This guide to the Valley’s best neighborhoods for a variety of personalities can help you navigate today’s crucible of a real estate market and find your ideal home.
For playful young middle-class families and down-sizing older ones.
Sandwiched between Estrella Mountain Regional Park and the fishable Gila River, a town within a town is developing that sounds a bit like Pleasantville. Except it has a yacht club. In the desert. With a population of more than 20,000 and boatloads of amenities, Estrella in Goodyear hits the sweet spot between rural town and resort. The developers are now Estrella Partners LP, comprised of Harvard Investments, Toll Brothers, and Värde Partners.
This master-planned community consists of several reasonably priced villages including a 55-plus enclave. So within the same neighborhood, young families could buy a starter home, and their retiree parents could downsize. They might meet up at the three residents’ clubs to swirl down water slides at the resort-style pool, take in a show at the lakeside amphitheater, dine in various restaurants, play the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and cycle the 50 miles of on-site trails. And thanks to the yacht club, they can even launch kayaks and sailboats onto the lake for free.
’Hood Price Range
In the 55-plus community, two-bedrooms start at $336,990. In the all-ages communities, three-bedrooms start at $394,900.