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Old 04-09-2010, 09:48 AM
 
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Hello everyone...my husband, son and I are planning on relocating to AZ from Philadelphia. My husband went to college in Arizona and he loved it. I have not been there yet but we are coming for a visit in the fall. From what I hear and see I like it. We are going to rent for a couple months and hopefully like the area and buy a home. I hear both negative and positive remarks about the area. I would like input from actual people who live in Arizona. I am tired of the cold weather and the people here in this city. I need to be around happy people! Although my family is here we are looking for a new lifestyle. We are in our 30s and have a 2 year old. How is the job market? I know the heat is crazy but is it worth it? Electric bills high? Any info would be helpful.

Thanks
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:21 AM
 
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My wife, daughter and myself are thinking of the same thing. Im in NJ, cant afford to live here anymore and quite frankly im sick and tired of the northeast. I pay $8000 per year in propert taxes for a modest home.
I lived in arizona back in 92/93 and really liked it. Im hoping to do this move in the next couple of years.
Housing appears really affordable and I think it will stay that way for quite some time. Property taxes will be $2000 per year not per quarter like im paying now.
I love the homes out there, the desert landscaping and the beautiful weather.
I cant wait to move!...
I remember Gilbert and Chandler being very nice towns. I also loved Tempe and Scottsdale.....
At the time i was there I worked and lived in Mesa. Im not hearing too many good things about Mesa on this board.
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:15 AM
 
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There are nice parts of Mesa, also. If you live in East Mesa~the far East part is nice...but really like any city, there are nice areas all over and not so nice areas

I live in Gilbert, moved here four years ago and really like Gilbert. I am happy that we picked Gilbert to start out in~when we first moved here~i honestly would not want to live anywhere else (perhaps Chandler)...i think you made a good choice

Good luck in your search/move
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Gilbert - Val Vista Lakes
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We moved to Giblert AZ from CA in 2004 and love it. We wouldn't live anywhere else in the valley.

It's a friendly, family oriented, rather conservative Town, although about one third of the population is single, with and without children, and either divorsed or widowed. Part of that is probably college students and retired people who have lost their spouse.

The schools have a good reputation, and there is plenty of shopping and good restaurants in the area. You'll love Gilbert. There are homes here for every price range. Below are a few pictures of the Town:
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Old 04-09-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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Thanks so much for your posts. We are looking to move fall 2011 because we are saving as much $$$ as possible. My husband needs to find a job. He is a chef so if anyone knows of a nice (not chain) restaurant or country club looking for a great chef please let me know. He works in a wonderful BYOB downtown and is fantastic! Also, we are coming to visit this summer any suggestions on hotels to stay at close to Gilbert so we can check out the area?
Also, I hear there are so many houses for sale right now. Are they mostly foreclosures?
Do you get used to the weather? I am not that concerned b/c I do not mind the heat just the humidity-it's not like here in the summer...you can't even breath.
Any and all info will help...schools? daycares?
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Old 04-09-2010, 12:31 PM
 
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Thanks for the beautiful pics...I know we will love it!
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Old 07-24-2010, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Sunny Phoenix Arizona...wishing for a beach.
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Hello everyone...my husband, son and I are planning on relocating to AZ from Philadelphia. My husband went to college in Arizona and he loved it. I have not been there yet but we are coming for a visit in the fall. From what I hear and see I like it. We are going to rent for a couple months and hopefully like the area and buy a home. I hear both negative and positive remarks about the area. I would like input from actual people who live in Arizona. I am tired of the cold weather and the people here in this city. I need to be around happy people! Although my family is here we are looking for a new lifestyle. We are in our 30s and have a 2 year old. How is the job market? I know the heat is crazy but is it worth it? Electric bills high? Any info would be helpful.

Thanks
Boy I can't blame you. I just came back from the Philly area from visiting relatives. I honestly don't know what they are paying those taxes for.
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Arizona!
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Boy I can't blame you. I just came back from the Philly area from visiting relatives. I honestly don't know what they are paying those taxes for.
for snowplows and pothole repair, ldo!
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:18 AM
 
Location: in transition
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We originally planned on Gilbert, looked a lot in Queen Creek (Maricopa, not Pinal), and ended up buying in S. Chandler. I think Gilbert and Chandler both are great, have top ranked schools, etc. Things we liked more about Chandler: both have an upper middler class vibe, but Chandler offers more diversity (look at city-data's profiles) prolly because there are more white collar tech employers along the 10 and 101, more progressive (though that's a relative term in AZ), and there's still a church every other block, but in Gilbert they were all mormon, in Chandler they are all different denominations. Chandler is closer to the 10 and tech corridor (though actually a bit farther commute for DH)and Ikea Chandler has tons of city parks and open/green spaces (I heard the most in the PHX metro area). I don't think you could go wrong with either choice, so pick your preference.

When you visit, I highly recommend spending time in the types of stores you like (grocery, clothing, big box, warehouse) and people watch. We ate a lot of hot dogs and pizza at all the area Costcos! LOL THese are your potential neighbors.
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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I hear both negative and positive remarks about the area. I would like input from actual people who live in Arizona. I am tired of the cold weather and the people here in this city. I need to be around happy people!

Thanks
With the economy, housing and imminent immigration bill enactment, I don't know if you can say that Phoenix is full of "happy" people. Living in a sunny climate is only one element of life here.
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