Hi! I moved here from NY last April, and I love it! I work in downtown Phoenix (good samaritan hospital), and live in Scottsdale. If you and/or hubby will be working downtown, you might wanna stay in Central/N Central phoenix. My commute is under 30 min - but I hate traffic so that is JMHO. I dont know much about schools, and I am renting, so I still have time to figure out if we will need to move further/closer depending on schools.
No offense to anyone, but if you are working downtown, I think commuting from anywhere but Phoenix/Scottsdale is too long. But then again, I used to commute to Brooklyn 2 hours/day so I REALLY HATE commuting. I would say see where your hubby will be working, and then depending on that decide how much time are you willing (or he) to spend in the car each morning/eve. I also bought a book when I was moving, it was called "Where to live in Phoenix" and it gave you a good idea of schools, housing prices, commuting times, etc.
Also, not to be a Scottsdale Snob
but we do have a ton of natural stores, practitioners, yoga studios, and in general anywhere in PHoenix , but esp Scottsdale (or as some call it Snottsdale) people tend to be very conscious of their health/appearances/well being. So my personal vote goes for N Central Phoenix/Scottsdale Area. PM me if you would like more info.