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Old 01-14-2008, 11:26 AM
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I'm a single mother looking to move to the Phoenix area and am wondering what are some of the better places to live? Also, are there any schools that are better than others?

Old 01-14-2008, 03:07 PM
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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Where will you be working? We love N. Peoria and the schools here are very good and highly rated. If you are working downtown then this would be an hour to two hour commute during rush hour. Off hours, would be around 45 min. Surprise is a nice city with affordable homes. It really does depend on where your work will be, especially if you are a single mom. I would think you would want to be close to your kids.
Old 01-14-2008, 05:51 PM
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Old 01-14-2008, 07:15 PM
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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Avondale, Litchfield Park, Goodyear have good Schools in the West Valley.
Old 01-14-2008, 08:45 PM
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:17 AM
Location: Phoenix/Tempe, Arizona
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My personal favorites are Tempe and Scottsdale. Both are excellent communities IMO. Tempe is home to a large portion of Arizona's student body, and tends to attract a much younger crowd as a result. The town is really on its way up and has some wonderful activities for the whole family. My favorite is Tempe Town Lake with local art, lots of trails, water activities, buisness parks, shopping, etc. Tempe does tend to have some not so nice parts. But these are older areas, not ghetto. The city also has some beautiful master planned communities. When I think Tempe though I think location. It is right in the middle of all the action in the metro area, and you have very easy access to everything. I have heard that schools overall are good, but it really just goes school by school. Scottsdale is really the best place to go for public education. Scottsdale is one of the most overall attractive big cities that I have ever seen!! In fact, I have never seen a city the size of Scottsdale have such an amazing feel to it. Clean, clean, clean! It is also amazing that a city with almost 250K people in its limits can have such a high standard of living at the same time. The Old Town area of Scottsdale is gaining more and more interest, and of course the city has endless things to do being an international tourist "hot spot" for years. You do pay to live there, but it is well worth it. They keep saying good things about Surprise, which will be interesting to see wat happens. I wouldn't invest in it just yet though. Mesa is a big family community with lots of activities targeted to that demographic. I havn't really taken the time to really explore Glendale or Peoria yet, but have nothing really bad about them so far. Of course, there is always Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert,.....there is just to much under the heading "best places to live in the Phoenix area" to list under one post. If you have more specific question on certain cities or communities in those cities I would happy to look into it for you if I don't already know.
Old 01-15-2008, 10:20 AM
Location: Gilbert - Val Vista Lakes
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Originally Posted by jules10_4 View Post
I'm a single mother looking to move to the Phoenix area and am wondering what are some of the better places to live? Also, are there any schools that are better than others?
Jules, where will you be working? You'll want to locate so that your commute is not to long.

Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, all have good schools.
Old 01-15-2008, 11:14 AM
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The Phoenix area is huge, so there are many great places to live here. In addition to the cities already mentioned, Glendale and Peoria also have excellent schools. We chose Vistancia in Peoria and love it. It's really best to take your time getting to know Phoenix before deciding which city you want to call "home". A great website to learn about schools is greatschools.net. Best wishes!
Old 01-15-2008, 01:17 PM
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Anthem is very family-friendly, and also a little bit off the beaten path. While some will suggest it's too far out, it's just about right for us. We actually live in the gated portion of the community (2 private golf courses, 2 country clubs, etc.), although both the gated and non-gated portion are very family friendly.
Old 07-07-2009, 12:33 PM
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Is Gilbert a great place to live for a family of four? Safety and great schools is most important. Thanks
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