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Old 09-20-2010, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Hunterdon County, NJ
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How would you differentiate these communities (other than commute times)?

Things like:
- School Systems for HS grade
- Things to do
- Active community
- Age mix
- Public areas (parks)
- types of retail? (home depot, grocery, kohls, small local biz, movies, etc)
- organization of town gov't
- friendliness of community
- proximity of your neighbors -- crowding?

Any info would be great..... thanks.
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Old 09-20-2010, 06:06 PM
 
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They are all pretty much the same. I live in San Tan Valley. It is quiet, very little crime, friendly neighbors, lots of family-friendly parks and community recreation, TONs of new schools going up everytime you turn around, young families, lots of kids. I like it. Be prepared for a drive. I don't mind the drive and it is a heck of alot better thna it was 6 years ago when we first moved out here, but if you like to be 5 minutes form everything you will go nuts out here. Your everyday shopping is close... groceries, Kohl's, Home Depot, kids extra-curricular activities like karate and music lessons, and my beloved BevMo are all within a couple of minutes. Movie theaters and malls are about 15 minutes away, close enough to be convenient but far enough away so that the traffic doesn't drive thru my neighborhood. The big thing we really lack is nightlife. I don'd need meat market clubs (I did that in my 20's) but it would be nice if there were a few good bars to visit on those rare occasions when we are able to secure a babysiter!
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:16 PM
 
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Gilbert >>>> Queen Creek > San Tan Valley. That is the order.
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:38 PM
 
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if you want to spend money: Gilbert >Queen Creek>San Tan
if you want to invest in the future: San Tan>Queen Creek>Gilbert
if you want prestige: Gilbert>Queen=San tan

houses in san tan are very cheap because of the economy, not because of the quality of neighborhood...
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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if you want to spend money: Gilbert >Queen Creek>San Tan
if you want to invest in the future: San Tan>Queen Creek>Gilbert
if you want prestige: Gilbert>Queen=San tan

houses in san tan are very cheap because of the economy, not because of the quality of neighborhood...

Where in San Tan do you live?
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:13 PM
 
Location: FLINT (yeah you read that right!), MI
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Default What's in San Tan Valley?

I have a possible job lead in San Tan Valley. I currently live in a small, but crime ridden, city in Michigan. It doesn't have a lot to offer (nothing within easy walking distance) but there are some decent amenities within two miles, and the "business district" is across town, but I can take the express way there in about 15 minutes. However, even there places are closing left and right.

I'm not necessarily a city girl, but not country mouse either. Can you tell me what's actually IN San Tan Valley as opposed to Queen Creek (although I believe they are quite close).

I know it's not Utopia, and would require a huge adjustment, but I'm trying to figure out if I'm going to have to shop online or drive 45 minutes to Chandler frequently.

For example, Target, a book store, farmer's markets (a Whole Foods and Costco would be great, but I don't even have that here so it's not something I would miss.), a mall (specifically Macy's), restaurants (favorites are too numerous to list), a 24 hour gym? A movie theatre is about all the night life I need. Do you have Redbox out there? I know it's a million questions, and I have a million more, so any input you can give is much appreciated. I tried Google, but I've found it's not the most up to date resource.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Gilbert - Val Vista Lakes
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If you wanted to live in Gilbert, then Power Ranch is in the south east corner and commuting eastbound to San Tan would be against the normal westbound commute.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:36 PM
 
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I have only driven through San Tan Valley once, so I'm certainly no expert, but San Tan Valley is essentially "Queen Creek" but in Pinal county and not Maricopa. There are some stores and dining in San Tan Valley (forget what exactly off the top of my head), but it is not much. However, Queen Creek, which is a very, very short drive away, has quite a bit more. As Captain Bill mentions, SE Gilbert and also SE Chandler are pretty close.
That whole area is new suburbs mixed with some agriculture. It's very up-and-coming, but like pretty much all the up-and-coming suburbs here, it has been slowed significantly by the housing crash. The crime is pretty low. I doubt you'll have to drive 45 minutes for shopping anywhere out that way, unless you want the ultra-high-end stores of Scottsdale. Depending on where you are and what stores you going to, a 10-25 minute drive might not be out of the question. Then again, depending on the neighborhood you choose, you may find yourself within walking distance.
If you have the chance, I'd definitely recommend coming for a visit to check out the area for yourself.
Good luck!
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:16 PM
 
Location: FLINT (yeah you read that right!), MI
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Macy's is about as high end as I get, and that's only because they carry my skin care line. Google maps has Chandler, Florence, and Gilbert as being 45 minutes away. Must be to the city center and not the southern borders, I can live with 10-25 minute commutes.
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Old 01-04-2011, 04:22 PM
 
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Macy's is about as high end as I get, and that's only because they carry my skin care line. Google maps has Chandler, Florence, and Gilbert as being 45 minutes away. Must be to the city center and not the southern borders, I can live with 10-25 minute commutes.
I can't comment on the specific commute from/to San Tan Valley, but it takes me about 45 minutes from far-southwest-Goodyear to Scottsdale (during non-rush hour times). I have a real hard time believing it would take 45 minutes to get from San Tan Valley to Chandler. But maybe it's from what part to what part at what time. I have no idea.
But if you lived in SE Gilbert, SE Chandler or even Queen Creek, you'd only be 10 or 15 minutes from San Tan Valley and you'd be 10 or 15 minutes closer to whatever you want to be closer to.
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