Arizona Real Estate - Agent Cathy Carter
Are you currently planning on relocating to Arizona? Before you begin searching the Arizona MLS, the first thing you’ll want to do is enlist the services of a qualified REALTORⓇ. Arizona real estate agent - Cathy Carter has been helping buyers relocate to Arizona for over 25 years. Cathy can help you navigate the market and make the most informed home purchase decision. Always a top favorite for retirees, Arizona has much to offer families and young adults as well. Arizona is rich in culture, art, and history. Winters are short and mild, and while summers can reach into the 100s, the low humidity mitigates the high summer temperatures for many people, especially those with respiratory issues or similar conditions. Phoenix is the rapidly-growing capital of Arizona and a great place to settle down and buy a home. The cost of living in Phoenix is below average for the state, and much lower than most other metropolitan areas. Ranking as the second-fastest-growing metro area in the U.S. for tech-sector jobs, the valley is a hub for software and emerging technology companies. There are ample employment opportunities in aerospace & defense, technology, manufacturing, digital media, health care, and scientific research.
Cultural events include the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Orpheum Theater, Arizona Opera, Heard Museum, and Ballet Arizona, among many others. Arizona has four Major League sports teams, all within the Phoenix metro area, plus a professional WNBA team. Whether you want to live in the heart of the city or settle down in the Phoenix East Valley suburbs, Cathy Carter can help you find the best Arizona homes for sale to fit your lifestyle and needs. The East Valley communities of Chandler, Sun Lakes, Gilbert, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Mesa, Tempe, Ahwatukee, and Scottsdale, each offer their own unique personality and outstanding amenities. Cathy knows the Phoenix area inside and out and has access to all the real estate tools and resources to ensure a successful home buying experience. Get the process started today by contacting Cathy directly at (480) 459-8488 or get in touch by email.
On our easy-to-use website, you’ll be able to search the Arizona MLS, which updates every 5 minutes. View photos of available properties, find detailed real estate information, create a free account, save your search, and receive notifications of new listings that match your specific home criteria delivered directly to your email. Be sure to scroll down below to explore Arizona homes for sale and living in the Phoenix East Valley.
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If you would like more information about Arizona homes for sale, or to schedule a private showing, please contact top-rated Arizona real estate agent - Cathy Carter. As a licensed, full-time REALTORⓇ, Cathy keeps her finger on the pulse of the market at all times and is aware of new inventory as soon as it becomes available - ensuring that her buyers have access to the most valuable homes and securing an offer. Whether you search the Arizona MLS for condos in the heart of the city, single-family homes in an established neighborhood, new construction in new home developments, or luxurious homes in an exclusive golf course or waterfront community, you’ll find all of the above in the Phoenix East Valley.
East Valley Communities
Located about 22 miles southeast of Phoenix, Chandler is a city suburb that’s both cosmopolitan and family-friendly. Home to nearly 258,000 people, Chandler is a diverse and affluent community situated in one of the fastest-growing innovation and technology hubs in the U.S. In the 1980s, Chandler’s agriculture-based economy shifted to technology when Intel Corporation began its operations here. Chandler's innovative technology base and excellent educational facilities provide the foundation for a comfortable lifestyle. The largest employer in Chandler is Intel Corporation with 2 campuses. Chandler is home to a vibrant and historic downtown, exciting cultural and recreation options, fabulous shopping (Chandler Fashion Center) and fine dining destinations, an excellent school system, over 60 parks and outdoor activities that can be enjoyed year-round, and several top-rated golf courses. Most of Chandler is served by the nationally recognized, A-rated Chandler Unified School District. CUSD schools have been named Arizona A+ Schools of Excellence or U.S. Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence 86 times since 1983. In August 2021, Chandler home prices were up 23.2% compared to last year, selling for a median price of $468K. On average, homes in Chandler sell after 21 days on the market compared to 32 days last year. There were 425 homes sold in August this year, down from 442 last year.
