Ron Tibbets

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Ron Tibbets

Ron Tibbets Real Estate

A Real Estate Agent based in Mesa, AZ

 
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Recreation

Recreation

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

If you rent in Apache Junction you will have access to two Metropolitan areas (Mesa’s and Phoenix’s), which includes cities like Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale, and Glendale, to name a few. For a night on the town, any of these cities provide excellent options for dining, shows, and music. Compared to these cities, Apache Junction looks barren. However, there are a few great bars here. Jake’s O Mine is a quirky dive bar that has live music and stays open late on weekends. There’s also live music and drinks at What The Hell Bar & Grill, and a great draft selection at The Handlebar Pub and Grill.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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The dining scene in Apache Junction obviously cannot rival cities like Mesa and Phoenix (although these places are a reasonable drive if you want to try one of their restaurants), but it definitely has some hidden gems. One of the greatest things about Arizona is the abundance of excellent Mexican restaurants, and Apache Junction is no exception. Try Los Gringos Locos Grill & Cantina, Los Tacos, or Elvira’s for excellent below-the-border cuisine. Other gems are the Greek sandwich spot Chicago’s Number One Gyro, the pizza place Scuttlebutts, and the traditional American barbecue Mining Camp Restaurant.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The median rent price in Queen Creek is currently hovering around $1,000, give or take a couple hundred, which is slightly higher than the national average. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is usually around $800, and $950 for two bedrooms on average. This makes the area a bit more expensive than other communities in the area. Coolidge, Apache Junction and Mesa, to name a few, are cheaper. Tempe and Higley are around the same price as Queen Creek. Gilbert and Chandler are more expensive.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The largest school district in Queen Creek is the Queen Creek Unified District, although two other districts -- J O Combs Unified and Florence Unified -- also serve students in the town. The public schools here have a combined average of 7 out of 10 on GreatSchools, a website that ranks schools based on academics, which is above average and a great score for a town its size. There aren’t many private schooling opportunities here, as only one private institution (Canyon State Academy) serves grades higher than 7.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The fountain that the town is named after is located in the middle of a lake, and shoots out 7,000 gallons a minute, for 15 minutes, every hour. It was built in 1970, and was the largest fountain in the world for more than ten years after its creation. The fountain is part of a 64-acre park, which is definitely the most popular in town. The other part of the town’s name references the hills that surround the area. These are great recreational opportunities, as they are perfect for hiking, walking, or jogging.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Even though Fountain Hills is considered a suburb of Mesa, it also is only 30 miles away from Phoenix via Arizona Routes 87 and 202. This commute is a little long but certainly doable; some residents drive to Phoenix every day for work. This might explain why the average commute time for people who live here is 31 minutes, which is five minutes longer than both national and state averages. Mesa is nearly half the distance -- it’s only 17 miles away via Arizona Route 87, also known as the Beeline Highway. In Fountain Hills, 86% of residents drive a vehicle to work, and only 0.1% take public transportation.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Among cities that have a population of more than 200,000 people, it’s safe to say (no pun intended) that Gilbert is one of the safest in the U.S. Just recently in 2010 it was announced that the city’s violent crime rate is 80% lower than the national average, and 79% lower than the state average. In fact, the chance of being affected by a violent crime here is only one per thousand residents. Similarly, the property crime here is also less -- it’s lower than the national rate by 34% and lower than Arizona’s rate by 44%.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Dog Fancy magazine has consistently ranked the dog parks here in Gilbert among the best in their annual list of best parks in the nation, and in 2007 they won the top spot. There are a number of pet friendly apartments here, including those offered at Legacy Village, The Edge at Lyon’s Gate, Archstone Ironwoods at SanTran, and Broadstone Twin Fields, to name just a few. The city has a number of services for pets, including groomers, stores, sitters/walkers, boarders, trainers, and veterinarians. This is a community that cares about animals, and is consistently improving their accommodations to them.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Phoenix is the sixth largest city (population-wise) in the U.S., and according to MyApartmentMap’s rental data, it also has the cheapest rent out of any of the top ten largest cities. The average two bedroom apartment costs $839 here. In San Diego and Philadelphia, which have very similar populations, the costs for the same space are $1763 (SD) and $1400 (Philly). Even locally, Phoenix has fairly inexpensive renting prices: Tempe, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley are all more expensive. If you look to rent in Phoenix, you will almost certainly be able to find a great deal.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

Phoenix is the sixth largest city (population-wise) in the U.S., and according to MyApartmentMap’s rental data, it also has the cheapest rent out of any of the top ten largest cities. The average two bedroom apartment costs $839 here. In San Diego and Philadelphia, which have very similar populations, the costs for the same space are $1763 (SD) and $1400 (Philly). Even locally, Phoenix has fairly inexpensive renting prices: Tempe, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley are all more expensive. If you look to rent in Phoenix, you will almost certainly be able to find a great deal.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

