I love AZ. I am one of the rare people who was born and raised here and would never live anywhere else. For the most part I love the weather here, it does get hot, but is better than tornados, hurricanes, blizzards and the like. Also there is nothing more beautiful than a desert monsoon, when it actually rains. The smell in the air to the humidity.
As for snow, there a lot of options. Flagstaff gets dumped on every winter, that’ll be the biggest city with the most snow. There are other places like Prescott, Show Low, Greer, and Payson. Payson being a quick drive from Phoenix.
As for home prices, it varies widely. Gilbert/Chandler area will run approximately ~150K-200K. You can check out Laveen (far SW Phoenix) a home there will run probably between 90K-150K depending on size and area.
All of my wife’s family lives in Tucson, and as I said I love my state, but I wouldn’t live in Tucson unless I had to. My 1st choice is the Phx metro area. Do your research on some of the real estate websites like Trulia.
2008 JK X: Sold