If you are hoping to buy a home in Scottsdale, you will notice that there are numerous neighborhoods to choose from. Though it’s nice to have so many great choices, the sheer number of beautiful communities makes it hard to narrow down your options to just one.
Here are a few things to consider to make your choice a little bit easier:
Location: So you know you want to live in Scottsdale. Now what? Think about your favorite areas of the city and start looking at the neighborhoods around there. Maybe you want to live within walking distance of the glamour at Scottsdale Fashion Square, or perhaps it’s important that you live near the hiking trails at Pinnacle Peak. Either way, plenty of Scottsdale neighborhoods can accommodate you. Keep in mind that if you plan to commute to work, it’s usually best to buy a house that’s only a few minutes from the 101 Pima freeway. That’s part of why DC Ranch is so popular among buyers, and it makes luxury living that much more convenient.
Builders: Some Scottsdale neighborhoods only feature homes from a single builder, while others have houses from several of them. For example, DC Ranch has homes from Toll Brothers, Salcito Custom Homes, Rosewood Homes, Argue Custom Homes, Camelot Homes, and Paragon Custom Homes, to name a few. So if you have a favorite Scottsdale builder in mind, be sure the communities you’re looking at have homes by that company. This is another detail you can tell your real estate agent before you start your search, as a good agent will always be well-versed in builders and communities.
Floor plans: You should have an idea of the size and style of house you are looking for before you choose a community. Fortunately, most developments make it clear what kinds of houses they offer, since they often list which floor plans they have, whether the homes are one or two stories, and what the range in square footage is. You should be able to see this information on either the community’s website or the builder’s website, or you can get it from your real estate agent. Either way, taking a look at it can help you narrow down your choices quickly.
Amenities: So many Scottsdale neighborhoods have great amenities that the whole family will enjoy. Common examples include a clubhouse, gym, pool, tennis court, playgrounds, and walking trails. Some neighborhoods even include a golf course, schools, and places to eat and shop. For instance, DC Ranch has 2 clubhouses, 47 parks, 2 private country clubs, 33 miles of trails, and much more. Think about which amenities your family would appreciate the most, and then choose the Scottsdale neighborhood that has them all.
HOA: As you add up all the costs of buying a house in the Scottsdale neighborhood you love, make sure you take into account the homeowner’s association fees. These tend to be anywhere from $50 per month to $500 per month, so there’s quite a wide range. Some are even paid quarterly, and of course, some Scottsdale neighborhoods do not have HOAs at all. Just tell your real estate agent if you have a preference on whether or not you want an HOA and how much you think you could afford in fees.
Whether you want to look at homes in DC Ranch or wish to check out other Scottsdale neighborhoods, The Matheson Team would be happy to help. Contact us today to get started or for additional information about the many neighborhoods in the area. We’re DC Ranch experts since we live, work, and play here!
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