Location, Location, Location!

Say it loud

I stopped in to ask Floyd and Vera, the grandparents of an old grade school chum. Floyd and Vera have lived at the corner of Earll and I-17 since the early 1960s; I figured if anyone could explain why someone might want to live so close to noisy commuter traffic, they could.

"Lived on a farm until I was nearly 30," Floyd told me over the roar of his swamp cooler, which unfortunately did nothing to drive out the sound of oncoming cars. "It could get to be too quiet. I don't mind a little traffic noise."

Vera says the traffic sounds are really only bad in the kitchen, and since she hates to cook, she never goes in there.

Room with a view? Berkana Townhomes are better than freeway-convenient.
Todd Grossman
Room with a view? Berkana Townhomes are better than freeway-convenient.


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Apparently, the world is just plain bursting with people who don't care where they live.

I called my old pal Mario Romero, a bulldog of a real estate agent whose Romero Team sells more houses than just about anyone in town. Mario told me that this sort of "nice property, bad location" thing is happening all over the Valley because Phoenix is no longer an affordable market for most people. "You can't touch a four-bedroom in the Central corridor today," Mario explained, "especially when you're talking about new construction. The better the land, the more your home will cost you. One way to get around that is to find a nice home in a less-desirable location."

Like right on top of a busy highway, for example. To be fair, there are a whole bunch of Berkana units that don't front on I-17. I stood on the balcony of one of the interior units, and it was even louder out there.

"No one who's looked at the units is complaining about the noise," Ryan promised me. "People really like our model homes, and I think a lot of people will want to live here."

Yeah. Deaf people.

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Baby Boomer
Baby Boomer

Hi there, I just have to reply to the author's comments on Berkana Townhomes. I agree with his comments about nice houses in a bad part of town. We are a professional couple with no kids. Registered Nurse and Personal Trainer. We went to view the Berkana Homes at Hidden Mountain on 29th Avenue and Deer Valley. As we were approaching the property, we were taking in the neighbouring areas.Yes, it's an industrial and "not so great" area of town. But, we were ever so pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the property. The area houses 66 units. We looked at a couple of the units. The incentives are very attractive $45000.00 worth! The unit we are choosing is facing Hidden Mountain. Yes, there's somewhat of a trailer park back there but, well separated by a significant gravel ditch/wash. It is sooooo peaceful/quiet and the scenery is to live for. The interior of the unit is well laid out. We were looking at the 2bedroom and 2.5 bath. I think we're getting our monies worth. The walls are double insulated with dead space in between. We are happy to be future homeowners of this community. The outside architecture and color scheme of the units is very refreshing, classy, chic and clean. The inside of the unit utilizes the space well and plenty of light comes in through the windows. I'm a tough sell as is my husband. We liked the first time we saw it. Yesterday, we went to see it and pick out our future unit and we loved it even more. The salesman at this particular location is very laid back, yet, knowledgeable, professional, helpful, patient and friendly. Please give yourself an opportunity to experience this location---it will surprise you!

Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl

In addition to deafness, maybe owning an aqualung may be required too? What's the air quality like next to I-17?

Omar Tentmaker
Omar Tentmaker

How about changing the project's name from Berkana Townhomes to something with a Latin touch: Aedes Surditas.