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Old 01-31-2016, 02:24 AM
 
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Hi all,

It is great to find this board and get more information about the area before we make the big move. My wife and I are considering a move from northern California to Arizona, and Bullhead City is high on the list because of the low price of real estate. I love the idea of moving from nearly communist California to Free America, but there are a couple of concerns that I have.

One, of course is the heat. It has been discussed many times, and I have read that electric bills in the summers are quite high. Do many people take advantage of solar power here? It seems like it would be the perfect solution to high energy bills. In the summer, does it cool off at night, or does it stay hot like in Phoenix?

Next question is housing. I am looking at what I think is a great condo on McCormick Blvd. It is 10 years old, 2200 square feet, with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms for $175,000. It seems perfect, but it has been on the market for over 6 months. Is this normal, or is it a nice condo in a bad neighborhood? Are newer homes like this built to higher code standards that can help with energy bills?

How receptive are residents of Bullhead City to newcomers? I know that too many times, people from California come in and want to turn the new place into a copy of the old place, and that is far from what I want to do. I want to run away from what California has become, and I would want to fit in with the new community.

I love the idea of living near the Colorado river. Is this a high use activity in the area? Are the parks and walking trails safe to be on, or are there concerns?

How is the employment market? I will likely be semi-retired and not need a high paying job, but making some extra cash would be good, especially if the electricity is as high as it seems. I was thinking that it might be fun to be a dealer in the casinos. Are there often openings there?

Thanks in advance, and hope to join you soon in Bullhead City.
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:58 PM
 
Location: In a state of mind
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LOL - Read some of the other threads on BHC before you decide.

The heat. Well, let's just say we go to Death Valley to cool off in the summer. No, it doesn't cool at night. July seldom falls below 105 by midnight, and I took a laser reading on my grey yard gravel last year at 161 in the sun. We don't cook eggs on the sidewalk, we broil steak! And ourselves. BHC is 5-10 degrees above Vegas, but we are at 500' vs 2,700' elevation. But we have nearly 6,000 foot mountains right outside of town.

And tonight on 1 Feburary, it is supposed to SNOW in the mountains! So much for global warming.

Our house is very well insulated, 3 bdrm. We run $180-$220 elect in the summer and we live in a refrigerator. Trailers, or bigger, poorly insulated may run much more. If we kept it 80 instead of 70, we'd probably be about $140-160. Winter runs about $60.

$175,000 for a condo is a RIP OFF. Which is why it is on the market so long. We paid $150k for our home, built 2010 with an awesome view overlooking the valley. You can do better. McKormick is a good, but older area. Most retirees move to new tracts on the Parkway. Which is a misnomer for a horrible road where wild outlaw burros from Oatman roam the badlands at night and will attack your car in packs.

Bullhead City welcomes newcomers, and is basically an armed camp of refugees from Commiefornia or Minnesotta. The river is busy in the summer. Riverfront homes go for around a million. Could probably get a condo under $150. Yes there are several walking trails and parks. They are very safe, because everyone has a gun.

Jobs? Walmart always needs greeters and the meth labs need help. That's about it. A cardiac surgeon could do well here. You have to be born into a dealers job I think, knowing how to deal probably helps too.

Gas was $1.69 today. We are an hour and twenty five minutes from Trader Joes in Vegas. 2 1/2 from the Grand Canyon, 3 to Sedona.

I'd rent until mid summer, then if you like it and enjoy the heat find a good deal and buy a house, and I just happen to own some rentals. Wink, wink.

Many people really like the dry heat. And those with breathing trouble will find this a good place most of the time. The winter is very mild. Winter, that is Dec 21st to Feb 10th - the rest of the year is summer. It rains here too, every year, whether you want it too or not. At least once.

Welcome to Arizona, buy a gun.

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Old 02-02-2016, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Rent before you buy.....good advice, but better yet spend a month BHC mid July to mid August...before you sell out in NorCal. BHC may seem cheaper than you are accustomed to ....but there are good reasons for that, and those reasons may not fit your idea of a good place to settle down.... So why not visit first ?

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Gemstone1
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:54 AM
 
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Thank you to both of you, and I will take your advice and come down for a month in the heat. I am having a really hard time putting up with the California crazies in Congress, and I am really feeling the need to escape. I love the idea of being able to pay cash for a place to live, and just needing to work to eat, but I am not willing to live in a substandard place. That is why the condos on Mc Cormick looked inviting. They are only 10 years old, but it is good to know that the price is too high. At about $89 a square foot, I thought it was cheap.

