I hope this helps you make a decision. We visited several times before we made our decision to move; however, we new from the first visit that this would be our personal paradise. People are very friendly and helpful here for the most part, especially in the small towns surrounding Phoenix.
If you need more information feel free to email me!
I am from Yonkers New York. Been in the Scottsdale and Tempe areas living and working since 1986.
Both Scottsdale and Tempe have active downtowns with lofts and street restaurants and cafes.
You will like the winters better.
Try Joe's NY Pizza in Scottsdale, Red Devil Pizza in Tempe or NYPD Pizza for the closest to you NY/Jersey pizza fix. Will not be able to match though.
Let me know how I can help you.
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