REALTOR® Mesa AZ - Cathy Carter
Buyers who are currently interested in homes for sale in Mesa AZ will benefit significantly from hiring a qualified real estate agent. And since the seller is paying the commission, why not enlist the services of a top REALTOR® Mesa AZ to assist you. Buyers usually have a pretty good idea in mind of what they want in a property, from the number of bedrooms to an attached garage to any number of other must-have and must-not-have items. However, your agent will be alert for issues that might not cross your mind, such as leaks, roofing problems, mold, and insect issues. An agent will be able to recognize the telltale signs of these problems and know how best to approach them. Their experience and knowledge can end up saving you thousands of dollars down the road. Buyers need buyer agents that will protect them and represent them well throughout the home-buying process. Cathy Carter is a top-rated REALTOR® Mesa AZ and a luxury home specialist with over two decades of local experience. Cathy is intimately familiar with the different neighborhoods and communities in Mesa and has all the tools and resources to ensure a successful home buying experience. Whether you're looking for an upscale condo situated in the heart of things, a single-family home in a quiet neighborhood or gated development, new construction with the latest designer/builder features, an executive property on the golf course, or a sprawling luxury home with spectacular views, real estate in Mesa AZ accommodates every lifestyle and buyer. Start searching for your dream home today by contacting Cathy directly at (480) 459-8488 or get in touch by email.
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For more information about homes for sale in Mesa AZ or to schedule a private showing, please contact the best REALTOR® Mesa AZ, Cathy Carter - specializing in newer homes and luxury real estate. As a dedicated, full-time real estate agent, Cathy keeps her finger on the pulse of the local market at all times and is the first to know when new inventory becomes available, providing her buyers with the advantage they need in a competitive market. In August 2021, Mesa home prices were up 30.0% compared to last year, selling for a median price of $410K. On average, homes in Mesa sell after 25 days on the market compared to 28 days last year. There were 820 homes sold in August this year, up from 799 last year.
Negotiating the best deal requires extensive knowledge and other skills gained from experience over a period of time. Cathy will handle the negotiation and presentation of the offer to the seller on your behalf as the buyer. Her excellent negotiating skills will ensure that you get the best terms and price on a home. She will also perform comparative marketing analyses (CMAs) to evaluate the prices of similar properties in the same area recently sold so that you don’t purchase an overpriced home. Cathy is well-informed of current market trends and the properties available in the market and can provide a wide range of choices based on your individual needs and preferences.
She will be able to inform you about the most desirable neighborhoods and communities, the types of homes and features offered, the builders, school districts, private schools, area amenities, and attractions, local community developments, and much more. Streamline your home search by having Cathy put together a list of homes for sale in Mesa AZ that best match your specific home criteria. She can also arrange private showings for any homes you’d like to see in person. Get the process started today by calling Cathy at (480) 459-8488 or get in touch here.
Why Homebuyers Should Consider living in Mesa, AZ
Mesa is a vibrant suburban city located in Southeast Valley in Maricopa County, AZ. Neighboring communities include Tempe on the west, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on the north, Chandler and Gilbert on the south, and Queen Creek and Apache Junction on the east. Mesa is home to the largest relief airport in the Phoenix metro area - Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport as well as the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University. Mesa's rich history, diverse local culture, stunning views of the Superstition Mountains & desert landscape, excellent school system, abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, Cactus League spring training baseball, and 25 golf courses all add up to a great place to call home!
Northeast Mesa is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city, home to several golf communities and custom home enclaves along with more affordable areas. Neighborhoods in Northeast Mesa are among the most popular in the valley for road bicyclists, who flock to the Usery Pass Road and Bush Highway. The Desert Trails Bike Park is in the heart of the area with trails for all ages. Some of the most desirable communities in northeast Mesa include Las Sendas, Red Mountain Ranch, and Alta Mesa, just to name a few. Southeast Mesa is an upscale neighborhood that’s attracting many new home buyers and businesses. The ASU Polytechnic campus is located in southeast Mesa and attracts a younger crowd along with millennials, families, and retirees. Golf courses are abundant and many big recreational areas are close by. Eastmark, the #1 best-selling master-planned community in Arizona, and Mulberry, another outstanding master-planned community, are both located in southeast Mesa.
