You certainly shouldn't have trouble finding a dry area to live here in Arizona. I would suggest taking a drive around Phoenix when you are able to come visit and get a sense for yourself. The Phoenix area has many great neighborhoods, so you and your family are probably the best judge of the one that fits your family.
I'm a local lender if you have any mortgage questions or need to be prequalified once you have decided on a place to land.
Best of luck with the decision!
Since you asked directly I can tell you that Higley and Gilbert are both great areas, I live and do a lot my business in the SE Valley and I'm very familiar with the area. All areas everywhere are good for somebody, depending on their target price and personal preferences.
As expressed before we can not tell you which are good area and which are bad. We can however provide you with information and advice, based on your criteria so you can select the best option for you. Some agents will advice you about a specific area, without even knowing what you are looking for, and that is just wrong - most probably they are steering you to the areas they work and have their best interest in mind, not yours.
Gather information about the different areas and make a selection based on your personal preferences.
Carlos J Ramirez, PC, ABR, CNE
Associate Broker, HomeSmart -
You will recieve a varity of answers from agents! A number of my buyers really like Anthem and are considering that area as it is quite new and some good shopping and golf and a great community pool and large park for family and community get togethers(also a quick trip to Sedona and Flagstaff just North of the Valley). However there are few other communites that are similiar. Gold Canyon, Cavecreek and Gilbert are also great! It will depend on what amenities you are looking for and if you are in transit every day for employment!
Feel free to contact me anytime for a step by step process in choosing the community you would like to live in!
Windermere Central Phoenix
We have a great state with several location to choose from.
I am a big fan of Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, & Scottsdale.
Of course that really depends on where you are working, and how long of a commute you care for. Choosing a school district is very important
Here are a couple of Videos of Gilbert & Tempe communities
If you are not working with a Realtor, I would be happy to assist you