Queen Creek Real Estate City Guide
A Queen Creek Homebuyer’s Guide
Queen Creek is one of the most exciting “small towns” in the Phoenix metropolitan area. It is only a 45-minute drive away from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (and a shorter drive to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport) and has gone through a huge growth in population and economic development.
A town of close to 30,000 people (according to the 2010 census), Queen Creek is spread out across almost 30 square miles, which gives residents plenty of space to call their own.
Home to some of the best schools in the area (including six public school districts), Queen Creek is a fantastic place to raise a family, especially if you’re looking for a slower paced community while still having the opportunity to commute to nearby Phoenix for work or business.
The Southwestern charm of Arizona is on full display throughout this town, coupled with all the modern amenities and architecture you’d expect. If you’re interested in purchasing or renting real estate in the Queen Creek community, this in-depth city guide will provide you with all the inside information you need to make the right decision.
Why Queen Creek?
Queen Creek may be one of the smaller towns in the Phoenix metropolitan area, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t on the upswing from a population and business perspective.
The U.S. census in 1980 declared the population of Queen Creek to be 1,300, and it stayed relatively stable until a bump in growth in 2000, up to 4,000 people.
Since then, Queen Creek has seen an explosion in popularity. The town has grown greatly, with the population climbing to nearly 30,000 people, almost unprecedented growth that has brought numerous economic opportunities to those that call this town home.
The average household income is approximate $65,000, with the population split nearly equally between males and females. The majority of the population is relatively young, and there is great diversity throughout Queen Creek and in the surrounding areas.
This is a great place to raise children. There are six public school districts in the area as well as a host of private and charter schools.
The schools here are among the best in the state, and perhaps the entire Southwest. Furthermore, educational opportunities in Phoenix aren’t difficult to commute to, either, making this a great place to raise children away from the hustle and bustle of the city without having to give up any of those amenities.
This is a real “first name” kind of community. All of the neighborhoods in Queen Creek are open, inviting, and filled with the down-home charm that so many are looking for in our ever-connected, electronic world.
Thanks to 330 days of sunshine each year (on average) and some of the most beautiful landscape in all of America, all of the nearly 30,000 residents of Queen Creek are proud to call this town home.
No matter what neighborhood you currently inhabit, you are sure to enjoy less stress when you call Queen Creek home. Here are a few neighborhoods that stand out.
Crismon Ranch Estates, Crismon Meadows, Crismon Heights
Situated in one of the most desirable locations is the Crismon Series of homes, nestled in three sections: Crismon Ranch Estates, Crismon Meadows, and Crismon Heights. Here, you will find everything from single-level properties to large estates over 4,000 square feet. A 2,343-square-foot home sells for approximately $225,000, on average, while a 4,675-square-foot home sits in the $485,000 range, on average. Residents are within close proximity to vast shopping and entertainment opportunities.
Offering breathtaking newly finished custom homes and semi-custom homes, The Pecans is one of the most prestigious gated communities in the southeast valley. The Pecans sits among the mature pecan trees and meandering walking paths that permeate the community. Custom lots go for approximately $300,000, while semi-custom and custom homes range from $700,000 to $1,500,000 or more. Lot sizes range from half-acre to an acre, on average.
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In Montelena, you will find luxury, resort style living at its best. Located just off Hawes Road and nestled between Chandler Heights and Ocotillo, this location also feeds into the Queen Creek Unified District. In Montelena, homes typically sell for approximately $420,000 with an average square footage of 3,795.
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San Tan Heights
San Tan Heights sits off Hunt Highway between Gary Road and Thompson Road. In San Tan Heights, you will find great value and enjoy beautiful mountain views. There are two series of homes available at San Tan Heights: acre properties and subdivision homes. In the acre-lot series, you will find properties from $350,000 to $460,000, on average, as a builder or a resale home. The subdivision series homes sell for approximately $200,000.
