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looking in phoenix or scottsdale for 1.1 to 1.5 4000 sq feet plus great schools what is best area

Asked by Mt, Wed Dec 12, 2007

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I think there are additional question that need to be asked before a great recommendation can be made. Phoenix and Scottsdale are big cities and span the Valley.
-Are you commuting into work? Where?
-Are you trying to stay close to family or friends?
-What I your lifestyle like? Hiker? Shopper? Do you dine out often?
Off the cuff, I would say look at DC Ranch or Silverleaf for scenic views. Deer Valley District gives you good schools in the North West Valley. The East Valley has the Kyrene District has a good reputation. Arcadia is great for commuters to Central Phoenix plus it has a great neighborhood feel.
Another thing to consider is that every family has a different idea of what makes a great school. I would suggest checking out You can look at the criterion that is important to you and decide what schools you would consider, that will help you narrow your area so you can zone in.
This is a great market for buyers and I would also encourage you to strike while the iron is hot.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 13, 2007
Please call Michael Graham at Phonecian Properties, 480-628-9392
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 8, 2009
The areas I recommend are Scottsdale Mountain, McDowell Mountain Ranch, Grayhawk and DC Ranch are areas in Scottsdale. North Central and the Biltmore area, Arcadia are areas in the Phoenix area with that price point.
What are your children's ages? If you would like a school report, let me know.
Kindest Regards,
Catherine Kolodin
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 28, 2008
I own home in NE Mesa, 5400 square feet for 1050000. Ishikawa, Stapley, and Mountain View are some of the top schools in the state. The area is about 20-30 minutes to Scottsdale, many of our neighbors work in Scottsdale and like this area for more house for your money and great schools and community programs. Call for more information, I will make you a great deal. Wendy 480-654-4036
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 19, 2008
Paradise Valley, AZ is what I am reccomending for you. Paradise Valley is the most expensive town/city in all of Arizona. It is kind of snobby unless you meet the right people. Also, the cross streets of Tatum and Shea Boulevards are considrered Paradise Valley, or known by the locals as PV. Near the Tatum and Shea area there is amazing shopping and 4 grocery stores right off the cross streets. Fry's Marketplace, Whole Foods, Albertson's Osco and right not ehey are building a Trader Joes. For schools, Cherokee ES would be the home school. The school is Excelleing the best grade of school you can get in Arizona, but the school is full of snobby parents and a rotten principal. The school closest other than would be Sequoya ES also Excelling. The middle school, Cocopah is an ugly school but it is a good, Excelling school. The High School Chaparall is very good, if you can live with the construction. Hope this helped!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 26, 2008
For public schools Scottsdale School District has great schools, there are also great private schools St. Francis Xavier, St Thomas, All Saints, Phoenix County Day, Brophy & Xavier to name a few. Check out
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 22, 2008
If you can find anything in PV, that is where I would put my money....
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 19, 2008
Looks like you have quite a few choices for getting some help. I would consider living in Paradise Valley or central to north Scottsdale for great schools, and great areas considering all of the waterfront construction. I have some friends that are developers and marketing consultants supervising the Ritz Carlton property on Lincoln and Scottsdale which will be a perfect area for values to go up.

Call me. I can get you some short-sale opportunities and options for schools and area.

Michael Graham
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 14, 2007
Ahwatukee which is technically located in Phoenix is another community that offers beautiful mountain preserve homes and the award winning Kyrene School District. It's nestled in the South Mountain Preserve which offers over 16,000 acres of hiking (53 mountain trails), mountain biking and horseback riding as well as several championship golf courses. It's a bit more affordable than Scottsdale and definitely more affordable than Paradise Valley.

I invite you to check out my website for a link to current market conditions by city as well as a host of other valuable information that will help you with your decision. IOf course, 'd be happy to help!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 13, 2007
The areas that have been mentioned in previous answers are all excellent suggestions. You might want to try the following websites as well to decide on schools:

In the $1.1 to $1.5 range you'll be able to find a very nice home. In PV and some parts of Scottsdale and Phoenix this may not buy you your dream home but should put you into a very comfortable one. It all depends on your lifestyle and the ammenities you're looking for...

Dean Carver
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 12, 2007
As a follow-up, what ages are your children? Arcadia has great schools through high school, while Madison is quite strong for elementary. As well, Chaparal is an excellent high school, if test scores are you basis for comparison.

Finally, every home in Paradise Valley is on at least an long as you are willing to spend around $2M to get one. Depending on where you lived in PV, you would likely be near one of these 3 school districts.

I've offered this in the past, but with regard to schools, I'd recommend calling my wife's tutoring company, Oxford Learning, in Scottsdale. The education director there has a close working relationship with many of the schools, at all levels, public and private, in Scottsdale and Phoenix, and would probably be able to provide you a unique perspective that goes beyond test scores.
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The Madison School district as well as Arcadia have traditionally been and continue to be well performing schools. I'd be happy to help in anyway I can. I have a full package I can send you with information on schools, areas, and a "real-world" area and neighborhood guide. My buyers find the information extremely useful. Please feel free to visit my website below for additional information or contact me on 602-620-6267.
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