First, there was Gordon Ramsey at the ABC Baking Company. Now, North Scottsdale is in the spotlight again when HGTV’s House Hunters visited to film a California couple on their quest to find the perfect Scottsdale home. Luckily, for this reality show there was no dramatic ending.
On the HGTV series, buyers meet with a local real estate agent to look at three potential homes for them to buy. The buyers have certain “wish lists” and the realtor tries to match them with the perfect home.
Sarah and Blake are a couple who are looking for a home in the Scottsdale area and have a $550,000 to $600,000 budget. Their wish list includes a gas stove, updated kitchen, yard with grassy area, 3 car garage, office, large bath tub, and a community with amenities and parks. Sarah is very allergic to cats, so she is hoping to find a house where no cats have lived previously.
The first home they look at is in DC Ranch and the asking price is $675,000, but it is over their budget. This home has most of the amenities they are looking for, but immediately Sarah has a reaction to the cat dander that is in the carpet. But they love the community feel, the park across from the house, and the fact that it has all of the features they would like.
The next home they look at is in the Ironwood Village area, and the asking price of that home is $525,000, well within their budget. It has many of the amenities they like, including a large backyard with a grassy area. However, Sarah is turned off by the electric stove and the fact that the home will need a lot of updating. At an asking price below their budget, there is room for them spend the money to update the house. But the neighborhood is missing the amenities they are looking for.
The last home they look at is in McDowell Mountain Ranch. At $557,000, this home is also under their budget. This home has just a few of the features that they are looking for and has only a small 2 car garage, no grassy area, a pool that needs repair, and it backs up to a semi-busy street. They do like the amenities that McDowell Mountain Ranch has to offer, however.
Spoiler Alert! With the real estate market in Scottsdale back on the upswing, their realtor encouraged them to make a decision in a timely manner. Sarah and Blake eventually settled on the DC Ranch home. After changing out the carpet, they feel that going over budget was worth it in order to have all of the features they would like in a home they plan to live in for the long term. They were thrilled with the amenities and community feel that DC Ranch offered them.