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Optima Camelview

Quiet, interior 3bd/2ba end unit in the most exclusive condo complex in Scottsdale. This stunning home boasts floor to ceiling windows providing abundant natural light in every room, gorgeous tile and wood flooring, beautiful stone accent wall, built in surround sound, and designer finishes. The kitchen includes sparkling stainless steel appliances, granite counter-tops, breakfast bar, ample cabinet space, and gas range. The luxurious master suite provides dual walk in closets with lots of built in storage, pool views, dual sinks in the elegantly appointed master bath, soaking tub, and a step-in shower. 2 prime parking spots within steps of the elevator door included. Amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, racquetball courts, and much, much more. This one won't last!
$4,000/mo
3 Bed 2 Bath 2 Garage
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Unit 2010
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Optima Camelview

FABULOUS FURNISHED 2BD, 2BA +STUDY UNIT IN THE DESIRABLE OPTIMA CAMELVIEW VILLAGE IN THE HEART OF SCOTTSDALE, 85251. 3 MONTH MIN. ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR OPTIMA FLOOR PLANS . LOFT LIKE FEEL WITH MASTER THAT OPENS TO THE GREAT ROOM. MODERN FURNISHINGS. PLENTY OF STORAGE. TRAVERTINE FLOORING, GRANITE COUNTERS, FULL SIZE WASHER /DRYER. PRIVATE TERRACE. MINUTES AWAY FROM SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE, RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, NIGHTLIFE. HIGH SEASON: $4,500; LOW SEASON: $2,850; LONG TERM $2895. UTILITIES INCLUDED. CAPS AT $300, WE WILL BILL BACK ANYTHING OVER $300. $200 OF SECURITY DEPOSIT IS NON REFUNDABLE.
$2,895/mo
2 Bed 2 Bath 1 Garage
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Unit 131
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Contour on Campbell

Experience urban living at its finest in this modern and stylish condo located in the sought after area of Biltmore. This end unit condo offers custom interior finishes, natural hardwood flooring, walk-in rain showers and much more! The sleek, contemporary kitchen includes culinary grade stainless steel appliances, quartz counter tops and large island. The smart floor plan includes not one, but two owner's suites both possessing spacious walk-in closets. Relax or entertain with this property's 540 sq ft of private outdoor living space. A resort style pool, fitness center and a rooftop terrace are just a few of the world class amenities offered here at Contour. The surrounding neighborhood includes some of Biltmore's best restaurants, outdoor recreation, high-end shopping and entertainment.
$445,000
2 Bed 2.5 Bath 2 Garage
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Unit 1107
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One Lexington

ONE Lexington offers loft-style luxury-urban living at its finest, located in the heart of the city in the vibrant and popular Midtown Phoenix neighborhood. This beautiful unit features 12ft ceilings, 8ft doors and floor-to-ceiling UV energy efficient windows with rolling shades framing the private balcony, this bright and spacious 11th floor residence is the perfect private oasis in the city. Stunning north views of the city and iconic valley mountains! Impeccably maintained with a sophisticated color palette, the interior features Italian cabinetry, slab granite counters, glass mosaic backsplash, pantry, new bathroom hardware and upgraded LG stainless steel appliances in the sleek and modern kitchen, laminate wood flooring and nearly new carpet in the master bedroom.
$284,500
1 Bed 1 Bath 1 Garage
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Unit 1321
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Optima Biltmore Towers

A fantastic 3 bedroom 3 bath cosmopolitan condominium in the heart of Biltmore. This 2,393 Sq. Ft. unit is minutes from some of the finest restaurants and shopping in Phoenix. Mountain and urban views are found in every room and amber sunshine floods the living areas in the late afternoon. The rooftop lounge and pool has been completely remodeled with the best possible views of the valley. Enjoy the balcony off of the living room or the master bedroom. This unit is unique as it does not share any common walls.
$825,000
3 Bed 3 Bath 3 Garage
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Unit 1109
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Summit at Copper Square

Downtown high rise living at its finest! Located across from Diamondback's stadium, this 1 Bedroom + Den is located within the highly sought after community of Summit at Copper Square. This residence is located in a premium location on the SE corner of the 11th floor offering city and mountain views. Being an End Unit offers many advantages - larger floor plan with additional 79 SF , a window on the south wall adding great light and views and an oversized spacious patio to enjoy the AZ weather and energy in downtown. This condos is Move In Ready with upgraded finishes including pristine wood floors, granite counters, stainless appliances. Community amenities include 24 hr Front Desk Security, Fitness Center, Pool, Sauna and Sky Lounge & Firepit.
$299,900
1 Bed 1.5 Bath 1 Garage

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Why Buy an Urban Condo?

