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Old 06-18-2009, 09:41 AM
 
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Default Young couple considering move to Phoenix--advice??

My boyfriend and I are thinking about moving to Phoenix after we are done with our undergrad, but we have never been there and might not be able to visit, so we need advice!
1. We are both 22, so we want a place that has a young vibe, cheap downtown where we could live close-enough to the center not to have to take an expensive cab home every weekend night. What kinds of fun things are there to do?
2. Jobs! He works in marketing and executive business so there needs to be some good large companies in that realm... and I am going to go through an alternative certification process to become a middle/high school english language arts teacher, so there has to be a need for those teachers! Also, how is the school system?
3. We are extremely active--love running, so there needs to be lots of trails, 5ks, etc, and like biking to work and going to parks/swimming pools. We also would prefer to live really close to water. And--we need a professional baseball or basketball team that the city gets really into supporting!
4. What is the arts scene like (plays, etc)? Are there farmers markets, wineries, or health foods stores?

So pretty much, do you think that this city is a good fit for a really young, semi-conservative, artsy, active couple AND will we be able to find jobs here?
Thanks!
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:21 AM
 
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have you looked at any other places?

I love it our here, but will run down your list as I see it

pheonix is a pretty young metro despite the retiree populations, there are a few different areas that will provide a bit of a vibe or being able to walk to the arts, bars, etc and you won't pay as much as you will in some other cities

jobs - things are tough all over, we do have some large corporations, but a lot of the large corporations here have regional offices while keeping their executive staff in "home office" - the jobs are there, but could be hard to find

as for teaching, it's a tough time to get established here - we are facing big budget cuts and this year was a big cycle of cutting a big group of teachers and hiring most of them back ....... 3-4 years ago you would of been fighting off jobs with a stick in teaching, now it's getting tougher ..... not as bad as some midwestern states, but not as easy as it was ...... the budget shortfall for next year is projected to be even greater, so i'm sure there will be a similar dance

the schools out here run lukewarm

there are a ton of 5ks out here, even if they are scattered throughout the metro, there is also Pat's Run and a couple marathons - there are a decent amount of easy terrain parks and a ton of mountain options (like hiking)

pending on what you are looking for in water you may find some options within an hour or two drive of phoenix, but we're not really a near the water city (despite having one of the largest per capita boat ownership rates)

farmers markets out here are pretty small and just OK IMO

wineries are available (there is a cluster down in southern AZ, a little bit up north and even some presence in the city in a winery, although obviously not the vineyard) - they are fun and rustic, but not really that good ....... there are some really good winebars and stores that have reasonable tastings

not sure what you mean by health food stores - there are a few whole foods type chains along with your supplements stores, etc

i think the city actually provides a really good option for plays, etc ..... the gammage theater runs a pretty solid schedule and will bring in touring broadway shows (this year they have the lion king and wicked), there are also smaller theater groups, dinner theaters, etc ......... the tempe improv brings in top level comedy acts, most concerts come to the metro - there is also dance and the symphony out here

there are a ton of sports options from all 4 majors, to nascar, to spring training and the AZ Fall League (developmental league for MLB), ASU collegiate athletics, etc ........ fan support isn't really rabid, but the games are fun

it's definitely worth checking out, but given the jobs situation, water interest, etc I'd probably look at a handful of cities as well

I hear NC is still hot for teachers and they do have some executive jobs (although with banking being in decline it's definitely an impact on that end) they have sports, but honestly the distance from charlotte to the beach could put you on a beach in MX from Phx

definitely a tough time to get started, but check us out for sure and best of luck
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Fountain Valley, CA
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I am new to the Phoenix area, but I had come out to Tempe several times from California years ago and I am staying in Tempe until our houses finishes.

I really like Tempe. You will have to put up with the college kids, but the bars can be fun and there are some cool places to just relax and have some drinks and dinner like the Temepe Market Place. It's minutes to College games and seasonal baseball training. It's right by the airport, but it is a decent drive to DT Phoenix and the Cards play north of Phoenix in Glendale, but the Suns and D-Backs play in DT Phoenix right near eachother. So any drives into games, other than college games, would be a decent drive. The trafic going into Phoenix in the evenings is very light though.

All and all I see the prices in Tempe a little higher than other areas.

Also I have noticed that the far east valley is more in need of teachers. East Gilbert/Queen Creek. problem there is an extreme lack of social life as this is mainly suburbia.

Good luck.
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