Commuting Guide to the Greater Phoenix Area

Commuting Guide to the Greater Phoenix Area

Phoenix is home to over 4.5 million citizens who reside in 6 major cities – Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix and Gilbert.

Commuting Guide to the Greater Phoenix Area


Unlike other highly populated cities, the Valley of the Sun is known for its urban sprawl. It’s in every homeowner’s best interest to find a neighborhood that works best for their commute, or to find methods of commuting that work best for them. Be sure to be on top of the best routes and neighborhoods with this commuting guide to the Greater Phoenix area.

Picking Where to Live


Scottsdale is home to a little over 240,000 residents and is a hotspot for families. Though located east and northeast of Phoenix, it is known as the “Most Western Town in the West.” Scottsdale offers tons of great school districts, housing types and a booming entertainment district. Best of all, the housing market is on the rise. Hop on the Loop 101 or Loop 202 to take advantage of the 30 minute ride to downtown Phoenix for a morning commute.


Downtown Phoenix, the heart of the Valley just off the 202, has become increasingly an popular area due to the growth of ASU’s downtown campus. With more students and workers preferring to live closer to Valley transit systems and work, the housing market in historic Phoenix neighborhoods has seen a sharp increase. Depending on the time of day and job location, commuters are looking at a 15-25 minutes commute by car.


One of the original suburb ‘pockets’ located West from Phoenix, Glendale was once no more than a mere stop on the way to Wickenburg along the US 60. Now, this bustling Westside city is home to over 240,00 residents. The city is comprised of a number of large neighborhoods, and is positioned west of the I-17 and east of Loop 101. That means Glendale is only a 20 minute drive to the heart of downtown.


Home to Arizona State University’s main campus, Tempe is both a college town and suburban escape. Three freeways run through or border the city of Tempe, including the US 60, the Loop 202, and the southern part of the Loop 101. This makes travel through Tempe to other major cities a snap, with a 25 minute commute to Phoenix and a 18 minute drive to downtown Scottsdale.


Mesa is often the first stop for many heading east. With a population of over 480,000 and a spread over 133 miles, Mesa is easily one of the largest cities within the Greater Phoenix area. The cost of living in Mesa is 5% lower than the national average, making that 30 minute commute to Phoenix and 20 minute commute to Scottsdale icing on the cake.   


Gilbert is another one of the Greater Phoenix area’s idyllic suburban cities. Located in the east valley, Gilbert is home to a combination of suburban homes and farmland. The local school district is above average, making Gilbert one of the premier locations for families. Roughly 40 minutes from Phoenix but 30 minutes from Scottsdale, the drive from Gilbert is a breeze on the Loop 202 or US 60.

Choosing How to Travel

No matter where you live, it’s always best to have a commuting plan. Phoenix is laid out in a grid system, making general directions and distances pretty simple for commuters. And thanks to the many multi-lane freeways that run throughout the Greater Phoenix area, it never takes too long to get from one city to the next.


With a metro area so spread out, driving may seem like the first and most desirable option. If this is the case, commuters should consider investing in an ideal commuter car. Invest in a car that’s comfortable, fuel efficient and has a enough space for the whole family. In Arizona, 22.8% of household own at least one car – higher than the national average.

Public Transportation

The Valley Metro has a number of bus routes that can take commuters all across the valley. There are also neighborhood circuits that cost a dollar or under in Glendale, Scottsdale, and Tempe.

As of 2018, the US Census Bureau announced that the Phoenix metro area is the sixth most populous

The Metro Light Rail currently extends from the tip of Glendale at Metrocenter Mall and runs all the way to Mesa, passing through the heart of downtown Phoenix and Tempe. There are currently plans in the works for extending the lightrail all the way to the Cardinals Stadium.


Cities all across the greater Phoenix area have become increasingly bike friendly over the past few years. Scottsdale, Tempe, and Phoenix have all begun campaigns to increase bike networks, teach cycling skills and enforce new bicycle laws to encourage the use of bikes throughout the city. Many neighborhoods have even widened roads and added bike lanes to busy streets.


Whichever neighborhood, town or mode of transportation you choose, being ahead of the commuting game is any citizen’s first step towards living a happy life in the greater Phoenix area.  

Whether you are buying or selling a home in any of the metros above, The Holm Group is here to assist you. The Holm Group represents both buyers and sellers throughout the valley. Whether it’s a custom home, luxury home, town home you can rely on The Holm Group to ensure a smooth and successful transaction. Remove the stress from buying or selling and let and call The Holm Group today at 480-206-4265.

