I had not been able to reply because I had some log in problems.
ANYWAY.... We drove to the Wonderful Arizona state. We arrived in Gilbert at about 1900 and was't very impressed with what I saw. We looked and looked for a hotel and could not find ONE!!! We stopped and asked around and we had to drive to Chandler (not that far) to find a decent hotel and not an hourly motel ( I guess that could have been fun) anyway, Gilbert is small and wayyy overpriced.
The next day we drove around Gilbert and Chandler. We found some nice areas on the outskirts of town and some not so nice, older areas in downtown Chandler. I guess it was OK, but a bit too busy for us. We loved the Marriot in Chandler though, great service and price and a great breakfast included.
Later in the day we drove to the famous QC. We got lost about three times because locals could not make up their minds on which way was East or West. This is what I found:
I totally fell in love with Orchard Ranch but the only home we found was $450,000. It would be nice if I could afford it. It would be so worth it. The lots are from 1/3 to 1/2 acre. But enough of daydreaming, after all I am only a Nurse.
San Tan Ranch nice and the homes cute. I LOVED the waterfall at the entrance, however, the lots looked like a townhome courtyard (very tiny).
San Tan Heights homes were great and the lots were a decent size but the streets can barely accommodate two cars, they were extremely narrow.
Johnson Ranch has nice homes with nice yards on one side of the road and way overpriced for QC (2000sq ft for $215,000). Overpriced for me anyway. We went across the highway and the homes there were a LOT cheaper both in price and construction quality with shingle roofs (who uses shingles anymore, and with 115 degree weather :uhoh21: ).
Copper Basin was nice but again the homes we saw all had very small lots. I had imagined Queen Creek homes had these huge lots to build a tennis court and a pool and live happily ever after. Bear in mind that I have three children and would like to give them some space to grow up. We decided that it was not rural enough for me and way to rural for the Kiddos.
So needless to say, I was a bit dissapointed. Especially when driving back on Power Rd., the traffic was so backed up that it took us over 1 hour to travel what had taken us about 20 minutes earlier in the day.
On the way back to town, I wanted to drive around and see beyond Gilbert, Chandler and QC. We got to this place called Apache Junction...I know it sounds like something from the Wild Wild West. But it had some great new areas and great new schools and shopping centers and WALMART!!! (My kids drink about 6-7 gallons of milk a week so I really need it). At first all I saw were the many trailer home parks on the west side of the freeway but after driving around the east side, and seeing all the new developments, I absolutely loved it. And after we drove around and saw the prices on homes, I loved it even more!!! 2800sq ft 5yo home in a cul de sac for $230,000 . That is unheard of where I live now. I hope we can make a decision soon before that area goes way high in price.
So in three days we saw about 15 homes. I was sooo ready to get back home. Sooooo, that is my Arizona adventure.
We are supposed to go back in Feb to look at more homes in wonderful Apache Junction