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Old 01-04-2010, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, Az
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Hey Everyone,
My husband was just hired on a temp contract job about a month ago and is working in Tempe, he is renting a room in Ahwatukee at this time. We are praying of course he gets hired on for a permanent position. Even if that doesnt come about I have told him to even continue to look for employment in Arizona as he was laid off in california almost 2 yrs ago and no luck in our California job market and we are frankly ready to leave where we live.

So if anyone can fill me in, First off, I have 2 kids, high schoolers, what are the best high schools/neighborhoods. We are not super fussy on commute times as my husband commuted 2 hrs one way for 5 yrs here in California, so 20 min commutes to work make him laugh in Az.

I have one teen already in a high school in Cali that combines college/high school on the college campus and he gets his AA degree at the same time and its covered under a grant. He will be in 11th grade so Im not sure if there is anything similar in AZ for him to switch over to.

I also want a good neighborhood for the kids, where they can roam and explore, not too far from places they can walk to or hang out with friends.

Neighborhoods with homes spread apart, not on top of one another, but also looking for a home under $200,000.

Is it important to live in Az and have a swimming pool? I have lived in the Cali desert all my life, so I know 100 degree weather, but we do have 4 seasons where I am.

So yes good location/decent neighborhood and somewhere good for teens to grow up are my top priorities, any info is appreciated!
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:31 PM
 
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The Tempe high schools are very good, any of them, really, including Desert Vista which serves a large part of the Ahwatukee/Foothills/Mountain Park Ranch area, which is actually in Phoenix, as you know. Nice areas there for families/teens. And there are lots of nice neighborhoods in Tempe, which, since it is built out, really has no new construction, but a lot of nice homes.

If you go out into Chandler, Hamilton High attendance district is where you want to be.
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, Az
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thanks observer for your help! Keep it coming!
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Old 01-05-2010, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Surprise, Az
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Hey Everyone,
My husband was just hired on a temp contract job about a month ago and is working in Tempe, he is renting a room in Ahwatukee at this time. We are praying of course he gets hired on for a permanent position. Even if that doesnt come about I have told him to even continue to look for employment in Arizona as he was laid off in california almost 2 yrs ago and no luck in our California job market and we are frankly ready to leave where we live.

So if anyone can fill me in, First off, I have 2 kids, high schoolers, what are the best high schools/neighborhoods. We are not super fussy on commute times as my husband commuted 2 hrs one way for 5 yrs here in California, so 20 min commutes to work make him laugh in Az.

I have one teen already in a high school in Cali that combines college/high school on the college campus and he gets his AA degree at the same time and its covered under a grant. He will be in 11th grade so Im not sure if there is anything similar in AZ for him to switch over to.

I also want a good neighborhood for the kids, where they can roam and explore, not too far from places they can walk to or hang out with friends.

Neighborhoods with homes spread apart, not on top of one another, but also looking for a home under $200,000.

Is it important to live in Az and have a swimming pool? I have lived in the Cali desert all my life, so I know 100 degree weather, but we do have 4 seasons where I am.

So yes good location/decent neighborhood and somewhere good for teens to grow up are my top priorities, any info is appreciated!
If your husband is working in Tempe you should stay in that general area. That area also has good schools. As for you 11th grader, you can be duel enrolled here in Arizona (Community college and high school) but I do not know of a campus that offers both.

I moved from Palmdale 3 years ago and the weather has been non factor. Sure it gets hot but you get used to it. It gets much colder during the winter in Palmdale.
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Old 01-05-2010, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, Az
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ibarrio,
Are you happy to have left Palmdale?
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Old 01-05-2010, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Surprise, Az
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ibarrio,
Are you happy to have left Palmdale?
Yes. But I was not born or raised in California (we did live there 10 years). I was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico so leaving Palmdale was easy for us.

I do miss some things about California (Beach, Weather, Salary). Overall my wife and I are very happy that we moved to the Phoenix area.

Unfortunately I witnessed Palmdale go from the the third or forth safest area in Los Angeles County to like the 5th worst area in Los Angeles county. All in a short span of ten years.
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:01 PM
 
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There is a charter school on the campus of Paradise Valley community college that I believe does the dual enrollment. Meaning they can be earning college credits in highschool. I think it's called AEC or something similar. Sorry I don't have much help. I also hear of a good charter school...North Pointe Prep. They dont provide transportation so you would have to drive them.
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Old 01-06-2010, 09:42 PM
 
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But do you know 115 degree weather? Trust me- there's a difference. A 100 degree day in July is a reprieve. As a mother of four kids, I would urge you to either find a home with a pool or a home that has access to one (perhaps a community pool or public pool nearby) because that's where all of the summer socializing happens. If you don't have the pool at your house, your kids will surely find a friend with a pool and spend their time there. I personally like having my kids' friends in my back yard. I can get to know them better and then I know where my children are. You know?

As for schools, LOTS of the high schools here have AP programs where students can get college credit for their "Advanced Placement" classes.

Finally, I agree with the previous poster who said that you should live near your work, even if you say you don't mind commuting. It's better for your family, better for the already horrible traffic problem here, better for the environment.

Best of luck.
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