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Unread 05-05-2012, 02:18 PM
 
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Default Gilbert or Surprise?

Just a general question from a Nyer who, God willing, will be relocating in the next couple of years...
We have been to the Phoenix area a few times over the past couple of year and would like to relocate there once i retire.
We wil be young retirees...55..with 2 kids who will be 18 and 22 at that time.
What areas could you recommend for a rural life style but that is near to all but with a nice quality of life?
Thanks
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Unread 05-05-2012, 09:04 PM
 
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Well, neither are rural, but suburban - part of the Phoenix metro area. Maybe you meant suburban? They're both very nice cities with low crime rates and excellent amenities. You'll find fans of both communities in this forum - a bit of east/west rivalry!
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Unread 05-06-2012, 06:20 AM
 
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Just a general question from a Nyer who, God willing, will be relocating in the next couple of years...
We have been to the Phoenix area a few times over the past couple of year and would like to relocate there once i retire.
We wil be young retirees...55..with 2 kids who will be 18 and 22 at that time.
What areas could you recommend for a rural life style but that is near to all but with a nice quality of life?
Thanks
I liked them both but I picked Surprise (I'm 47, two kids 21 and 18). I strongly considered Gilbert. I'm agnostic and I wasn't a fan of a big Morman church as THE focal point of the nicer neighborhoods. Don't get me wrong, they are good folks with strong family values. I'd much rather live in a Morman neighborhood than a hippie vibe, but if religion is the neighborhoods main focus, that's not my cup of tea.

Don't forget about looking at Anthem and especially Goodyear. If Palm Valley (Goodyear) re-seeded annually I would have lived in that area. Do realize that grass goes dormant in AZ from November to May. My wife didn't want to look at dormant brown grass. Our neighborhood (Marley Park) re-seeds the 16 parks and trails with rye grass annually. That was the clincher for us.
Good luck!
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Unread 05-06-2012, 08:59 AM
 
Location: North of the 101
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You may want to check out Carefree. It's an idyllic location on the very edge of the valley, somewhat rural, and yet urbane at the same time.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Arizona!
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Gilbert's a nice city, but is surrounded by other cities. We preferred a suburb on the 'edge', with more nature in our face.

Another good option for you may be Fountain Hills. It's between Scottsdale and the Ft McDowell res. The Beeline gives pretty fast access to the metro area. I commute from here to Gilbert every day in 30 minutes. And I can get to Sky Harbor in about 35 most times of day.

If you've got another few years to decide, I would take another visit and look at some of the outlying areas more closely. Only you will know what feels best for your lifestyle.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 10:21 AM
 
Location: the AZ desert
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Part of Queen Creek is a bit rural. The rest of it is suburban.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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The last of "rural" in Gilbert is about to disappear. What a shame.

Gilbert to bid farewell to last big piece of farmland
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Unread 05-06-2012, 10:43 AM
 
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MN-Born....didn't realize we had so much in common...lol...not only do we both prefer Surprise(Marley Park.....I to am 47 with two kids 22 and 21.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Amongst the Cactus
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One area that you might want to consider is Estrella Mountain Ranch in Goodyear. Beautiful master planned community, surrounded by the Estrella mountains and lakes, but still around 10 miles from I-10.

http://www.estrella.com/life-in-estr...festyle/lakes/

We've lived in Surprise for several years now which we think is a nice community but recently bought a home up in Estrella and look forward to moving there full time in the not so distant future.

Good luck on your search....lots of nice areas to live around the Phoenix valley.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 01:09 PM
 
Location: In the Deem Hills of NW Phoenix
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Since Estrella Mountain Ranch was mentioned, might want to throw Vistancia, another master-planned community into the hat. In North Peoria, Vistancia does have a rural feel and is surrounded by beauty, but is close enough to major amenities.
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