For decades real estate in Phoenix was all about suburbia and the thousands of stucco and tile roofed homes that offered very little difference from one another.

• People drove long distances every day to work, they drove to entertainment, they drove to grocery stores and restaurants; they drove everywhere.

• And when they got home, exhausted and burnt out on driving, they clicked the garage door remote, entered their home and were not seen until it was time to drive again.

This was old Phoenix. It was anti social. It was car dependent. It was bad architecture. It was blah.

But Then Urban Condo Projects Were Built

Urban living in the Valley is the polar opposite.

Urban living is comprised of cool high rise condo flats, multi story loft style townhomes, brownstones, row homes, cool architecture, pedestrian friendly, bike friendly, people friendly communities.

People who live in high rise condos in Phoenix know their neighbors. They walk to the local bar. They bike to restaurants. They light rail to events in downtown Phoenix or Tempe.

They get out of their homes and live life.

Urban Is Social

World travellers who see Phoenix urban condos say, "These remind me of Europe." They are vertical and cool and close to things.

These people get it. They want to walk instead of drive. They want to bike instead of commute. They prefer mom and pops over big box shopping malls. They dig eclectic restaurants, boutiques, pubs and diverse people.

Urban is where it's at.

Mill Avenue District of Tempe

The Mill Avenue District of Tempe is arguably the densest area in the entire Valley and about to enjoy an incredible boom.

The district runs along Mill Avenue from Tempe Town Lake to University Drive (about a mile).

I call the area a mix of Manhattan meets Mayberry RFD. Luxurious high rise condos, loft style flats and sophisticated townhomes less than a 1/3 mile pedestrian friendly walk from narrow streets.

Mill Avenue features brick sidewalks, shade trees, cast iron tree grates, quaint restaurants like House of Tricks and Postinos Annex, and hip cool joints like Culinary Dropout at The Yard.

I love this town and it's about to get even better.

The Boom

Right now, as I type this, there are seven cranes visible from my office. Over 2.4 million square feet of office space are being built, all walking distance from Mill Avenue District.

• State Farm is taking 1 million square feet to house 8,000 employees. What will this do alone to increase the amount of food and entertainment along this one mile stretch?

• Now consider all the people who will fill the other 1.4 million square feet.

• Oh and dont forget all the people who will inhabit the 340 apartments being built at Hanover, the 280 apartments at Skywater and the 265 being built at the Oliver McMillan apartment community SALT . Another 1400 inhabitants?

• Plus a Whole Foods is scheduled to be built on University Drive just west of Mill Avenue.

• And construction of an AC Marriot Hotel has been begun near the corner of Rio Salado and Mill Avenue. Another hotel has been proposed catty corner to the Marriot and another hotel across the street.

I'm telling you Tempe is on Fire!

But Wait, There's More

1. The second phase of a very cool high rise student housing tower called University House (The Hub) is under construction.

2. USA Basketball is working to build a $464 million complex at the corner of University and Mill Avenue complete with an Omni Hotel, sports arena, conference facilities, apartments, retail and entertainment. A truly work class facility.

3. And last but not least, ASU has begun the process of planning a master planned sports, entertainment, commercial and residential project that will run from basically the current football stadium north to the Town Lake and then east along Karsten Golf Course.

Everything mentioned above are projects currently under construction or in the planning stage. Believe me, there are several other condo and townhome communities that are just about to be announced in the Farmer Avenue Arts District and beyond.

If you like what you just read, make your move soon, while you can still buy into the Tempe urban phenomenon.

And you may want to start your search at Farmer Avenue Lofts a super cool and modern 18 townhome community that We Know Urban Realty has for sale. The homes are huge at 2500 square feet with great architecture and style and located a short 1/3 mile walk from the heart of the Mill Avenue District.