Promotion For All Past Clients Of The Holm Group

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Promotion For All Past Clients Of The Holm Group

Promotion For All Past Clients Of The Holm Group

Promotion Runs May 13th through July 31st 2018

For Both Buyers And Sellers!!!!


So we have decided to run a promotion for previous clients of The Holm Group which can save you tens of thousands dollars.  It is simple there are two opportunities below which outline the promotion we are running for both buyers and sellers. 🙂


  • We are offering buyers a 1% commission rebate on all transactions that close escrow by July 31st, 2018.
  • Buyers to pay a $295 broker administrative fee to Berkshire Hathaway
  • This commission can be applied to closing costs and/or prepaids and/or hoa dues
  • Each buyer represented will be required to write a reviews of our services in: Google, Yelp and Zillow



  • We are offering complete representation to sellers for only 4.5%
  • Sellers to pay at $295 broker administrative commission to Berkshire Hathaway
  • 4.5% will be good for the first 90 days of the listing.  If the listing goes under contract in 90 days and closes escrow from this promotion then we will honor the 4.5% commission promotion
  • If the listing goes under contract after 90 days or longer from this promotion the the commission will be increased to a total of 5% (with 3% going to the buying agent and 2% going to the selling agent).
  • Each seller represented will also be required to write a reviews of our services in: Google, Yelp and Zillow


Its as simple as that.. We are exited to offer this promotion to our past clients and we look forward to hearing from you soon.  Simply mention promotion 2018 and we will take it from there.


We look forward to hearing from you and working with you on your next real estate transaction.  

Google Mobile Friendly Finally

The Holm Group’s Website is ONCE again  Google Mobile Friendly

Google Mobile Friendly

Search On All Mobile Devices Now


So just to let the users know what has been going on with the development over the past six months.  We have been working to try and receive Google Mobile Friendly Certification and today we are proud to announce that once again our site is passing the test.  FINALLY

For whatever reason Google was blocking the way the images were being crawled and this was not allowing our website to be scanned properly by the bots.  So after working with multiple companies and 100’s of hours or coding we finally have fixed the issue and the site as mentioned is now passing the test.

The interesting thing is that users will probably not notice any difference as the site was running fine on all mobile devices.  Now that that we are passing the Google test we are curious to see if more pages start to index in the Google Mobile Search area and in turn we start to receive some more traffic for our efforts..


Windgate Ranch Solaria Scottsdale

Windgate Ranch Solaria Model Scottsdale

Anyone looking to sell their Solaria Model in Windgate Ranch?

We have a buyer that wants that floorplan and is looking NOW.. 🙂


Windgate Ranch Solaria Model Scottsdale


We have a buyer from Chicago area that is looking to purchase a home for their parents in Windgate Ranch so that they can be close to the grandkids.  Our clients have recently moved into Windgate Ranch and are now seeking a second home in the area.

If you have any questions please feel free to give Andrew a call at 480-206-4265 for all details.  This can be a private party transaction without ever going on the multiple listing service which can save you 10’s of 1000’s in real estate fees.. 🙂

Buyers are actively looking and willing to accommodate a close of escrow that works best for the sellers.

Windgate Ranch Community Page By The Holm Group

Scottsdale Golf Course Memberships Update March 2018

New Scottsdale Golf Club Memberships Update March 2018


We have just updated our Scottsdale Golf Club Memberships page to include all new pricing as of March 2018 for most of the clubs in the Scottsdale area.  In addition, to new pricing we also added the ability to search for homes in these areas by price point of by the community that you are interested in.  Updated pricing includes: Whisper Rock, Estancia, Troon, Troon North, Mirabel, Desert Mountain, Kierland, Legend Trail, Silverleaf, Desert Highlands, DC Ranch, Pinnacle Peak Country Club, and Terravita just to name a few.  We also updated pricing for other great courses like: The Boulders, and Tonto Verde.

Below you will find a screen shot of our new golf club membership page as well as our #1 ranking in Google for the term of Scottsdale Golf Club Memberships..

If you are looking to buy or sell in any of the clubs we have listed or any other club in the valley we are happy to help and in most cases we will be able to get some additional incentives as we have worked with all of the clubs on a number of occasions.


