Phoenix Area Bedroom Communities

Jonathan Dalton, Phoenix Real Estate AgentI’ve been mulling a question I received last night from one of my Canadian buyers. And Murray, if you read this first, know I’m working on the answer as I go.

The question basically dealt with my thoughts on Gilbert or Queen Creek versus Glendale or Peoria. The basis was Glendale and Peoria are more of the heart of the city, while Gilbert and Queen Creek are “bedroom” communities.

Ask anyone who complains about driving to Glendale for a Cardinals or Coyotes game and I think they’ll disagree with the notion that Glendale/Peoria is in the heart of the Phoenix area. In my own mind I hold this area a bit apart from the rest of the Valley, but that’s the perspective that comes after living here most of the last 17 years.

Gilbert to my mind is much apart of the metro area than Glendale/Peoria, but that also comes from a distance of 40 miles. Gilbert seems to stretch forever, there’s the same traffic as you have here, the amenities are about the same.

Queen Creek’s the odd man out, as much of anything because it’s in Pinal County. The taxes are higher, Pinal County’s infrastructure is historically thinner and it’s a long ways to get to anything else in the Valley. But the prices are extremely low, and for those who don’t care about a commute it might be a viable option.

I’m not sure what my final answer’s going to be on this one. Can Glendale or Peoria or Gilbert really qualify as a bedroom community in a place like the Phoenix real estate market?

Something to continue mulling on today’s drive to Prescott …

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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


  • Tiffany Cloud 10 years ago

    I have ‘educated’ a lot of folks out of Queen Creek. It’s easy to be tempted by the prices out there. You drive out and look at homes on a Saturday when the traffic is minimal and you are out there for several hours and it doesn’t seem so bad. Before I show homes a second time out there, I strongly encourage my client’s to try out the commute AM and PM before we look again. That is when they rule out Queen Creek. Four way stops signs with 1/4 mile back ups mile after mile gets old when you want to get home to your family. Add the whole ‘resale’ downside and I don’t believe it is a good investment…that is just me. I have one client, an accountant who left for work at 6am and was home by 3pm that bought out there because the commute was a non-issue and she contacted me a few months ago and wants out – trouble is she is upside down and that won’t be changing anytime soon.