Greater Phoenix has over 30 municipalities for families to call home, and inside each locale there a plethora of fantastic options for families just starting out, or growing in size.

That is the beauty of the Valley; there is an abundance of choices to live where you want and how you want. Here are some places to explore.

1. Verrado

Located in Buckeye, this master planned community has a Heritage District and Main Street District, with a myriad of housing options. Boasting a fine K through 12 school system, along with a host of amenities including 66 parks, golf course, Water Park and an intricate trail system, there is something for all family members at Verrado.

More info: http://verrado.com/

2. Arcadia

This Phoenix/Scottsdale community has historic appeal with homes built in the 1920’s through the 1950’s dotting the neighborhood. Fine schools are a staple in Arcadia, as is fantastic shopping with the Biltmore and Scottsdale Fashion malls. Homes are expensive, however. The neighboring Arcadia Lite, which provides a similar ambience, has more budget friendly options and was listed among Money Magazine’s 2014 Best Places to Live.

More info: http://www.acmna.org/arcadia-history/

3. Estrella

Located in Goodyear, Mountain Ranch and Montecito are two family friendly neighborhoods that are home to great schools, an abundance of home options, parks, trails, shopping and golf provide everything a family needs to thrive.

More info: http://www.estrella.com/

4. Vistancia

The Village and Blackstone at Vistancia are two neighborhood options in this Peoria master planned community. Quality schools, shopping, trails and parks and housing choice galore comprise this upscale family living option.

More info: http://vistancia.com/

5. Eastmark

Located on five square miles in Mesa, Eastmark offers a plethora of housing choices, many beginning from the $200 thousand mark. Quality schools are also a staple here, as are shopping outlets and neighborhood parks with the Eastmark Great Park as the signature gathering spot.

More info: http://www.eastmark.com/

6. Power Ranch

No fewer than eleven neighborhoods comprise the Gilbert Power Ranch community, each with a central park and connecting trail system. Anchored by great shopping options, home choices across the price spectrum and the expected quality schools, Power ranch may have the most diverse offerings for families.

More info: http://www.powerranch.com/

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