Do you live in Surprise???
Maybe 3 degrees cooler at most than Downtown. Surprise is good for family life, since it’s a bit less of the busy life. With that said, it is growing a bit.
North of Bell Road and West of Reems Road, it’s a huge retirement home community. South and East of those roads are where the families generally are. There’s not really a middle ground here.
It has all the amenities of a normal suburban community. Like 2-3 Walmart’s, a wide variety of grocery stores, a movie theaters and bowling place, a lot of community parks. Closest hiking is about 20 mins out towards the White Tank Mountains.
There’s a few chain restaurants nearby, and a few local places for coffee/ mom and pop shops.
I previously lived closer to Central Phoenix and Tempe, so I quite enjoyed having a wide range of bars, concerts, sports teams, movie theaters, restaurants, night out, etc within close distance. Since this is about 35-60 mins from the city center, if you enjoy those things, you’re gonna be driving a lot.
Overall great if you’re 65+, or have a young family where you can settle down in a quiet area. Surprise was rated as one of the safest places to raise a family last year.
I can continue to answer anything specific I might’ve missed.