We are planning a trip to look around in July. Do housing prices drop in the heat, or do owners try to ride it out until winter?

Jamies, I have plenty of guns. I just get tired of them always trying to take them away. I may contact you about a rental as we get closer to the big decision.
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Old 02-02-2016, 09:22 PM
 
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No there's no seasonal price drop. Sales occur year round, maybe more in summer. Summer is actually as busy as winter, the focus is on the river rather than snowbirds.

For $175k or close you can get a condo on the river, maybe with a dock.

It does get hot in the summer, that is why ghod made the rockies.
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Old 05-13-2016, 03:07 AM
 
Location: Bullhead City
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Bullhead City is recovering from the 2008 collapse and a lot of improvements have happened since 2011. the summer temps have been very mild since from previous years. I am in a 700 sq. ft. energy efficient apt and my highest utility bill was $88.38 August 2015. there is is a lot of construction going on starting with the international airport extending the runway from 7,500 to 8,500 feet, Nevada is going to be starting the second bridge across the river, Dot Foods has Bullhead city on its very short list for a 43 million dollar distribution center, and a 10,000 seat multi use sports complex will be going in at Mohave crossroads. these are just some of the happenings going on which is huge for a city of 40,088.
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Old 05-13-2016, 03:41 AM
 
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Welcome bljohn.

I agree summer temps the past several years have been mild, not sure we even hit 120 last summer, officially anyway. 118 I think. But what's 5 degrees when you need an oven mitt to hold the steering wheel. LOL

My 3 bdrm house last summer in June we ran I want to say about $185. But we try to get away in July and Aug so our bills aren't reflective of the norm. Our house however had a white roof and super insulation. But we keep it at 72 inside. Our new house - I'm waiting for the first full time bill - and cringing.

There still isn't much residential construction happening, but I think it will grow. But the new homes I've seen are nothing to write home about. They are designed for boomer retirees and seem to be decorated for the 90's. I'm not impressed anyway, yet.

I don't know where the money is coming from for this ill located bridge. It's been a 20 year issue - and it is going right through pristine desert and along the edge of the conservation park in BHC. Plus it is in a stupid location, should have been on Riverview. But Harry Reid owns land near the NV side of the bridge - where they also want to build the solar plant what will not help BHC, but will certainly impact our views and quality of life - with a huge array shining into everyone's eyes on the parkway.

First I heard of Dot Foods or a plant. Great if it happens. But I suspect most large investment like that will go into Ft. Mohave since the taxes are less.

The sports complex- who's going to pay for that? Not me and not our taxes - if I can help it. We have huge facilities right across the river, the Avi convention center is mostly empty except a few times a year. There is no need, no money and no infrastructure to support such a facility. And if you are talking about the area next to the college, I for one don't want that kind of traffic impacting Hwy 95 and the area around Target. I doubt it will pass. Plus that area is a serious flood plain.

But overall business and tourism is slowly recovering. There is still a huge blight problem and not enough action by the city to fix it. Bullhead should be a diamond in the desert, and oasis. I keep hoping.

I wish we had a decent restaurant that didn't put so much salt in their food that it stops your heart, and I wish Office Depot / Office max would come back. Don't miss Staples and their higher prices and "no guns" sign. They can stay out.
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Old 06-09-2016, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Bullhead City
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I wouldn't but a condo as there newer site built homes ranging from 75,000 for a 1200 square ft. 3br 2 bath built in 2007 up to 120,000 for other homes in the area. I would stay away from the golf course community and any community with HOA.
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Old 06-09-2016, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Bullhead City
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Most of the funds for the second bridge is coming from NDOT. 18.5 million in federal funds and 17.5 million from Nevada department of transportation and 3 million from Bullhead city az., Dot Foods is putting in the 164,000 distribution center and 9.700 sq. ft. truck repair facility in Mohave valley on vanderslice rd. next to the existing center. it will have a positive impact on the entire area. Dot foods plans to break ground soon and have it operational in 2017.
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:24 AM
 
Location: Leaving Phoenix and Snobsdale
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Check out Lake Havasu, too. Some people hate one and love the other. I prefer Havasu. Bullhead is fast paced and not very laid back and has that "gambling" element from across the river.
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