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    Moving to Phoenix Area

    My wife and I are possible moving to the Phoenix area before the end of the year. I will be working at the airport and looking to live in an area close some good mountain biking trails. Any help would be appricated.

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    You can live closet to south Mtn (south or east side is a nicer area than north side or west side) Or live close to the Phx Mtn preserve. 51Fwy and Northern. Both of these ares are good for Mtn bike and close drive to the airport.
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    Central and Broadway area

    awesome Mexican food, Really cheap real estate, and close to South Mountain ...

    what else do you want

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtbAZ44 View Post
    Central and Broadway area

    awesome Mexican food, Really cheap real estate, and close to South Mountain ...

    what else do you want
    He didn't say he wanted to get robbed when he moved here...

    Jetman: anywhere you live in town is close to mountain biking. Depending on your budget and if you are looking to rent/own, there are plenty of good neighborhoods north of the airport along HW51 where you can ride to the trail from your front door in less than 5min. Same goes for east of the airport near tempe/papago. To the south about 15-20min on I-10 the same applies near South Mountain(just live to the south of it...area to the north is...interesting.)

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    When are you coming to Phoenix? Rent or own and what price range you looking at? PM me.
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    Are you looking to start a family here? Like others have said you are close to mountain biking in many places in the valley and the highways get you to where you want to go fairly quick. If you plan to start a family focus on some good areas with good schools. Gilbert for example has made CNNMoneys top 100 places to raise a family. If no kids then Id stay away from there as there are much better places for night life etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetman46 View Post
    My wife and I are possible moving to the Phoenix area before the end of the year. I will be working at the airport and looking to live in an area close some good mountain biking trails. Any help would be appricated.
    Few questions to answer:
    What's your medium income?
    Race (Cat 1, Cat 2, etc.)?
    What Car do you Drive?
    26er/29er?
    Circumcised?

    As others have said, you're never very far from the trails here in Phoenix. But if you're working at the airport, and want to live close by, Ahwatukee (sp?)/Tempe is your best bet.
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    Consider Ahwatukee. Less than 15 miles from the airport, plenty of amenities, 80, or so, miles of trails ranging from XC to technical heaven, you don't see the smog and it's a very outdoor oriented community.
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    good info so far.

    Another option North East Mesa is 25 to 30 minutes to PHX on the 202 fwy

    Close to Hawes trail system and easy escape to Forest and Lakes

    With no kids I would probably do Tempe or Awhatukee

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    Your best bet is to pick an area to live between two or more trail networks. That way you'll be able to choose which aree to ride and drive less than 10 miles in any direction. The riding almost anywhere is great, at least once you get used to the AZ chunk, but variety is key to keeping it awesome.

    I have one park just 5 miles west, another 7 miles NE, a third 13 miles N, and more options within a 20 mile drive. You can actually ride so many trails here that many mtb riders get on a road bike once in a while just to take a rest.

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    if i had to move back to PHX (God forbid), I'd do everything I could to relocate riding-distance of Hawes. SoMo is cool but terribly overcrowded, especially as compared to Hawes.
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    I live in NoPho (101/51) right now and my drive to the airport is 22 minutes via the 51....trails I ride to up here are....ok/boring....buff, wide track with no real variation (Sonoran Preserve). Drive to SoMo heavy chunk is 30min.

    I used to live in Las Sendas (202/Power Rd) and my drive to the airport was 20 minutes....trails I rode to there were a lot better, more dynamic ST, beautiful desert (Hawes) and access to Pass Mountain for some light/medium chunk. My drive to SoMo for more techy rides was about 20 minutes.

    I also lived in NoSko (101/Frank Lloyd Wright), the trails I could ride from my house were either up or down (McDowells)....but still fun on crapassmini chunk. Drive to SoMo heavy chunk was 30 minutes, drive to the airport was 25 minutes.

    Pick your poison.

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    Re: Moving to Phoenix Area

    Quote Originally Posted by bugaroo View Post
    Consider Ahwatukee. Less than 15 miles from the airport, plenty of amenities, 80, or so, miles of trails ranging from XC to technical heaven, you don't see the smog and it's a very outdoor oriented community.
    There's no smog to be seen in Tukee? Smog is never seen up close and personal. Let's be real, it's a fine place to live but it does lie in Phoenix proper. No different than living miles away in any direction.

