Just east of the Phoenix city limits, you'll find the East Valley of Arizona -- a collection of cities and communities that are all suburbs of Phoenix. Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, and Gilbert are all part of the East Valley, and so are smaller communities like Apache Junction, Queen Creek, and Gold Canyon. Some people include Scottsdale when they're talking about the East Valley, but typically, this area only includes the cities that lie to the southeast of Phoenix.
Now that you've got the geography down, let's talk about the homes that are for sale in the East Valley!
On average, the homes in the East Valley are older than the ones in the West Valley, because this portion of the Phoenix metro was developed first. Many of the cities in the East Valley saw major development begin in the 1970's and 1980's, while the major development in the West Valley didn't start until the 1990's. There are, of course, exceptions, so if you've got your heart set on a newer home, don't ignore the East Valley!
There's actually a lot of new development going on here. For example, Tempe Marketplace was built in 2007, and it has become a popular place to East Valley residents to shop, eat, and play. Mesa Riverview was built the same year, and it even got a makeover in 2012! But it's not all about commercial development. Builders are breaking ground on new neighborhoods and communities all the time. So, if you're looking for modern amenities and luxurious fixtures, you'll find plenty to choose from in the East Valley!
And, if you're looking for active adult communities, you'll be happy with what you find here. Yes, some of them are older than their western counterparts, but communities like Solera Chandler, Sunland Village, and Sun Lakes have tons of newer homes to choose from.
Bottom line -- choosing between the West and East Valleys can be tough! Both offer a short commute to Downtown Phoenix, and both offer brand new homes for sale. Ultimately, you'll have to look at the big picture and decide which side of the metro is right for you!
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