Economy and Jobs
Mesa is part of the thriving East Valley tech corridor, which is home to industry leaders like Intel (2 campuses), GoDaddy, Infusionsoft, Clearlink, TEKsystems, Microchip Technologies, Vixxo, and many others. The region’s advanced business services sector, especially financial services, has grown extensively over the past 10 years, with companies like PayPal, GM Financial, and Toyota Financial Services generating thousands of jobs in the area. Located in South Mesa is the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, the largest relief airport in the Phoenix area. The expansion of the airport is bringing hundreds of new jobs to the area and fueling not only Mesa’s economy but the entire state of Arizona.
The largest employers in Mesa include Banner Health, Mesa Public Schools, The Boeing Company, City of Mesa, Drivetime Automotive Group Inc., 24-7 Intouch, AT&T, Maricopa County, Dexcom, Empire Southwest, Santander Consumer USA, Maricopa County Community College District, State of Arizona, MD Helicopters, United States Postal Service, SRP, Steward Healthcare, Nammo Talley Inc., ZF Group, Arizona State University, Flex Technology Group, Able Aerospace Services Inc., Verra Mobility, United States Department of the Army, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., Special Devices Inc., Fujifilm, National General Management Corp, Esurance, MDS Communications Corp, Strongfield Trimco Inc., United Parcel Service, Crescent Crown Distributing, Northrop Grumman, Allegiant Healthcare, and CMC Steel.
Mesa Schools & Education
For parents with school-age kids, Mesa has some of the best primary education schools in Arizona. There are 26 “A” ranked schools in Mesa and 13 “A+” School of Excellence laureates. The community is served by four school districts. Mesa Public Schools (MPS) is an award-winning district and serves the largest portion of the city. The largest school district by student enrollment in Arizona, MPS offers special programs to meet the needs of every learner, including back-to-basics, Montessori, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement (AP), and online learning. Students living in Red Mountain Ranch attend Red Mountain Ranch Elementary School, Shepherd Middle School, and Red Mountain High School in the Mesa Public Schools district.
Gilbert Public Schools, the Higley Unified School District, and the Queen Creek Unified School District each serve a portion of southeast Mesa, with average ACT and SAT scores that beat both the state and national averages. The city has an impressive array of top-rated educational institutions and collaborative partnerships that focus on producing a workforce that is technologically prepared such as Mesa Community College, ASU Polytechnic Campus, East Valley Institute of Technology, Chandler-Gilbert Community College-Williams Campus, A.T. Still University, Northern Arizona University-Mesa, Benedictine University, Upper Iowa University, Wilkes University, Arizona College, Carrington College, DeVry University and Pima Medical Institute with ASU’s main campus in Tempe, just 5 minutes away.
Downtown Mesa, the cityʼs central business district and original square-mile townsite is home to exciting cultural attractions, international restaurants & casual eateries, boutiques & locally-owned stores, sports bars, breweries, wineries, and exciting nightlife. Downtown Mesa has grown into vibrant, urban art and cultural center with three museums, an internationally award-winning performance arts center, an amphitheater, and art all over the downtown square mile. Downtown Mesa is home to the Mesa Amphitheater, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa Convention Center, Nile Theater, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Arizona museum of Natural History, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, and the I.D.E.A. Museum.
Arts & Culture
Mesa has a lot to offer when it comes to local arts. Attend a local Broadway production or take an art class at Mesa Arts Center. Symphony of the Southwest is a local orchestra that performs throughout the year. Have a laugh at National Comedy Theatre Phoenix or participate in an improv workshop. Visit rotating exhibits at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. Head to the Mesa Amphitheater to catch live music concerts. Or explore art in Downtown Mesa by going on a walking sculpture tour to see the 36 unique pieces of art. Mesa has a multitude of museums and many of them are located within close proximity to one another.
Visit the Arizona Museum of Natural History and learn about the natural and cultural history of the Southwest, and explore exhibits like Dinosaur Hall, Cultures of the Ancient Americas, and Arizona Through Time. Check out the prehistoric structures of the Hohokam civilization at Mesa Grande Cultural Park. Or, walk through preserved ruins and canals of the Hohokam at Park of the Canals. Get up close to warplanes at Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum. Learn more about Mesa’s regional history at Mesa Historical Museum, or spend the day at i.d.e.a. Museum for young ones where they can explore the Tech Table, ArtVille, Black Light Room, Zen Den, and more.
