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I'm considering relocating to Phoenix. Work would be near Apache Wells Country Club, near the east end of the 202 freeway. Depending on traffic and such, a 15-20 mile commute would be ok, translating into a 30 minute or so drive. Might be unheard of in phoenix, I've never been there before. I used to live in LA, so I know what real traffic is like.

Anyway, I'm looking to buy a house, nice neighborhood, quiet, good schools, parks, etc. Definitely suburb. I've got a family, don't need to be living near the college towns. I've heard Scottsdale and Gilbert come up in some other searches/conversations. Home prices I'd be looking for would be around $300k or lower. I hear Scottsdale is pretty nice, so maybe $300k wouldn't cut it up there.

Any help would be much appreciated. Just trying to learn a little more about the neighborhoods. Hard to describe in a paragraph what I'm looking for, but hopefully you understand for the most part.

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Look into the Maryvale area or the south of Phoenix.






















Just kidding! :p

I live in Mesa, where your work is located, and my family works 3 mins away from where we live. Gilbert, Chandler, and Mesa are three great cities if suburbs is what you are looking for. Some of Phoenix is good too but you'd have a better chance finding something nicer in the east valley. You can find some good deals on homes right now, good luck and welcome!

BTW how big of home are you looking for? How many bedrooms?
 

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I'm looking for at least a 3 bedroom place. It'd be great if I could find something with a lot of 15,000 + sq. ft. I was looking online just randomly and found some places up in the red mountain subdivision? Sounds like a country club thing. Not sure if I'm really in the need for the country club thing, but if the HOA fees aren't horrible, I might be ok with it. Basically looking for a nice quiet neighborhood with not a ton of traffic and some nice sidewalks to be able to walk the dog and what not. Costco needs to be close to :) You know, priorities...

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For the most part, you're going to need a "corner lot" to get something in that size of square footage. Most lots i've noticed that aren't corner lots are roughly 10,000ft^2.

My neighborhood in Gilbert is RETARDEDLY quiet.

I would suggest looking in north-east Mesa. There's a few large neighborhoods in the Power rd. area just south of the 202.


If you get closer to making a decision and pick something in Mesa, ask here. I've ran around Mesa for 15yrs now and know which neighborhoods to avoid.
 

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Just noticed you mention the red mountain area.

Depending on which neighborhood that is, there will be many many high school parties there. Red Mountain H.S. is right across the street(Brown rd.)..

When I mentioned north-east Mesa, I was thinking of the McKellips and Power area.
 

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Thanks everyone for the info.

I should have specified it was red mountain country club that I was looking at earlier. I just looked on a map and I guess there's another red mountain area. Is Las Sembas pretty nice? Is that area of NE Mesa a growing (or at least until the housing crisis) area. Is that were much of the growth is headed, pushing out to the NE? Just curious what the topography was like and all that. We'll likely be there for at least 5 years, so curious too what you all think with up and coming areas, etc.

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For whats it's worth, all my favorite golf courses are north of US 10/US 60. Mesa, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon are nice and probably not as expensive as Scottsdale.
 
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