This isn’t to say north Scottsdale isn’t a beautiful area. My Canadian buyers inevitably ask about Scottsdale first, even though I’ve not seen a great many Canadian buyers actually purchasing there.
Since it’s the first area most out-of-town buyers inquire about, primarily because they’ve heard about it from friends and on television, a little enlightenment on the area’s realities is in order:
- Scottsdale is expensive. From the real estate, which is among the priciest in the Phoenix real estate market, to the local gas pumps where fuel is a dime or more higher per gallon than elsewhere, Scottsdale will separate you from your wallet.
- Mountains are mountains, except Scottsdale’s are pricier. Views of the McDowell Mountains are great, I do admit. Living in the foothills also is enjoyable. But for a couple of hundred thousand less, I can show you incredible views of the Hedgpeth Hills … or even get you living in the foothills of them … in Arrowhead Ranch.
- Scottsdale is plastic. This applies mostly to the surgery performed, but I digress.
- All the hot spots are filled with 22-year-olds, incredibly loud music and amazingly overpriced drinks. (See #3 for further reference.)
- Golf is everywhere in the Valley and we also have freeways. No need to live next to the TPC Scottsdale to play a round there, assuming you don’t opt instead for another of the dozen or more high-quality courses around.
- Traffic is a bear. That’s true in many places but Scottsdale has exactly one freeway – Loop 101 – that runs through it. The next closest is miles away.
- Photo-radar on Loop 101.
- Not all of Scottsdale is alike. South Scottsdale’s significantly older than the northern portion, yet that’s where the prices are lower – attracting the eyes of buyers who dream of mountains and instead get basic city.
This list is somewhat light-hearted in nature but the overall message is not. If you want to live in Scottsdale, do it. Just know you’re paying a surcharge to do so, both in the cost of your home and in your everyday cost of living.
Scottsdale as a whole has not been immune to the market downturn. It is not an island onto itself, as much as the residents may believe it to be so. So feel free to take a look. But don’t lose sleep if you discover the price tag is too much to bear. There are alternatives across the Phoenix real estate market.[tags]Scottsdale real estate, Phoenix real estate[/tags]