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Old 12-12-2010, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Tampa, fl
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So, I've been bouncing all over the southwest (on the internet) searching for the best place for me to live.... I need to move, since losing my partner of 9 years, 2 months ago.... I have a little money to buy a home and to live for a few months before having to find a job.. the more I read about Lake Havasu City, the more it seems perfect...... I am 53, gay and have two little dogs.... I cannot abide cold weather, hurricanes or tornadoes... Love the water and the mountains and can't afford California... I like smallish towns and can usually always find work... What can you tell me pros and cons? thanks
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Tampa, fl
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Question wasn't supposed to have a thumbs down but......

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So, I've been bouncing all over the southwest (on the internet) searching for the best place for me to live.... I need to move, since losing my partner of 9 years, 2 months ago.... I have a little money to buy a home and to live for a few months before having to find a job.. the more I read about Lake Havasu City, the more it seems perfect...... I am 53, gay and have two little dogs.... I cannot abide cold weather, hurricanes or tornadoes... Love the water and the mountains and can't afford California... I like smallish towns and can usually always find work... What can you tell me pros and cons? thanks
I started that way... and no responses isn't a good thing...
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Camphost in Durand, IL
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I'm not a resident myself but spend lots of time there since my parents moved there. My brother is also in LHC.

The biggest hurdle IMO will be employment. Business in the area has really been struggling. This is true for many areas around the country but it seems LHC has been hit quite hard. I don't think the snowbirds have shown up in the numbers they have in the past. My brother is a realtor and he seems to agree. He has been there for 14 years now. My SIL is an RN so her job is a bit more secure at the moment.

Another issue could be the heat. It is one of the hottest parts of AZ. I don't mind it myself but you might want to spend a summer renting to see if this is the place for you. Rent is reasonable enough. My parents rented for a year before they bought a house. It was a nice townhouse sort of. It wasn't actually connected to the neighbor, about 1000 sqft for $650 per month.

I really love LHC and I will settle there myself if work allows. My wife and I will be fulltiming in the motorhome for awhile so who know where we may end up. Check out Kingman also. I spent some time there as well and it has about the same to offer as LHC.

Spend some time in the area and see what you think. For me 300+ days of sunshine and my motorcycle is about all I need to be happy. Your mileage may vary. Good luck where ever you end up.
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:20 AM
 
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I spent 14 years living in Lake Havasu and it treated us nicely. However; when I reached 50 years old, I could not longer take the heat. Now I live in the Prescott area and really enjoy it fully. I am not able to take the heat of the summer that most of arizona is known for.
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:42 PM
 
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Lived there for 3 years. I wouldn't call it a "small town." It's more like two types of communities: Summer - it's California transplanted, Winter - snowbirds. Work would not be easy to find unless you're willing to do minimum wage. The heat in summer is really intense - we're talking 120's and you can really get cabin fever having to stay indoors. It's beautiful in winter. I think there are better places to live in Arizona, but real estate is very cheap there currently.
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Old 12-17-2010, 04:45 PM
 
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It will get hot in April and stay hot until October. You must like the heat to live here. There are not cool summers. The nights do not cool off either. It does not rain very often and is sunny 300 plus days a year. If you like that type of weather its perfect. It is a very pretty place though visit www.newtohavasu.com (http://www.newtohavasu.com - broken link) to see some pictures.
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:06 AM
 
Location: In a state of mind
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Havassu is at the end of nowhere. It only exists because the original developer bought the London Bridge (which the stores there just went bankrupt). And some spring break and summer boating.

For retiring you are far better off in the Bullhead City area. There are hospitals, casinos, far more places to eat. About the same amount of stores. Haven't been in there, but it also has the only gay bar in the county. LOL
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:01 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Havassu is at the end of nowhere. It only exists because the original developer bought the London Bridge (which the stores there just went bankrupt). And some spring break and summer boating.

