I am trying to decide where to move and am torn between these two cities. which one is more nurse friendly and economical to live? please identify afew good neigbourhoods and hospitals.
Nov 17, '07
I have had good luck with Mark-Taylor apartment communities in Scottsdale. They sold one of the ones I used to live at, but still have the other one. There is a Mark-Taylor community here in Surprise. I haven't see it, but you might try it. You would get workout facilities, a pool and no yardwork. There is another new apartment community here that looks really nice, but I haven't been in it. I think it's in between Bell Road and Greenway on Litchfield. You can also rent a house for the same rate or less than a nice apartment (people often have signs posted near the neighborhoods where they wish to rent. I'd be careful renting something from an individual now. I'd want to make sure they were strong financially.) But you would have yardwork and other things to look after.
If you seek to buy (the OP might), you might look carefully at foreclosures for a gem in the rough (but not too rough). The house next to me was foreclosed on. The person that just bought it got a great deal and had to do some minor clean-up of things that were left in the house plus clearing the dead plants and weeds from the yard. Surprise (per data I sifted through on azcentral.com) has the zip code with the highest foreclosure rate in the valley. That translates to opportunities for deals.
There are two main fitness centers in Surprise. Mountainside Fitness and Fitness One. Fitness One costs about $15/month and Mountainside costs a little more than 2x that (offers more amenities). An L.A. Fitness is planned (they often have pools), but so far no ground broken.
Someone asked why I said consider educational plans before choosing Phoenix or Tucson. I believe Phoenix only offers pharmacy at a private university whereas Tucson offers it at a state university. I think some schools also have better reputations than others. --Maybe someone in your family, e.g., spouse or kids, have plans to study something in particular. Does that make sense?
Last edit by RNfaster on Nov 17, '07