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Old 05-14-2008, 05:19 PM
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2008 Reader's Choice Awards
azcentral.com | entertainment | azcentral.com's best 2nd annual readers' choice

The winners are chosen by people who live in Phoenix and can make for some useful information on best areas...best attractions...best restaurants...etc

One that I found interesting was the "Best Neighborhood" category which went to:

Arrowhead - North Glendale/Peoria

When it comes to Valley neighborhoods, the Arrowhead area has all the sought-after amenities: family-friendly communities, views of mountains and city lights, lakes, affordable and high-end housing, locally owned and chain restaurants, a mall and boutique shopping. Built on former citrus orchards, Arrowhead, which includes Arrowhead Ranch, Arrowhead Lakes, Arrowhead Towne Center and other parts of north Glendale and Peoria, has been considered one of the Valley's most affluent neighborhoods. A 2001 survey by Nielsen's Claritas, a San Diego market-research company, found that the area's 85308 ZIP code had more millionaires, 1,011, than any other in the Valley.


Arcadia, Phoenix

Biltmore, Phoenix

Central Phoenix

DC Ranch, Scottsdale

Encanto, Phoenix

McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale

Roosevelt, Phoenix

Sunnyslope, Phoenix

Willo, Phoenix

Interesting to note that 7 of 9 runner ups are all in Phoenix, the other two in Scottsdale...and no other cities appear on the list.
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:52 PM
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Thanks for sharing this. Good info, and I agree with it to an extent. One thing to keep in mind though is that this is based upon readers of AZ Central who knew that the newspaper was wanting people to submit their choices. We lived here for almost 3 years now, and didn't know that AZ Central had Reader's Choice Awards. Even so, it's good to learn of other places to check out from longer term Phoenix residents. Thanks again.
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Old 05-15-2008, 01:55 PM
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The Arrowhead Ranch area is indeed lovely.
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Old 05-15-2008, 02:54 PM
Location: Calgary Canada
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What zipcode is this usually?
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Old 05-15-2008, 03:19 PM
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Zip 85308.
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Old 05-15-2008, 03:20 PM
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85308 and 85310...although I wouldn't say the southern and eastern ends of 85308 are as nice as the north and western parts. Basically stick to west of 51st Ave and north of Union Hills.
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Old 05-15-2008, 03:30 PM
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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If we did not live in Vistancia and love it, we would move to A.Ranch in a New York second just to be closer to the office. It really is a nice, well established development.
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Old 05-16-2008, 12:13 AM
Location: Sunny Phoenix Arizona...wishing for a beach.
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I like Arrowhead as well and I wouldn't mind living there.
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Old 05-16-2008, 12:39 AM
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Not to dismiss the attributes of Arrowhead, which may indeed be the best place to live, but the overall survey was a bit of a joke and should be viewed with a grain of salt.

Oreganos won 20% of the categories for restaurants. Not just for Pizza, but for best Italian food, sandwiches, dessert, patio dining, etc. - in the entire metro area.

This same reader survey named IKEA as the best furniture store, which I can see as being a popular place. But IKEA was also named the best Retro furniture store. Say what? I like IKEA but would hardly say flat packed particle board Swedish designs are Retro. That's part of the problem with unscientific surveys.
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Old 05-16-2008, 12:56 AM
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This annual survey is a joke. Everyone has different wants and tastes, and not one person on this board, or anywhere else, has been to all of these places to judge them.
These "best of's" are advertisers who advertise in the AZ Republic on a regular basis. By recognizing them with honors it get's the advertisers to continue advertising with them. It's a money scheme.
Personally I have not been to anyone of these places, so I would not exhalt them with being best.
As far as restuarants go, I find the mom and pop cafes to be much better than the so called big names and franchises.
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