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Homebuyers will find the best homes in  Arizona for sale in the Phoenix East Valley. From cozy villas on the golf course, single-family homes in family-friendly neighborhoods, executive housing, resort-style condos, semi-rural horse properties, new construction homes, custom homes in exclusive golf course communities, spectacular waterfront properties to sprawling luxury estates with breathtaking views, East Valley accommodates every lifestyle and buyer. Known for its thriving economy, pro-business climate, and exceptional amenities, East Valley continues to experience significant growth, attracting people from all parts of the U.S.  The region's year-round warm weather and sunshine, exciting cultural and recreation options, fabulous shopping and dining destinations, nationally recognized school districts, scenic parks and hiking trails, annual events like the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction and Waste Management Phoenix Open, over 200 golf courses, 4 major sports teams, and Cactus League spring training baseball all add up to a great place to call home! Buyers will want to find the best REALTOR® in Arizona to help them navigate the East Valley market and secure an offer. Cathy Carter is a luxury home specialist and a top-rated REALTOR® with over 25 years of experience serving Scottsdale, Chandler, Sun Lakes, Gilbert, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Mesa, Tempe, and Ahwatukee. Cathy has access to a full complement of real estate services, resources, and tools to uncover the best real estate in Arizona and help bring about a successful home buying experience. Feel free to contact Cathy directly at (480) 459-8488 or you can get in touch here.

On our easy-to-use website, you’ll be able to find the best homes for sale in Arizona situated throughout the Phoenix East Valley ( listing updated every 3 minutes). You can 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. Scroll down below to find the best real estate in Arizona and learn about the benefits of living in the thriving East Valley:  

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If you would like more information on Arizona homes for sale in the East Valley listed above, or to schedule a private showing, please contact the best REALTOR® in Arizona - Cathy Carter, specializing in newer homes and luxury real estate in East Valley.  As a licensed, full-time real estate agent, Cathy keeps her finger on the pulse of the market at all times and is the first to know when new inventory becomes available (often before), ensuring that her buyers have access to the most valuable East Valley properties and securing an offer.

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Cathy begins every new client relationship with a detailed consultation to better understand your desires, needs, and goals along with the type of home and neighborhood you are looking for. Cathy will then spend time sifting through multiple databases to find the best homes in Arizona for sale and arrange private showings for the homes worth seeing in person. With over two decades of experience serving East Valley buyers and sellers, Cathy can inform you about the most desirable neighborhoods and communities, the types of homes and features offered, the top builders in the region, the best school districts, area amenities and attractions, local community developments, and so much more.

Find the best homes in Arizona for sale with Cathy’s expert help. She would love to speak with you to discuss the type of home you have in mind and answer any questions you may have about available properties, pricing, financing, and more. Feel free to call Cathy directly at (480) 459-8488 or you can get in touch here

East Valley Housing Market Snapshots

  • Scottsdale: The median list price in Scottsdale is $849,000, less than a 1% change from April to May. Scottsdale's home resale inventories: 1,338, with no increase since April 2021. The median list price per square foot in Scottsdale is $353 compared to $354 in April 2021.

  • Chandler: The median list price in Chandler is $485,000, less than a 1% change from April to May. Chandler's home resale inventories: 377, up 2% since April 2021. The median list price per square foot in Chandler is $237 compared to $236 in April 2021. 

  • Sun Lakes: The median list price in Sun Lakes is $432,700, up 8% from April to May. Sun Lakes's home resale inventories: 36, down 2% since April 2021. The median list price per square foot in Sun Lakes is $228, compared to $227 in April 2021.   

  • Gilbert: The median list price in Gilbert is $526,900, up 2% from April to May. Gilbert's home resale inventories: 407, up 3% since April 2021. The median list price per square foot in Gilbert is $225 compared to $224 in April 2021.

  • Queen Creek: The median list price in Queen Creek is $437,900, up 2% from April to May. Queen Creek's home resale inventories: 37, up 2% since April 2021. The median list price per square foot in Queen Creek is $201, the same as April 2021.

