I used to live.You can still buy smaller homes starting at $250,000 in this market. The oldest home is built in the late 80's. Homes go into the millions with great mountain views. The area is surrounded by mountains and perserve. Very natural vegitation and 2 golf courses in the area too. Ahwatukee is in the Kyrene School District which is rated very high. Feel free to click on link below to find homes and info on Ahwatukee.
Your 1st consideration on where to live should be "what is my home budget?" Then, "what is my finance position"? Paying cash or acquiring mortgage loan? If a mortgage loan, how much are you qualified on a home loan? This will narrow the area that you can consider for your home purchase, as each Ahwatukee neighborhood offers different price points for homes. The next consideration is size of home, # bedrooms, # bathrooms, or amenities on your "wish list".
As for as resale value, consider location, for instance, the distance from proposed freeway. Also, older homes will need remodeling and updating, if not already done by current owner, so consider this factor in the cost for home when purchasing.
Hope this helps!
Now, your questions on the other 3 general areas. I think the demand is generally higher for the newer architecture, more open etc that was used in mass starting about the mid 80â€™s. In Ahwatukee that would include the area in and around Mountain Park Ranch and also the Foothills. A majority of buyers I work with seem to like the newer designs, larger closets, master baths with separate showers and tubs etc and tile roofs. If possible find one of them that has had the cabinets updated to remove the white wash finish on the cabinets that are prevalent in Ahwatukee.
Ahwatukee is a great place to live, stay away from the freeway impact area, pick a newer home and enjoy it!!
In my opinion if your are gonna live in Ahwatukee it is all about the view, not the view your neighbors have looking into your backyard, however the scenic view that you have.
I just toured a great home on the Ahwatukee Golf Course, Located at Elliot / Warner about 1/2 a mile West of 10. Which is actually Phoenix. It is a great 4/2/2150 sq ft, close to expressways, with Mountain and Golf course views, for 325K
Your best return depends on how much you pay, Location, condition, Views.