Return to Urban Living, Downtown Phoenix
You are close to the action…you can walk to places others have to drive to…
- Major league baseball stadium
- Two major concert venues, a convention center, and an NBA stadium
- City parks with weekend and evening events
- ………..but beware, that means traffic, noise, crowds, and sometimes closed streets.
You can walk to catch the light rail….but it also creates street noise in front of some buildings.
Views of buildings, mountains, and airplanes….airplanes to/from Sky Harbor that is….nice, but beware of aircraft noise if that bothers you.
You are close to the original Phoenix Railroad Depot, but you also have train noise and a yard just south of downtown.
There is a hazardous liquid pipeline (jet fuel) that runs east-west between Jefferson and Lincoln, and natural gas piplines south of Lincoln, check out the locations at the National Pipeline Mapping site.
You are close to major freeways….quick in and out, but that also brings traffic and noise.
Check for parking in your building…..we know of at least one that does not include ANY parking.
Check for the garbage collection area(s) of your building, is the unit you are purchasing going to be near or over the area the garbage truck collects the garbage, sometimes at all hours of the night.
Pets – most buildings allow pets, but some have size or weight restrictions. Check out the nearest area to walk your pet if needed…some have pet areas, some have nothing for Fido!
HOA….all of the developments have an HOA….check out the monthly cost and what they provide for that cost…some HOA’s provide all utilities and some provide none! Also check the CC&R’s for the list of restrictions and how much they can raise the monthly fee. If the building HOA includes water and/or air conditioning, find out the condition of the equipment and if they have a reserve fund to fix/replace it, otherwise you might find you are stuck with a special assessment to update it! Check with the HOA to see when the last Reserve Study was completed, get a copy, and ask them if they are following those recommendations.
Superfund site….most of the downtown core is in the Motorola 52nd St Superfund site.
Construction….was your development built as a condo/loft/townhome, or was it built as apartments and converted to condo’s later? Usually apartments were not built with the greatest sound walls, and if your sleep is important to you, check it out first!
Lastly, you are one of the select few that have a downtown address and can live a urban life-style, but with that comes with the city noises….buildings are not sound proof!
This is not meant to cover all of the good and the bad of living in an urban area; it is meant to provide you with some things to think about before making your decision. You will need to do your own due diligence to see if this location will work for you. Please look at the Buyers Advisory to help you in that process!