Area specialist, Judith Weaver will be pleased to assist you with any inquiries you may have and has extensive experience within both towns and indeed Phoenix itself. This month we will be exploring some key facts about Cave Creek and Carefree.
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Living in Cave Creek & Carefree
Located within approximately 30 miles from Downtown Phoenix, both locations are extremely popular with home buyers and visitors. The towns offer a great deal of variety in the choice of homes from two bedroom right up to five or more, many homes are situated within private and gated communities.
Cave Creek home prices start from around $300,000 dependent upon location and square footage and attract more family buyers who seek access to the numerous and highly rated school district and closer access to Phoenix.
Carefree was originally a planned community dating back to the 1960 and offers homes from that era, right up to recent builds in certain parts. The area tends to attract older home buyers who are looking for a beautiful location in which to settle. Prices tend to be higher than Cave Creek and offer home buyers larger plot sizes and lower density of home construction.
They both offer access to the beautiful Sonoran desert trails and surrounding mountain ranges which dominate the valley. The outstanding local scenery is a great selling feature for homes in this locality.
Carefree enjoys a less urban, more relaxed feel and a smaller population of around 4000 with Cave Creek offering closer access to Phoenix and more extensive schools and shopping facilities for its 5200 inhabitants.
Shopping facilities in Cave Creek are good with larger food retailers present and general stores of all types, boutique stores specializing in local Western culture, art and antiques in Cave Creek town. Carefree tends to have less corporate retailers and a greater concentration of specialist privately owned small town stores catering to the local residents.
Eating out and Entertainment
Living in either town will give residents an excellent choice whether the preference is formal or very informal. Cave Creek restaurants in the main tend to be more informal in nature and offer all types from Western cook outs to acclaimed steaks and friend chicken. Carefree also offers relaxed dining experience if required or a more formal Western style if preferred.
The town has become famous for one of the largest sundials in the world and is proudly situated in the small Western Style town centre.
The area boasts many top quality and internationally recognized golf courses set among the beautiful desert scenery including Rancho Manana and Dove Valley to name but two. Public and private courses are available and numerous other sport facilities are present including private gyms and health clubs, YMCA and other in and outdoor sports venues.
The Boulders Resort situated on the main road running into Carefree offers two world class golf courses and also a Western themed luxury spa resort with high end suites, rooms and casitas.
Many other outdoor pursuits are extremely popular including hiking, mountain biking and boating on the three lakes that serve the area.
Desirable and Convenient Locations
Both Cave Creek and Carefree are highly desirable areas in which to live and will continue to be so offering choice and versatility to the homebuyer or renter.
The data below is derived from several categories such as health care transportation, utilities, groceries, housing and goods/services and illustrates the demand and popularity of both towns.
(Statistics are compared to the 2015 US averages unless otherwise stated)
- Housing values in Carefree are 209% higher.
- Cost of living is 64% higher than AZ average.
- Cost of living 59% higher than the US average.
- Median home price in Carefree is 301% higher,
- The median rental asking price 4% lower
- 35% lower occupancy per home
- Owner households 28% higher
- Renter households 50% lower
Education in Cave Creek
The first recorded school located in School House Road near the center of Cave Creek itself, dates back to the 1800s when it boasted its own horse corral for its occupants and has been expanded and vastly improved over the intervening years. The spirit and sense of local community still remains.
The modern schools that are situated in Cave Creek have been awarded some of the highest awards possible from the Department of Education and awarded the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) as excellent. The area offers all age groups including Elementary, Middle and High Schools within the district.
- The average school test scores are 22% higher
- 50% of people in have at least bachelor’s degree.
- 95% of people living in Cave Creek have completed High School
Cost of Living in Cave Creek
- According to the latest data the cost of living is 39% higher that the USA average and 44% higher than Arizona itself. This is mainly due to the higher than average cost of homes which is 187% higher than the national average.
- The median rent in Cave Creek is 46% higher than the US average.
- Interestingly goods and services are 5% and 8% below state and national average, respectively.
Cave Creek and Carefree – A Safe Environment
- Crime rate in Cave Creek is 61% lower than the US average.
- Safer than 73% of the cities in the US.
- Crime has decreased by 8% year on year.
- Number of renters 30% less
- Number of owner occupiers 53% higher
- Less crowded homes – 20% less occupants than the US average
Carefree and Cave Creek – A Great Location to Explore
Within 30 minutes’ drive of Cave Creek and Carefree, visitors can experience almost any outdoor activity you can imagine including boating, water skiing , hiking swimming and mountain biking.
Visitors can enjoy the delights of three different lakes within 17 miles drive of Carefree. The first being Bartlett Marina, in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, offers a great family atmosphere and stunning surroundings to create a great day out on the water.
Horseshoe Lake situated to the east is also a favorite location for those who love the water. Heading in a westerly direction you will encounter Lake Pleasant, a large open area and with a great deal to enjoy for all the family and making an unforgettable day out.
Heading north, explorers will not be disappointed with The Tonto National Park with its unspoiled natural desert scenery.
Cave Creek Museum
Visitors wishing to explore the historical origins and culture of the Desert foothills can get a great flavour of the area by visiting the Cave Creek Museum. There you will enjoy beautiful exhibits, paintings and sculptures both inside and out depicting the rich history the area has to offer.
Cave Creek Regional Park
No visit to the area would be complete if you are a nature lover unless you visit the 3000 acre Cave Creek Regional Park, situated among the peaks of the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Here you will be able to observe the extensive wildlife and desert flora the area offers.
If you are considering moving to either of these areas or would like to discuss the current market availability please contact our Cave Creek and Carefree realtor specialist, Judith Weaver who will be pleased to assist.
Judith has had extensive experience in this area for approximately 20 years and will be able to offer expert and up to the minute advice on home availability.