Explore Homes for Sale in East Valley With Guest House  

Are you currently in the market for homes for sale in East Valley with guest house? For many, a guest house or casita is the ultimate home wish list item. The demand for homes with a casita is on the rise in the Southwest, especially in Arizona. The most obvious benefit of owning a casita is of course for guest accommodation purposes. If you frequently have family or friends coming to visit and staying at your home, it’s much more convenient to have a separate unit for them to stay in, allowing both you and your guests enough privacy and space. If you don’t have a lot of visitors, you can take advantage of the space by turning it into a home office, game room, hobby room, or a place for your college-age kids. A guest house can also be the perfect accommodation for elderly parents. It's a lifestyle solution that brings families together for daily engagement and still keeps spaces for privacy and independence. A guest house can even be turned into a passive income source by renting the space out. There are so many advantages to owning a guest house. Not to mention the demand for properties with a casita in the East Valley is only going up, making it a good investment when comes time to sell. 

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, popular 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 make it a great place to live and buy a home. Buyers will need to partner with a qualified agent who can help uncover the most valuable real estate with a guest house and pool near me and secure an offer. Offering over 25 years of experience, Cathy Carter is the best RE/MAX Realtor in East Valley you will find. Cathy has access to a full complement of 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 you can reach her here

On our easy-to-use website, you’ll be able to search the MLS for homes for sale in East Valley with guest house (listings updated every 3 minutes). View photos of available properties, find detailed real estate information, create a free account, save your search, receive notifications of new listings that match your specific home criteria delivered directly to your email, and access current market data. Be sure to scroll down below to learn more about real estate with a guest house and pool near me and the benefits of living in the Phoenix East Valley. 

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What is a Casita?

Casita means cottage in Spanish. A Casita by definition is a small self-contained dwelling, typically unattached from the main home, but on the same property. Commonly called accessory dwelling units or ADUs, guest houses can be tremendously beneficial and are popular in the  Southwest. Usually, a Casita is built as a detached guest house whereas a mother-in-law suite can be found in the lower level, first floor, main bedroom level, and even the loft of the main house.  

The interior of a Casita typically balances two rooms, a living area, and a bedroom. The flow between these two rooms fits all the spaces needed to make the Casita a self-contained dwelling. That includes a kitchen or kitchenette, a full bathroom, and sometimes even laundry units. Casitas are mostly open concepts, using partial partitions to define each area, and since the entire dwelling is compact, it can be cooled and heated easily.

Because Casitas are separate from the main home but include the same amenities on a smaller scale, it gives guests or family members their independence. That means the Casita and main home can run as independent households, respecting everyone’s privacy. Some homeowners may use their Casita to host different relatives for long-term visits throughout the year. While others might use it as a short- or long-term rental unit, a transitional space for older children, or a studio or home office.

As the demand for multigenerational housing steadily increases, so has the interest in Casitas. Multigenerational living (a household of close relatives or extended family from different generations living under one roof) is increasing in popularity and today, approximately 64 million Americans live in a multigenerational household. With a Casita, families are able to spend more quality time together, often in a more comfortable, convenient setting, and with added affordability compared to separate households. A Casita, like a mother-in-law unit, is a lifestyle solution that brings families together for daily engagement and still keeps spaces for seclusion and independence. 

Does a guest house add property value?

A guest house or Casita can add significant property value when it’s time to sell your home. If you purchase a home with a casita and you receive your appraisal, you’re going to notice that your casita will not be included in the home square footage, rather it will be included as a “line item adjustment.” This has the potential to add anywhere from $15,000 to as much as $30,000 to your total asking price.

To get the biggest return on your investment, consider making the guest space a multi-functional use space. A home office could have a murphy bed to accommodate guests or an in-law suite might include a space for arts and crafts. You may even decide to build it as an income suite and lease it. Buyers who are looking for a separate place for their elderly parents or college-age kids will love the idea of having a Casita or guest house. It’s also an appealing option for younger buyers who want to host their friends and out-of-town visitors but still value their privacy. 

How much does it cost to build a casita in Arizona?

