Scottsdale Tastes on a Mesa/Gilbert/Glendale Budget? You’re Not Alone

avatarthumbnail.jpgAll property searches begin in Scottsdale. Okay, not all of them. At least 5% of property searches, particularly among Canadian buyers, begin in communities other than Scottsdale, mostly because friends and family already have bought properties in other areas.

Outside of those situations, though, all property searches begin in Scottsdale. And why not? There are stores and restaurants galore, resort hotels, $10 margaritas and photo radar cameras … along with some of the higher real estate prices around.

Which is why only a small percentage of property searches that start in Scottsdale end in that fair city. Many buyers discover, as clients of mine put it last week, that they “have Scottsdale tasts on a Mesa/Gilbert budget.”

There’s nothing wrong with wanting mountain views in gated communities, world-class amenities and a Scottsdale ZIP code … as long as you’re ready for the price tag that comes along with those parcels.

Does your budget begin with a “1”? We’ll be moving along fairly quickly, unless you want a ground-floor apartment condo with a view of the parking lot.  Budgets starting with a “2” have a bit more selection though view still will be hard to come by.

All of this is part of the ever-present give-and-take that comes when purchasing homes in the Phoenix real estate market, or any market for that matter.

[tags]Scottsdale real estate, Phoenix real estate[/tags]

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


  • Steve Belt 10 years ago

    FYI, photo radar cameras are now turned off along the 101:

    Just thought you’d like to know, for your next trip to Scottsdale, which is when? Tomorrow?

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    Please make sure you honk at Steve’s building as you make your away around the Loop at a non-regulated 85 MPH …

    My next trip is to Desert Ridge tomorrow … stopping just short of the border.

  • Dru Bloomfield 10 years ago

    You are right about some buyers who start their home search in Scottsdale and then decide they want something newer, at the same price. Generally speaking, the newer the home, the higher the price. However, for someone looking for an established neighborhood, some of the older communities (which happen) to be in walking or riding distance to downtown Scottsdale are just what they are looking for.

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    Possibly … but price remains a challenge. Most of the the out of town buyers I’ve met want that newer home, right or wrong, for fear of increased maintenance on a 30-year-old house.