Do not buy a home immediately upon moving to a new area. Rent first. In fact, my advice is for you to rent for minimum 3 months prior to buying a home. This will allow you time to drive through neighborhood, experience the traffice. and inspect areas with your own empirical senses. Buying a home is an important expensive decision and one that should not be rushed into. So, take your time to find the right home because when you buy a home, you don't just buy the home; you are also buying into the neighborhood, lifefsytyle, characteristics, etc. So, look for a rental first and then take your time to find the right home in the right neighborhood.
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There are a few other areas closer to the Biltmore that might also peak your interest. I have worked with many California buyers and can guide you throught the process of choosing a great house in a great area. How much you want to spend will also dictate what area are available...Good Luck!
Phoenix is the largest metropolitan area in terms of square miles in the US. Many, many different areas and spread out.
You will get many different answwers on favorite places to live. Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Cave Creek, Paradise Valley, North Peoria, Biltmore to name just a few.
Note, that Laveen is not close to the Biltmore area.
You may want to bet a month to month rental when you move and check out the area and drive through neighborhoods before buying a home right off.
To learn more about Arizona, check out: http://www.arizonahomesland.com/aboutarizona.html
Jeff Masich, Realtor
Arizona Homes and Land
One way to accelerate your knowledge of particular areas is to spend as much time here as you can. Even if you can only spare a few days, if you come prepared to drive areas at different times of the day, and potentially tour a couple of schools (I'm assuming you have children), then you can get a pretty good idea of what's available. Team up with a good agent that is prepared to show you a lot of homes, and you can get a pretty decent idea of where you want to live.
One thing we've noticed with clients who come from the LA area, is they are often amazed at the comparative lack of traffic in the Phoenix metro area. You may not need to live as close to work here as you are used to needing/wanting in LA.
Best of luck.