I lived in Northeast Mesa AZ for 15 years- from the time I was three until the time I was 18. My parents still live in Northeast Mesa AZ and I frequently visit this area of the valley to catch up with them and my siblings. This area of town was a wonderful place to grow up and a perfect place for those looking for a great community that supports family life and has a lot to offer. The schools are excellent and there are a lot of other families in the area. THere are also many churches and community activities in the area that foster the suburban ideal of great neighborhoods for children to play in. There are also several restaurants in this area with a variety of offerings. Two local favorites include Rancho de Tia Rosa Mexican food which includes dine in and take out options, or the family owned Vito's Pizza and Italian Ristorante. The 202 highway makes access to other areas of the Phoenix Metro area a much simpler commute than you would find elsewhere in the valley.
Of course, there are some downsides to this neighborhood. Due to the large LDS (Mormon) population, there is little to no night life or bars around and many places are closed on Sundays. Public transportation is practically non existent so if you are a single car family or trying to get around without a car this is not the area of town for you. Finally, there is not much of a young vibe or population like you would find in Tempe or Scottsdale or even downtown Phoenix. The people who live here are mostly settled and focused on family life so it is not a good place to meet people or pursue life in your early to mid twenties.
If you are looking for a neighborhood with a strong sense of community and with a large suburban family population, Northeast Mesa is a great place. The area is exceedingly pleasant and safe as well as convenient for those who have to commute around the valley. The community offerings are family friendly and the schools are some of the best in the Phoenix area. If you are looking to party on the weekends, be ready to commute or look elsewhere!