  • San Tan Valley: The median list price in San Tan Valley is $375,000,  up 1% from April to May. San Tan Valley's home resale inventories: 171, which decreased 4 percent since April 2021. The median list price per square foot in San Tan Valley is $188 compared to $185 in  April 2021.  

  • Mesa: The median list price in Mesa is $412,990, up 3% from April to May. Mesa's home resale inventories: 703, down 3% since April 2021. The median list price per square foot in Mesa is $219 compared to $215 in April 2021.

  • Tempe: The median list price in Tempe is $398,500, less than a 1% change from April to May. Tempe's home resale inventories: 240, with no increase since April 2021. The median list price per square foot in Tempe is $255 compared to $250 in April 2021.

  • Ahwatukee: The average sale price of a home in Ahwatukee was $382K in April, up 19.7% since this time last year. The average sale price per square foot in Ahwatukee is $245, up 37.9% since this time last year.

The Benefits of Living in the Phoenix East Valley, Arizona 

The Phoenix Metro area - known by most locals simply as “the Valley” - is a major metro area centered on the city of Phoenix. The region offers an abundance of art and culture, fabulous shopping, a signature restaurant scene, exciting nightlife, outdoor activities, and numerous trails for hiking and biking, over 200 golf courses, popular annual events and festivals, major sporting events, Cactus League spring training baseball, and more. In recent years, the city of Phoenix has experienced a major renaissance with new restaurants, art galleries, retail shops, and all types of businesses popping up - spurring a series of new developments ranging from apartment complexes to new hotels and high-rises. 

For those who prefer the comforts of suburban living while also being close to a major city, the East Valley communities of Scottsdale, Chandler, Sun Lakes, Gilbert, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Mesa, Tempe, and Ahwatukee each offer their own unique appeal, outstanding amenities, and easy access to major employment centers.

The Average Temperatures in the Phoenix East Valley

East Valley’s coldest month is January when the average temperature overnight is 43.4°F. In July, which is the warmest month, the average daytime temperature rises to 104.2°F.








































East Valley Economy and Job Opportunities 

Known for its thriving economy, pro-business climate, and outstanding amenities and lifestyle, the Phoenix East Valley continues to experience significant growth fueled by emerging local business and national corporate relocations. East Valley is one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic regions in the country for technology and software companies. With operational costs 42% less than California, according to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the area has become a hub of commercial activity as more and more businesses are choosing to relocate here from other parts of the U.S.

Technology and bio-science are major economic drivers with health care, manufacturing, and financial services 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, among others. 

East Valley Communities

Explore the Phoenix East Valley communities of Scottsdale, Chandler, Sun Lakes, Gilbert, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Tempe, Mesa, and Ahwatukee:


Located in Maricopa County, the city of Scottsdale is home to approximately 265,249 people. Scottsdale is the 5th largest city in Arizona and the 82nd largest in the U.S. Boasting year-round warm weather and sunshine, exciting art and culture, world-class shopping and restaurants, exciting nightlife, popular annual events and festivals, over 50 top-rated golf courses, and some of the best hiking trails in the country, it’s easy to see why so many people are choosing to move to Scottsdale from other parts of the country.  Most of the workforce of Scottsdale is in the tourism industry. The city has one of the highest numbers of AAA Five-Diamond hotels and resorts in the country and 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. Scottsdale is served by two nationally-acclaimed school districts: Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) and Paradise Valley Unified School district (PVSD), both ranked among the top school districts in the country. 


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 in the city, one in West Chandler at Chandler Blvd/Rural Rd. and the other in the Ocotillo area at DobsonRd./Ocotillo. 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 numerous outdoor recreation opportunities that can be enjoyed year-round, and some of the best golf clubs in the valley. 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, the most of any district in Arizona.

Sun Lakes

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. 


Thriving in business and leisure activities, Gilbert is an East Valley suburb located approximately 22 miles southeast of Phoenix in Maricopa County.  Gilbert offers a vibrant Heritage District, great shopping (SanTan Village), an award-winning culinary 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 an unbeatable quality of life 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

Queen Creek

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).

