Narrowing Down Your Phoenix Real Estate Search

Jonathan Dalton, Phoenix Real Estate AgentI was talking to yet another Canadian buyer yesterday (this one, believe it or not, claims to favor the Calgary Flames but has no animosity toward the Oilers – it’s a first for me) about the Phoenix real estate market and some of the active adult communities located here in the Valley.

She said her and her husband have discussed coming down here to look at different areas over a couple of different trips but she felt like without narrowing down the selection they could look “for 10 years and never see it all” because of the size of the Valley.

I couldn’t agree more.

Though I just helped another Albertan find a beautiful new home in Power Ranch over in Gilbert, it’s not the easiest thing to accomplish from a logistical standpoint. Gilbert’s about 60 miles one way from my office. I know the area because I grew up on that side of town, in Mesa’s Dobson Ranch, but it’s a bit of a schlep.

Another client in town this weekend was asking about Apache Junction. I’ve sold homes in Apache Junction, a town on the border of Maricopa and Pinal counties. But it’s 75 miles from my office one way. Again, a little tough logistically.

Those logistics also apply to someone buying a house here in Phoenix. My first piece of advice is to figure out what you like to do and search on that basis. If you’re a huge hockey or football fan, then you probably want to be in the West Valley where both Jobing.Com Arena (home of the Phoenix Coyotes)  and University of Phoenix Stadium (home of the Arizona Cardinals, Fiesta Bowl and Super Bowl XLII) are located.

Golf’s easy. If you like to golf, there are quality courses all over the place. You see that when you fly into Phoenix – wide swaths of green cut into the desert, into the mountains, into the middle of housing developments. That’s what happens when you can play the game year-round.

Once you’ve narrowed down the area, it’s not too difficult to find just the right property. It doesn’t always come at the price you choose (golf course lots, lakefront lots and homes in gated communities tend to carry a premium – even in a buyers’ market) but the homes are there for the choosing.

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Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at


  • ...liz 10 years ago

    Wow, Jonathan, you must really put some miles on your vehicle for your customers. Seems a lot of the communities are really spread out.
    Hope to visit the area in the early spring. Have lots of Arizona active adult and retirement community links on my website:, and anxious to see them up close.