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Jennifer, Both Buyer and Seller in 08520

What cities outside the Phoenix area are good for young families?

Asked by Jennifer, 08520 Wed Jan 21, 2009

My husnand and I are considering moving to the Phoenix area and would like to know what cities outside Phoenix are the best for young families taking into consideration school districts, crime rates, real estate growth, etc.?

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Thanks for the kudos, Emily!
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 23, 2009
Hi, Jennifer ... Fair Housing Law prevents agents from legally steering potential buyers toward or away from specific neighborhoods based on their own perceptions of what the clients might want. So while my answer may seem evasive, any direct answer of "go here" or "try this area" would be in violation of federal law.

There are a number of online resources you can use to determine what areas might be right for your family. The Arizona Department of Education provides school report cards that "grade" the various schools and districts in the Valley and around the state. There are websites that provide you information on crime rates, so you can check into those as well. (I can't add links to the answer in Voices, so I apologize for not doing so.)

When I'm working with someone from out of the area, many of my questions center on their lifestyle ... is it important to be near large-scale retail or sports arenas, biking trails or the water. Questions of that nature, combined with the knowledge that comes from living here for nearly 32 years, help me help them narrow down their search in a manner that's both helpful and within the letter of the law.

Best of luck to you in your search.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 22, 2009

Only you can judge what will be the best match for what you are looking for. It will depend on your price range, how close/far would you like to be from Phoenix, and many other factors. We can provide you the data, and based on that you can make your own choice. Phoenix is a very nice place and so are the cities outside Phoenix. A short conversation with any local agent should give you a good idea of what is available and what will be a good match for you.

Good luck and please let me know if I can be of help!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 21, 2009
Here is the website to check into school districts.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 23, 2009
Hi Jennifer! There are many excellent areas to live in and around the Phoenix area. Do some research on the school districts to see where you would like for your children's education. That is the main thing I research for my child. You can find this information by googling it. There was an article recently and the Kyrene school district is one of the highest rated in phoenix. That is where I would start my research... Please feel free to contact me for any further help.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 23, 2009
Hi Brenton,

I think you've got a good answer here from Randy. However, others aren't likely to see your question here. If you would like to receive other answers, I recommend that you access the link below and post your query as a question.

Please feel free to contact me if you experience any difficulties doing so.

Best Wishes,

Emily Gibson
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 23, 2009
Brenton, the answer to your question about Maryvale depends on what you're looking for. You know, what's "nice" to me might be "nasty" to you. There are sooooooooo many variables and facets to any given community, e.g., socio-economics, demographics, schools, churches, freeways, age of the homes, etc., etc. For me tosit here and say that Maryvale is a great place to live, or Maryvale sucks, would be doing you an injustice.

My best advice for you is to seek out the services of a professional Buyer's Agent, somebody that can communicate with you, do some research for you, set up some home searches for you, and basically help you and represent you throughout the entire searching and purchasing process. Sorry about the long sentence, but it's important that you get it.

Let me know if I can be of any assistance toyou.

All the best!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 22, 2009
Can i ask, the suburb of Maryvale, what is this suburb like, any feedback would be much appreciated
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 22, 2009
Hi Jennifer,
Check out the website http://www.Welcome2FountainHillsHomes.com. It will give you an in-depth look at a town that was voted by Phoenix Magazine as one of the best places to live and raise a family in the Valley.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 22, 2009
Hi Jennifer,

The answer to your questions will vary depending on what you want and can only really be obtained with a proper consultation with a Buyer's Agent.

Do you want to be close to your new workplace?
Do you want to be close to certain activities?
Do you want to be close to the airport?
What is your price range for housing?
Do you mind commuting or waiting in traffic?

It could be impossible or very difficult for you to make these decisions without actually being here in the Phoenix area & experiencing it. Don't expect to be able to make these important decisions while living in New Jersey. You'll be best served by allowing a Buyer's Agent to assist you. There is a booklet called the Buyer Advisory, which I can email you, which will give you websites to check on crime states, school ratings, sex offender locations, etc. It will contain a lot of the things that you'll need to make informed decisions. Let me know if you want this booklet emailed to you.

Buyer's Real Estate Agent
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 22, 2009

I here some great reviews on Gilbert area from my client. There are many great areas, if you would like some relocation information feel free to contact me.

Here is a great site to research schools!


Lucinda Tkach
Windermere Central LLC
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 22, 2009
There are MANY good communities in and around Phoenix. If it were that simple to rank one area over another, we should co-author a book and get rich! That said, I am partial to the Southeast Valley, particularly parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa,and Gold Canyon. But there's not one city in the greater Phoenix area that doesn't have any crime, has perfect schools, and defies the real estate market trends and economic forces.

If you were my client, I would start by asking you quite a few other questions, e.g., what type of lifestyle does your family enjoy? what's your budget/price range? where do you and/or your husband work? how many bedrooms do you want? etc.,etc., etc. Make sense? AFter gathering that information, I would most likely be able to better advise you.

All the best!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 21, 2009
Hi Jennifer,

It is actually against Real Estate Law for an agent to answer your question, it's called steering and an agent can lose their license for doing so. I can provide you with web sites where you can research the information for yourself. If you would like those web sites I would be happy to provide them to you.


Todd Lee
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 21, 2009
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