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Old 06-23-2013, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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For other who didn't see the other thread the OP wants to get away from the Mormoms, because they won't play with their kid. OP move anywhere besides Gilbert or Mesa to get away from them.
I don't think the OP said the Mormons won't play with her kid. But IF that is what she thinks is happening, I'd wonder if relocating is gonna solve the problem. I used to babysit our Mormon neighbors kids on occasion and everyone was happy with that arrangement. The fact that I was Jewish-Anglican-Athiest by heritage and simply non religious by choice was a non factor. Especially since the little kids weren't into religious discussions. They preferred Sesame Street and coloring books and our pool table.
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Goodyear, Arizona
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After reading your other post, I would simply add that we quickly decided to move to Goodyear (West Valley) after hearing stories from friends about raising their children in the East Valley and the impact Mormonism had on their kids. Every Mormon I've known has been very kind and family-oriented, but we didn't want our kids to have to deal with a religion that is so different than our own. I've had several friends that used to live in the East Valley and moved to the West Valley for this reason.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Centennial, CO
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Anyone have any input/opinions on desirable neighborhoods in any of the cities: Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Ahwahtukee or Scottsdale? Would love your opinions and details if you have them.

We're looking for 4+ BR, 2+ BA, 2000+ sq ft houses. The usual family friendly amenities - e.g. parks, etc. We really want a green area rather than desert landscape. Our price range would be similar to that what is found in VVL - we could go up to 400k but would prefer not to. We'd be ok w/ needing to do some aesthetic rehab for a better price.

Thank you so much for your time.
Since the OP said specifically they are looking in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Ahwatukee, or Scottsdale, I'm not sure how a number of posts directing to the West Valley is going to help.

OP: If you are looking for desirable neighborhoods that have a less "desert" feel for under 400k, you probably aren't going to find anything in Scottsdale that fits the bill at the square footage you are looking for. Therefore, that basicall limits you to Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Ahwatukee, although I'd say that you should add south Tempe to your list, as well. It's similar to Chandler/Ahwatukee with Kyrene schools and far enough away from the influence of the college students once south of US60.

Some desirable neighborhoods I know of that might fit the bill -

Mesa - Dobson Ranch (nice amenities but the homes are a bit older and not sure about the schools)
Gilbert - Power Ranch, Agritopia (LOVE Agritopia, it feels like the midwest plopped down in the desert)
Chandler - Gila Springs, Fulton Ranch, Ocotillo, Waterside at Ocotillo, Pine Lakes
South Tempe - Warner Ranch, The Lakes (older but LOTS of trees & great clubhouse), Oasis, Estate La Colina, Raintree, Alisanos
Ahwatukee - Pointe South Mountain (this is where I live, very lush), Mountain Park Ranch, Club West, Desert Foothills, Lakewood

How do I know about all these? I've driven every single one of these neighborhoods either from months and months of house searching in these areas, from living in the area and exploring on my own, garage sailing on the weekends, and from my job. I love the East Valley and know it well.

Good luck in your search!
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Since the OP said specifically they are looking in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Ahwatukee, or Scottsdale, I'm not sure how a number of posts directing to the West Valley is going to help.
I wonder why OP excluded Tempe.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Centennial, CO
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I wonder why OP excluded Tempe.
Some people view Tempe as just a bunch of student apartments and older tract housing but don't realize that it has a "non-studenty" part with a much newer and different feel once you get south of, say, Guadalupe Road. Or they just forgot.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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I have lived in Clemente Ranch for the past 7 years in Chandler. Love the area, great schools and great neighbors. If you are looking for "green" maybe try Arden Park (Germann and Alma School) or the neighborhood south of Alma School and Queen Creek (I forget the name), it is a lakes community. Ocotillo would have some homes in your price range as well.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:11 PM
 
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Seville in Gilbert (Riggs/Higley) has an acclaimed elementary school, Fantastic pool area, new homes, New stores, and is a great family community.
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