Scottsdale Golf Club MembershipsScottsdale Golf Course Memberships

Terravita Country Club Remodel 2018

Terravita Country Club Remodel 2018

Scottsdale, Arizona

Terravita Country Club Remodel 2018

Located at 34034 N 69th Way in Scottsdale, the Terravita County Club Remodel 2018 will start in April.  The $5.2M renovation will take about 8 months to complete.  The new design will maximize the surrounding views using new sliding door panels and additional terrace seating as well.  Phx Architecture, Studio V and Westpac Construction will oversee the project.   Studio V and Westpac Construction are also handling the DC Ranch community project which will run about $8.5M.


Terravita remodel to include: 

Redesigning of the Grill Room

Updating the Sunset Dining Room

Enhancing the member services area

Adding new dining options

Double the size and accomadations of the bar

Expand special events and banquet facilities

Terrace to include outdoor firepits and can now accomocadate large groups

Rebuild the kitchen to include chef’s table

Updating of both locker rooms and the golf shop


You can find out more information about the remodel as well as the community of Terravita by visiting their page at: or clicking on the link above

If you are looking for a house in Terravita or simply want to stay up to date with the community feel free to visit our Terravita community page at:


Terravita is a golf course community located in North Scottsdale about 10 minutes off the 101 and is across the street from The Boulders.  The community was built by Del Webb in 1994-1998 and consists of single family homes that range in size from 1600 square feet to 3000 square feet for some of the larger homes.  Del Webb had several models to choose from when building including: Novus, Villas + Casita, Caelum, Stella, and Ventus just to name a few.

These homes vary in lot sizes from 5000 square feet to over 13000 for some of the larger lots in the community.  Pricing starts at 400k for some of the smaller homes to over $1,000,000.  The community has views throughout and offers residents a wide array of activities including, tennis, walking – hiking, clubhouse, and heated community pool and spa.



The Holm Group Adds New Homepage

The Holm Group Adds New Homepage

New Home Page With Search By Area And By Subdivisions


We have changed the layout of our homepage to make it easier for users to access different parts of the valley including Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Fountain Hills as well as others.  First off we have added search by area so that you can easily navigate to any of the cities in Maricopa County.   In addition, we have added search by subdivision and this includes some of the more popular subdivisions in Scottsdale and Phoenix including: Kierland, DC Ranch, Biltmore, Aviano, Desert Ridge, and McCormick Ranch just to name a few.

For those of you that liked using the maps have no fear they are still accessible on the sidebar throughout the site.

Take a look and let me know what you think..


The Holm Group Adds New Homepage

DC Ranch Country Club Approves Expansion

DC Ranch Country Club Approves Expansion – Scottsdale AZ

February 2018 – Project to be $8.5M

DC Ranch Country Club Scottsdale Arizona

The DC Ranch community has just approved the first expansion of the club house that will be managed by Studio V (Interior) and Westpac (architecture and exterior).

Expansion project consists of five components:

  1. Heath and Wellness – A new 12.000 sqft building will include a fitness facility, several good sized excersice rooms, enhanced locker room and two new state of the art children’s clubs
  2. New Casual Dining – A new indoor dining spot will be coming next toe the clubs remodeled resort-style pool area.
  3. Golf – A new teaching center will be added so that members can enhance their shorty game and more
  4. Clubhouse Updates – New private dining room coming to the club with an all new menu.
  5. Expanded Kitchen – 600 sqft of top of the line kitchen space will be added.

If you have any additional questions on this project feel free to give Andrew at call at 480-206-4265.

Stay one top of the recent activity in DC Ranch by visiting our community page:



Optima Sonoran Village Update – 2 New Buildings

Optima, Inc., the developer and one of the original owners of the 592-apartment home Optima Sonoran Village, has acquired the luxury apartment community through a new partnership with Des Moines, Iowa-based Principal Real Estate Investors, LLC.

The partnership acquired Optima Sonoran Village Phases I and II for $200 million from an existing Optima-sponsored venture. In addition to acquiring the two existing phases, this new partnership also will develop Phase III of Optima Sonoran Village. Phase III, the capstone of Optima’s vision for Sonoran Village, consists of a 176-apartment home, seven-story tower having the same look and feel as Phases I and II, but also will offer an exclusive roof-deck amenity to its residents.

Optima Sonoran Village, winner of the prestigious Honor Award from The American Institute of Architects, offers resort living through its unparalleled amenities, including outdoor pools and spas, dog park, walking paths and an approximately 19,000 square foot residents’ club that includes a membership quality fitness center, an indoor pool and spa, steam rooms and saunas, indoor basketball court, racquetball court, party room and business center. Optima Sonoran Village also features floor-to-ceiling windows and exclusive outdoor terraces for each residence, as well as Optima’s distinctive vertical landscaping system.