    When standing at the top of Mormon or National Trail and looking at the smog ring enveloping the Phoenix metropolitan area, don't you think you are indeed in the middle of it all? Of course you are. It's just that smog is better appreciated when looking into the distance and saying to yourself, glad I don't live over there. When in fact you do.

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    I live in North Phx and love it. I am close to the PHX Sonoran preserve and McDowell mountain preserve and within 20 min of the dreamy draw area. No matter where you live in Phx, you're pretty close to a good riding trail.....especially for a weekend ride.

    Also living in North PHX, I am closer to the black canyon trail, about 80 min away from Sedona (which has some fantastic trails), and don't have to worry about sketchy neighborhoods.

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    Thanks everyone for all the information please keep it coming. A little more detail in what we are looking for:
    1) Looking for a home with at least an acre of land, we have Vizsla's and a small yard just won't work.
    2) Trying to stay in the low to mid 200's
    3) 50 minutes of the airport, live in Atlanta now and driving 47 miles each way now.
    4) Some of the homes we have been looking at are in Maricopa, Buckeye, New River, and Surprise.
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    I live in Anthem which is right near New River/ Desert Hills. My parents live in new river on 5 acres and I grew up there. You will find plenty open land and trails are close, but not that much withing a 5-10 min bike ride. Plenty in 15 min car drive however. I work at 34th St and Washington just north of the airport. It is a long 38 mile one way drive. Takes me 35-40 min on the way in and 45-55 min on the way home. However leave for work early and get home early. 5am in the car and 3pm on the road home. Shift that to normal business hrs and it will turn into 1:15 each way easy.

    Surprise is even farther that here since it is far west. Finding land area close to in us much harder especially at a lower cost.
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    OP- you would like New River/Anthem. Also don't overlook much of North Phoenix-lots of homes with big yards. Buckeye has some real nice homes/neighborhoods that are ringed by blight and BS-and the schools are terrible. Maricopa has lots of new homes but is crappy to get to the airport in the morning and crappy headed home in the afternoon. Surprise is very nice, but the lack of GOOD freeway support is a problem for at least a couple years. You may also consider east metro Phoenix. It has some big lot homes, nice neighborhoods and good freeway support, although the traffic over there always seems worse to me.

    I live in NW Phoenix/Glendale and am within 30 minutes drive of 100's of miles of great trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    I live in NoPho (101/51) right now and my drive to the airport is 22 minutes via the 51....trails I ride to up here are....ok/boring....buff, wide track with no real variation (Sonoran Preserve). Drive to SoMo heavy chunk is 30min.

    I used to live in Las Sendas (202/Power Rd) and my drive to the airport was 20 minutes....trails I rode to there were a lot better, more dynamic ST, beautiful desert (Hawes) and access to Pass Mountain for some light/medium chunk. My drive to SoMo for more techy rides was about 20 minutes.

    I also lived in NoSko (101/Frank Lloyd Wright), the trails I could ride from my house were either up or down (McDowells)....but still fun on crapassmini chunk. Drive to SoMo heavy chunk was 30 minutes, drive to the airport was 25 minutes.

    Pick your poison.
    Use more local abbreviations for the guy that isn't familiar with the area .. pls
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    NoPho=North Phoenix
    SoMo = South Mountain
    NoSko= North Scottsdale

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstem View Post
    ... Also don't overlook much of North Phoenix-lots of homes with big yards. ...
    There are some homes off Happy Valley road between 7th ave and 7th street. Older homes built on large land areas. Not a development, but bunch of homes built. Not sure if there are any for sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asmolow View Post
    Use more local abbreviations for a guy that isn't familiar with the area .. pls
    101 = 101 Freeway
    51 = 51 Freeway
    101/51 = Intersection between 101 and the 51 (Those are freeways)
    airport = Sky Harbor International Airport (that's in phoenix, or PHX)
    ST = Singletrack
    Chunk = technical rocky riding
    heavy chunk = heavy technical rocky riding
    crapassminichunk = loose, cobbley technical riding (chollaball invented this term)
    cobbley = a fake word that combines cobble and wobbly
    McDowells = The McDowell Mountains, named after Irvin McDowell, one of the first of many failed Union Generals during the Civil war, cast out west to be Retired In Place (RIP).

