reply to post by SantaClaus
I also lived in the South Mountain, Awatukee area for 7 1/2 years. About 6 months after I moved there from close to Duluth MN, the novelty wore off.
The first winter there was really nice, that is the best part of living there. The first summer not to bad, but just wait! There would be times in
the summer I would just pray for a little whisp of a cloud. The summers seem neverending when you get a two week period of temps that are 110 and
over. Sometimes it doesn't get below 100 overnight.
Don't believe people when they tell you the "dry heat," makes a difference. When it's over 110, it doesn't matter, and even 20% humidity is a
killer! Nothing like a dip in the pool when it feels like you are in a bathtub! Yuck!
It seems like the cost of living is lower when you look at the rents there, but in the summer expect HUGE electric bills. I kept my thermostat set to
80 (had a 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment, $1,200.00 a month) and my bills were close to $300.00 a month. (the heat starts by end of May and stays
sometimes until Thanksgiving.)
Traffic is neverending! Expect to be stuck in traffic even if it is at 3:00 a.m., and people drive like maniacs there. The state of Arizona has the
honor of having the most red light runners. Lot's of road rage, too. Don't ever flip anybody off in traffic, as one other person mentioned, lot's
of guns there. It's not uncommon for people follow you home and shoot you for cutting them off in traffic.
Crime is horrible. Even in the best neighborhoods every other house is a crack den it seems when you watch the news! There are constantly
hellicopters flying around at night with spot lights on looking for some type of criminal. Don't drink and drive there, either. My son's
girlfriend got pulled over 2 doors from her house. She was 21, and this was her first offense. She ended up doing 3 days in tent city. She deserved
it, but DUI laws are very stiff there.
If you want to live close to Flag, beware that it is very expensive. Small apartments are as expensive as what I paid for my apartment in the Phoenix
area, if you can even find one. It's a beautiful town, though.
I only ended up staying as long as I did to help take care of my aged parents, but I really do regret ever moving there. Seriously, I was ready to
leave after about 6 months!
edit to add:
Oh, and every house looks about the same. Stucco beige or white with a tile roof, sparse, raggy looking landscape, with a pile of rocks for a front
yard. It's really boring. Unless you drive a white car, you stick out like a sore thumb! Just wait, you'll see! Make sure you take enough money
or plan to earn enough to move away from there!
[edit on 9-1-2008 by Enthralled Fan]