Both Optima and Principal Real Estate Investors are attracted to the uniqueness and quality of the development, as well as its wonderful location in growing downtown Scottsdale. “We are thrilled to be partnering with an organization of the caliber of Principal Real Estate Investors that shares our commitment to offering incomparable, luxury living to residents of the Valley who are looking for an upscale lifestyle and living spaces that are utterly unique,” says Tara Hovey, President & COO of Optima, Inc.

“Principal Real Estate Investors is excited to partner with Optima due to its vertically integrated business model that created the unique community that is Optima Sonoran Village. And, we look forward to adding to this distinctive community through the development of Phase III,” shared Kevin Anderegg, Managing Director of Principal Real Estate Investors.

Now in its 40th year, Optima continues to grow in the Greater Phoenix market. Having previously opened luxury condominium developments, including Optima Biltmore Towers in 2006, and Optima Camelview Village in 2009, Optima recently welcomed its first residents to its latest condominium development, at 7120 Optima Kierland in Scottsdale. The opening of

7120 Optima Kierland condominiums follows Optima’s opening in April 2017 of 7160 Optima Kierland, its 150-apartment home community.

“As is evidenced by our reinvestment in Optima Sonoran Village and our continuing investment in Optima Kierland, Optima has a long-term commitment to ongoing investment in the growing Greater Phoenix market,” says Hovey.

Optima has completed more than 30 projects and approximately 5,400 multifamily/condominium units over the company’s rich 40-year history of taking on multiple roles in the development process: developer, architect, general contractor, and property manager or sales broker.

Residences at the 592-apartment home Optima Sonoran Village include studios, one, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes. For more information, call Andrew Holm at 480-206-4265.

Carefree Fore More Market Update – February 2018


Carefree Fore More Market Update February 2018

Carefree AZ


As you are probably aware, the market is starting to change back to what is considered to be a “normal market” with short sales and foreclosure appear to be a thing of the past.  Throughout the valley we are seeing an increase in inventory as well as slower sales cycles for the homes that are on the market for the most part.

The average market time on market in Carefree Fore More is roughly 30 days according to MLS data.  In addition, we are also seeing an average price per square foot for properties that are currently on the market of $240, as well as an average of roughly $190 per sqft for homes that have recently sold. With only 3 active listings on the MLS (not including 4 Sale Buy Owners and/or lots) in Carefree Fore More now is the time to sell and it is  more than ever a Realtor that knows the Carefree market place so that your property will sell in a timely manner and for the right price.  Although there are one 3 houses for sale in your subdivision, Desert Mountain which is less than a mile away has over 190 active listings.

With housing inventory on the rise as well as the market showing signs of improvement now is the time to sell and/or consider an upgrade or move closer into central Scottsdale!  Below are a few examples of homes that have recently sold or that are currently on the market in Carefree Fore More for your review (only one sale in the past 6 months):

  • 8720 E. No More Rd 3170 sqft (Listed for $945k)
  • 8402 E. Careefree Dr 5880 sqft (Listed for $1,100,000)
  • 8433 E. Carefree Dr 5916 sqft (Listed for $1,195,000 and sold for $1,125,000)

For those of you who I have met while working the Carefree area, I look forward to speaking with you again soon.  For those of you who I have not met and/or were unable to stop by my listings over the past 17 years while working in the Carefree area here are a few good reasons to work with me and my team:

  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is one of the largest real estate companies in the country with over 290,000 transactions in 2016 and $29 Billion in gross income.
  • We have the web covered with multiple top rates websites as well as exclusive relationships with: Google, Yahoo, Zillow, RealtyTrac, Movoto, Redfin and HomeFinder
  • The Holm Group has closed over $120 million in transactions and counting
  • If you are looking at doing any home improvements give me a call as I have access to a variety of qualified contractors that can assist you in achieving top dollar for your home The Holm Group lives in and has represented buyers and sellers in Scottsdale Ranch
  • We have 6 full time licensed professionals to assist you with all of your real estate needs.


I look forward to earning your business not only for today, but in the years to come.

Take a look at our Carefree Fore More community page.

Andrew Holm, ABR

The Holm Group

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Office: 480-767-2738  Cell: 480-206-4265

Email: [email protected]