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Old 12-20-2006, 07:29 AM
 
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My wife and I spent two weeks in Arizona last summer and loved it.We would like to move out there from Massachusetts because we can't stand the cold or the snow any more at our age.We were just wondering what peoples thoughts were on Pearce.Thanks for any input.
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Old 12-20-2006, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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My wife and I spent two weeks in Arizona last summer and loved it.We would like to move out there from Massachusetts because we can't stand the cold or the snow any more at our age.We were just wondering what peoples thoughts were on Pearce.Thanks for any input.
Pearce is a "ghost town" in SE AZ. It might be fun to live around there. There is a functioning general store if memory serves and that is about it. It's been several years since I have been there and maybe it is filled with sprawling subdivisons now. There are a lot of little former ghost towns that have attracted new residents. These places are populated by people who hear a different drummer who don't require or desire many of the things associated with urban life including water and even electricity in some cases. If you are one of those or don't mind being around them, go for it. It sounds really appealing to me, but I'd never get my family to go along.
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Old 12-23-2006, 09:14 PM
 
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In reply to your inquiry about Pearce AZ. I lived there for about 6 months from April to Oct. 2006, before coming to WA state. Though I am a NW native, I am returning to AZ in the spring of 2007. I missed the area more than I thought I would.

Pearce is a nice small commuity that is starting to grow. It is a good place for retirement, though the winters can get chilly at night. Don't let the desert fool you in the winter. Though, I am certain it isn't anything like MA. I did not own a place and rented, but there are properties for sale in the area. You could contact realtors in that area I am sure.

People are pretty friendly. And they just put in a new super Wal Mart in Benson. The only drawback to living there, is that you need to drive to shop In Benson, which is about 1/2 hr away, or you go to Sierra Vista or Tucson, one is about 2 hrs. away, and the other is about 1 1/2 hrs.

Not too many things to do. But Pearce has a nice community center and lots of activities for older folks. The summers can get pretty warm. And this last summer, we had dust storms that lingered too long and people had problems breathing. We also tend to get wild fires too. But all in all, I would check it out if I were you.

Personally, for myself, I am going to live in Sierra Vista because I still need to work and the city offers more in that area.

Regards,
Gabby
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Old 12-31-2006, 10:49 AM
 
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Default Pearce is the place

Like most property owners, we would like to preserve Pearce the way it is. But the truth is, it can handle some growth and still be a super place to live. There have been some very large parcel land sales there in the last 3-4 years probably for development. Visit the cochisecounty.com site and spend some time reading about the master plan and the recent changes. Parcel size somewhat determines your ability to build what you want. Point of use hot water is now a requirement, an indicator of how precious water is and will remain so when the boomers get done relocating. Last winter there were a lot of new houses being built on the small golf course there and they were quite nice, though pricey for what you got. In my opinion, an independent builder could give you much more for the same money. A trip through Middlemarch Pass over to Tombstone will probably convince you if you are cut out for the truly rural life. This ride is a step back in time, it reminds you that you are living apart from the rest of the world, and starkly displays the desolate nature of living in Pearce. On the other hand, a main road trip to Benson, Willcox, Sierra Vista or Green Valley will give you a chance to see the sense of community that is developing out there. Although we have plans to build in Pearce we will probably keep a condo or apartment in a more populated town to enjoy a nightlife, make a quick trip to a store or for those Doctor / Dentist visits. We also have a genuine concern for the long stretches of vacant road between Pearce and the busier areas. Good idea to habla espanol, keep emergency numbers on the cell phone and have Onstar as a backup.
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Old 01-08-2007, 01:21 PM
 
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My wife and I spent two weeks in Arizona last summer and loved it.We would like to move out there from Massachusetts because we can't stand the cold or the snow any more at our age.We were just wondering what peoples thoughts were on Pearce.Thanks for any input.
I have a house in Pearce, and I love it, the people are friendly, but if you want big town, you have to travel about 25 miles away which is great by me...it is very quiet and some people still wave, the old town feeling is great, there is a family dollar, old hardware store, appliance store, post office, gas station/market. and of course schools and real estate offices... the view of th cochise stronghold mountains is GREAT...
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Old 02-08-2007, 05:40 PM
 
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Default Pearce or Sunsites for families?

We're planning to visit Pearce/Sunsites in April 2007 having determined we wish to relocate from Alaska to a small town in Arizona. Will be looking at real estate but also need some imput into the schools in the area....and other info for new families moving there. Anyone out there from Pearce?
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:07 AM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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Default We stopped by Sunsites in Pearce...

... last month while on our tour of the area to purchase retirement property. Though very small, it's quite nice, with an "old fashioned" midwest small town kind of feel to it. The place was clean, well maintained and the houses were quite nice.

Didn't end up buying there (bought in J-6 outside of Benson instead) but did find it nice (a bit of a drive to any real shopping though). Did the very scenic 191/181/186 loop which was beautiful. What really struck us in that area was that it was grassland rather than barren desert. Pretty cool.

Ken
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:12 AM
 
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Thumbs up Pearce is a great place.

I have lived in Pearce for 13 years, and find it to be very nice, quiet, comfortable and friendly. We have a small full-service grocery now, which sells local produce and meats as well as the usual stuff, for those of you who think there is no shopping in "the country"! Benson has one of those huge Walmart Super thing-a-majigs. There is a doctor's office, and a dentist right here in town, and specialists come to both Willcox and Benson, so health care is about as good as most small towns anywhere...better than most, actually. Our hardware store is great, and we have 2 auto parts stores and 3 busy mechanics shops! You can golf every day of the year because it doesn't get as hot as the desert. I don't think we ever hit 100 this year. If you are a bird watcher - I have 50+ species just in my own yard! Most properties are horse friendly, and you can ride from Pearce over the mountains all the way to Tombstone without crossing a paved road. Pretty nifty! There are a lot of activities in the area, and for you golfers, there are seven golf courses within an easy drive, including one right in Pearce-Sunsites. The course in Naco is a par 6. Our schools vary from Performance Plus, to High Performance based on their national and state test scores. We have college branches in both Willcox and Benson. So, come on down! We can stand a little more development without killing our lifestyle! It is a big, big valley. And guess what folks, despite the earlier comment in this forum, almost all of us speak English almost all of the time, even those of us who are of Hispanic descent!

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Old 10-21-2007, 01:48 PM
 
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Default Pearce, Arizona

Boy am I surprised. I am moving to Pearce in a year and I was shocked to find so many people from Pearce on this site. My land is out on Turkey Creek and I can't wait to get there.
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:03 PM
 
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Default Living In Pearce

I stumbled across this inquiry about living in Pearce, from people who are from Massachusetts. Couldn't resist adding my 2 cents, as I am also from MA, and after living in AZ, then CA, convinced my husband to retire to the desert. My immediate family lives in the Phoenix basin, and the heat there was definitely not what we wanted.

The elevation here is higher, making the nights significantly cooler than the days, and the days much cooler than in Tucson or Phoenix.

It is rural, and if you like urban center conveniences such as fine dining, shopping, and closer proximity to services, living here would be difficult for you. However, if you are willing to trade those things for the most quiet, beautiful starlit skies you've ever seen, magnificent sunrises and sunsets, and no traffic - you will be very pleased. When friends or family come for a visit, they can't believe where we live - virtually no neighbors. A dirt road, no street lights, few street signs - they are shocked. And after staying a few days, they understand. Not that they would all move here - but they understand the beauty of nature that has totally enamored us with the area.

As far as things to do - we have never been busier. But for a change, they are activities we choose - not a job we are obligated to. Viva retirement!

Hope this helps.
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