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Courtney Rowe, Home Buyer in Phoenix, AZ

I'm looking to buy a home in the historic/central Phoenix area. Any tips on what neighborhoods to look at or?

Asked by Courtney Rowe, Phoenix, AZ Tue May 13, 2008

avoid? Also, which ones are gay/lesbian friendly?

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I live in carefree and i am also liking the pull to the historic - i am also looking at this type of home - and i am really like a couple types of nighborhoods within these neighborhoods mentioned . you will find the really hot historic neighborhoods dont have a ton of sales signs - their owners stay for a long time - many of the big name historic neighborhoods have spreadout so that they encompass areas not of which they were really meant to. its obvious because these parts have a ton of sales signs and have one nice house redone and one that is shoddy - or worse one on a block done, in this market we dont have to settle for that. loook the the great historic neighborhood niches . when you find a street you like ike drive it and keep reserching it for sales bc they dont last and sometimes you have to work deals with owners to get them. i have tried to give you some of my niches here - just remember dont settle right now - you can work a deal to get your dream home

in central corridor - 7th and central
i really like royal palm area - great central park in the middle
northview st and central is interesting too

i used to really like arcadia but i am sort of over it - i think right now there are too many homes there next to junk in some cases. but there are some really really classy streets that are just beautiful and i think define arcadia for me like exeter west of 68th. huge huge lots in the middle of scottsdale.
we like also the area around the phoenix country club - houses around the perimeter of club - all built in 50s most redone - all customs of their time so large and with some unique features - and remodels. so not totally dated

in the enanto area - a really great street to check out is palmcroft se nw / verde pricey but fun to drive around -

okay another area we like a lot is i dont know what to call it we call it lincoln heights - exit northern go to lincoln way and start going up the incline -like you are going hike squaw peak i guess - or maybe like you are going to park and look at sunset - there are of interesting homes there with great views and are what basically sort claissic styles - many residents used to go up to this area to neck - but its just beautiful and great freeway acess but far enough up to not have noise.

good luck and do not settle
do not get in a bidding war
do not be embarrassed at any offer
you would be surpized
a house that we looked at 6 months at 1m is now listed 600k
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 25, 2008
Courtney, gosh - where do I begin? Growing up here, I am amazed at how many areas have become historical! The older homes are typically along Central Boulevard up to about Camelback. My recommendation is to either stay below the 202 Freeway or above Indian School. The lightrail is along that route as well. Kinda check out how the homes are maintained, etc. I know there's an area between Central and 7th Avenue south of the freeway - like Fillmore that is a cool area. Just take a drive around... you'll find an area you'll feel comfortable in. Let me know if I can help. ;-)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 14, 2008
Hi Courtney
Simple question here is a simple answer. Check out this Historical sight, more info than you are looking for.
http://phoenix.gov/HISTORIC/residents.html
You find phoenix will allow more renovation than some of the major cities and that our historical departments are a wonderful source of information as well.
If you want to see some of the homes on line just let me know. Just a helping hand so you can check it out.
Terry Forsberg RE/MAX fine Properties. terry@terryforsberg.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 14, 2008
Do you remember that old Disney movie with the cute robot? He kept saying "More Input." There are a number of sweet historic neighborhoods in N. Central. I ask what you like to do? Do you want to walk to venues, restaurants and such. What are your favorites? Are schools important? Are you planning on using the light rail? Do you want a neighborhood with lots of local activism going on? Do you want an up and coming area or one that is already well established. There are a ton of lifestyle questions that need to be asked besides the gay/lesbian one in order to find the right neighborhood for you.

We are the Urban Team. North Central is our back yard. We are part of Ignite Phoenix, Local First Arizona and are advocates of central Phoenix and would be delighted to help you find the right neighborhood for you.
Web Reference: http://www.urbanteamaz.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 14, 2008
My office is in Central Phoenix I am familiar with the area. Do you have a price range and size of home that you are looking for?

The Biltmore is very popular for clients that like the night atmosphere, there are great resturants and the Biltmore Mall. There are many great condo's in the area, if you like that type of home.

Feel free to contact me with any help with finding your dream home. I also can provide you a link to other Central Phoenix information.
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