I live in Ahwahtukee and really like the area. 85045 and 85048 are the zips. The schools are really good (see Desert Vista High School and Mountain Point High School). This would most likely be to far for you to commute, but I have always found that areas with good schools do well. Try searching the school districts near your job as a good first start. Also, I would recommend short term renting, as the market here is at or near bottom, so the good deals will be gone if you rent too long. You could also look at leasing a house with the option to buy. I am not a realtor (I work on the financing side) so my perspective is the number of purchase loans we are seeing.