Do I live in Queen Creek or San Tan Valley? This is one of the most misunderstood questions that Realtors and residents face in the area and it also creates a lot of confusion. Before the most recent real estate boom in Arizona, there was no such place as San Tan Valley. All of the homes that were in that unincorporated part of Pinal County shared a Queen Creek zip code and had their mail delivered by the Queen Creek Post Office. There was only one zip code at the time, 85242 which included the entire area. So, many of the families that lived in that area of Pinal County actually believed they lived in the Town of Queen Creek because all of their bills, and everything that was addressed to them, showed them as having a Queen Creek address. This is where much of the confusion and inaccuracies began.
As the boom was escalating in the early 2000’s, real estate values were increasing at a rapid pace. Because of these rising costs, families were forced to drive further outside of Phoenix until they could qualify for their loan amount, so they drove to the Queen Creek area in record numbers. Out in Queen Creek, away from the larger cities, they could accomplish their dreams of home ownership because the home prices were substantially less than other parts of the valley. New homes would often be $50,000 less in the Queen Creek area as compared to the prices for the identical home and builder in Chandler or Gilbert. With the population explosion came a zip code change, and there were now 2 new zip codes…85243 and 85240. So, at that point there were 3 “Queen Creek” zip codes including the original 85242.
No one understands exactly what happened next , but just one year later, the US Post Office changed the zip codes yet again. This time to 85142, 85143 and 85140. No wonder everyone is confused about where they live! Generally, 85142 is considered the Town of Queen Creek. But, 85142 was also assigned to the Morning Sun Farms and San Tan Heights neighborhoods which are both located in San Tan Valley. So, residents are still very confused over where they live. And, believe it or not, Realtors from outside the Queen Creek and San Tan Valley areas are confused too. I cannot tell you how many times I have had a debate with a Realtor who has a listing in San Tan Valley, but advertises it as being in Queen Creek, based on the zip code alone, even though this is an inaccurate representation of the property's location.
The Arizona MLS search on my website, lists Morning Sun Farms and San Tan Heights as being neighborhoods in Queen Creek, because unfortunately that is where most people mistakenly believe those 2 neighborhoods exist. However, in reality, both of those communities are in San Tan Valley, which is outside of the Town of Queen Creek's borders. Thus, the confusion continues among residents and Realtors alike. I am not exactly sure how to handle this issue because other agents have over half of their listings marked incorrectly. So, unfortunately my website is inaccurate, on purpose, in order to capture all of the misunderstood property locations for the areas of Queen Creek and San Tan Valley.
A great article that explains the differences between Queen Creek and San Tan Valley to area residents, can be found online here:
The map provided below outlines the Zip Code boundaries for the Town of Queen Creek, which do not necessarily follow the Zip Code boundaries set by the US Post Office. Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to clear up any confusion and help you determine where you truly live or want to move!
As a full-time, experienced Realtor living and working in the areas of Queen Creek and San Tan Valley Arizona, I am always available to answer your real estate related questions. If you are interested in buying or selling a home in Queen Creek or San Tan Valley Arizona, or if you would simply like a FREE market analysis of your property, then please do not hesitate to contact Karen Berg at 602.919.2375.
Of course I’d love to help you any time you need to buy or sell, but I’m also here for you any time you have a question about the market. You can also feel free to call if you’re simply curious about the listed or sold price of a house down the street. I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Queen Creek Realtor
21321 E Ocotillo Rd C108
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Blog post originally published at: http://queencreekrealestatesite.com/blog/do-i-live-in-queen-creek/