If your budget, property, and covenants allow, a separate living area away from your new home can be a great feature. Building a casita in Arizona is generally going to cost anywhere from $100 to $500 per square foot. That does not include permits, the foundation, and installation, which can add an extra $15,000 to $25,000. Even if the space is small, you’ll need to pay for features such as heating, air conditioning electricity, and water. In addition to the upfront expense, you’ll want to think about the long-term cost, which might include an overall increase in what you pay for taxes, maintenance, utilities, and insurance.

Specific rules for guest houses and casitas vary by region. You’ll want to check your city’s zoning and building laws. If your home is in a community or an area with a homeowners’ association, ask the governing organization if guest houses are allowed. ADUs (accessory dwelling units) require you to submit plans, get permits and follow all regulations, as well as incorporate standards addressing fire safety, water lines, and sewer connections. Visit Accessory Dwellings, which lists regulations by state and city.

Can I get a loan to build a guest house?

Building a guest home can open new value to the ways you use your home. Some of the most popular ways to finance a guest house or casita include home equity loans, home equity lines of credit, and reverse mortgages. A home equity loan will give you a large chunk of cash you can use to finance the construction of a guest house or casita. In general, home equity loans offer shorter maturities than the original mortgage you took out on your home, meaning you’ll have to pay them back faster. 

A home equity line of credit (HELOC) works in a similar fashion to your credit card. Your lender will set aside a predetermined amount of money that you can borrow at any time. During the “draw period,” (typically five to 10 years) you can borrow as much or as little as you need to fund your casita construction. Most offer a payback period of up to 20 years, during which you pay back the interest and principal in regular installments.

Homeowners who are 62 and older have the option of a reverse mortgage to finance their guest house. This program allows them to borrow against their home equity without having to pay an additional monthly fee. With a reverse mortgage, the loan must be repaid as soon as the borrower passes away or moves out of the home. This is usually accomplished by selling the house.  

ROI when selling a home with a guest house?

If you’re going to invest money into a guest house, it’s crucial that you get a decent profit, or return as a result. The term ROI (return on investment) determines just how successful your investment is by comparing it to the upfront cost and operating costs to the profit you receive when it comes time to sell your home. In order to get the best ROI, try to keep your initial investment low and build your guest house in the most cost-efficient way possible without sacrificing quality.

While the answer to the question of how much does a guest house increases property value can vary, the more efficient the property is, the better the return. A good average size for a guest home is between 400 and 600 square feet. Keep in mind that the more square footage, the more your upfront costs will be, as will the costs to maintain the house, pay for energy consumption, and more.

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.








































Phoenix Metro Area Jobs

The Phoenix metro area 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 Phoenix 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 in the region with health care, manufacturing, and financial services solidly growing industries.

Fortune 500/1000 companies based or having major operations in the Phoenix 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. In-demand Industries in Phoenix include Construction, Professional and technical services, Information Technology, Transportation and warehousing, Health care and Social Assistance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing. For more information on occupational projections,  recent employment levels, and wages, please visit the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.   

The top employers in the East valley include Intel Corporation, Banner Health, Arizona State University, Mesa Unified School District, Wells Fargo, Walmart, Boeing Company, Gilbert Unified School District, Bank of America, and Chandler Unified School District.

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. Boasting year-round warm weather and sunshine, exciting art and culture, world-class shopping and restaurants, exciting nightlife, popular annual events, 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. 

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. Several prestigious companies have their headquarters at the Airpark including GoDaddy, AXON (Taser), JDA Software, Nautilus Insurance, Quicken Loans, CVS Caremark, and Vanguard. The proximity of Scottsdale Airport has helped define the business environment, with one of the busiest single-runway airports in the U.S., which is nearly all corporate or general aviation. 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 can 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 are interested in real estate with a guest house and pool near me or it's time to list your current property, experience is what matters most in a changing market. Serving East Valley home buyers and sellers since 1994, Cathy is able to provide the kind of knowledge, skills, commitment, and personalized service her clients need and deserve. Cathy's personal approach to the real estate process allows her to connect with her buyers and uncover the right home for them. 

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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Cathy will protect your best interests, advocate for you, negotiate on your behalf and go the distance to ensure the best results possible. If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in East Valley, please give Cathy a call at (480) 459-8488 or get in touch by email.


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Gilbert, AZ. 85233
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