Irishgal -- welcome to the forum. I strongly recommend you use the search feature here and see how the same general question about moving to AC has been answered in the past.
The people here are fabulous and will offer very good feedback. Also, please understand it will be brutally honest. I'm not a local, so I won't answer many of your questions, but still hope we all can be of assisatnce to you.
Have you visited AC yet for more than a week vacation?