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Old 03-08-2012, 12:58 AM
 
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Hi,

I am moving to the area within the next year and was hoping to get some advice on where to live. I am going to be attending graduate school and have two pups. I am mid-20's and going to be living solo. Would you suggest Goodyear or Avondale? Is one particularly safer than the other? Are there parks close by to take the dogs? Is it a good area to commute via bike?

Any opinions would be greatly welcomed.

Thanks!
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Old 03-08-2012, 05:12 AM
 
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Where are you commuting to, first of all? I'm not aware of graduate schools in or near either of those cities. Finding a rental with two dogs can depend on the size and breed of the dog, so that information is also helpful.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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Goodyear is a nicer/newer city overall and has a smaller "less desirable" area than Avondale. I would pick Goodyear over Avondale any day of the week. There is a dog park in Goodyear, however, I don't know if there are any apartments within walking distance of it.

As observer53 said, where you're going to school will make a difference in what is the best place to live.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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Goodyear is a nicer place than Avondale by and large - not to say you can't find a decent place in Avondale but Goodyear is a cut above. There are apartments along Estrella Parkway just south of the freeway. From there it is about 4 miles to the dog park also on Estrella Parkway just north of the river. Most major Goodyear streets have bike lanes.

Depending on commute and how long you will be here, you might consider a home rental in Canyon Trails just south of I10 around Sarival. You would have a back yard for the pups and Canyon Trails has many trails running through its various developments where you could ride your bike and run the dogs.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:04 AM
 
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Thanks! Great advice on the Canyon Trails area, having access to the trails would be amazing. I will definitely look into that. Franklin Pierce (original university in NH) opened a graduate school in Goodyear a few years back. Their new University buildings are still being finished, and are scheduled to be done in the fall.

I was looking at apartments like Lunaire, near Estella Parkway and Yuma Road. Is this in or near the "less desirable" areas you were speaking of? On the arial map it looked nice, but that can be deceiving.

Thanks again for all the advice!
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:09 AM
 
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Thanks! Great advice on the Canyon Trails area, having access to the trails would be amazing. I will definitely look into that. Franklin Pierce (original university in NH) opened a graduate school in Goodyear a few years back. Their new University buildings are still being finished, and are scheduled to be done in the fall.

I was looking at apartments like Lunaire, near Estella Parkway and Yuma Road. Is this in or near the "less desirable" areas you were speaking of? On the arial map it looked nice, but that can be deceiving.

Thanks again for all the advice!
No, that is a nice area, new and safe. The less desirable part of Goodyear is east of Litchfield Road along the Avondale boundary and even that is not that bad, mostly just older and lower income.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:34 AM
 
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I was looking at apartments like Lunaire, near Estella Parkway and Yuma Road. Is this in or near the "less desirable" areas you were speaking of? On the arial map it looked nice, but that can be deceiving.

Thanks again for all the advice!
No, as Ponderosa stated, that area is a newer area and although kind of barren now it is a nice area and will be growing in the future. Goodyear has a very small area that you wouldn't want to live in so if it is a Goodyear addresss you're more than likely ok.
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