I've been here since 2004. There wasn't much out here back then, but it has changed a lot. (You don't have to drive to the next town for a Walmart.) It's very safe, very peaceful. As worry most of Arizona, people tend to mind their own business, unless you all for help. Then a perfect stranger will give you the shirt off their backs. There are 2 real things that keep our housing low. 1, as many have said, there is often a commute to work, or a Waterpark, shopping mall, etc. 2, it's HOT. It's a dry heat, so you aren't all sticky, but it's oppressive. You must plan things around that. But with that also comes the monsoon. Late in summer, we have some of the most awe inspiring thunder storms, and when they roll in from the open desert, it carries the amazing fragrance, from the resin from the creosote bushes. So it really depends on what type of person you are. If you need bustling cities, this isn't a good place for you. If you enjoy sitting out with a friend having a tea, add the sunsets in a spectacular way, this just might be a place you'd enjoy.