Phoenix has a number of nighttime attractions that keep their residents happy. For live music, the Comerica Theatre, Crescent Ballroom, US Airways Center, For a cozier atmosphere, the Rhythm Room hosts the top jazz and blues acts from around the country. There are a number of nightclubs in the city, such as Axis Radius and Downtown. If you want to sit and enjoy a drink with friends, the MercBar, Jade Bar, and SideBar are great places. However, if these places are too expensive, there are also dive bars. You’ll always have something to do in Phoenix, and because the weather is warm year round, there’s no reason why you can’t be out enjoying yourself every weekend.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Driving is by far the most popular means of transportation here in Phoenix -- this is how 88% of the city’s residents get to work every day. Walking and biking to work aren’t very popular because of the city’s stifling hot weather. Even waiting for a bus can be miserable if there aren’t any canopies at the bus stop. As for nearby cities, Mesa is 20 miles away, Glendale is nine miles, Tempe is eleven miles, and Scottsdale is twelve miles. The average commute time to work (one way) for Phoenix residents is 25 to 30 minutes.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

Two of the top three largest colleges (by enrollment) in the U.S. are located in Phoenix. The largest is the University of Phoenix (307,000 enrolled), which has campuses in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and online. Arizona State University is the third largest college in the country (70,400 students enrolled), which has campuses throughout the Phoenix metropolitan region. There are over 15 other schools in the area, ranging from seminaries (Phoenix Seminary), to law schools (Phoenix School of Law), to business schools (Thunderbird School of Global Management), and so on.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

The average cost a two bedroom apartment in Laveen is $1250, making it one of the most expensive areas in Phoenix. Comparatively, the average two bedroom in Litchfield Park is $968, Tempe is $890, and Phoenix is $774. The average three bedroom apartment in Laveen costs $1033.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

Chandler has been recognized for its excellent recreational parks and programs with merits like the Crescordia Environmental Excellence Award and three Arizona Parks & Recreation awards. Chandler has over 50 parks, including special facilities such as three dog parks, a hummingbird habitat, and a skate park, to name a few. Because of its recreational amenities, Chandler has been named a Playful City USA community for five years in a row, and was named in the 2011 100 Best Communities for Young People by the America’s Promise Alliance.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Since 1999, crime in Chandler has declined significantly. On the City-Data index that measures crime rates, the average U.S. city scores a 309.6; any city that scores higher than this number is more dangerous than average, and scoring less means it’s safer. In 1999, Chandler scored a 320. The city has become safer over time, as shown in 2011 when its index score dropped to 245. Now, Chandler is one of the safest cities in the greater Phoenix area.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Avondale’s restaurant scene offers a variety of culinary choices. For Cajun, visit the Flavors of Louisiana, which, judging by its acclaim, lives up to its name. For the type of excellent Mexican food that is renowned in the greater Phoenix area, check out Tortas Paquime. For Indian, stop by the India Garden, and for Hawaiian, visit Rumbi Island Grill. If you want to play it safe and enjoy an American meal, eat at TJ’s Homestyle Restaurant.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

The average renting price for a two bedroom apartment in Avondale ($884) is fairly typical of the area. This is in the same ballpark as the neighboring communities of Goodyear ($848) and Litchfield Park ($968), and a little more expensive than areas such as Tolleson ($611) and Youngtown ($700). An average one bedroom apartment in Avondale goes for $704, and a three bedroom is $970.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

Sun City is a relatively safe area, scoring lower than national averages in almost every criminal category. It has an especially low rate of property crimes, such as robbery and larceny. This should be noted considering how prevalent these crimes are in Arizona. The average Arizonian is five times more likely to be robbed than someone living in Sun City, and twice as likely to experience a crime of any type.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

In Sun City, pets aren’t just allowed, they’re encouraged. A coffee house called Beans, Books, and Barks was created to give dog owners a place to relax and hang out without having to worry about leaving their pet at home. Many apartment buildings, such as Fountains Apartments, allow pets as long as they’re under 25 pounds. Sun City also has its own Best Friends Dog Club, an organization that helps dog owners train their animals, and a pet park on Del Webb Boulevard.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

Mesa’s educational facilities are run by the Mesa Public Schools district, which is the largest in Arizona with 57 elementary schools, 11 junior high schools, and six high schools. In addition, Mesa has dozens of private schools. The city is home to Mesa Community College, which has 24,000 students enrolled, and Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University, with 6,000 students.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

Mesa is connected to the greater Phoenix area, and all the cities in it, through the METRO Light Rail system. The Valley Metro offers a number of local bus lines, some of which go as far as downtown Phoenix. Buses didn’t run on Sunday until a few years ago, which forced many of its residents that didn’t have cars to walk. Mesa is the 35th most walkable city in the country.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

