One of the best things about Maricopa County in the state of Arizona is the fact that the adjacent sister cities from Scottsdale to Queen Creek all have something to offer people who want to move to this side of the Sunshine State.
Queen Creek is a small town with a relatively low population (less than 30,000 permanent residents as of official census) but it is fast becoming the place to be if you’re planning to move into Maricopa County.
2013 marked the biggest population explosion in this small town and experts predict that things are only going to get better in the next year or so in terms of population growth. The total land area of Queen Creek is much smaller than Gilbert, Chandler or Mesa, with less than 26 square miles of developable land.
Things to Do in Queen Creek
#1, Eat! – No visit to a new town or city would be complete (or satisfying) without eating at popular restaurants in the locale. Have some great breakfast at the Queen Creek Café (S. Ellsworth Road) before heading to the Queen Creek Olive Mill when it’s time for lunch. An alternative destination for lunchtime would be Rudy’s Restaurant, which is considered one of the oldest surviving family-run restaurants in Queen Creek.
In the evening, cap off the excitement of the day at Trophy Steakhouse, which is located at S. Power Road. In case you want to cook yourself, you can head over to E. Rittenhouse Road as this is where Schnepf Farms is located. Now, if you’ve already missed several visits to the gym because things got a little too hectic, drive to Fitness Revolution at S. Ellsworth Road to burn off those extra calories.
#2, Socialize and Learn – Moving to a new city means you have to familiarize yourself with the local culture and the general personality of its native residents.
What better way to do this than by attending popular city programs such as yoga classes and organized cycling tours? If you have time to join Queen Creek residents in these programs, do so, so you can have a better understanding of the town that you will be moving in to and the people in it.
If fitness and riding a bike are not your thing, maybe archaeology tickles your fancy? Head over to Pozos de Sonquie so you can be up close and personal with the ancient canal systems designed and created by the mysterious Hohokam people, who have also built canals in the sister cities Mesa and Tempe.
#3, Romance & Family Time – Whether you’re travelling with your spouse/partner or the whole family, there’s something worth trying in Queen Creek. If at the end of the day you still have a lot of energy, cut a rug at the Love Bug Dance and bring out your inner disco king/queen.
When you’re finally tired enough to go back to the hotel, pick up a fresh and steaming one from Papa Murphy’s Take & Bake Pizza. In the event that pizza doesn’t sound as romantic as you thought it would be, you have so many other options like The Bistro, Sorella Caffe and Trophy’s Steakhouse.
Or if you like, visit the Queen Creek Olive Mill again for some great food. Let’s not leave out the kids though – you can drive to S. Ellsworth Road for some great-tasting yogurt at Yogurt Jungle or some freshly-baked delights at Palma’s Bakery.
Queen Creek Homes
Relocating yourself or your family to Queen Creek shouldn’t be a problem as the housing market has many options fit for home buyers with different budgets.
While the prices of homes here are slightly higher than neighboring towns and cities, the availability of homes is quite high and there’s also a large percentage of bank-owned properties (foreclosures) and short sales.
While not everyone likes dealing with banks when buying properties, it remains that many of these homes have a slightly lower price tag than homes that are being directly sold by their owners.
Generally speaking, foreclosures and short sales offer a sharp price advantage but homes that are being sold directly are often renovated and remodeled prior to sale.
While remodeling definitely increases the total price of the house, you’ll enjoy a better-looking and better-functioning house, too. Take note of your budget and how much you can spend after buying a house to see if you have sufficient surplus cash for important repairs and remodeling projects.
The least expensive homes in Queen Creek have a price tag of at least $155,000 as of this writing. These economy, single-family homes have an average square footage of 1,400 square feet and a lot size of at least 4,500 square feet. It’s possible to get a total of four bedrooms (though the average in other sister cities is 2-3) and 3 bathrooms.
The price of land per square foot in Queen Creek hovers from $105 – $135, depending on the location of the property. Prime properties in Queen Creek, such as those in exclusive villages or gated communities often have land a value of at least $125 per square foot of land.
If you’re looking for upscale properties with a value of at least $200,000, you can visit areas like Chandler Heights Road, Park St. and Raven Drive. Properties available here run the gamut from $250,000 to a high $800,000. An $800,000 property in Queen Creek would give you at least five large bedrooms, five bathrooms, multi-car garages that can hold at least 3 cars and a total square footage of 5,500. Average lot size is no less than 1 acre.
As expected, the bathrooms in this type of property are much larger than your average bathroom with luxury amenities such as double sinks, large bathtubs, separate showers, etc.
A newly remodeled kitchen in an upscale property will have complete appliances from gas ranges to multiple ovens and a nice kitchen island, too. Finishing materials will either be wood, marble or granite. Formal dining s also possible with a separate dining area.