The Best Neighborhoods in Queen Creek AZ
Nestled near the San Tan Mountains, Queen Creek is located in the Southeast Valley just 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. Residents of Queen Creek enjoy small-town living with all the benefits of a large metropolitan area. Queen Creek is home to more than 70 neighborhoods, communities, and/or subdivisions featuring a wide range of residential choices. Some of the best neighborhoods in Queen Creek AZ include The Pecans, Dorado Estates, Montelena, Cortina, and Encanterra, just to name a few. From well-appointed condos and patio homes, single-family homes, new construction homes, gorgeous custom-built homes to sprawling luxury estates, real estate in Queen Creek accommodates every lifestyle and buyer. Whether you are interested in homes in Queen Creek with pool or guest casita, or you need space for your horses, you’ll find what you are looking for in the town of Queen Creek. Residents enjoy 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 order to navigate the market and gain access to the most valuable homes, buyers will need to partner with a qualified agent. Cathy Carter has over 27 years of experience as a REALTOR® in Queen Creek working with buyers and sellers. With access to the most up-to-date listings, Cathy can help you explore your options and find your dream home. Get the process started today by contacting Cathy directly at (480) 459-8488 or you can get in touch here.
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Current Queen Creek, AZ Housing Market Trends
In December 2020, the median list price of Queen Creek AZ homes for sale was $435K, trending up 7.4% year-over-year. The median listing price per square foot was $192, and the median sale price was $415K. Homes in Queen Creek sold for approximately the asking price on average in December 2020. On average, Queen Creek homes sell after 43 days on the market. The trend for median days on market has gone down since last month, and slightly down since last year. There are currently 542 homes for sale in Queen Creek, AZ, 83 of which were newly listed within the last week.
The Best Neighborhoods in Queen Creek AZ
Some the of best neighborhoods in Queen Creek AZ include The Pecans, Dorado Estates, Montelena, Cortina, and Encanterra, just to name a few:
The Pecans is a master-planned luxury home community that combines the charm of San Tan mountain vistas with easy access to the city’s comfort and luxuries. The Pecans is home to thousands of mature pecan trees that surround this fabulous setting. With just 258 estate lots, you have a rare opportunity to live in a woodland paradise, complete with all the best features of a traditional neighborhood. Community amenities include gated security, lush green parks, playgrounds, basketball courts, spray park and splash pad, lush landscaping, and walking and biking trails. The Pecans blends a rustic natural setting with easy access to nearby shopping, dining, entertainment, and major employment centers. The community is within the highly-rated Queen Creek Unified School District
Dorada Estates is a gated luxury home community developed by Toll Brothers, located at the border of Gilbert and Queen Creek and just minutes away from conveniences such as Queen Creek Market Place and SanTan Village as well as major employment centers. Dorada Estates offers approximately half-acre homes featuring Spanish, Andalusian, Craftsman, and Modern Ranch architecture, and open floor plans ranging up to 6,668 Sq. ft. Residents enjoy a central park with a children's’ playground, ramada, walking paths, and a half basketball court. The community is also within the highly-rated Chandler Unified School District.
Montelena is a large master-planned community located near Chandler Heights Road and Ellis Road in the heart of Queen Creek, Arizona. Homes in Montelena were built by some of the region’s top builders including Beazer, Standard Pacific, Nicholas Homes, and Maracay Homes. Buyers can choose from a variety of single and two-story home designs ranging in size from 2,600 to nearly 6,000 square feet. Montelena has several parks, plenty of open green space, a children's playground, walking/biking trails, and gorgeous mountain views. Students living in Montelena attend top-performing schools in the highly-regarded Queen Creek Unified School District.
Cortina is a master-planned community developed by Fulton Homes, located east of South Power Road and south of East Pecos Road. Power Road is the dividing line between the towns of Gilbert and Queen Creek and runs along the western edge of Cortina. Power Road is the dividing line between the two towns and runs along the western edge of Cortina). Homes in Cortina range from around 1,650 to 4,556 Sq.ft. and are situated on wide, tree-lined streets that complement the beautiful San Tan mountain and desert views. Residents enjoy four parks, a community center with a swimming pool, playground, sand volleyball court, basketball court, ramada, and barbecue grills. Cortina is a tight-knit community, where block parties and other family-oriented gatherings are commonplace. Most of the homes feature front porches, which make it easy to visit with the neighbors.
Encanterra is a resort community with select 55+ Trilogy® neighborhoods located east of the beautiful San Tan Mountains in Queen Creek. The community is in close proximity to the 202 loop and the Superstition Freeway (60) making a drive into Phoenix and other nearby suburbs like Mesa, Chandler, and Gilbert easily manageable. The community’s two clubs, La Casa and The Algarve create a resort lifestyle, with restaurants, pools, a spa, sports courts, a championship 18-hole golf course, and more. Encanterra features three home collections to choose from, so you’re certain to discover a home you love, whether you’re looking for a seasonal residence or a year-round abode. Homes at Encanterra feature open floor plans, gourmet kitchens, and beautiful master suites, and have offerings for all ages, including 55+ residents.
