I don't have kids, but I live in Surprise which is in the northwest area of Phoenix. Its nicer than a good portion of Phoenix in general.
This area is fairly new as far as buildings, houses and stores. Its near Sun City so there is an elderly population in this area. I personally live in an area that has roughly 5 schools within a couple mile radius; middle, high and a couple elementary schools.
2007 F150 XL, 5.4L 2WD S-Cab
99' Mustang GT, DD
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