Friday, October 17, 2008

Yard Sale at Northtown Tomorrow

Neighborhood yard sale Saturday and Sunday Oct 18 & 19 at Northtown! Come early for the best stuff.

Northtown is an active adult community of about 200 or so homes at the northwest corner of Cave Creek road and Greenway road, south of Greenway Parkway.  Today I met one of the homeowners named Bob, who used to serve on the HOA Board and gave me lots of helpful information about the neighborhood and the sale.

The community yard sale is held several times a year, always on the weekend before they're scheduled for bulk trash pickup. Each neighbor who wants to participate sets up their wares in their yard and driveway. Anything that's not sold is easily disposed of on the following weekend's bulk trash day.

Northtown is full of well maintained, cute little homes with mature landscaping and pretty mountain views throughout the neighborhood. The average home is about 900 or 1100 square feet, 2 bedrooms and 1 or 2 baths. Sizes range from 660 square feet up to about 1400 square feet.

Some homes here are 1 bed, 1 bath, which seems (to me) like it'd be the perfect size for empty nesters truly looking to downsize, or have a little winter vacation spot of their own. Few homes have a private pool, but there is a heated community pool.

The homes were built in the early 1970's and are mostly brick construction. Yards are smallish, averaging about 1/10th of an acre, or 4,500-5,500 square feet. Community rules state that at least 1 homeowner must be 55 years old or older, and no one living in the home can be 18 years old or younger.

Given today's economic woes, pricing in Northtown is really attractive! There are 10 homes currently for sale ranging from $95,000 to $169,000 and recent sales prices are in the $100 to $130 per square foot range.

These are pics of the typical Northtown home: