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Old 05-29-2020, 08:08 PM
 
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Hi everyone. I recently received an offer to work on a project at the Boeing offices in Mesa for the next year and a half. My family and I will be moving in the next month and need some advice as we will be brand new to the area. We currently live in Greenville, South Carolina were - as the name implies - is very green, hot and humid. We lived in New Mexico for some time so we are aware of the dry desert heat, so from that standpoint, we know what to expect. One of the main things we are looking for is a house with a grassy backyard for our girls, but as we look through some websites, they are hard to come by. Can someone please suggest were we can find a safe area in Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa, or Scottsdale? Our budget is $2000-$2500 for a single family home btwn 1500-2000 sqft. I found homes in the following areas for rent which piqued our interest but would like someone's honest opinion on safety. Also, how is Tempe in comparison to the other cities on this list? Any and all help is welcomed.

E Sunburst Ln, Tempe, AZ 85284

E Minton Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282

E Sells Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

E Del Rio Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282

E Minnezona Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Thanks
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Old 05-29-2020, 11:24 PM
 
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Welcome to the the Valley! First, Scottsdale is nice but may be a bit of a drive if you're going to be working in Mesa. Tempe is not a bad place to live and neither is Mesa. You should be able to find a house with grass in the backyard. Just a note, our heat is a lot more intense than New Mexico's so be prepared. Otherwise, I hope ypu find a good place for your family and that you'll have a pleasant experience during your time in Arizona.
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Old 05-29-2020, 11:29 PM
 
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Thanks goolsbyjazz. Pretty helpful info. We’re looking forward to this new opportunity and excited to get to know our new state!
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Old 05-30-2020, 08:43 AM
 
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Agree with goolsbyjazz, except that south Scottsdale to Boeing would not be as bad a commute as it appears at first blush, as Boeing is on McDowell Rd, due east of south Scottsdale, and it's a reverse commute. Tempe would offer better choices and better schools, though. While I've lived in Tempe for decades and would recommend it highly, I would look actually in north/northeast Mesa first to see if you can find that grassy back yard in your price range. Better to have a shorter commute and have more time with your family.
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Old 05-30-2020, 08:48 AM
 
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Great points observer53. Thanks for your insight!
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Old 05-30-2020, 11:45 AM
 
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Agree with goolsbyjazz, except that south Scottsdale to Boeing would not be as bad a commute as it appears at first blush, as Boeing is on McDowell Rd, due east of south Scottsdale, and it's a reverse commute. Tempe would offer better choices and better schools, though. While I've lived in Tempe for decades and would recommend it highly, I would look actually in north/northeast Mesa first to see if you can find that grassy back yard in your price range. Better to have a shorter commute and have more time with your family.
McDowell in Scottsdale doesn't connect to the Mesa section of McDowell. McDowell doesn't exist between Country Club and Mesa Dr due to the Salt River bed going through there. But could use Country Club to hop on the eastbound Loop 202
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Old 05-30-2020, 02:20 PM
 
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I'm familar with the Boeing office in Mesa, so Scottsdale is a no-go. Expensive and long commute.

Look at Apache junction or Gilbert for cheaper places (but a longer commute) North Mesa (for shorter commute but may cost more)
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Old 05-30-2020, 02:36 PM
 
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I'm familar with the Boeing office in Mesa, so Scottsdale is a no-go. Expensive and long commute.

Look at Apache junction or Gilbert for cheaper places (but a longer commute) North Mesa (for shorter commute but may cost more)

The OP's budget and house size needs don't require going all the way to Apache Junction or Gilbert.

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McDowell in Scottsdale doesn't connect to the Mesa section of McDowell. McDowell doesn't exist between Country Club and Mesa Dr due to the Salt River bed going through there. But could use Country Club to hop on the eastbound Loop 202
You are right about McDowell, of course. But a reverse commute to Country Club to the 202 would be doable. Still think the OP ought to start the search in north Mesa.
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