Susan Christy | Scottsdale Real Estate, Paradise Valley Real Estate, Phoenix Real Estate


When it’s time to buy a new home, you’ll hear a lot about the importance of location. How can you choose a place? Whether you’re moving around the corner or across the country, there are a few essential things that you should know in order to select the best place for you to live. Read on for some questions that you should ask yourself when trying to find a good fit for a  location to live. 


What Should Be Close?


There’s more to a home than what schools are nearby or how close you are to work. While these things are essential, you’ll need to understand more about our lifestyle to find an excellent location. You’ll have to look at your life and your family’s life on a day-to-day and weekly basis. What types of activities do you enjoy? How close do you want to be to a grocery store, a gym, or a shopping center? How close do you want to live to the city? The mountains? The beach? Does your family enjoy outdoor recreation like hiking or walking through the park? Making sure that the things that are important to you and your family are accessible will be a big part of choosing a location to move.


How Walkable Is The Neighborhood?


If your kids will be walking t school, or you enjoy daily strolls with the family dog, the walkability of a neighborhood is important. Many places allow you to walk everywhere right out your front door to the grocery store or the hair salon without ever setting foot in a car. You may even want to be able to walk to a bus or subway in order to get to work each day. Walkability is an important aspect to consider when looking at home locations. 


Who Lives Nearby?


You may want to consider who lives nearby when looking at different neighborhoods to move. If you wish to live near family or know some good friends who live close, this could be a good starting point for finding the right location to live. It’s always easier to make the transition to a new area when you know a few people.


How Quiet Is Too Quiet?


Some people love peace and quiet. Other people need a lively environment that allows them to access the hustle and bustle any time they choose. Knowing your want for peace is a big lifestyle choice and a large part of selecting a location to live in. The closer you move to a big city, the easier your access to the more exciting side of life will be. The further away you live from the city, the more likely you are to have more quiet.      


6851 E Orion Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85257  

Rental
$3,200
Price
3
Bedrooms
3
Baths
LOCATED ON AN INTERIOR N/S LOT, IN THE UPSCALE GATED SKYE GARDEN HOME community, this newly built never-lived-in stunning KHovnanian sleek contemporary offers a carefree, low-maintenance lifestyle in a convenient up and coming South Scottsdale location convenient to Old Town, ASU and the airport. FANTASTIC COMMUNITY AMENITIES include heated pool and spa and fitness center.



This listing recently sold for $312,000.

2228 E Fawn Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85042  

Residential
$325,000
Price
$312,000
Sale Price
3
Bedrooms
2
Baths
IDEALLY SITUATED ON ARGUABLY THE BEST STREET IN THE HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER PINES AT SOUTH MOUNTAIN GATED COMMUNITY, this property has so much to offer, not the least of which are stunning, uninterrupted views of the South Mountains looming directly to the south. Stone trim enhances curb appeal, continued on interior with stone-faced fireplace as focal point of completely open great room floor plan, boasting 10' ceilings throughout & expansive windows, travertine patios & exceptionally private backyard. 3-BR plan features spacious split master with backyard access+2 add'l, all freshly re-carpeted. Seller improvements include: New HVAC , incl. ductwork & insulation+new H20 heater (2017); window replacement (2012); exterior repainting (2015). METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED MOVE-IN CONDITION!



This listing recently sold for $385,000.

23940 N 73rd Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85255  

Residential
$395,000
Price
$385,000
Sale Price
2
Bedrooms
2
Baths
ENVIABLY LOCATED ON AN INTERIOR LOT WITHIN THE SOUGHT-AFTER GATED LOS PORTONES MASTER-PLANNED COMMUNITY THIS PINNACLE PEAK VILLAS RETREAT was the FORMER MODEL for custom homebuilder LEGENDARY HOMES. Soaring vaulted ceilings enhance drama upon entry into wide foyer leading to open great room boasting granite-faced fireplace focal point and 18x18 diagonal stonelook Italian tile extending t/o. Expansive windows create a light, bright, airy ambience, overlooking expanded patio and desertscaped backyard, complete with pebble-surface pool with waterfall. Updating includes new master shower ('17) and brushed nickel hardware, fixtures & finishes t/o. WITH GREAT N. SCOTTSDALE AMENITIES & EASY FREEWAY ACCESS, THIS LOVELY VILLA IS IDEAL AS CAREFREE LOCK & LEAVE OR LOW-MAINTENANCE PRIMARY RESIDENCE.


As a home seller, it is important to do everything possible to transform an ordinary kitchen into a comfortable, attractive setting. With an awe-inspiring kitchen, you may be able to differentiate your house from others that are available in a competitive real estate market. Plus, your house's kitchen might even lead some homebuyers to submit offers immediately following a home showing.

Clearly, a top-notch kitchen can make a world of difference when you sell your house. But how can you determine whether a kitchen overhaul is necessary?

Here are three questions to consider before you embark on a kitchen renovation.

1. When do I plan to sell my house?

If you intend to sell your home quickly, you may have limited time at your disposal. Therefore, a complete kitchen overhaul may not be an option.

On the other hand, if you have several weeks or months to plan ahead, it may be worthwhile to evaluate your kitchen and find ways to improve it.

Consider your home selling timeline closely. That way, you can examine various home improvement projects and determine whether a kitchen renovation is a priority.

2. How much money do I have to complete a kitchen renovation?

A kitchen renovation can include everything from simple upgrades to a massive overhaul. As such, the costs associated with a kitchen renovation may vary.

Assess your home improvement budget and plan accordingly. If you have the funds available, you may be able to revamp your entire kitchen. However, if your financial resources are limited, you may need to consider cost-effective measures to enhance your kitchen.

Remember, there are many quick, easy ways to bolster your kitchen. Wiping down the walls and ceiling can help your kitchen dazzle. Meanwhile, repainting the kitchen walls and mopping the floors also provide simple, effective ways to improve your kitchen's appearance without breaking your budget.

3. Is a kitchen renovation worth my time?

A home appraisal may prove to be exceedingly valuable, particularly for home sellers who are on the fence about completing a kitchen renovation.

During a home appraisal, a property inspector will examine your residence and provide a report that highlights your house's strengths and weaknesses. This report can help you establish a price range for your home. In addition, the report may provide you with insights into whether a kitchen renovation may enable you to boost your home's value.

Lastly, if you're still uncertain about a kitchen renovation after a home appraisal, a real estate agent may be able to provide extra support.

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of selling a home. Thus, he or she can evaluate your residence and help you decide whether a kitchen renovation is worth your time.

When it comes to a kitchen renovation, it is essential for home sellers to examine all of their options. Consider the aforementioned questions, and you should have no trouble determining if a kitchen renovation is right for you.




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