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I've been looking at North Ranch and what lots might be available, well much to my surprise there is over 100 listings for sale. does any one know what is happening

WITH ALL OF THE LOTS FOR SALE?

 

:D

 

Thanks for your responses

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20-30 is fairly typical . I monitor NR since we own there. I've never seen more than that. 100+ sounds WAY off..... Id like verification of the source, if possible.

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20-30 is fairly typical . I monitor NR since we own there. I've never seen more than that. 100+ sounds WAY off..... Id like verification of the source, if possible.

How many sold lots are there at North Ranch?

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Kirk, there are over 430 deeded lots in North Ranch, if that is what you are asking.

That is what I was wondering.

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I came across the website that listed the 31 available and was surprised especially that many had been on the market for some time, more than a year. This was a reminder to me that we don't want to end up with something for which there isn't a big demand. I was surprised that there was a wide price range though where we could actually afford to buy a property had we wanted to.

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I was surprised that there was a wide price range though where we could actually afford to buy a property had we wanted to.

 

There are different size lots at North Ranch and some have homes on them while others are bare lots.

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I just bought a small lot at North Ranch. We are very pleased with it. The small lots are suitable for an RV pad or a park model. Many park models have Arizona rooms attached. They all have a shed. The larger lots are suitable for anything from just an RV pad to a stick built home with RV port.

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We have a lot at NR, purchased in May 2014. From what I have seen, the majority of lots -- small and large alike -- have some sort of dwelling on them. Many of the small lots have park models, as mentioned by a previous commenter. Most of these have Arizona room additions, and most of them are at least 10 years old, some dating back to when the park was built 20 years ago. This leaves few for those of us who do still RV most of the year, because either (1) the park model with additions takes up most of the small lot, and (2) the CC&Rs prohibit having an RV on a small lot that has a park model. Having 2 RVs on a small lot is also prohibited, although it does occasionally happen -- usually for short periods of time.

 

We were specifically looking for just a lot with no dwelling on it, which narrowed our options -- there just aren't nearly as many of those. We got lucky in that we found just what we were looking for. It all depends on what you're looking for -- if you're looking for a park model, there are a LOT available. If you're looking for an empty lot, not so much.

 

In walking around, I even noticed one "lot" for sale with an older park model that is less than we paid for our empty lot. A lot of the original owners are now elderly & many have been forced to leave because of health issues.

 

It's a great neighborhood with many weekly scheduled activities. Properties are well maintained -- even the older places. A mecca for ATVers with access to BLM land right out the back of the development.

 

Renee

Edited by Dave & Renee

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There are different size lots at North Ranch and some have homes on them while others are bare lots.

Actually, the 31 all have park models on them. Those nearing 2 years on the market seemed more likely to be toward the high end.

 

I did notice many were older. I wonder what the "life" of a part model is.

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I did notice many were older. I wonder what the "life" of a part model is.

Just like an RV, the useful life of a park model depends upon how much it is used and how well it is maintained, if it is parked under a cover or outside, what the weather conditions are where it lives, the brand/quality of the unit and any number of other things. We have several in our community that are approaching 15 years that still look very good and are in good condition.

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There are at least 7 small lots available that have no park models on them.

Do those have "for sale" signs on them, or are those just the undeveloped ones still there?

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Do those have "for sale" signs on them, or are those just the undeveloped ones still there?

 

They have for sale signs on them. All are developed, have landscaping and a shed. Some are by owner, most have a realtor sign on them.

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We're spending our 10th consecutive winter here at North Ranch. It's a nice quiet place, very dark at night with wonderful night skies. It's only about 12 miles to Wickenburg which still retains its "cowboy town" atmosphere. There's plenty of shopping in Wickenburg and a very nice (recently expanded) hospital and clinic staffed with several doctors. They also get several visiting specialists from the Phoenix area. The Phoenix area is an easy 50 or 60 mile drive to all the big box stores, restaurants, and several major hospitals including Mayo. We think NR a great place to spend the winter months. We spent one summer here due to health issues and it was HOT - we hope we don't have to do that again.

