I have to drive 30 miles to get to my office now. The highway is always jam packed in the morning so I’ve been taking a local route. I’m not driving 30 miles through city, I’m driving 30 miles through backroads and rural farmland so I actually get to work a little faster than the highway.
What is amazing to me is the number of subdivisions being built on my work route. In fact, this morning I decided to count the number of subdivisions being built as I passed by them. I counted 19 new single family subdivisions that were under construction, 2 subdivisions that were just being staked and graded, 1 new subdivision just had a new office trailer parked there and 3 condo-conversions.
The builders are still building. The prices on the signs seem reasonable. But will people buy all these homes? If I counted correctly then there are at least 25 residential communities being created along my 30 mile trip. One of these days I will have to stop in the offices to see what incentives they are offering.
What is very interesting is that there was absolutely no commercial in some areas. I would pass by 5-6 subdivisions spanning 3 miles and not see a single gas station, store or strip mall. In fact, the land in between the subdivisions was either farmland or ghetto. I’m talking a mobile home with 6 abandoned cars on the lot, garbage littered along the roads, people tossing couches off their pickup truck on to the shoulder (yes I saw this yesterday). However, I can’t help to think that this junkie old lot with the abandoned cars is going to be prime property in 5 years when all these homes come up around it.
Phoenix is very interesting in that you can feel like you’re in the country but you’re only 1 mile away from a major intersection. One subdivision is across the street from a large dairy farm. You can watch cows getting milked from your upstairs windows!
I promise I will take some pictures tomorrow!