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  posted on 4/21/2009 at 10:11 AM
Where to Move In Arizona?

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Within 10 years, my wife and I plan on moving to Arizona. I love Minnesota, but the older I get the more I despise winter.
We'll both be mid 50's. She is a teacher and I am a chef. Unless things go very well, we'll both need to work, at least part time.
We will have an opportunity to move to Sun City West into my dad's home, but I'm not totally sold on the senior community-type lifestyle, even though the house will be free.

We love the Red Rock areas near Sedona and also the more variable climate changes. I don't think I could stand the tourist season of Sedona, unless we lived a good way out of town.
We're knocking around Cottonwood or Camp Verde.
Phoenix is just too urban, and though pretty, we prefer the higher desert/red rock views.

Any ideas would be most apreciated as I trust you folks!

 

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  posted on 4/21/2009 at 10:31 AM
I lived 14 years in AZ.................. northwest part of the state Kingman area. That is higher desert, 3300 ft on the valley floor. I wouldn't personally live anywhere lower elevation, too hot. 3300 and above you won't see 110 or 120, 100 to 105 is most.

I would live places like Fort Rock, Valentine, Dolan Springs, Ash Fork, Seligman, and get remote myself, get away from the known places you mention.

Flagstaff and the rim country east towards New Mexico is awesome higher country 5000 and higher. That is nice, you do have winter up that elevation.

Anywhere down towards Phoenix sucks, IMO. Far too big (5th biggest city in country).

Drive from NW AZ toward Phoenix, and watch the brown sky over the city appear as you get closer. Hot, crowded, crime, people, it sucked years ago when I lived there, they can have Phoenix metro.... spread out ugliness......

 

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  posted on 4/21/2009 at 10:42 AM
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Flagstaff and the rim country east towards New Mexico is awesome higher country 5000 and higher. That is nice, you do have winter up that elevation.
Agree. The area around Flagstaff is nice temp wise and puts you in a good close location to take advantage of some of what the Southwest has to offer. Close to Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Walnut Canyon, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, southern Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, days drive to the Pacific coast, etc.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2009 at 11:15 AM
Bisbee is a nice place. Worth a visit a least. Not sure about living there.

Near the Chiricahua Mountains. Which is really beautiful.

Also, you might consider Durango CO. and that area.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2009 at 11:34 AM
Check out Tucson area. I moved to phoenix 5 years ago, [it was like livng in hell] my wife and I both hated it. my job brought me to tucson 3 years ago, [what a difference!] oro valley is really nice, [n.w. side] and if you go east the elevation gets higher, temps get cooler, [tucson is about 2200 feet elevation] benson [55 min east of tuc] is a great small town east of tucson, also vail, which is about 35 miles east of tucson. there is also a ski resort on mt. lemmon in tucson! [10k feet elevation] http://emol.org/tour/mtlemmon.html there is also a cool local music scene




santa catalina mts. n.w. tucson




Also nice http://www.visitsierravista.com/

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  posted on 4/21/2009 at 11:47 AM
Lucky you! I spent a wonderful Y2K New Years in Pine, AZ. Loved it, close enough to the city if you need it, far away enough for relaxation. Enjoy your search.
 

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  posted on 4/21/2009 at 12:31 PM
Flagstaff and the rim country east towards New Mexico is awesome higher country 5000 and higher. That is nice, you do have winter up that elevation.

Anywhere down towards Phoenix sucks, IMO. Far too big (5th biggest city in country).

Drive from NW AZ toward Phoenix, and watch the brown sky over the city appear as you get closer. Hot, crowded, crime, people, it sucked years ago when I lived there, they can have Phoenix metro.... spread out ugliness......


I agree Phoenix is a crappy place, feels like any errand you run takes an hour. Way WAY WAY too many cars and walking is something people do not do there. Its the worst example of Baby boomer sprawl imo.

I liked Flagstaff, small universitry town, good eateries, bars, intersting place, close to skiing, canyon and bum f*&k nowhere is all around you

I have never been to Tuscon but enjoyed Az all the way to the canyon after leaving Pho.




 

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  posted on 4/21/2009 at 01:09 PM
i agree with what has been said about phoenix, its too big and too much sprawl. if you like sedona but not the tourist aspect you could try prescott its not too far, and you both should be able to find work. payson may also be worth checking out.

my personal favorite would be flagstaff, however you may not get enough of a winter break as you are looking for. they had snow in the upper elevations a couple of weeks ago.

tuscon and flagstaff also tend to have a better music scene as was mentioned.

you should spend a week or so driving around and check some of these places out. plus you may find a perfect real estate deal. nows the time to buy, if you can.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2009 at 07:39 PM
When folks from Arizona die and go to Hell, they are issued blankets.

Why anyone would want to live there is past my understanding. Maybe Flagstaff, but Phoenix and Tempe are hot,hot,hot. Nosebleed city.

Try Crown King, they don't even know who the President is!

 

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  posted on 4/21/2009 at 07:51 PM
Canyon de Chelly is worth a visit when you're nearby. It's in the middle of nowhere, so not much of a place to live... unless you're a Native American.
 

