I'll be retiring in a few years and am doing a lot of homework on different places I'd like to live.
I have visited several places in AZ, north and south, and for me, I keep coming back to Flagstaff. I know it gets cold in the winter, but hey, we get blasted here in KS too. In fact, I have been informed by those who live, or have lived in Flag, that the winters are not nearly as severe as what we get here in the plaines. The cold doesn't bother me at all and I love the beauty of Flag, the S.F. Peaks, the Ponderosa Pines, and the alpine climate...deep blue skies and fresh air.
Have been reading and hearing about the water shortage in Flag due to the reduction of snow levels for several winters now. And I realize that the snow is what Flag depends on for it's water supply. Is it as bad as I'm hearing?
Housing costs in Flag have risen, that I know too. If I rented, I would be able to spend around $1,000/mo, and if I decide to buy, I'd be looking at condos/etc., in the $250k range.
There used to be a place called Kit Carson park (I could have the name wrong) that had modular homes...is that place still there? Or, are there places that have senior housing at reduced costs?
As far as work....I would probably like to do some part-time office work, but not needing full time. Are jobs readily available at NAU, or Flagstaff Medical Center...or the city or county? What about W.L. Gore?
I know, I've asked a lot of questions...sorry. Just wanting input from those who are in the know and can shed some light on the topic for me.
Getting out and about during winter doesn't bother me at all...not
after living and surviving the Kansas winters for several decades! LOL
Thanks for any advice you can give me on the pros and cons of living in Flag.