If you have kids and are thinking of moving to Scottsdale, you need to know that home owners with a Scottsdale mailing address, may be residents of one of three public school districts: Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, or Cave Creek.
School Contact Info
Scottsdale Unified School District
3811 N. 44th St., Phoenix 85018
Paradise Valley Unified School District
15002 North 32nd Street, Phoenix 85032
Cave Creek Unified School District
33606 N. 60th Street
School Boundary Maps
Each of the school districts posts their attendance boundary maps online, so you can quickly confirm which district the home you are considering buying is located in.
Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD)
Paradise Valley School (PVUSD) Boundary Maps (Elementary, Middle, and High School)
Cave Creek Unified School Attendance Maps (Elementary, Middle, and High School)
You will want to contact the school district to make sure that their maps are the most recent (which presumably they are) and to ask if any boundary changes are proposed. The Scottsdale district is currently discussing closing and merging a couple of schools. So, while no decision has been made, a savvy home buyer would want to know if changes are possible, either before making an offer to purchase a home, or as part of the inspection process that occurs right after a contract is accepted.
Cave Creek Schools start the 2008-2009 school year on Thursday, August 7th. Scottsdale and Paradise Valley schools are both back in session on Monday, August 11, 2008.
The long awaited McCormick Ranch entrance update is looking better by the day. This past week the horse sculptures were installed.
Click on the photo to see a larger version. Three sculptures have been installed. One sculpture at the left most part of the photo just above the water line, and then two more over the water features.
Again, you can click on the photo to get a close up view.
The sculptures are even more beautiful close up.
Keep an eye on the progress. It looks like the entrance will be done soon, and I’m looking forward to seeing what it looks with all the plantings completed. This is one project that’s been well worth the wait!
Parks & Recreation Update — June 27, 2008 – City of Scottsdale
Through a partnership with the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the city’s Parks and Recreation division recently launched the Scottsdale Sports Complex Web site: www.ScottsdaleSportscomplex.com. This complex is a state-of-the-art, 71-acre competitive sport facility offering tournament level playing conditions. The facility accommodates a variety of flat field sports such as soccer, lacrosse, football, Ultimate Frisbee and rugby. The site also provides tournament and league coordinators with detailed information about the facility, including an opportunity to search available dates and times.
In addition to sports fields, the complex has a full, lighted basketball court, a shaded playground, multi-use paths and open park space for drop-in public use as well as a public art component and two restrooms.
For more information, contact Sr. Recreation Coordinator Jona Davis at (480) 312-7520 or jdavis@ScottsdaleAZ.gov.
These soccer fields are beautiful and offer additional recreation opportunities for Scottsdale residents who live outside a good portion of the year. Located just next to the Tournament Players Club (TPC), where the FBR Open is held every year, the fields are easily accessible just off the 101. The location used to be the close-in parking for the annual golf tournament, and it’s wonderful to see the space developed into facilities that can now be used year round.
So, the question today is: How long does it take to sell a house in Scottsdale?
Interestingly enough, with the huge range of prices in Scottsdale, there’s not all that much difference in how long it’s taking for a house to sell. The chart below is busy, but will give you the basic information.
1. Time to sell has definitely increased significantly in the past year.
2. Regardless of where you live in Scottsdale, it’s taking approximately 3-4 months (median value) to sell a house, except in the northernmost area of the city (Desert Mountain and the surrounding areas), where 6 months is closer to the norm.
Scottsdale Zip Code Map
Remember that the zip code 85266 in North Scottsdale is new as of July 2007, so the tracking data has taken a while to correct, as home owners and their agents shifted to the new code.
In the Arizona Purchase Contract, you will find a section called the “Swimming Pool Barrier Regulations“. In the contract:
- The Buyer agrees to investigate with all applicable state, county, and city swimming pool barrier regulations.
- The Buyer agree to comply with and pay all costs of compliance with these regulations prior to occupying the homes, unless otherwise agreed to in writing.
- If the Premises contains a Swimming Pool, the Buyer acknowledges receipt of a copy of the Arizona Department of Health Services approved private pool safety notice.
From the City of Scottsdale: “Scottsdale’s current swimming pool barrier requirements apply to all single-family residential swimming pools, spas and hot tubs constructed after July 20, 1995. There are no exemptions for households without children.”
However, besides the traditional pool fence, options do exist for Scottsdale home owners, including self-closing/latching door or pool alarms. Scottsdale’s laws are described both on their web site and in a white paper “INTERPRETATIONS & APPLICATIONS OF BUILDING CODES & REGULATIONS #88-14”
For other cities in Arizona, see this Pool Barrier Law Contact page and find the city that the home resides in. Bear in mind that 85% of the homes in the Scottsdale 85254 zip code are actually located in the City of Phoenix and governed by Phoenix pool regulations.
It’s summer time. Homes with pools are very attractive to home buyers at this time of year, so it’s important to know your responsibilities.