Located about 24.7 miles southeast of Phoenix, Sun Lakes is a fabulous master-planned retirement community for active adults (40-plus years) featuring a vast array of resort-like amenities. The development has five distinct communities, each with its own golf course and clubhouse/activities center: Sun Lakes #1 (the original community (gated), Palo Verde (gated), Cottonwood (non-gated), Ironwood (gated), and Oakwood (gated). Residents of Sun Lakes have access to five golf courses, driving ranges, heated community pools, spas, tennis & pickleball courts, fitness facilities, arts & crafts centers, restaurants, cafes, stocked fishing lakes, miles of scenic walking paths, dozens of clubs, and planned events along with nearby shopping plazas, restaurants, a community college campus, public library, health care providers, and more. In August 2021, Sun Lakes home prices were up 26.8% compared to last year, selling for a median price of $450K. On average, homes in Sun Lakes sell after 28 days on the market compared to 49 days last year. There were 47 homes sold in August this year, up from 33 last year.
The town of Gilbert is located in Maricopa County about 22 miles southeast of Phoenix. Thriving in business and leisure activities, Gilbert has a vibrant Heritage District, great shopping (SanTan Village), a notable foodie scene, an excellent school system, numerous parks & outdoor recreation opportunities, and some of the best golf clubs in the valley. A youthful and vibrant community, the median age of Gilbert residents is 33.8 years with 67.6 percent of the population under the age of 45. The town's access to an educated and diverse workforce, a pipeline of emerging technologies from statewide universities, ease of market access, and quality living attracts worldwide companies to the area. Top employers in Gilbert include GoDaddy, B H Drywall, Banner Health, Isagenix International, Northrop Grumman, Silent-Aire, Morgan Stanely, Merrill Lynch, and Deloitte, among other great companies. Most of Gilbert is served by the highly-rated Gilbert Unified School District also known as Gilbert Public Schools (GPS). As of 2020, thirteen GPS schools have earned the "A+ School of Excellence™ Award" from the Arizona Educational Foundation. In August 2021, home prices in Gilbert were up 30.4% compared to last year, selling for a median price of $515K. On average, homes in Gilbert sell after 21 days on the market compared to 27 days last year. There were 436 homes sold in August this year, down from 566 last year.
The town of Queen Creek is located in Maricopa County, with a small portion extending into Pinal County. Home to around 51,800 people, Queen Creek residents enjoy the benefits of small-town living close to a metropolitan area, with easy commuting to and from metro Phoenix, great schools, an abundance of recreational activities, and a low-stress lifestyle. Queen Creek is a friendly, "first name" community, where the person behind the counter is someone who will know you by name. Located just 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale, Queen Creek has more than 70 neighborhoods, communities, and/or subdivisions featuring a wide range of residential choices. Queen Creek offers convenient shopping centers, an excellent school system, plenty of family-oriented activities, several top-rated golf courses, and miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding in San Tan Mountain Regional Park (less than 8 miles away). In August 2021, Queen Creek home prices were up 20.9% compared to last year, selling for a median price of $472K. On average, homes in Queen Creek sell after 17 days on the market compared to 35 days last year. There were 186 homes sold in August this year, down from 237 last year.
San Tan Valley
The bedroom community of San Tan Valley is bounded by the San Tan Mountains Regional Park on the west and the Gila River Indian Community on the southwest, with a population of around 99,894 (2020). San Tan Valley was named after the nearby San Tan Mountain Regional Park with more than10,000 acres of rugged wilderness and peaks that reach up to 2,500 feet. San Tan Valley consists largely of master-planned communities and offers the best of both worlds: Convenient access to city amenities and a laid-back, small-town lifestyle that makes the most of its scenic, Sonoran Desert surroundings. Residents enjoy easy access to top-rated golf courses, parks, trails, and other outdoor activities, while also being close to grocery stores, big box stores, restaurants, and everyday conveniences. Students attend top-rated schools in the JO Combs Unified School District. In August 2021, San Tan Valley home prices were up 41.4% compared to last year, selling for a median price of $382K. On average, homes sell after 17 days on the market compared to 25 days last year. Search homes for sale near me in San Tan Valley.
