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Old 02-15-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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Phoenix Area Mamas?? Interview done*

So my DH is interviewing for a job on Monday in Phoenix. They already told him that it's a formality and that he has the job. Soooo...we were looking online for housing info and all that good stuff. It's pretty hard to get an idea of good areas to live based on the computer. So if there are any mamas that live in that area can you answer a few questions for me? It looks as though there are many little cities around that area that have a short commute to Phoenix. Can you tell me which towns would be good in terms of safety and access to shopping and activities? Areas that are still good neighborhoods that are a good deal in terms of housing prices? School districts don't matter as much as we HS anyway. Or just any info you think would be helpful would be great! What do you like or dislike about it? I know that it's hot lol I grew up in the desert though so I can deal with that.

We have the choice between quite a few places: Boston, Salt Lake, somewhere in Mich, and Phoenix. I really would have loved Boston but it's just so far from our family. Other side of the country far.

Maybe just for fun tell me which you would pick if you had the option. TIA

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I would have picked Salt Lake City. I love the mountains and actually having four distinct seasons. That said, I live about 50 miles from middle of nowhere! LOL! My son goes to a pediatric GI in Salt Lake City and it is about 300 miles from here and the closest pediatric specialist.

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Re: Phoenix Area Mamas??

What "little cities around Phoenix" are you speaking of? I lived in Phoenix for 24yrs

What area of Phoenix is the job in?
I *personally* wouldnt choose Phoenix. So, if the other jobs are available I would say check into those too.

ETA: Each city has undesirable areas. It varies from block to block.
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I would have picked Salt Lake City. I love the mountains and actually having four distinct seasons. That said, I live about 50 miles from middle of nowhere! LOL! My son goes to a pediatric GI in Salt Lake City and it is about 300 miles from here and the closest pediatric specialist.

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We are in Colorado now so I hear you on the four seasons thing lol. I Yate to be cold though so salt lake is prob worse than here.
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What "little cities around Phoenix" are you speaking of? I lived in Phoenix for 24yrs

What area of Phoenix is the job in?
I *personally* wouldnt choose Phoenix. So, if the other jobs are available I would say check into those too.

ETA: Each city has undesirable areas. It varies from block to block.
Lol maybe they wouldn't be considered cities. Mesa, Tempe, Chandler are just a few that we looked at. He doesn't mind a commute if it means it's better for us. Not sure exactly what area of Phoenix it's in but he has that on the list of questions for Monday. If you don't kind me asking, what is it that you don't like about it there?
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Oh and as far as the other cities, we are leaning towards Phoenix because we grew up in California and we would be about 4 hours from them. Otherwise it wouldn't be the top pick. His career path is one that can't be found in a lot of areas.
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My BIL lives in Chandler with his wife and four children. It definitely has easy access to shopping and whatnot. Their neighborhood is nice. I like it better than the parts of Mesa I've seen, but there's probably a lot of variability even within those areas.
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Lol maybe they wouldn't be considered cities. Mesa, Tempe, Chandler are just a few that we looked at. He doesn't mind a commute if it means it's better for us. Not sure exactly what area of Phoenix it's in but he has that on the list of questions for Monday. If you don't kind me asking, what is it that you don't like about it there?
Those are all cities :-) You're looking at a 30min-hour commute coming from those you listed.
I'm not fond of many areas in Mesa. Tempe has decent areas. Chandler is higher end of the 3. Ahwatukee is nice. Close to lots of shopping, against the mountain preserve, good schools, nice public pool, parks, etc.

Phoenix is too hot for me ;-)
I also found it to not be as friendly/neighborly as other places. I do miss having several Targets to shop at :-D

Have you looked at North Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, or Cave Creek?
Without knowing the address of the job its hard to say what areas you should look in. Phoenix is big ;-)
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Ugh, We lived in Phoenix for 6 years and FINALLY got out! There are some nice areas, but it does vary a lot depending on the neighborhood within the city you are looking at. There isn't really a lot that's family friendly/convenient in Phoenix itself (except maybe North Phoenix). We lived in the 59th ave /Thunderbird block in Glendale and it was an OK neighborhood (fairly quiet, near shopping). It's so hot there and honestly, I just could never do it again! We moved to Phx for my husband's job years ago, so I understand moving for a job . . . but it would not be my first choice!

I am so happy to be living just outside Chicago!

ETA: Phoenix traffic is awful! We lived in Gilbert and I worked in Phoenix and some days it would take almost 2 hours to commute (one way) depending on accidents and traffic . . . I witnessed several accidents on the freeway when living there and was involved in one . . . just an FYI.
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Re: Phoenix Area Mamas??

Phoenix is enormous. There are no "little" cities...it's one giant valley.

So, really, the question is, what part of town will he work? Then you can go from there. Try to keep it fairly close, because the commute can be brutal.

I, personally love Phoenix. It's close to the snow, but not IN the snow. It's only six hours from the beach, or Disneyland, or even Mexico. (although the border crossing can take several hours by it'self)

I like North Peoria (a lot) and Anthem. Anthem is a smaller town, but it's far North. They have a bunch of family friendly parks, water parks, and events.
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