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Queen Creek Station
In Queen Creek Station, you will find new build homes, built by Fulton Homes. Contact one of Blanzy Realty’s new build specialists to make sure you have proper representation when purchasing a new build home. We have a team dedicated specifically to new build homes.
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Villages at Queen Creek
The Villages of Queen Creek sits off Rittenhouse Road and Ocotillo and borders Ellsworth to the west. In this subdivision, you will find homes that range in price from $160,000 to $450,000, on average, and lot sizes ranging from 5,000 to 20,000 square feet. Homeowners have access to the Las Colinas Golf Club, a community pool, parks, and meandering walkways throughout the community.
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Living in Queen Creek
Queen Creek features traditional Arizona and Southwest style architecture and intelligently planned neighborhoods, public parks, and horse property.
With a decidedly small-town feel (something that transplants from the Northeast are definitely going to appreciate), the town has a tight-knit and very involved culture and the community feels that is a bit of a throwback to the old days.
It’s common to drive the neighborhoods of Queen Creek and find block parties, neighborhood picnics, and Fourth of July festivities with friends, family members, and neighbors.
Business is booming in Queen Creek these days, with a big push from the local Chamber of Commerce to get more and more entrepreneurs interested in developing the commercial side of the town. Numerous restaurants, shops, and services exist throughout the town proper.
Things to Do in Queen Creek
Queen Creek is a blast for athletes. Founders Park, Desert Mountain Park, and the Community Center all feature athletic fields of every type imaginable, plenty of basketball and volleyball courts, and a whole host of tennis courts. There are also a handful of 18-hole golf courses located within the Queen Creek region.
For the shopaholics, Queen Creek Marketplace is one of the largest and most popular shopping centers in the Phoenix area.
Get involved with nature. The Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre gives everyone the opportunity to fall in love with the true passion of the West: horseback riding. Learn how to ride horses, race, jump, and rope from horseback.
Visit the Queen Creek Olive Mill to enjoy great food and live music, walk through the olive trees, and even take home some freshly pressed olive oil. Also right across from the street is Schnepf Farms, an organic farm that is great for kids.
San Tan Mountain Regional Park is a wonderful place to enjoy the desert wildlife. Trails range from 1 mile to over 14 miles, sure appease the most dedicated hiker.
Shopping in Queen Creek
Queen Creek Marketplace is the ultimate hotspot for all your shopping needs. It’s the real center of commerce in the area, boasting Harkins Theatres, Kohl’s, World Market, BevMo, and Super Target, to name a few. Of course, being just 10 minutes away from the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and 45 minutes away from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport means that you aren’t ever too far away from even more shopping opportunities. Local residents also go to the newest shopping mall in Arizona, SanTan Village, located just 15 minutes north of the town proper.
The high-tech industry is also pouring a considerable amount of money into the region, and you’ll be able to shop at some of the best and biggest luxury stores in the Phoenix region right here in Queen Creek. The new rail projects should connect centers of commerce in the region even more so than they already are.
Here are a few restaurants that are sure to appease even the most discernible foodie.
El Compa Chuy is a popular Mexican restaurant that is famous for its tacos, burritos, tortas, and carne asada.
Rhema Soul Cuisine was one of Phoenix Magazine‘s 2015 Top 5 Places to Eat. Here, you will enjoy BBQ, soul food, and comfort food. It is truly a must-try.
San Tan Flat is a one-of-a-kind experience that features great food along with lively music and dancing. Outside is a great place for an open campfire and a view of the sunset.
Buddyz Chicago Pizzeria is a true authentic Chicago-style pizza place. You get personalized service and authentic deep-dish deliciousness.
Baci Italian Bistro is an Italian restaurant that offers a great family dining experience.
Housing Market Trends
- The average sold home price in Queen Creek hovers around $285,000, and the average square footage around 2,500.
- Prices vary greatly, from modest $100,000 homes to million-dollar estates.
- The average number of days on the market is 71, and the average price per square foot is $117.
We hope we’ve given you a good idea of what to expect in Queen Creek, Arizona. Contact us today to receive a free home buying consultation.