Housing | Relocating to Phoenix
The Phoenix metro area is huge, offering almost 9,000 square miles of choices. If you are relocating to Phoenix chances are you will want to explore different areas to find a nice place to live.
Since Phoenix is so spread out you may want to base your choice to some degree on your commute. Learn the traffic patterns and you will see that 9 miles could take you 10 minutes in the morning, or it could take you 30 minutes depending on which direction you are headed.
If you are really unfamiliar with the area, it is best to rent at least for a short time so that you can get your bearings and figure out which part of the Valley is most appealing to you. You can often rent a vacation home for a few months to help you get situated too.
Personally, I find you can tell a substantial amount of information about a neighborhood by shopping at the grocery store in the particular neighborhood you are thinking about purchasing a house in or visiting in the evening at the neighborhood park and talking to people who already live there. This is a good way to get a feel for an area and see if this is where you would feel comfortable living.
Relocating to Phoenix
Cities within the metro area include:
- Apache Junction
- Cave Creek
- El Mirage
- Fountain Hills
- Litchfield Park,
- Paradise Valley
- Queen Creek
- Sun City.
For a list of Retirement Communties
Buying or Renting a House
One thing to note when purchasing a home, if you are looking to buy a new construction home and want a buyer's representation your Realtor must be with you on your first visit to the model homes.
Sunscreens are awesome in the Summer months , especially on west, east or south facing windows.
A home with a swimming pool or access to one is great as well. If you don't want the maintenance of a swimming pool look for a neighborhood with a community pool or one near a city public pool.