Mesa is a city suburb located about 20 miles east of Phoenix. Home to around 538,146 people, Mesa is the third-largest city in Arizona. The Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University is located in Mesa as well as the largest relief airport in the Phoenix area - Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Mesa has a rich cultural heritage and is currently experiencing tremendous economic growth due to the expansion of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport attracting many new businesses to the area. Mesa is currently home to major companies like Apple, Bridgestone, FUJIFILM, Mitsubishi, and Boeing, among others. With a thriving downtown, exciting local culture, great shopping and restaurants, an excellent school system, numerous sports facilities, Cactus League spring training baseball, popular annual events and festivals, and top-rated golf clubs, Mesa is a great place to settle down and buy a home. In August 2021, Mesa home prices were up 28.7% compared to last year, selling for a median price of $406K. On average, homes in Mesa sell after 25 days on the market compared to 28 days last year. There were 815 homes sold in August this year, up from 799 last year.
The city of Tempe was named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece, a gorge in the Tempi municipality of northern Thessaly, Greece. Home to approximately 195,805 people, Tempe is bordered by Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Scottsdale and the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east. Top employers in Tempe include Arizona State University, State Farm Insurance, Freedom Financial Network, JPMorgan Chase Bank National Association, ABM Industries, Wells Fargo, City of Tempe, SRP, Honeywell, and Insight Direct Inc. Tempe has a lively downtown brimming with restaurants, stores, galleries, clubs, and nightlife and is also home to the main campus of Arizona State University. For parents with school-age children, Tempe offers outstanding education choices from preschool to graduate school. The city is served by three highly regarded public school districts: Tempe Elementary School District, Kyrene School District, and Tempe Union High School District. In August 2021, Tempe home prices were up 27.8% compared to last year, selling for a median price of $432K. On average, homes in Tempe sell after 26 days on the market compared to 29 days last year. There were 234 homes sold in August this year, up from 224 last year.
Ahwatukee is the southernmost village of Phoenix, known for its rugged natural beauty, picturesque mountain views, and charming small-town feel. Ahwatukee is situated at the base of South Mountain Park and Preserve, stretching along its northern border. With a population of around 83,665 (2020), Ahwatukee offers easy access to outdoor activities like hiking biking, and horseback riding in South Mountain Park, great shopping and dining options, several top-rated golf courses, and close proximity to major employment hubs. The community is served by the highly-acclaimed, A-rated Kyrene School District (Pre-K through 8th grade), one of the top-performing school districts in the state. All 25 schools in the district have received excelling or high-performing ratings. In August 2021, Ahwatukee home prices were up 40.4%, compared to last year, selling for a median price of $456K. On average, homes in Ahwatukee sell after 21 days on the market.
The city of Scottsdale is located in Maricopa County and has a population of around 265,249 (2020). Scottsdale’s exciting art and culture, world-class resorts and spas, premier shopping and restaurants, exciting nightlife, popular annual events, over 50 top-rated golf courses, and scenic hiking trails make it a great place to live. Most of Scottsdale’s workforce is in the tourism industry. The city has one of the highest numbers of AAA Five-Diamond hotels and resorts in the country and is home to many renowned spas and resorts including the Four Seasons Scottsdale and Canyon Suites. A large portion of Scottsdale Road in the Shea Corridor has been dubbed the "Resort Corridor" due to the many upscale resorts that line the street. Top employers in Scottsdale include Honor Health, CVS Health, Scottsdale Unified School District, Vanguard, and the City of Scottsdale. One of the largest employment centers in Scottsdale and in the state is Scottsdale Airpark, anchored by the Scottsdale Airport. The Airpark encompasses 8.6 square miles and includes over 2,900 businesses that employ more than 51,000 people. Scottsdale is served by the nationally-acclaimed Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), ranked among the top school districts in the country. In August 2021, Scottsdale home prices were up 26.1% compared to last year, selling for a median price of $718K. On average, homes in Scottsdale sell after 35 days on the market compared to 51 days last year. There were 770 homes sold in August this year, down from 888 last year.
