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Old Yesterday, 07:47 AM   #1
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Phoenix Valley inmate question.

I might have a job transfer to Phoenix. I'll be visiting in May to check out the area to see where we would like to live.

So my question is where would you live in the valley?

My job has me traveling to hospitals in the valley and Tucson a few times a week.

Don't think hospital high paying job. It's not. $250k top for a house and would like to be well below that. Even a fixer upper.

Idea house would have the garage twice the size of the house. Kids are grown so schools don't factor in.

Probably the main when it comes to riding is my wife and I ride 2-up a lot on a 990 Adv. She hates the interstate and we have to take side roads. So I would like to live some where we could head out and get to some good riding and not take 2 hours to just to get there. She is okay on the interstate far out away from the city.
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Just like any city, you've got pockets of undesirable areas mixed in all over the place. As soon as I recommend not living in a certain area because it sucks, somebody else will write in that they live there and love it. I live in the north central area and like it because I can escape the city pretty quickly to the north. Homes in my area were typically built in the mid 70's, between $100K-200K, typical 1/4 acre sized city lots (unless you get one on a cul de sac), 2,000 SF.
If you will be travelling to Tucson quite a bit, you'd probably want to look south or east (Mesa, Chandler). From those areas, you can pretty readily escape out past Apache Junction or up the 87 towards Payson for some good riding. There is also good riding out the north side of town but that puts you on the opposite side of town from Tucson. Rush hour around here starts ramping up from 3-3:30 and clears out by 6-6:30. Most surface streets during non rush hour move pretty good at 45-55mph except of course in the more congested areas.
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No problem finding a house for <$250 in most parts of the valley.

North Scottsdale and Paradise Valley being the exceptions.

The further out you go from the center the less expensive housing gets.

Look around, lots to see.
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I was transferred there from San Jose in 1984. Both me and my wife had never been there before. We lived there for three years and enjoyed everything Arizona has to offer. And let me add, it has a lot more to offer than any place else I have lived.

25 year later, three more transfers, wife and I split. But we both liked AZ so much that we each have homes there today! She lives in Cave Creek and I live in N. Scottsdale. I like that I can ride out of Dodge quickly and avoid congestion and busy roads. She likes her golf and road cycling.

There are lots of places to live in the valley that meet your criteria. I like Mesa and the Apache Junction areas. I like Tempe too. It is more urban, but a great location. Northwest valley is mostly pretty new, so I am not sure of the prices, but it is nice.
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I might have a job transfer to Phoenix. I'll be visiting in May to check out the area to see where we would like to live.

So my question is where would you live in the valley?

My job has me traveling to hospitals in the valley and Tucson a few times a week.

Don't think hospital high paying job. It's not. $250k top for a house and would like to be well below that. Even a fixer upper.

Idea house would have the garage twice the size of the house. Kids are grown so schools don't factor in.

Probably the main when it comes to riding is my wife and I ride 2-up a lot on a 990 Adv. She hates the interstate and we have to take side roads. So I would like to live some where we could head out and get to some good riding and not take 2 hours to just to get there. She is okay on the interstate far out away from the city.
I'll add a couple of things.

Anyone who hates interstates, will really hate PHX area interstates.

For reasons I don't understand, even large relatively expensive houses, frequently have small 2 car garages.
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I should mention we will have four cars/van. And enough crap to to fill a three car garage. Would like to have a oversize lot that would have room for a workshop/garage and all the vehicles.

We will be staying in Tempe with an uncle. I'm sure my wife will like that better than say out in Wittmann.

PHX can't be worse that Chicago's, can they?
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I would agree to stay on the south or southeast side of town.... Gilbert, Queen Creek, Chandler, San Tan Valley all have good highway access to both Phoenix and 2 options down to Tucson. Our highways are very wide and travel at 75/80 pretty regularly. Both East/Southeast and North sides of the city offer cooler temps at higher elevation within 2-3 hours ride. If you ride to work our HOV lanes will help get you there on time.
Most our side streets run 45mph and the majority of the city is based on a very simple N/S/E/W pattern. Starting at the center of the city (Central or Main I believe) - "Avenus" start at 1st Avenue and count up from Central heading West - while "Streets" start from Central and count up heading East...this will help when searching addresses on new homes. Higher the number the further from central of the city.
For 200-250 you'll find the space you're looking for I'm sure of it. Welcome to dry heat
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