 

We don't have any interest in purchasing property here, or anywhere else, but just watching the real estate market here over the past ten years my sense is that real estate is selling much better this year than for the past several years. There are always many lots for sale because of the average age of the residents and their changing circumstances. There are several lots that have sold this winter within just a few days or weeks of being listed. It's all about price vs. value. There are lots here that have been for sale for at least 4 or 5 years. Those are mostly owned by people that purchased lots at the crazy peak of the market and can't accept that fact that the value of their property depends on the market and what a buyer is willing to pay rather than on what they paid for it some time in the past.

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well thanks for all of the info. We have been talking about North Ranch for a few months now. When I posted this question I did not expect to get this over well ming response. We appreciate the info so when we make it to North Ranch we will some info to work with. I have talked to a previous owner and he indicated that most of the lots were way over priced.

the local realtor Century 21 was the site that showed approx. 100 listings in North Ranch.

 

Thanks for all the information.

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Looking at the above realitor website, I see why many have been on the market

for years. Almost all of the listings have some type of dwelling on then and the owners or their families, are

trying to get their money back. I may live it the past regarding real estate prices but I would not pay much

over $10,000 for one of those little RV lots and they would have to have full hookups.

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Before you'll jump me regarding what I said about what I would pay for those

RV lots. It is the location of the park that, to me, is the problem. Back in the very early 70s

when I first drove thru that area, Wickenburg, Deming, I remember saying no wonder not many

people live here. I still think that.

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The location was fine with us when visiting. It has easy access to the mountains for hiking, Jeeping or ATVing. Wickenburg is very close for shopping, doctors, hospital, restaurants. Prescott makes for a great scenic day trip. For major medical lot owners doctor at west Phoenix areas along Hwy 60 at Surprise. Not all like more rural surroundings but that's exactly what we seek out - quiet and dark skies.

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For us, and many other RVers we know, the location is a large part of the draw of North Ranch. We fell in love with Wickenburg, and with 2 grocery stores, a number of restaurants, 2 hardware stores plus Tractor Supply -- we can find pretty much everything we need less than 10 miles away. There is a community hospital & newly-expanded clinic for most medical needs, and specialists come up from the Phoenix area on a regular basis (we have used both dermatologists & foot doctors whose "permanent" offices are in Sun City or Peoria).

 

We enjoy Jeeping the back roads, & you can get to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Jerome, Lake Havasu, Las Vegas, Roosevelt Lake, Yuma, Tucson all in less than 4 hours drive. Both Prescott & Surprise are less than an hour away. In comparison to Yuma & other parts of AZ, there is much more vegetation. And if you want more than desert, driving about 1/2 hour towards Prescott will get you all the pine trees you want.

 

Although we aren't big on get-togethers or social activities, there are more than enough to keep you busy if you ARE more activity-oriented than us. I'm happy to have a lot where I can plant flowers & just putter in the yard for a bit, since I don't have a house & yard anymore.

 

In short, it all depends on what you want. Lots of RV parks in Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma for those who are more interested in things to do; others spend all winter every year boondocking on BLM land. For us, this is a nice in-between...close enough to town, plenty of Jeeping possibilities, but with the beauty of utilities! Yeah, the prices are a little high, but compared to other places in the West that we've looked at & that have utilities already in place -- we could live with the price.

 

Renee

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No swimming pool, tennis courts, or hot tub. There is a pickleball court, & both Clubhouse & Activity Center for a variety of activities, such as beading, woodcarving, tai chai, exercise, bridge, etc. A very active Outdoors group for ATVers & (although not all the rides) Jeeps.

 

You would have to check with the office re: RV storage. There is not a fenced-in or designated storage area, per se.

 

Renee

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