Schools and Education
Phoenix is home to several award-winning school districts filled with top-rated schools. There are 458 public schools serving 253,554 students in Phoenix. There are 30 school districts with more than 200 charter schools and a number of top-rated private schools. Under Arizona’s open-enrollment law, children can attend other schools within the district or in another district by applying to that school, so families can be confident their child is receiving the best education possible. Phoenix has one of the highest concentrations of top-ranked public schools in Arizona. The 3 highest ranked public schools in Phoenix include Phoenix Union Bioscience High School, Great Hearts Academies - Archway Scottsdale, and Basis Phoenix.
Public School Review’s list of highest ranked schools in Phoenix:
- Phoenix Union Bioscience High School Ranked: 10/10 Top 1% (9-12)
- Great Hearts Academies - Archway Scottsdale (Charter School): Ranked 10/10 Top 1% (K-12)
- Basis Phoenix (Charter School): Ranked 10/10 Top 1% (5-12)
- Kyrene De La Sierra School: Ranked 10/10 Top 1% (PK-5)
- Basis Ahwatukee (Charter School): Ranked 10/10 Top 5% (3-12)
- Alhambra Traditional School: Ranked 10/10 Top 5% (K-8)
- Madison Traditional Academy: Ranked 10/10 Top 5% (PK-8)
- Fireside Elementary School: Ranked 10/10 Top 5% (PK-6)
- Great Hearts Academies - Archway Chandler (Charter School): Ranked 10/10 Top 5% (K-12)
- Khalsa Montessori Elementary School - Phoenix (Charter School): Ranked 10/10 Top 5% (K-6)
- Aaec - Paradise Valley (Charter School): Ranked 10/10 Top 5% (9-12)
- Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center - Estrella (Charter School): Ranked 10/10 Top 5% (9-12)
- Hopi Elementary School: Rank 10/10 Top 5% (K-5)
- Adams Traditional Academy (Charter School): Ranked 10/10 Top 5% (K-8)
- Great Hearts Academies - Archway Arete (Charter School): Ranked 10/10 Top 5% (K-5)
- Kyrene De Los Cerritos School: Ranked 10/10 Top 5% (PK-5)
- Benchmark School (Charter School): Ranked 10/10 Top 5% (K-6)
- Kyrene De Los Lagos School: Ranked 10/10 Top 5% (PK-5)
- Great Hearts Academies - Archway Glendale (Charter School): Ranked 10/10 Top 5% (K-5)
- Great Hearts Academies - Archway Lincoln (Charter School): Ranked 10/10 Top 5% (K-5)
There are numerous higher-education opportunities situated throughout the Phoenix metro area. Downtown Phoenix is home to the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Arizona State University has campuses in Downtown Phoenix and the city of Mesa, with its main campus in the city of Tempe.
Partner with Top Arizona Real Estate Agent - Cathy Carter CARTER
Whether you are ready to search the Arizona MLS or it's time to list your current property, Cathy Carter provides the kind of knowledge, skills, dedication, and personalized service her clients need and deserve. Known for her warm and friendly personality, Cathy's personal approach to the real estate process allows her to connect with her clients and uncover the right homes for them.
You can be assured that Cathy will protect your best interests, advocate for you, negotiate on your behalf, and do whatever is necessary to ensure the best results possible. To find out more about Arizona homes for sale in the greater Phoenix area, please give Cathy a call at 480‑459‑8488 or send her an email.
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