For retiring you are far better off in the Bullhead City area. There are hospitals, casinos, far more places to eat. About the same amount of stores. Haven't been in there, but it also has the only gay bar in the county. LOL
Wow, I couldn't disagree more with this post. Havasu is almost all up-scale newer residential communities, whereas Bullhead is mostly older mobile homes. I would invite anybody who has any doubt of this to simply drive around the residential areas of each town and see for yourself.

Havasu and Bullhead's economies are both heavily dependent on tourism. Havasu has the London Bridge, Bullhead has the casino town of Laughlin, NV. If it wasn't for Laughlin, Bullhead would not exist as it is today either.

While the London Bridge is certainly a big tourist draw, that has no bearing at all on the fact that many more retirees move to Havasu than do Bullhead. In fact, in 2007, Lake Havasu was named one of the Top 100 places to live in America by RelocateAmerica. Wealthy retirees flock to Havasu, while folks of lesser means usually end up in Bullhead. The median income for a household in the Bullhead city is $30,221, while the median income for a house in Lake Havasu City is 36,499. Both cities have two hospitals as far as I know. Havasu is 18 miles from I40, while Bullhead is 22 miles from I40. Both cities are on route 95. So much for being in the middle of nowhere.

Havasu has a bunch of really upscale restaurants along Lake Havasu, including a really good microbrewery. Bullhead has no nice restaurants that I know of. Laughlin has some nice Casino restaurants, if you like that sort of thing. Personally, I loath walking through smokey casinos to get to the restaurant. Havasu has one of the nicest town parks I've ever seen. Bullhead has no parks that come close. Havasu has 57,000 residents, while Bullhead has 40,000. Havasu has a real mall now. Bullhead has only strip malls. (Yes, there is an outlet mall in Laughlin though.) Both towns are hot as blazes in the summer.

Honestly, I could go on and on about this. Note that I don't live in either city, so I have no horse in this race. These are just my personal observation from frequent visits to both areas. In my opinion, Havasu wins hands-down for a place to retire over Bullhead, and clearly RelocateAmerica agrees. But in the end, it's all about different strokes for different folks. People should visit both areas and see for themselves where they'd rather live.
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:39 PM
 
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For me, its about the Lake in the winter. I didn't take these shots, just linking to them. They were all taken at Lake Havasu last February.

All sizes | SANY0741 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sailhavasu/4399630751/sizes/l/in/set-72157623538172360/ - broken link)

All sizes | BoatParadetoFeb16-2010436 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sailhavasu/4369276374/sizes/o/in/set-72157623463170166/ - broken link)

All sizes | 100218 - 19 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sailhavasu/4376293463/sizes/l/in/set-72157623357219003/ - broken link)

All sizes | 100218 - 03 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sailhavasu/4376282865/sizes/l/in/set-72157623357219003/ - broken link)

All sizes | P1010037 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sailhavasu/4423358442/sizes/o/in/set-72157623594358198/ - broken link)

All sizes | P1040128 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ab_pics/5244946457/sizes/l/in/set-72157625434510377/ - broken link)

All sizes | SANY0736 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sailhavasu/4399621843/sizes/l/in/set-72157623538172360/ - broken link)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sailhavasu/4366730802/sizes/l/in/set-72157623456953236/ (broken link)
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Old 12-20-2010, 05:31 PM
 
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LOL, I'm new here and the first thing I do is get chewed out by a member with 3 million reads!

Maybe it's just personal preference. I do have a house in Bullhead, so perhaps I'm partial to it.

Lake Havasu is a planned community and I agree the overall housing is newer, and I believe trailers are not allowed. However Bullhead has a number of upscale golf and gated communities, million dollar riverfront condos, and houses in the growing area of Laughlin Ranch (which is in Bullhead). Bullhead also has some lower income housing areas (trailers) where many of the working class live.

Bullhead and the Mohave Valley and Laughlin, NV have a combined population of about 80,000.

Actually someone might prefer Laughlin because NV doesn't have any state tax, and all the amenities of Bullhead are right across the river.
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