We lived in Phoenix during my high-school years, and I got to know some of the surrounding areas that might be of interest for those who are trying to figure out where to move!
I worked for a landscaping company during the summer, and we spent a week in Prescott for a job – and I loved the town (though that was back when!). They also have a big 4th of July party!
Bill and I have crossed internet paths regularly over the years, and he is a dedicated realtor. Here he gives us a sample of what to expect from Prescott, which is up in the hills and about 1.5 hours from Phoenix.