WhyYou Should Consider Living in Queen Creek, AZ
Queen Creek is an oasis in the East Valley of the Phoenix metro area - located in Maricopa County, with a small portion extending into Pinal County. Queen Creek's approximately 51,800 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.
Boasting a population of around 51,000, Queen Creek was once voted one of Forbes's “Friendliest Towns” in America. The total number of households in Queen Creek as of 2020 is 10,846. Of the total households, 53.5% have children under 18 years of age, and 71.6% consist of married couples. The average household income in Queen Creek is $113,814 which is one of the highest in the state of Arizona. Queen Creek is considered a highly educated community with 72.8% of residents having college degrees or having taken some college courses. The per capita income for residents is $35,024.
Queen Creek Schools and Education
For parents with school-age children, the highly-acclaimed, A-rated Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD) provides comprehensive pre-k through 12th-grade academic programs to meet the needs of all students. Quality programs include regular education, gifted, special education, and early childhood, as well as career and technical, and alternative high school services. The district includes approximately 9,000+ students who continue to score well above the state average in all areas of math and English language arts.
QCUSD holds the distinction of being one of only nine "A" graded school districts from the Arizona Department of Education for 5 years in a row. The QCUSD boundary area includes the Town of Queen Creek and extends north of Mesa Gateway Airport to Warner Road and east to Meridian Road. Encompassing 46 square miles, the school district includes eight kindergartens through 6th-grade schools, two 7th grade through 8th-grade junior high schools, one 7th through 11th-grade high school, and one 9th through 12th-grade high school. Alternative education options include Benjamin Franklin Charter School, Cambridge Academy, and Heritage Academy Queen. Institutions of higher learning in or near Queen Creek include Arizona State University, ASU Polytechnic, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College – Williams Campus, Communiversity @ Queen Creek, and Maricopa Community College.
Shopping in and Near Queen Creek
Queen Creek Marketplace
Queen Creek provides convenient shopping at Queen Creek Marketplace, Cornerstone at Queen Creek, Power Marketplace, and Queen Creek Village. You’ll find national retailers such as Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kirkland's, Ross, Super Target, T.J. Maxx, Walmart Supercenter, Sprouts Farmers Market, PetSmart, Home Goods, and a Harkins Movie Theater. Located north of Queen Creek in Gilbert is San Tan Village, an outdoor shopping and lifestyle center. Chandler Fashion Center, the second-largest mall in Arizona, is located in nearby Chandler.
Fun Things To Do In Queen Creek
Equestrian enthusiasts will appreciate Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre, a 38-acre facility in Queen Creek that provides English and Western equestrian events as well as home shows, RV and car shows, concerts, and other special events. The park is home to a number of prestigious organizations and events such as the Arizona Cutting Horse Association, Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association, Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and Vintage and Vino, just to name a few. The Queen Creek Performing Arts Center in town provides Broadway-quality theater, spectacular plays, and entertaining musical acts in its modern 777-seat theater.
Schnepf Farms is a fourth-generation family farm in Queen Creek and the largest organic peach grower in Arizona. You can experience everything from peach picking to watching a historical re-enactment, enjoying a classic car show, or an antique craft fair, or just stop in to pick veggies in the u-pick garden. Queen Creek Olive Mill is Arizona's only working olive farm and mill. Family owned and operated, the 100-acre farm has over 7000 olive trees. You can taste your way through the gourmet marketplace and shop for locally made olive oils and also enjoy the Italian inspired eatery featuring old-world family recipes.
Barney Family Sports Complex (The Barn), is a 77,000 Sq.ft. indoor sports facility in Queen Creek that includes two indoor hockey rinks. The Barn offers different youth and adult sports, clubs, and leagues as well as hosts many special events like high school dances, gymnastics tournaments, roller derbies, and birthday parties. Seasonal events include the Pumpkin & Chili Party (October), Winter Wonderland (December), Peach Blossom Festival (February), Dinner Down the Orchard (Spring), and Easter Egg-citement.
Queen Creek Outdoor Recreation and Activities
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Queen Creek and the surrounding area offer plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities like hiking, biking, and horseback riding, which can be enjoyed year-round. Desert Mountain Park, Queen Creek Founders Park, Queen Creek Community Center, and local schools provide a variety of amenities that include sports fields, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, community pools, and more. Mansel Carter Oasis Park is Queen Creek's newest park featuring sports fields, playgrounds, volleyball and basketball courts, a 5-acre fishing lake, a rock waterfall, a wheel-friendly skate park, a shipwrecked-themed slash pad, an equestrian hitch post, three fitness pods, and more.
