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Old 11-18-2015, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I also moved to CO from Phoenix. I was in CO for a little over a year before moving back in early August this year (great time to move back to the desert, right?). My wife grew up in CO for the most part and when we went back for her brother's wedding she really missed it. I had been to CO many times and really loved it, so we decided to take the plunge and try out moving up there. I was able to transfer with my job so it worked out. We sold our house and moved out with my wife 7 1/2 months pregnant, and 5 weeks later our daughter was born.

Despite moving into a nice updated townhome in a great location in Centennial, across from a nice park and close to my work, we both realized after about 6 months how much we missed Phoenix. Turned out my wife's romantic remembrances of winter snow went away after the first big snowstorm, and while we absolutely loved going for beautiful drives into the mountains on the weekends and had romantic dinners in the great downtown, it never quite felt "right". We missed being able to afford a really nice house like we had in Phoenix, walking the golf course at night in December, the food in Phoenix (yes, we found many of the food options for what we like disappointing), and most of all our network of friends and family. Having a baby exacerbated the latter, and we never anticipated how hard it would be living in another state without that family support. So...we moved back after one year.

My wife was able to get her old job back, and my mother is now able to watch my daughter during the day while we're both at work. I had to leave my old job and it took me some time to find a new one, but I finally did and now am in a higher position in a better place. My commute isn't as good as it was, but almost everything else about our quality of life went up aside from having access to those glorious Rockies. I will miss that for sure, but Arizona has plenty of beauty of it's own and we'll have plenty of time to explore it even more since we don't plan on leaving anytime soon.
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Old 11-19-2015, 04:36 AM
 
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You mention CO's mountains nearby as an option to hike, but dont forget in Phoenix we have the McDowell Mountains, Superstition Mountains, White Tank Mountains, South Mountain, Estrella Mountains, Camelback Mountain, etc, right here in town, and the hiking is absolutely superb. As for stars, where Im at in north central Scottsdale, there is a blanket of wonderful stars every night. If youre closer to central Phoenix, radiant light will no doubt cloud out the star visibility.
I visited AZ this summer, hands down the worst place I've ever seen for parks and walking/ biking paths, very little green space. Watched a documentary on AZ and that was true. All about cars and driving home to a yard full of concrete. Sedona and the grand canyon were far better and made up for it. The Phx metro looks like a sparsly treed dustbowl. Do you guys find this depressing overtime or is it nobody wants to pay for parks or trees/ more desert plants there?

On that note we did go check out the Camelback's which were OK. The mountains in your list how bad are the for rattlesnakes, scorpions ect. Can't say it seemed too inviting to sit and have a picnic.

I'm honestly not criticising I'm just trying to wrap my head around it as I am looking to buy property there.
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Old 11-19-2015, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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I visited AZ this summer, hands down the worst place I've ever seen for parks and walking/ biking paths, very little green space. Watched a documentary on AZ and that was true. All about cars and driving home to a yard full of concrete. Sedona and the grand canyon were far better and made up for it. The Phx metro looks like a sparsly treed dustbowl. Do you guys find this depressing overtime or is it nobody wants to pay for parks or trees/ more desert plants there?

On that note we did go check out the Camelback's which were OK. The mountains in your list how bad are the for rattlesnakes, scorpions ect. Can't say it seemed too inviting to sit and have a picnic.

I'm honestly not criticising I'm just trying to wrap my head around it as I am looking to buy property there.
When I was in Phoenix last summer, I've noticed the lack of green areas at the parks. Denver city park in Phoenix would make a big difference and add a ton of green to the area without changing alot of the natural landscape. Yes it may use more water having to plant all the trees and grass in the desert, but it would help cut down on dust, and heat in my opinion.
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