I'm a former South Bay native. Anyway, I have sold and purchased homes in Maricopa myself. As the valley continues to grow and spread south to Tuscon we are going to be one great megalopolis in the vein of Los Angeles/San Diego or the Greater Bay Area. Maricopa is right about in the middle of that corridor. Meaning, if you are looking for a good long term investment that you can relatively inexpensive right now, I think Maricopa is pretty good bet.
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Keep in mind that a good buyer's agent can assist you with these questions for both new builds and previously owned homes. If you use a good agent to help you buy from the builder, you won't pay more, but should get the information and advice you need to make an informed decision.
Working only as a buyer rep in Maricopa, I am very familiar with DRHorton & Sorrento where the home is located. Yes, the home is 1500+ sqft, but please check to see if the builder has already included the structural options like a covered patio. remember it is 115 degrees here. Covered patio is important. If it is a new build the covered patio and vaulted ceilings weren't included.
On the other hand I ran into a 1600sqft spec yesterday (different builder) covered patio, sep tub and shower, view fencing, all prewires, recessed can lights, and the home was completed. Priced at $118,000. The deals are great out here