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Old 01-26-2007, 11:46 AM
 
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Default What is PAYSON, AZ like?

Can anyone tell me about life in Payson, AZ? Can you affirm or dispute my thought that it is a place of second homes? What is real estate like? Sounds silly, but is there a significant population of school aged kids? Any info or comments about Payson would be appreciated!
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:26 PM
 
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I love Payson. A good friend move there from Scottsdale a few years back. His house is next to the airport and he is able to taxi his plane onto a street and up to his house. The development caters to plane owners. It's like a little slice of heaven The airport is on top of a mesa overlooking the town.
The town is around 5000 ft and has a great climate. There are lots of trees and the town is just far enough out of Phoenix area to eliminate it as a commuter 'burg. It's just big enough to have a Wal-mart.
In my opinion, it's worth a look.
Paul
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:20 AM
 
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Thanks Paul. My husband is a pilot, so will love that info about the airplanes. I thought it was too small for a major chain like Wal-Mart. Thanks to your reply, we will definitely take a look!
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Old 01-27-2007, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Monument,CO
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Glad to help. Before you go to Payson check out Skykingsoaring.com . He gives motorglider rides and training. Russ is a great pilot and a really nice guy.
Good Luck,
Paul
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:04 PM
 
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Payson is a great little town(14,000 pop.) but construction and tourism are the only real job opportunities. If you don't own the business, you probably cannot afford to buy a home,or pay the rent. There are many retirees in Payson as evidenced by the # of oxygen containers being trailed around the grocery stores.These folks brought their own money(many in wheelbarrows) to town and didnt make it in Payson. The area is spectacular, great weather, scenery,and quality of life.Also payson is not a destination, but a passing thru spot to areas higher on the magestic "Rim".
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:27 AM
 
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i have heard its racist there
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Old 02-01-2007, 08:18 PM
 
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Of course you heard it's racist there, look at the demographics! Who do you think are saying it's racist? I can give you a good guess. I've also heard it's racist in many other parts of the world. I've had many people discriminate against me for various reasons, but race is probably the last. Payson is like many other smaller communities, and either people like that or don't. I'm one who happens to prefer it. It's quiet, friendly, and has a beautiful climate, but hey, if someone can think of any more good reasons to stay out of here then I'm all for it. I would like for the growth to halt.
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Old 02-06-2007, 03:05 PM
 
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Default Payson

I moved to Payson 2 1/2 years ago from Prescott trying to escape the hoards of people who were moving there from Cali. Payson was a place I always wanted to live from my childhood. I was fortunate and was able to transfer with my company so I had a job waiting. There are many second homes here for people from the Valley (Phoenix area) but there is still alot of people who live here, just not too many. It is nice to live in a neighborhood where half the homes are empty most of the year. I have a 16 year old and he doesn't lack in friends in any way shape or form. Not real happy with the school system here. It is very poor and it seemed to me that they were trying to prepare students for jail and not a career. School officials are just looking to bust someone doing something big or small. Strawberry school is awesome, grades K-8 or 9. There are prices you have to pay to live in such a desireable area so we have chosen online highschool, housing is very high here. I work in real estate and the average home 2 br 2 ba home runs $250 to $350 and some of them are mobiles. We do have the 5th cleanest air, plenty of outdoor activities, lakes, rivers, hiking, atv trails, 2 parks (one with a lake), a skate park, everything in town is 7 minutes away no matter what side of town you are, and we are close to major cities on any side withing 90 min, Phoenix, Prescott, Flagstaff, Showlow. Some even work in the Valley and commute to Payson where they live. Overall, it is a great place to live ..... if you can afford to buy a house. 2005 really changed our housing market.
Good Luck!
K Reed

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Can anyone tell me about life in Payson, AZ? Can you affirm or dispute my thought that it is a place of second homes? What is real estate like? Sounds silly, but is there a significant population of school aged kids? Any info or comments about Payson would be appreciated!
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Old 02-10-2007, 07:51 PM
 
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I understand that southern Arizona has some scorpion problems. Anyone know if this is the case in Payson? How about the other little critters - you know - the ones with rattles on the end of their body?
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Old 02-11-2007, 11:27 AM
 
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Thanks for all the Payson info. Racism is every where. My daughter goes to school where whites are the minority and there is racism againt her. It's human nature. Payson sounds very cool. We don't have to worry about jobs, but I am not sure we could afford a house big enough to house five people! I am concerned about the schools because I already have my daughter in school I'm not happy with. Don't want to jump from the frying pan into the fire!

Scorpions? I have read up on them and they like temps above 78 degrees. Sounds like they would not like Payson at all. I am petrified of meeting one. I have been lucky. I live in the valley and have never seen one, but lots of people I know have.
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