Mesa has several great shopping options including Mesa Riverview, the city's largest retail center with over 30 brand-name retailers such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Marshall's, Sports Authority, and others. Superstition Springs Center has more than 150 stores and eateries, an outdoor amphitheater that hosts a free concert series throughout the year, a double-decker carousel, and an indoor children's play area. The upscale Village Square at Dana Park features high-end retailers, several eateries with outdoor dining, fountains, and palm-tree-lined driveways. Mesa Marketplace Swap Meet offers a vast assortment of reasonably priced goods that you simply can't find anywhere else.
Mesa serves as a culinary gateway to the Phoenix metro area, with the region's neighboring farms providing seasonal goods for the city's many restaurants. From farm-to-fork, comfort foods, tapas, wine bars, craft breweries, and gastropubs, Mesa has it all. Central AZ Restaurant critic Dominic Armato selected his favorite restaurants around the Phoenix area and these are his picks for best restaurants in Mesa:
- All Pierogi Kitchen - Eastern European cuisine
- Drunken Tiger - Korean cuisine
- Green Corner - falafel/shawarma/kebab
- Hodori - Korean barbecue
- Hue Gourmet - Vietnamese cuisine
- Millie’s Cafe - Puerto Rican cuisine
- Original Cuisine - Sichuan cuisine
- Pho Winglee - Vietnamese Cuisine
- Restaurant Huauchinganos - Mexican cuisine
- Shaanxi Garden - Chinese (Shaanxi) cuisine
Toronto National Forest
One of the best ways to explore Mesa is by hiking and biking its amazing trails. Mesa is surrounded by trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding with varying levels of difficulty and distances to choose from. Below are some of the most popular trails to explore:
- Usery Mountain Regional Park: More than 29 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 0.2 miles to over 7 miles, and range in difficulty from easy to difficult. Trails here are popular because they offer enough elevation to experience spectacular vistas of the Valley. Entry fee. Detailed trail maps are available at the on-site Nature Center.
- Lost Dutchman State Park: Several trails lead from the park into the Superstition Wilderness and surrounding Tonto National Forest. Take a stroll along the Native Plant Trail or hike the challenging Siphon Draw Trail to the top of the Flatiron. Entry fee. Day use and overnight camping are available.
- San Tan Mountain Regional Park: More than eight miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 1.1 miles to over 5 miles, and range in difficulty from easy to strenuous. The trails within the San Tan Mountain Regional Park offer a unique perspective of the lower Sonoran Desert with wildlife, plant life, and scenic mountain views.
- Tonto National Forest: Nearest areas for hiking include the Four Peaks and Superstition Wilderness areas. Please contact one of the district ranger offices for forest information or to buy passes or maps.
There are three lakes and two rivers within 30 minutes of Mesa where you can enjoy desert boating, fishing, rafting, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding, and jet skiing. Or, partake in a leisurely float along the cool waters of the Salt River in an innertube.
- Apache Lake: 17 miles long with secluded coves. Camping, boat rental, and storage are available. Day use areas on-site. Fees apply. Fish species: Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye.
- Canyon Lake: 28 miles of shoreline, 950 surface acres of water, and secluded coves. RV and tent camping, boat rental, and storage available. Day use areas and ramada rental on-site. Fees apply. Depth: 141 feet. Fish species: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Yellow Bass.
- Roosevelt Lake: 112 miles of shoreline and 22,000 acres of surface water. RV park, camping, boat rental, and storage available. Fees apply. Depth: 300 feet (when full). Fish species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, Bluegill, Crappie. Roosevelt Marina, 602-977-7170.
- Saguaro Lake: 10 miles long and 22 miles of shoreline. Day use areas and Butcher Jones Beach. Boat rental and storage available. Fees apply. Depth: 100+ feet. Fish species: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Crappie.
- Salt River: The closest river to Mesa, most leisure recreation takes place in the lower and upper portions where outfitters operate guided water tours via kayak, raft, and inner tube. The river winds through the Tonto National Forest. Fishing permit required. Day use areas throughout.