San Tan Valley

San Tan Valley is a bedroom community (CDP) and home to nearly 120,000 people. Bounded by the San Tan Mountains Regional Park on the west and the Gila River Indian Community on the southwest, San Tan Valley was named after the nearby San Tan Mountain Regional Park with more than 10,000 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. 


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 DistrictKyrene School District, and Tempe Union High School District


Mesa is a city suburb located about 20 miles east of Phoenix. The third-largest city in Arizona, Mesa is home to the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University 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. The city is currently home to major companies like Apple, Bridgestone, FUJIFILM, Mitsubishi, and Boeing, among others. 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 make all add up to a great place to live and buy a home. 


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. Boasting an excellent school system, easy access to outdoor activities like hiking biking, and horseback riding in South Mountain Park, several top-rated golf courses, and close proximity to major employment hubs, Ahwatukee is a great place to settle down and raise a family. 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. 

East Valley Schools and Education

For parents with school-age children, East Valley has a number of nationally recognized school districts filled with top-rated schools, including Chandler Unified School District, Gilbert Unified School DistrictKyrene School DistrictHigley Unified School DistrictTempe Union High School District, and Mesa Unified School District, the largest district in Arizona. 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. There are also plenty of higher education opportunities throughout the East Valley including Arizona State University, which is located in Tempe.  

Phoenix Metro Area Amenities

Metro Phoenix offers numerous outdoor recreational opportunities for all age groups. Hiking, biking, climbing, horseback riding, and golfing are among the most popular activities, which can be enjoyed year-round. McDowell Mountain Regional Park offers spectacular views and features more than 21,000 acres of pristine desert, with miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. South Mountain Park & Preserve, the largest municipal park in the country, includes over 51 miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking for all ability levels. Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area is a local landmark and a popular hiking destination that offers spectacular city and desert views. Salt River also provides plenty of recreational fun with bike paths and picnic areas that surround the lake.  

The Phoenix metro area hosts hundreds of annual events such as the popular Waste Management Phoenix Open (best-attended golf tournament in the world) and the Barret Jackson Auto Show in Scottsdale, just to name a few. Sports fans have the opportunity to watch professional basketball, football, hockey, and baseball teams, as well as offseason spring training games held in the Phoenix metro area. Phoenix is one of only 13 U.S. cities to have representatives of all four major professional sports leagues.

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 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 plays at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Other major sporting teams/events in the Phoenix metro area include PGA and LPGA golf, NASCAR and NHRA racing, and major marathons.

Public transportation in the East Valley is provided by Valley Metro, which includes trains, buses, and a rideshare program. Valley Metro Rail is a 20-mile light rail that runs through north-central Phoenix, downtown, and eastward through Tempe and Mesa. Major airports serving East Valley residents include Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport located in South Mesa and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport located in Phoenix. 

Find The Best REALTOR® in Arizona - Cathy Carter 

Whether you want to find the best homes in Arizona for sale or it's time to list your current property, experience matters most in a changing market. Serving East Valley home buyers and sellers since 1994, Cathy is able to provide her clients with the kind of knowledge, skills, commitment, and personalized service they need and deserve. Cathy's personal approach to the real estate process allows her to connect with her buyers and uncover the perfect home in the right neighborhood for them. One of the things she loves most about being an Arizona REALTOR® is being able to share the joy her clients feel when they find the home of their dreams. 

For sellers, Cathy will create a marketing strategy that exposes your East Valley home to the public and other agents through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), other cooperative marketing networks, open houses for agents, and other avenues. Your listing will appear on all the most popular real estate sites where luxury buyers spend time looking at homes such as, Zillow, Movoto, Trulia, RE/MAX, Redfin, and dozens of others. Your property will also be featured on Cathy’s own highly-trafficked website You can be assured that your home will sell fast for the highest market price with Cathy's expert help!

Read what her valued clients have to say:

"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, knowledgable, 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 3-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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As your agent, Cathy will protect your best interests, advocate for you, negotiate on your behalf and do whatever is necessary to ensure the best results possible. If you are currently interested in buying or selling the best real estate in Arizona within the Phoenix East Valley, please give Cathy Carter a call at (480) 459-8488 or you can get in touch by email.


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RE/MAX Alliance Group 
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Gilbert, AZ. 85233
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