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Old 10-16-2006, 12:36 PM
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Thinking of retiring to AZ but can't take desert heat & need to get away from these WV mountain winters. No big cities, rural type, small neighborhood/communities. Also need info on tax rates and avg. real estate prices. Thanks.
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Old 10-16-2006, 01:29 PM
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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You might try: Wilhoit, Skull Valley, Pauldin, Ash Fork, or Seligman. They are all small rural towns in the high desert (90's summer, 40's winter).
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:43 AM
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Try out Cottonwood/Camp Verde also. Kingman is a possibility, too.

These are bigger towns than the previous poster listed, but still have a small-town feel to them.
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Old 10-24-2006, 03:20 PM
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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We love Vistancia in Peoria. It is up in the foothills and is a tiny (tiny) bit cooler than the lower valley. It is still hot! We did not think we could get used to it, but we did by the second summer. We were sick of snow so Flagstaff and Payson were out of the question, same with Sho Low, too much white stuff. Good luck hunting! You might check out Trilogy in Peoria, it is an age restricted development and has one of the most awesome clubhouses we have ever seen. Sits on a golf course and has a wonderful Restaurant, the Verde Grill.
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Old 10-25-2006, 01:36 AM
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Hi, we're moving to Cordes Lakes, a small community(there a long time), unincorporated. So nice, building our own( contractor general) into a slope subcontracting with good people in Yavapai County. Far enough away from the big cities, but locally quiet, community spirited neighborhood. Fourth and final home, but not retiring yet. Climate perfect. Try some of the climatic indexes on line, look for your tolerated top and bottom temps, precipitation. Glad to be leaving the DAMP cold, DAMP hot in Illinois and radical seasonal changes-better for my health in AZ. Had lived in Flagstaff twice before, but winters would be too hard on me now. In Cordes Lakes you can buy a nice manufactured home or have a home built or build or contract to have one built in the single family section. So much is coming in that hot growth corridor. Our lot ALMOST doubled in price since buying it last October. But now in the mid $60,000's is a bargain for such a nice slope setting compared to six figures in Prescott area, Phoenix. There are also unsold spec homes in Phoenix with some builders, maybe you could get a better price by asking, if you like it even warmer. Did about a year's personal inquiry, online, other researching before we picked our area, lot. Basically good, clean people in our AZ part of the world, sincere people for the most part. You will have a variety where ever you go. Take your time, research, visit, get a Realtor who has the time for you and keep your end of all committments. I wish you much joy and satisfaction in your choosing your AZ home! AZA
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