Mesa has more than 40 miles of bike lanes paired with close access to a plethora of desert biking trails. Road biking enthusiasts soar down the popular Usery Pass Road toward Usery Mountain Regional Park with rows of saguaro cacti and desert brush at your side. Mesa's series of cyclist events and festivals, including El Tour de Mesa, provides the opportunity for residents and visitors to help celebrate the sport throughout the year. Usery Mountain Regional Park offers more than 29 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. San Tan Mountain Regional Park offers more than eight miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. The trails within San Tan Mountain Regional Park offer a unique perspective of the lower Sonoran Desert with wildlife, plant life, and scenic mountain views.
Red Mountain Ranch Golf Club in Mesa
For golf enthusiasts, Mesa is home to 25 golf courses include one municipal course (Dobson Ranch Golf Course). In addition, there are another 75 golf courses within 20 miles of Mesa, including 55 public, 3 municipal, 3 PL, and 14 private courses. Red Mountain Ranch Country Club is rated the best course in Mesa.
Mesa golf courses, both public and private, include:
- Royal Palms Golf Course (private)
- Augusta Ranch Golf Club (private)
- Mesa Country Club (private)
- Alta Mesa Golf Club (private)
- Red Mountain Ranch Country Club (public)
- Las Sendas Golf Club (public)
- Sunland Village Golf Course (public)
- Sunland Village East Golf Course (public)
- Alta Mesa Golf Club (private)
- Leisure World Golf Club, Coyote Run Course (private)
- Leisure World Golf Club, Heron Lakes Course (private)
- Apache Wells Country Club (public)
- Painted Mountain Course (public)
- Arizona Golf Resort (public)
- Superstition Springs Golf Club (public)
- Longbow Golf Club (public)
- Desert Sands Golf Course (public)
- Mesa Country Club, Mesa Course (private)
- Fountain of the Sun Country Club (public)
- Stripe Show Golf Club (public)
- Viewpoint Golf and RV Resort, Viewpoint Course (public)
- Viewpoint Golf and RV Resort, Executive Course (public)
- Dobson Ranch Golf Course (municipal),
- Toka Sticks Golf Club (public)
- Four Peaks Course (public)
- San Tan Course (public)
- Sunland Springs Golf Club, Four Peaks Course (public)
- Sunland Springs Golf Club, Superstition Course (public)
MLB Cactus League Spring Training
Baseball fans will love living in Mesa, as the city hosts two Major League Baseball (MLB) teams for spring training as part of the Cactus League. With over 200 MLB games played in 30 days, fans from all over the country come to see their favorite teams play, and tickets often sell out weeks in advance! Watch the Chicago Cubs (MLB) train at Sloan Park. Or head to Hohokam Stadium and enjoy America’s favorite pastime watching the Oakland Athletics (MLB). Other Phoenix suburbs like Scottsdale, Glendale, Tempe, Goodyear, Surprise, and Peoria also host teams for MLB Spring Training.
Phoenix Metro Area Professional Sports
The Phoenix metro area is home to four 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.
Getting Around Mesa & Beyond
Public transportation in Mesa makes it easy to get around the city and nearby Phoenix suburbs. The Valley MetroRail runs from northwest Phoenix, through Tempe, and all the way to east Mesa, making commuting a breeze. The Mesa Downtown BUZZ is a free neighborhood bus that transports passengers to major bus routes and attractions like the Mesa Arts Center, Downtown Mesa, Mesa Public Library, and more. For long-distance travel, Mesa has its very own commercial Airport, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, and the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is only about a 20-minute drive from the center of town.
Partner with The Best REALTOR® Mesa AZ - Cathy Carter
Whether you're interested in homes for sale in Mesa AZ, or it’s time to list your current property, Cathy provides the kind of knowledge, skills, dedication, and personalized service you need and deserve. Known for her friendly and caring personality, Cathy’s personal approach to the real estate process allows her to connect with her clients and uncover the right homes for them. If you are planning on moving to Mesa from another part of the state or country, Cathy has helped many of her out-of-area buyers find and get settled into their new homes.
As your agent, Cathy will protect your best interests, advocate for you, negotiate on your behalf, and be your guide and advisor every step of the way. To find out more about real estate in Mesa AZ, please give Cathy a call today at (480) 459-8488 or get in touch by email.
RE/MAX Cathy Carter Real Estate & Luxury Homes
Professional REALTOR,® ABR, CRS, CDPE
RE/MAX Alliance Group
725 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 111
Gilbert, AZ. 85233
Email or Call: 480‑459‑8488
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