Or, if you have any other suggestions for reasonably major metropolitan areas that have NO snow and keep the rain segregated to less than half the year, but still enough rain to support plant life that doesn't need spikes - I'm all ears.
Phoenix isn't too bad -- I've lived here for 30 years and have only ever seen snow in the city ONCE; I can't remember the last time the temperature went below thirty degrees, either. And despite the lack of rain (which is an inaccurate description -- we have about two or three short "rainy seasons" every year, often enough to flood our dry riverbeds), there's no shortage of water... there's all sorts of trees here, and a metric shitload of swimming pools.
As far as real estate goes, in my opinion, we actually benefited from the housing crash -- we went from prohibitively high prices to a buyers' market in five years. There was a time when you couldn't find a comfortable place in a decent neighborhood for less than a hundred thousand dollars... but a lot of those houses have dropped by now to $90K or lower, and in many cases there's no HOA to deal with either. There's a ton of affordable apartments, condos, and townhouses scattered all over the place, as well.
Culturally, we're not bad off. We've got a load of museums and libraries, several sports teams, about five hundred excellent restaurants (ignore whatever the Texans may tell you, Arizona and New Mexico are the only places in the country where you can get decent Mexican food), and a pretty active music scene -- although it tends to skew rather solidly to the Left, as you'd expect from any music scene with a major university as one of its pools of talent.
The major downsides of living here are: (1) We have apparently imported a lot of people from southern California over the last fifteen years. While they haven't quite managed to infect us with their politics yet, they HAVE brought their lack of driving etiquette with them. (2) The summer heat is particularly oppressive for those who aren't used to it; we can go as long as two weeks on end with the temperature hitting three-digit territory every day. On the bright side, humidity -- which Arizonans have come to find infinitely more annoying than mere heat -- is mercifully rare; when we say "It's a dry heat", we're usually bragging. Of course you will probably pay through the nose for your electricity once it gets hot enough that you have to run your air conditioner twenty-one hours a day, but you will also eventually realize that it's worth every cent. (3) The bad parts of town are in fact quite scuzzy, but that's the case with any metropolitan area -- and anybody who's been here longer than six months knows how to avoid them anyway. Meanwhile, I live in a place where I've accidentally left my car parked on the street unlocked overnight on more than one occasion and had absolutely nothing happen to it.