As far as retirement communities go, both the northwest valley and
southeast valley are great. The northwest valley areas are Sun City and
Sun City West, and the homes are a bit older than those in the southeast
In both areas, you will have nice views, so it'll depend
more on if you have a building in your way blocking the view than which
area you're in.
I don't believe there are any real advantages
or disadvantages to either, just that it's personal preference. The northwest
area being older, Sun City is larger than anything in the southeast. But
you will be traveling through a lot of lower income areas as you leave
Sun City and enter Phoenix, where this is much less the case from the southeast
portion of the valley (like Queen Creek or Sun Lakes).