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    FLW=Frank Lloyd Wright

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillbo View Post
    flw=frank lloyd wright boulevard
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    You will be looking at a 1+ hour drive with your price range and land requirements, if even possible in your price range. Maricopa or New River would be the best bet, unless you found some old/small home on a bit of horse property. But they are WAY out there, you will sit in traffic every day and metro Phoenix is very far. There is not much for biking IN Maricopa, New River has BCT and various other networks around.
    If you don't have kids that sounds like a pretty boring life, there are so many city parks/dog parks/trail networks that you don't need a huge backyard for your dogs, there are plenty big sized yards in any of the immediate Phoenix suburbs at your price range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    NoPho=North Phoenix
    SoMo = South Mountain
    NoSko= North Scottsdale
    I don't know anyone who uses these abbreviations except for SoMo. People who use them usually just try and look cool. We aren't living in Manhattan.

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    Don't forget PMP, Phoenix Mountains Preserve (or Park). After surviving 3 Phoenix summers, you will be calling it's highest peak by it's original name "Squaw Peak".

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    I live in Anthem which is right near New River/ Desert Hills. My parents live in new river on 5 acres and I grew up there. You will find plenty open land and trails are close, but not that much withing a 5-10 min bike ride. Plenty in 15 min car drive however. I work at 34th St and Washington just north of the airport. It is a long 38 mile one way drive. Takes me 35-40 min on the way in and 45-55 min on the way home. However leave for work early and get home early. 5am in the car and 3pm on the road home. Shift that to normal business hrs and it will turn into 1:15 each way easy.

    Surprise is even farther that here since it is far west. Finding land area close to in us much harder especially at a lower cost.
    I just moved out of Anthem into Desert Hills. Desert Hills is almost all 1+ acres lots. If you move to Desert Hills please be catious about internet access. Some of the houses haves VERY limited options when it comes to Internet. One house I looked at had only 1.5mbps dsl as an option.

    But, I LOVE it here. I live South of Carefree highway within about 300 yards of the 10th street and 14th street trailheads to the Sonoran preserve. I've started hiking and am wanting to get back into mountain biking in the preserve.

    I drive to Tempe everyday for work (right past the airport). It's about 45-55 minutes to the Airport down I17 through downtown.

    But, having said all that I think you would be hard pressed to find a nice house in the mid-200's in Desert Hills. North Phoenix Anthem/Desert Hills/New River would be 85085 and 85086 mostly.

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    I live in Waddell, which is southwest of Surprise. There are tons of large lot homes nearby. I ride from my house into the White Tank Mountain Park. Currently highways are somewhat limited, but the back roads are just as quick and a nicer drive. Prices seem to be a bit lower on this side of town right now. The airport is about an hour drive, depending on when your shifts would be (can be shorter). Its a bit more driving to most trails than others mentioned (especially Hawes) but maybe if you incorporate rides from work, than you are already near many good trails. School systems in Waddell / Surprise are good. Waddell is very quiet, and is established enough to where you won't have to worry about more building. Nearby trails are the White Tanks (challenging and fun, or easy competitive loop), Estrella Mountains (at least they have trails!), FINS (fun, built by bikers for bikers, wish it was longer), Verrado (don't know, heard its on the easier side). Feel free to PM me if you want any more info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhxBenK View Post
    I don't know anyone who uses these abbreviations except for SoMo. People who use them usually just try and look cool. We aren't living in Manhattan.
    We're not usual

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    Have just been elected Pres of the Apache Junction Chamber of Uncommerce; so look at East Mesa/AJ; North of 60 and East of 202
    great ridin n 2 ways 2 get to Phx.
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    Out of the areas you listed, I would personally go with New River or Surprise. I've lived in the valley all my life and Buckeye is a little removed as is Maricopa. The bad thing with Copa is that there's one way in and one way out. I would imagine selling your house in the future would also be a pain there.

    Surprise is a nice city and there are some good trails to hit on the west side. Estrella mountains and white tanks are good. If you choose New River, you'll be close to the black canyon trail and depending on how far north you live in new river, you could always hit cave creek for some riding spots as well.

