Minutes from the lake - Lake Pleasant, and minutes from sporting events in Glendale or Phoenix. Miss the cool weather - no worries - head up north to Flagstaff or Sedona for a cool off or just plain cold weather in winter.
Sorry - I sound like a commercial but it really is a great place.
Can't say there isn't crime - thieves if anything. Just keep stuff put away and cars in the garage and you won't give an opportunity to the would-be thieves.
Washington State leads the US in out of state buyers from the US purchasing in Arizona. Washington followed by Canadians.
I am providing you a link from my website that will provide you with links for crime statistics by City and also for Phoenix. There is a wealth of other information there for you also. Click: http://www.arizonahomesland.com/aboutarizona.html I also have the highest crime rates by zip code which I have in an attachment that I can send to you by email if you are interested.
Peoria is spread out, with newer areas towards the freeways and the footballl statdium and old historic district in downtown. Peoria is known for its quaint antique stores. The hockey and football stadiums are surrounded by hip shopping areas. Also known for their free outside movies on Friday evenings. Plenty of shopping, freeway access and suburban neighborhoods.
May I wish you the best in moving to Arizona.
Jeff Masich, Realtor
Arizona Homes and Land