Scottsdale is one of the more expensive communities in the area to rent. The average two bedroom apartment goes for $1061, which exceeds the prices of its neighbors Tempe ($890), Fountain Hills ($993), and Phoenix ($774). The average one bedroom apartment costs $858, and the average price for three bedrooms is $1447.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

Scottsdale’s thriving nightlife earned it the title of “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach” from the New York Times. Enjoy dinner and a drink at Mabel’s On Main, laugh it up at the Comedy Spot Comedy Club, rock out to live music at Chaser’s, or dance at the Roxy Lounge. There is plenty to do in Scottsdale.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

There are a number of recreational centers and parks in Ahwatukee. The Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center offers swimming, a baseball field, a playground, and picnic areas. The Pecos Community Center has lit athletic fields, a pool, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, and a playground. There are nine other recreational areas in Ahwatukee that can be used for exercise or relaxation.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

Ahwatukee’s community contributes its own flavors to Phoenix’s culinary offerings. Ruffino Italian Cuisine (Italian), Los Taquitos (Mexican), Niro’s Gyros (Greek), and Sushi Eye (Japanese) are some of the area’s most popular restaurants. The neighboring communities of Chandler, Tempe, and of course, Phoenix, also offer many palatable options.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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Glendale offers equal opportunities for everyone considering renting in the city. Their housing department, which has been rated as a “high performer” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for 18 straight years, owns 155 public housing units that they offer to Section 8 applicants. Information is available on Glendale’s city website for those interested in either renting an apartment, or even becoming a Section 8 landlord.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

The city known as “Arizona’s Antique Capital” is a haven for sports fans. The NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, and the Arizona Sting of the National Lacrosse League play in Glendale. The city also annually hosts college football’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, and has hosted the Super Bowl in the past. If sports aren’t your thing, go see local musicians perform at the Mighty Cup, catch a show at the Jobing.com Arena, or enjoy a drink at Robert Emmets.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

With a median home price of $1.74 million, it’s not surprising that it’s also expensive to rent an apartment in this affluent town. The average two bedroom apartment costs $948, ranking it alongside Fountain Hills ($993) and Scottsdale ($1061) as one of the most expensive apartment
markets around. A studio apartment averages $545, and a one bedroom averages $684.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Paradise Valley has eight elementary schools, but only two of them are public. The only middle and high schools here are private, and are PK-12. For public middle and high schools, students must go to nearby Phoenix or Scottsdale. The schools that are located in Paradise Valley average a 9/10 GreatSchool rating, suggesting that they are worth the private tuition.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Tempe has one of the highest crime rates in Arizona, and the nation, compared to other communities its size. The chance of someone being affected by a violent or property crime in the city is one in 15. In the state of Arizona, 94% of communities have a lower crime rate than Tempe. The vast majority of these crimes are property-related, such as robbery and larceny. In 2012, it’s estimated that there will be 7,692 property crimes and 892 violent crimes in Tempe.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

Tempe is located ten miles from downtown Arizona. The Valley Metro, which offers bus and light rail service for the greater Phoenix area, provides access to and from the two communities, as well as many other parts of the city. Because of this great public transportation infrastructure, Tempe ranked 29th out of 25,150 American cities with 4,000 people who use other means besides cars to commute to work.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Tempe has a great culinary scene, with restaurants such as Beaver Choice (Scandinavian), Rock-n-Roll Fingers (American), Haji-Baba (Middle Eastern), and Spinato’s (Italian) earning high acclaim. There’s plenty of options for entertainment as well, such as spring training baseball at Tempe Diablo Stadium, see a movie at the Harkins Valley Art Theatre or Imax Theater Tempe, or a show at the Tempe Center for the Arts

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

Among Phoenix’s neighboring areas, Tempe is in the middle of the pack in terms of apartment prices. The cost of a two bedroom apartment there is $890. Comparatively, Mesa ($726), Phoenix ($774), and Gilbert ($884) are cheaper. Chandler ($965), Scottsdale ($1061), and Laveen ($1250) are more expensive.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

Laveen doesn’t offer as many options as other neighborhoods in Phoenix, but restaurants such as Li’s Bowl (Chinese), Federico’s Mexican Food (Mexican), Vaqueros Carne Asada (Mexican), and the T-Bone Steakhouse (American) add a culinary flavor to the community. Though there isn’t much nightlife in Laveen, it’s only a short drive or bus ride to Phoenix’s clubs, such as Palazzo and Sky Lounge, and theaters, such as the Orpheum and FilmBar.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Ron Tibbets - Real Estate Agent

Although Laveen is a community in Phoenix, it’s located eight miles from downtown. This is too far for someone who works in the city and wants to walk. As a solution, Valley Metro, which provides public transportation for the Greater Phoenix area, has set up bus routes between Laveen and downtown Phoenix, as well as the other areas of the city. This bus system significantly helps the community, as their average commute to work is between 30-34 minutes.

 

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