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So Tell Me About AZ

So I'm pushing to get out of MN in the next few years. I'm giving us 2 options- FL or AZ. Love FL, used to live there, know what to expect.

Got a few questions about AZ-

The wife loves snow. Where does it snow in AZ? I'm going to need to live where it's warm but it would be nice to get to snow within a couple hours of home. Possibly have a cabin or something up there.

What about jobs?

What's a typical 3BR house run?

What are good cities or towns to look into?

I dunno...guess just fill me in with whatever you think is pertinent.

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post #2 of 23 Old 05-16-2012, 11:05 AM
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So I'm pushing to get out of MN in the next few years. I'm giving us 2 options- FL or AZ. Love FL, used to live there, know what to expect.

Got a few questions about AZ-

The wife loves snow. Where does it snow in AZ? I'm going to need to live where it's warm but it would be nice to get to snow within a couple hours of home. Possibly have a cabin or something up there.

What about jobs?

What's a typical 3BR house run?

What are good cities or towns to look into?

I dunno...guess just fill me in with whatever you think is pertinent.
If you like the snow Prescott & Prescott valley are nice areas to live in. It snows 5-6 times a year there. If you like real snow Flagstaff gets a ton a year! There's work in both towns depending on what your looking for. I have been looking at renting near Prescott Valley/Dewy renting $990-1200 month gets you a decent house in a nice area.

Here's a great way to search www.searchtempest.com

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Tucson is the place. Not as hot as Phoenix and it has the southern most ski slope in the USA.

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If you dont mind being a couple hours from snow, then pretty much anywhere in phoenix you can be in flagstaff in around 2 hours. Phoenix does get hot, last year i think hottest days were 118, but it really isnt terrible. its suppose to be 104 today, so it warms up kinda quick, but like i said, it is definatly bearable. Depending on what ya do, theres lots of job oppourtunites. I live in Surprise which is kinda north and very west of phoenix, its a great area for families, lots of parks, tree's and the trail is pretty close by. When we first moved here about a year and a half ago our 3 bdrm house we rented was $750 a month... it was a newer house and was perfect for us at that time. We now own a brand new 5 bdrm house for $200 more a month...

Hope that helps, but all the markets can really change in a few years. Who knows what housing prices will be, or jobs, or anything.
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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.

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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.

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Wouldn't mind going back to Phoenix myself.. I lived in Glendale, went to school there from 90 to 92 ish and liked it alot... i am sure its changed alot since then.

Brent, Mosse512, lives in Scottsdale now and he likes it as well.

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i live in Los Angeles and currently working in Phoenix (past year). nice town.. LOTS of Jeeps.. I mean LOTS!!! as poster above mentioned north phoenix is nice. and if you have the cash scottsdale is even better.

as for heat... it gets hot... don't let them kid you 118 is hot!!!!! dry heat or not.
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I love it in Arizona! I just moved here in October. I like north Phoenix, even Cave Creek area, lots of JK guys in the area too.

Maricopa is 16 miles off I10 if you don't mind not being in the metro area. Houses are cheaper too.

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Tucson sucks, you don't want to live down there! Bunch of mall crawlin posers down there! Tucson is a decent place, but not as big as Phoenix.

Phoenix central sucks for the most part now. Really run down. The outskirts are nice. Scan back through the AZ BS'ers thread, we covered a lot of this for glomb23 because he is moving here from NJ sometime at the end of the year.

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I live in Prescott and love it. It doesn't get as hot as Phoenix, it's snowed once since I moved here in Jan. A 20 min drive up Mingus Mountain had 20" of snow for me to play in. Phoenix is an 80 mile drive south. Sedona is 30 - 45 min away. Lots or great wheeling. Cleaner air up here in Prescott, no traffic. Lots of older retired people, but still lots of stuff to do in the younger crowd. I don't ever want to leave AZ.

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Looks like everyone pretty much summed it up. Get out here some time and take a couple days to drive around to find what you like.
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Everyone did sum it up pretty well. Best thing you can do is go out and visit like I recently did. My lady and I were focusing on Phoenix, but that may not suite you if you're looking for somewhere a bit cooler. We loved our time out there and can't wait to move. We were a bit more partial to the east valley, but there's great spots in the west valley as well.

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Wouldn't mind going back to Phoenix myself.. I lived in Glendale, went to school there from 90 to 92 ish and liked it alot... i am sure its changed alot since then.

Brent, Mosse512, lives in Scottsdale now and he likes it as well.
You would be blown away! Its not the same place! I came here in '92 to scout the area out and moved over from San Diego in 1994. Times have changed in Phoenix!

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Oh man Jason you aren't kidding! I lived in Phoenix in 94 then moved back last October. Holy crap it must've doubled!

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Oh man Jason you aren't kidding! I lived in Phoenix in 94 then moved back last October. Holy crap it must've doubled!
Or trippled! The 202 was a dead end the 51 was a dead end and the 101 was nothing more than a few bridges that didnt connect anywhere. Deer Valley rd was the last stop north of town, now anthem is! Times have changed although Phoenix was a large city for me considering I lived in a town with less than a 1000 people.

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Thank you all. Lots of good info here. I'm hoping to make a scouting trip in the next year or so.

At least there are lots of options. I was worried it would like "It snows 'here' but you can't find decent work within 5 hours and if you do housing is insane."

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really though, tucson is better! if you like the amenities of the big city without the big city.

we get snow many years close by on mt lemmon, but if you need annual snow close by then phoenix is probably a safer bet.


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The only bad things about phoenix really i can think of is the air quality (mainly due to dust) and allergies go Fucking Psycho... I lived in San Diego my entire life, never ever had any allergy issues. for the past 3 weeks/ month ive done nothing but sneeze, blow my nose and scratch my eyes. Ive been dying.

Other than that tho, there really isnt to much bad.

Jason, Where in San diego did u live at before u moved here? i was born in Mission valley, but moved to poway when i was 5.
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x100, I moved from the big cities if the east and couldn't be happier than I am in tucson, so there
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x100, I moved from the big cities if the east and couldn't be happier than I am in tucson, so there
LOL, my wife and sister and law had the opposite feeling. They moved out of Tucson for Phoenix.

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Na, you all are wrong in location. Way down here way South of Tucson in Rio Rico. No jobs so you can relax all the time. Migrant workers coming by all the time though your back yard offering to help clean the cactus so you have more time to relax and wheel. Gee, what more could one ask for! LOL

I'd go with Prescott or that area!!!!


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really though, tucson is better! if you like the amenities of the big city without the big city.

we get snow many years close by on mt lemmon, but if you need annual snow close by then phoenix is probably a safer bet.
Just saw this! Awesome!

Just had to bust some balls... I know you guys wheel down there!

Tucson is a decent place, definitely worth considering.

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