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Unread 01-02-2009, 06:31 PM   #1
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Cool Moving to Arizona... Phoenix area within 50 miles... where not to live?

Planning on moving to the Valley in about 2 years. Was eyeing Chandler as I fell in love with the place when I first went and I've been several more times loving it all the same!

I was wondering though... many have told me not to live West of Phoenix or SW either... bad areas I guess. I was also told to stay away from the Eloy area.

So I'm asking here... where do I want to avoid and why? Heat isn't a problem, but crime is!

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Unread 01-02-2009, 07:51 PM   #2
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Depends on how much money you have to buy a house. There are some phenomenal prices on houses in the west valley, Goodyear, Avondale, Surprise, and Buckeye. Who knows what it will be like in 2 years, why wait? As far as staying away from crime.....good luck its everywhere, however the more crime related areas are in the south-central cooridor and Maryvale area. What is the at/traction in Chandler? Have you been to Surprise or Litchfield Park/Goodyear? Very much the same except the west side is closer to the sports arenas. If interested, PM I can put you in touch with one of the top real estate agents in the valley.
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Unread 01-04-2009, 07:46 AM   #3
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I've driven most of AZ over the past couple years, but don't remember Suprise. I was looking at houses there on Craigslis and yes, they are very cheap, but I was told that area is a retirement area and full of old people... and I like to be loud haha

As for buying a home... a rent to own home would be the best bet at the moment unless I could find a 2br/3br with a garage for under $150k. Here in MA you can't even buy a condo for under $250k!
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Unread 01-04-2009, 02:11 PM   #4
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i live in surprise and the crime is low and the city has everything you could need and the white tanks are close with some decent trails for wheling
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Unread 01-04-2009, 07:40 PM   #5
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Both of my daughters moved with their families to an area maybe 20-30 minutes outside Phoenix called Queen Creek. I've been there once and it seemed to be a nice area with lots of new construction. They both REALLY like the area.
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Unread 01-05-2009, 10:48 AM   #6
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There are several things to consider here. I live in north Glendale because I spend a lot of time in northern AZ, Sedona, Flagstaff, etc. and like to get out of town quickly. On a friday night, traffic gets very backed up going north (there's only one highway). I'm also only about 30 minutes from some good fourwheeling areas.
It also depends on where you're going to work. You can have a 1 & 1/2 hour commute if you have to travel across town. I use to drive an hour each way and it made me cranky every night.
Surprise is nice but it's a long way from downtown Phoenix.
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Unread 01-06-2009, 07:02 AM   #7
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Queen Creek does look very nice and I was researching that area.

I'll most likely be working in Phoenix as I do IT work.

I can't wait to get some foreign mud on my Jeep! haha
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Unread 01-06-2009, 03:05 PM   #8
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We have a place in Casa Grande, about 45-50 miles east of Phoenix on the I-10. Very nice area with lots of new developements for housing. Pretty much a bedroom community, lots of folks work in Phoenix. Commute is probably about 1 hour to 1.5 hours depending on where in Phoenix you work.

As far as housing, you will have no problem with your choice of homes in the range of $150k for 3br/4br, the housing market has taken a huge hit out there right now.

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Unread 01-07-2009, 09:22 PM   #9
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Both of my daughters moved with their families to an area maybe 20-30 minutes outside Phoenix called Queen Creek. I've been there once and it seemed to be a nice area with lots of new construction. They both REALLY like the area.
I live close to Queen Creek....great place.
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Unread 01-11-2009, 08:36 PM   #10
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Chandler is a good choice... Its very nice and safe... Queen Creek is nice to but far away from everything also with the way the housing market has collapsed there are entire subdivisions in Queen Creek that are empty because the builders went out of business so you need to be careful where exactly you buy so you arent in a neighborhood where you are the only one living there and the others are vacant... I live in Tempe on the Tempe/Scottsdale border.. There are some good deals but most everything is pretty old the upside is there is a lot to do within a short distance and they just put in a light rail that goes all the way into downtown Phoenix
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Unread 01-20-2009, 06:37 PM   #11
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There is a noticeable difference between the east valley (Chandler, Tempe) and west valley (Surprise, Glendale). I live on the east side and don't care much for the west in fact I wont go over there without at least one gun I just don't like the area and most of the crime seems to happen on the west side. Because the houses are so cheap there are a lot more lower income family's and a lot of first generation middle class leading to more problems. There are pockets in chandler that I would not want to live but those are pockets not whole towns.
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Unread 01-22-2009, 09:02 AM   #12
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You need to see for yourself before you buy something. redneckengineer's statements are simply not true with regards to north Glendale & Surprise. Glendale has more millionaires per capita than Scottsdale. So don't let one person's opinions ruin your search.
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Unread 01-22-2009, 02:36 PM   #13
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You need to see for yourself before you buy something. redneckengineer's statements are simply not true with regards to north Glendale & Surprise. Glendale has more millionaires per capita than Scottsdale. So don't let one person's opinions ruin your search.

Have to agree with Gunga on the 'see for yourself before you buy'... Alot depends on how much you can afford... now, more than ever it is a buyers market (IF you can get financing)... lots of foreclosure, etc every where.

I live in Carefree and it is one of the nicest places period... It is close to Seven Springs and Bartlett Lake... Seven Springs/Cave Creek Rd(FR 24) will take you all the way up to Bloody Basin Road and from there you don't even touch pavement and can go to Bumble Bee and Crown King.....

I would suggest a visit so you can check out all the areas and see what fits your needs... Just don't tell any one else... there are enough 'SNOW BIRDS' here as it is....

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forget Phoenix area, come to Tucson!!!!
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Unread 01-25-2009, 09:57 PM   #15
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Chandler and Queen Creek are on the top of the list.

Tucson is awesome, I loved the area, but there are more jobs in my field up in the Valley.
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