The valley is a pretty vibrant place really. I had a lawn at my house on Penny Dr. in Tempe. My then father in law had irrigation. But you gotta remember, its the desert. Huge sky, and amazing sunsets, but the summers are broiling. salt river project sent me bills larger than my mortgage in the summer! But i love Flagstaff the best. lived there for years as well. now im doing everything i can to get back to Flagstaff for good! Theres something ethereal about buying a sandwich, and going north a bit, and having lunch while your feet dangle into the Grand Canyon. I cant wait!