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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Luxury Living in SM, Laveen

Carlie Back Phoenix Arizona Realtor Keller WilliamsHomebuyers in the Valley looking for luxury homes may not consider South Mountain Village or Laveen as a great option. If a buyer is not locked into being in a prestigious zip code or having a Scottsdale or Paradise Valley address; South Mountain and Laveen offer many other advantages to the luxury home buyer with an open mind to location. This area is presently home to many executives, business owners, professional athletes and high-income homeowners. What is it about the area that attracts these luxury homeowners? There are four major reasons buyers are investing in South Mountain and Laveen to build or buy their high-end properties: the beauty of the area, the fantastic location, privacy and the affordability.

Laveen and South Mountain Village are nestled along the northern base of South Mountain Park/Preserve, the largest municipal park in the United States. This natural preserve offers miles and miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Enjoy 16,000 acres of natural desert where you can view the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert in your own back yard. The area is elevated and provides fantastic panoramic views of the Valley. On a clear day you can see the Cardinals Stadium, the downtown Phoenix skyline, Sky Harbor Airport and views of the Sierra Estrella and White Tank Mountains, Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak and even the Superstition Mountains. These mountainside properties have views that rival those on Camelback Mountain. The homes are mostly on large lots to maximize the views and give the feeling of open space, while street lighting is minimal to provide wonderful views of the stars in the evening. It is very common to find a home or lot that provides both an impressive city lights view and a mountain view–desert living at its best.

The term location, location, location is often referred to in real estate as the three most important factors in buying real estate. The South Mountain and Laveen Villages offer an environment that feels like it is miles away from the city, but in reality is only minutes from downtown Phoenix, ASU and Sky Harbor International Airport. It is very easy and quick to get to a Suns game, Gammage Auditorium, Symphony Hall, Scottsdale and the East Valley. There are also several mini farms and ranches for those who want to have their animals close by and to grow their own vegetables, herbs etc., the soil is rich and flood irrigation is available to provide plenty of inexpensive water.

The area is very private, most of the homes scattered on the mountain are at least one acre or more. Many executives and athletes live under the radar and enjoy living with anonymity. The area is quiet and the residents while looking out for each other maintain privacy. Many of the homes in this area are secluded or have private roads and private gates. The mountainside homes are unique in character and most are custom built. The area is not covered with master-planned communities and subdivisions with rows of homes. The few high-end neighborhoods did a great job of maintaining the flavor of the area by the use of winding roads and plenty of open space to maintain views and let the native wildlife continue to live in harmony.

The value of home you can buy in this area is incredible. A homeowner can purchase a home with more square footage, more upgrades, more land and amazing views for dramatically less than similar homes in areas considered to be luxury home areas. Examples of homes you can find in the area are:

  • A stunning, 4,376 square feet territorial on two and a half acres overlooking the city lights with lined hiking paths, Koi ponds and a workshop is a pending sale for $600,000.
  • A custom 5,507 square feet, Tuscan-style home on three acres, with 600 feet frontage on the golf course, with mountain views and a 3,000-square-foot garage/shop and horse set up is on the market for $1,500,000
  • A horse property in a gated community with sand volleyball court, basketball court, in-ground trampoline, pool with rock waterfall and grotto on one acre sold for $510,000.

This is and has been one of the best-kept secrets in the Valley. Many outdoor enthusiasts, equestrians, ranchers, artists, business executives and professors enjoy the lifestyle in the shadow of South Mountain.


Contact Carlie Back at Carlie@carlieback.com.




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