San Tan Mountain Regional Park is under 7 miles from Queen Creek. The park encompasses over 10,000 acres and preserves a small portion of The San Tan mountain range. A network of trails crisscrosses the park providing opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. MD Ranch offers scenic guided horseback riding through the San Tan Mountain Regional Park and the desert trails of the Sonoran Desert.
Queen Creek Golf Courses
Golfers can choose from several top-rated golf courses in the immediate area, including Las Colinas Golf Club, Apache Sun Golf Club, and Encanterra Golf Course. Las Colinas Golf Club is a public 18-hole traditional style golf course designed by golf architect Mike Asmundson. The layout features an interesting variety of holes and offers a challenge for all skill levels. Apache Sun Golf Club is a public traditional 9-hole course designed by golf architect Leo Johnson. Encanterra Country Club is located in nearby San Tan Valley, featuring a private 18-hole desert/traditional golf course designed by golf architect Tom Lehman.
Surrounding Phoenix Metro Area
Phoenix is the center around which 30 communities have grown in an area collectively known as the Valley of the Sun. One of the fastest-growing and most dynamic regions in the country for technology and software companies, health care, manufacturing, and financial services are also solidly growing industries. Fortune 500/1000 companies based or having major operations in the area include Avnet, Freeport-McMoRan, Republic Services, PetSmart, Apollo Group, Insight Enterprises, ON Semiconductor, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, Amkor Technology, Swift Transportation, and First Solar, just to name a few.
The Phoenix metro area hosts hundreds of annual events such as the popular Waste Management Phoenix Open (best-attended golf tournament in the world), Barret Jackson Auto Show, Arabian Horse Show, NASCAR Subway Fresh 500, Fiesta Bowl Parade, ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo, Downtown Phoenix 4th of July Celebration, Scottsdale Culinary Festival and Tour de Scottsdale Bike Ride, just to name a few. For sports fans, Phoenix is home to 4 Major League sports teams plus a professional WNBA team. The Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) play their home games at Chase Field.
The Phoenix Suns play in the NBA's Pacific Division and play their games at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Arizona Cardinals are a professional football team (NFL) based in Phoenix and play at State Farm Stadium and the Arizona Coyotes are a professional hockey league team based in Glendale. The Phoenix Mercury is a professional women's basketball team (WNBA) based in Phoenix and also plays at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Baseball fans can also enjoy Cactus League spring training baseball in the Phoenix area. With 10 facilities hosting 15 teams, the Phoenix area has the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the U.S.
Partner with The Best REALTOR® in Queen Creek - Cathy Carter
With over two decades of local real estate experience, Cathy is able to provide her clients with the kind of knowledge, skills, dedication, and personalized service they need and deserve. Cathy understands that buying or selling a home is a major financial and life decision and that you are looking for someone you can trust. As your agent, she will protect your interests, advocate for you, negotiate on your behalf, and guide you towards a smooth and successful transaction.
Cathy's client testimonials speak volumes about her professionalism and expertise:
"Cathy was a terrific agent from beginning to end. Her comps were accurate and helpful at the outset. Her marketing was the best we have seen in our experience and we have sold 7 previous homes. She handled all the selling and closing negotiations very well and helped us navigate several anxious turns in the process. Cathy is calm, judicious, and responsive and we found her opinions and ideas valuable. We would use her to sell or buy a house again without hesitation. Great to work with and got great results."
"Cathy Carter is a highly respected, seasoned real estate professional who is very responsive, knowledgeable, and open-minded. She kept my deal together by going beyond the call of duty to do some of the work of a novice agent (representing the buyer) on the sale of my house. Plus, she really went to bat for me on the purchase of my new home, getting upgrades and closing in weeks. I highly recommend Cathy to represent you in selling and purchasing your next home or investment."
“I have dealt with many real estate agents and I would have to say Cathy Carter was a pleasure to deal with. We flew in from New York to see the area and Cathy gave us as much time as we needed. She showed us around and made us feel comfortable and welcome. As of today we are currently in contract for the sale of our home and are actively looking at homes in the Gilbert and Chandler areas. Cathy emails homes for us to look at on a regular basis and we would not use anyone else.”
“My husband and I worked with Cathy to find our home in the East Valley suburbs of Phoenix AZ. We were transferred to Phoenix from the east coast and Cathy did a wonderful job of orienting us to the area and helping us gain perspective into the different homes and neighborhoods in the East Valley. While working with Cathy, she was always very attentive and efficient. Cathy is extremely knowledgeable. She listened to our ideas about the ideal home, offered suggestions, and took us to see properties that were in line with our expectations. Cathy is extremely responsive and has even reached out to check on us after we moved into our hew home. I would highly recommend Cathy to anyone who is interested in selling their home or purchasing a new home.”
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If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling Queen Creek real estate, please give Cathy Carter a call at (480) 459-8488 or you can get in touch here.
CATHY CARTER, ABR, CRS, CDPE
RE/MAX Alliance Group
725 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 111
Gilbert, AZ. 85233