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Metro Phoenix and Chandler Arizona Research July 3, 2008

Posted by mkuhbock in Arizona Vacation Property, golf.
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Well I have reviewed some of the do and dont’s of joint ownership and what to look out for in a vacation home so now i can drill down into Metro Phoenix areas of interest and specifically Chandler. From a Calgarians perspective, Arizona is a great location for a vacation home as it not only has great weather and recreational activities, it is a short 3 hour flight away.

We searched and viewed homes all over the nicer areas of Metro Phoenix and decided on the Ocotillo area of Chandler. We found the prices great and much more affordable than Scottsdale, we loved the abundance of water and lushness of growth, unparalleled shopping, a little more quiet than other Phoenix areas and the golf course there is 27 holes of challenge with water on 24 or so holes that quickly swallows up golf balls.

There are thousands of resource site on the web that are a google search away but here are a couple of the information sites I have used to familiarize myself with Chandler, the Metro Phoenix area and real estate in the area:

http://www.visitphoenix.com/visitor/index.cfm

http://www.azcentral.com/

http://phoenix.gov/DISCOVER/index.html

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Chandler AZ
http://www.visitchandler.com/

20 minutes south of the airport

  1. Growing vibrant city with a higher end demographic mix
  2. Wonderful recreational community
  3. Easy access to all parts of Arizona

Ocotillo Golfhttp://www.ocotillogolf.com/

Scottsdale / Paradise Valley http://www.scottsdalecvb.com

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Real Estate Research

The best place to browse listings are:

www.realtor.com best to use the map search tool so that you can drill down to areas or,

www.zillow.com a neat tool but harder to navigate and not as much pertinent data
http://phoenix.craigslist.org/rfs/ Craigslist is a great site to get familiar with property and you can use key words to narrow down locations.

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Golf

Depends on where they are staying and what they want to pay but here is a quick summary of golf… with over 200 courses in the Valley this list below only scratches the surface and I have only played about 25 courses so far…..

Best value and one of the best courses is TPC Champions course $49 for non residents if they walk – 7 days a week, tips are not set up but they will let you play them as long as you are a low handicap golfer, if not it will beat you up from back there, easy walk and always in great TPC shape, call 7 days in advance to make weekend tee times and if you dont walk they charge $85 x 2 for a cart on top of the $49 so walk the course.

Southern Dunes in Maricopa, one of the best courses in the valley, 7600 yards from the tips

Whirlwind, 36 great holes

Ocotillo, 27 holes and ranked in the top 5 in the Valley consistently

Gold Canyon, Dinosaur course, spectacular views and great track on the east side of the valley

All these are winners, http://www.troongolfaz.com/index.php

Top 10 Metro Phoenix courses listed by Arizonagolfer http://www.arizonagolfer.net/

To book times for courses other than TPC use http://www.golfnow.com/phoenix The prices get cheaper closer to the day you want to book as the course pros use this site to blow out unused tee times. Can save over 50% on tee times.

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Finally some general information sites:

Phoenix Arizona relocation guide | Phoenix overview

City of Phoenix, Arizona, Official Municipal Web site

Phoenix Arizona CVB Travel Center : Hotels, Resorts & Golf in

Arizona travel and vacation guide from the Arizona Office of Tourism

Arizona Local News – Phoenix Arizona News – azcentral.com

In the next week we will be meeting with a number of groups from the Phoenix real estate community to put together some exciting aquistion business models together, if you have any interest in participating let me know or any questions on any of the recent Blogs.

Have a great weekend!

Cheers,

Michael

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