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    Your budget and land requirements is your biggest limiting factor. You will not get an acres for 250K in an area you really want to live in.

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    I'm moving to Ahwatukee as soon as I sell my house in Gilbert. Kid's are 17 and 18 so I don't need to worry about schools anymore. Not that the schools are that good in my opinion. Ahwatukee has huge population of all kinds of cyclists, Road, Tri, Mtb. It's just a great place to live if you have an active lifestyle.

    To get an acre for the low to mid 200's you're gonna end up in a pretty depressed area I think. Take a good look at the crime maps before you buy.

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    will you be working Dayshift or Nightshift?
    my commute is 22 miles and is around 25 mins at 5am and close to an hour at 4:30pm
    I have worked at SkyHarbor for sometime and I've seen traffic really become more and more of an issue with commuting
    especially if you are thinking Surprise, Maricopa, Buckeye and New River.
    those are some serious commute times with west Surprise being by far the worst.. You would be looking at close to 2 hours at 4-5pm
    Laveen might be an option.
    But, if it was me.. I would open up options of smaller lots. An acre is a lot and you would have a long drive to get it.
    Many neighborhoods have 1/2 acre and bigger lots in town that would offer space for dogs to run
    My lot is 17,000 sqft is in a residential neighborhood. It doesn't have an HOAssociation BS or fee and right off of 2 major freeways.

    I agree with Ben that there are so many parks and greenbelts that you could get close to
    there really isn't a need for a huge lot...

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    More than likely I will be working midnights 8:30 pm to 6:30 am. I am driving an hour each way now but don't want to make it any longer. Flyinmike what area do you live in, I can live with the half acre just have to get the wife on board. HOA's suck.

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    With that schedule you would be going opposite most of the traffic..

    I live near where the 101 and 17 freeways meet..
    There are pockets of larger lots north of Acoma to the 101 and west of I-17
    Stay away from anything close to Metro Center.
    These neighborhoods have 1500-2200 sqft block houses some are horse properties.
    Built from 1970 to present remodels.. Mine was built in '88
    some of the subdivision names are.... Sunburst Farms, Western Meadows, Ridgewood Acres, a few in Country Ridge.
    19008 N 34th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85027 | MLS# 4984026 | Redfin
    19008 N 34th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85027 | MLS# 4984026 | Redfin
    4514 W Port Au Prince Ln, Glendale, AZ 85306 | MLS# 4920051 | Redfin
    There are others south of Union Hills around 67th ave and 75th ave that are around half acre lots
    Unfortunately there are not any greenbelts close-by and it's a drive to any of the areas with any nightlife.
    15-25 min drive to Phoenix Mountain Preserve or Sonoran Preseve.

    This is just one area. There's some nice stuff near the 51 freeway, smaller lots but nice stuff and a much easier commute.
    here are some good examples
    2709 E Beryl Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85028 | MLS# 4975497 | Redfin
    8409 N 16th Pl, Phoenix, AZ 85020 | MLS# 4933445 | Redfin
    12212 N 36th Pl, Phoenix, AZ 85032 | MLS# 4941766 | Redfin

    ( you can register and sign in to Redfin to see details for the links)

    Some of the neighborhoods near the Scottsdale Greenbelt would be pretty choice too. But, a little more money
    south of Hayden & Camelback-Chapparral-Osborn.. smaller lots and some may be in a HOA. but, a really prime location.
    hop on a bike, cruise the greenbelt and check out the neighborhoods.

    I've been an A&P with Continental for 28years..
    By the way, we are now hiring A&P's with Line experience.
    Who are you going to be working for?


    Quote Originally Posted by Jetman46 View Post
    More than likely I will be working midnights 8:30 pm to 6:30 am. I am driving an hour each way now but don't want to make it any longer. Flyinmike what area do you live in, I can live with the half acre just have to get the wife on board. HOA's suck.

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    ^^^^What this guy said is probably the best advice I've read in this thread yet^^^^

    3/4 to 2+ acre lots, in the city, older block homes, no HOA, Irrigated lots, also close-ish to the Blackcanyon Trail System.

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    How do you like that Burner?

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    The Burner is awesome. It is a great all around bike. Climbs like a goat and descends just as well. With the dw link it is super efficient pedaling.

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