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When folks from Arizona die and go to Hell, they are issued blankets.

Why anyone would want to live there is past my understanding. Maybe Flagstaff, but Phoenix and Tempe are hot,hot,hot. Nosebleed city.

Try Crown King, they don't even know who the President is!
yeah, but its a "dry heat"
This is the crown king saloon, I think this is the place where a rabid bobcat got in and bit the sh!t out of several customers recently.



 

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  posted on 4/21/2009 at 09:02 PM
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Canyon de Chelly is worth a visit when you're nearby. It's in the middle of nowhere, so not much of a place to live... unless you're a Native American.
Kismit! Was just looking up stuff on Canyon de Chelly earlier this morning to gauge distances and see if I could get a visit in this June while camping. This place has been on my must see list for some time.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2009 at 08:29 AM
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When folks from Arizona die and go to Hell, they are issued blankets.

Why anyone would want to live there is past my understanding. Maybe Flagstaff, but Phoenix and Tempe are hot,hot,hot. Nosebleed city.

Try Crown King, they don't even know who the President is!
yeah, but its a "dry heat"
This is the crown king saloon, I think this is the place where a rabid bobcat got in and bit the sh!t out of several customers recently.





I've had a few beers at the saloon back in my looking for gold in the riverbed days...I even yelled 'Lincoln is dead' out of the car window.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2009 at 08:53 AM
I did a 'scouting trip' recently to find a spot to settle down in Arizona. Im ready to shed the suit and start living.

Agreed... Phoenix 'proper' is out of the question. I did like the NE 'suburbs' around the Cave Creek area, though. Its about 40 mins north of Scottsdale, has a bit of elevation, and lots more open space. Lots of homes have acreage, mules/horses, etc. Loved Sedona, but yeah... commercial as hell and tourists abound. Went through Cottonwood because it looked like the 'perfect location' on the map, but it didn't really strike me as I hoped it would.

Will go back every year until I find 'the spot'. Of course, I'll let y'all know when I find it....

 

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  posted on 4/22/2009 at 09:00 AM
I lived in Flagstaff for years and graduated from Northern Arizona University. In 1977 Flagstaff was a sleepy Mtn town, it has expanded since then of course. Still love it there and the people who live there. Damn that was a lifetime ago though it seems

Check it out but also check out communities like Payson, Prescott, Camp Verde.

If your looking for warmer climates and want to be a desert Dweller, I recommend Tucson over PHX as PHX is HUGE

 

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  posted on 4/22/2009 at 10:01 AM
Technically, it's not in AZ, but Minden NV is a really nice little town. Beautiful Valley.

Desert on one side, Sierra Mtns. on the other. Really really beautiful area.

Work available just north in Carson City, and further north in Reno, and also the Lake Tahoe Casino's, 30 minutes away.

It is a bit cold in the winter though. And while not quite in Arizona, it's west of the Mississippi and East of CA.

No sales tax there. or is it no State income tax. sumptin' like dat...

 

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  posted on 4/22/2009 at 10:36 AM
Bagdad,AZ
 

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When folks from Arizona die and go to Hell, they are issued blankets.

Why anyone would want to live there is past my understanding. Maybe Flagstaff, but Phoenix and Tempe are hot,hot,hot. Nosebleed city.



I agree, hate it out west, Stay North, Stay south, do yourself a favor and do not come out west to live

 

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When folks from Arizona die and go to Hell, they are issued blankets.

Why anyone would want to live there is past my understanding. Maybe Flagstaff, but Phoenix and Tempe are hot,hot,hot. Nosebleed city.



I agree, hate it out west, Stay North, Stay south, do yourself a favor and do not come out west to live


Neil, you're just using that reverse psychology stuff...I like where you live, New Mexico, it's diifferent than Phoenix.

 

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Neil, you're just using that reverse psychology stuff...I like where you live, New Mexico, it's diifferent than Phoenix.


New Mexico sucks the most, hate it, hate it, hate it............do yourselves a favor and drive around

 

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Neil, you're just using that reverse psychology stuff...I like where you live, New Mexico, it's diifferent than Phoenix.
New Mexico sucks the most, hate it, hate it, hate it............do yourselves a favor and drive around
LOL - nice try

 

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  posted on 4/22/2009 at 03:33 PM
The thing about Phoenix, which includes Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, excetra, The Valley as it is referred to it takes hours to drive from one side to another, its that spread out and the traffic is horrendous... and 115 degrees in the frigging shade is hot even if it is a dry heat!

 

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  posted on 4/22/2009 at 04:16 PM
I dated a woman that lived in Gilbert, Az. for almost 5 years. Back & forth, (I live in San Diego).. Got to see a lot of the State during that time. The Mogollon Rim (NW) is beautiful and all pine trees, Payson is a cool little town, maybe ..5,000 ft. ?...Down the road a little farther are, Pine and Strawberry...two little Mountain communities...sleepy..

In the middle coming south from Flagstaff...the Sedona/Prescott...areas are breathtaking

The 60 corridor (E/W)..Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert...too hot, too crowded

Phoenix...NO

 

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