Phoenix Urban Living is Humming Too

Phoenix is a much larger city than Tempe and is much more spread out. Where Tempe has one major urban core Phoenix has three and even these are not as well defined as Tempe.

The huge drivers for growth in downtown Phoenix has been the rapid development of ASU and the completion of the light rail. Almost overnight downtown Phoenix went from being a barren wasteland at sunset to a thriving and fun evening entertainment destination.

With great restaurants like Arrogant Butcher, Blue Hound Grill, Cibo and others like FEZ moving downtown the area has a lot to offer. Combine these with the athletic venues and bars and increased population that came with ASU student housing and the recovery of such high rise condo buildings as Summit at Copper Square and 44 Monroe, downtown Phoenix is thriving.

On the Horizon

A couple communities to keep your eyes open for include:

• Portland on the Park, a large 170 residence condo and loft project near the north side of downtown Phoenix.

• Edison Midtown, a five story, eighty residence building right around the corner from Tapestry on Central and across from Regency on Central.

• Several apartment buildings totaling several hundred units

So What?

Expect downtown Phoenix and to a lesser degree midtown Phoenix to continue to grow up (meaning skyward) and enjoy more density. And remember with density comes more restaurants, bars and entertainment; with more amenities come more people interested in living in the area… and the cycle continues.

Also expect to see more and more interaction between downtown Phoenix and Mill Avenue in Tempe thanks to the light rail. We are getting more and more clients who are insisting to be on the rail. Young and old love the idea of partying guilt and risk free and with so many great new restaurants we expect this trend to continue. But of course, as interest in an area goes up, expect real estate prices to go up as well.

So again, if you like the idea of urban living, act sooner than later as prices are going up.

And Then There is Scottsdale

Downtown Scottsdale is the only area that can give Tempe a run for her money in the growth department. The Old Town area of Scottsdale is enjoying a construction renaissance now that buildings like Safari Drive, Scottsdale Waterfront and Optima Camelview Village are sold out and thriving.

Look around the area near Scottsdale Fashion Square and you’ll see newly completed or currently under construction projects like:

• MZ Living – a fantastically hip and modern townhome project by Ed Gorman

• 4020 Lofts – a “bust” building that was re-launched for sale in 2014 and pretty much sold out within 4 months

• Broadstone Waterfront – a 259 unit apartment building by Alliance

• Portales Place

• The Stetson Apartments – another Alliance apartment community in the heart of the Entertainment District

Presales and Drawing Board

Many other communities are either already planned or on the drawing boards. The communities range from the eight story, 89 condo residence midrise building called Envy in the Entertainment District to Aerium, a twenty seven individual residence community (detached – meaning not condo but individual homes) near the Scottsdale Arts District to Aerium Encore, another 24 residences to be built by the same developers of the original Aerium.

And of course there or many other small infill projects that are just being presented to the Scottsdale planning and development department for the downtown Scottsdale area as well as the Kierland area in north Scottsdale.

Again gang, things are booming.

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Developers, Learn What Buyers Want

Here's an ugly truth.

Most developers build what they see other developers building.

Or they build what they or designers or market researchers think buyers want.

Few developers KNOW what buyers want.

I'm not talking about architecture or location here. I'm talking about other buyer hot buttons like:

  • • is a heated pool a plus or a minus?
  • • lap pool or resort style?
  • • great fitness center or modest one?
  • • how much closet space?
  • • storage?
  • • what level of security?
  • • parking?

A good architect can come up with design that will "wow" buyers at first blush but few buyers buy a property implusively.

Instead, buyers visit a number of communities over the course of days or weeks spending very little time at any one community. They quickly assess likes and dislikes at each community and eliminate the properties that don't stack up.

Then the real shopping begins. Buyers will visit the few properties that make the cut two, three or more times to compare various attributes (hot buttons) until they are confident that they have made the right decision before they sign a contract.

Bells and whistles (e.g. fancy gidgets and gadgets) don't matter. People buy what they value most, their hot buttons.

We know what these hot buttons are.

The more hot buttons a developer can hit while still keeping the prices where they need to be and maintaining margins the better the commmunity will do.

We Know Urban Realty can help you do just that.

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