Joseph Domino, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
As the others have stated it is all relative. In my opinion, the most desirable area of the Phoenix metro is on the side of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley. Unfortunately most people, myself included, cannot afford the $2 million + it takes to live there. So, we live in other areas that we can afford. First you need to know what you can afford. Then decide where you want to live based on a variety of factors that make the most sense for you.
One comment I will make about Phoenix is that you could have $50K homes on one side of a street and $1M homes on another so generalizing about areas is fruitless. This is why doing internet searches is so difficult. Add to that the "chaff" that gets dumped on the internet, like "don't live here" or "this is the best area"and you will get confused real fast. This is where having a good real estate agent working on your side really comes in handy. A good agent won't steer you, but if you tell them what you want they will find it for you. You can't use general terms like "good area", no one every asks, please find me a home in a "bad area".