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Old 08-30-2017, 06:53 AM
 
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Thanks to all for reviving interest in this post, I'm really looking forward to Labor Day when my trek begins out west. Monday in Vegas, Tuesday in Mesquite, Weds in Page, Thursday in Prescott, Friday at Lake Havasu and fly home Saturday. I should get a good taste of western life as Vegas Monday weather is predicted sunny and 105; not something you can read about and truly understand. Phoenix is not a consideration as it is a basin, much hotter, more expensive, and a big city lifestyle I'm not interested in retiring to. Retirement for me means hiking, biking, low traffic, able to ride a motorcycle year round, and never having to check the weather forecast again to plan my day. I'll post my opinions here, maybe one day we'll all meet out west and boast about how it was the best decision we ever made. Enjoy.
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:59 PM
 
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So heres the skinny thus far: touched down Monday in Vegas due to the airport and stayed at the Luxor. Yes this thread is about retirement and no Vegas is not a consideration but a landing spot on basically a day wasted in travel. Vegas is busy, expensive, a filled with interesting people who I can have my fill of in one evening. Alot going on there so a viable night out but if I can get in, enjoy my event, and get out it works best for me. Back to retirement....
Day One Mesquite: took the scenic route from Vegas via Lake Mead at Echo Bay given it is the closest real body of water to Mesquite (35 mins). Marina is closed, great boat ramp, peaceful this time of year, really no place to swim. Passed thru Valley of Fire for a diversion, nice, not worth the $10 given an America the Beautiful pass is not valid there only. (side bar: seriously if you are a senior, get the pass today, its $10 lifetime and I mean today.... headed to $80). Stayed at the Casablanca in Mesquite, lovely place and affordable (free parking and $6.95 resort fee.... Vegas $10 park and $34 resort fee in a crowded pool). Food eh, entertainment eh, but its about the stay, you want a night out visit Vegas.
Mesquite was 106 degrees...I'm from the northeast, felt like low 90s due to lack of humidity. Dry heat is worth about 12 degrees given 20% humidity vs 80+ east coast humidity. Clean modern town, great walkpaths, at least one commercial store found everywhere (WalMart, Walgreens, etch). Visited the Del Webb Sun City housing options...I thought very nicely laid out and priced starting at $200k for1300 sq ft. Clubhouse, activities, and pool top notch, exercise room, jog track, activities great for a community with $150 HOA fees. Drawbacks are retirement community rules and neighbors right on top of you but they are continually building so mesquite will be a Florida west soon. Interviewed locals, best negative I got from younger folks was boring town, not enough choices on stuff to do. I left with a smile, knowing that it was unseasonably hot but walked a path at 8:30 am in 85 degree weather which felt like low 70s to me and met a local walker there dressed IN A SWEATSHIRT! Don't fear the thermometer unless you are obese.
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Old 09-07-2017, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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We only have a $103/month HOA fee in Sun City Anthem in Henderson. You'd never know you were in Las Vegas -- such a beautiful resort community and 30 min to the strip and lots of stuff to do even just in Henderson. 20 min to the airport. Much more attractive than Mesquite Del Webb. Check it out on your way back to McCarren Airport.

We walk every evening for a couple of miles in 95 degree weather. Very pleasant. Once it gets to 75 degrees, we need to wear a sweater!
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Old 09-07-2017, 04:44 PM
 
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Maherm06....Keep the data flowing. I'm eating up every word.

The events of the last week down in Texas and soon to be in Florida has completely ended my thoughts of a possible gulf coast retirement. I'd rather sit in a house in the desert and let the A/C run constantly during the summer than put up with the hurricane risk. To me, it's just not worth it.

My short list is Nevada (mesquite, carson/reno, henderson), Arizona (Prescott, scottsdale, Tucson), and maybe Texas (Abilene).

thanks again.
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Old 09-07-2017, 08:22 PM
 
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Day Two Page AZ: Woke to a great sunrise so I headed to the north end where all building ceases. It was low 80s with a nice breeze, truly comfortable, with a crushed red rock path that takes you to breathtaking views of glen canyon, lake Powell, and bullfrog marina. Can image my morning coffee there every day as it is a long trail so doubt id get bored. The city is older than mesquite (1957) and a bit more run down and untidy but nestled nicely in between numerous red rock buttes everywhere instead of just in the distance. Seems they center all hotels on one road Lake Powell Blvd closest to the waheap recreation area, which is now $25 daily even to take a picture. The water was warm and it had a small beach and campground, unlike lake meads echo bay. The town is small, about 1/3rd size of mesquite and some run down areas. Nearby is..... nothing, nothing at all. It borders a large Navaho reservation which has.... nothing at all.
IMHO Page is a place to live part time only to enjoy the weather and all lake Powell has to offer. The walks are nice up by the elementary school and the scenic beauty of glen canyon and red buttes would satisfy part time yearnings. If I were to live there permanently, id consider living on a houseboat, lake Powell is that gorgeous but it also is everything there is there in such a small remote place.
Disclaimer: yes I am only staying a day in each locale so I realize my ignorance in inexperience but I welcome feedback of any sort and I am not biased towards any location, thanks for listening.
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Old 09-07-2017, 08:36 PM
 
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Forgot also to mention stopped in St George Utah en route to Page (and also Zion but that majestic place deserves its own thread). St George was an earlier consideration that did make my short list because of size (82000) and Utah unfriendly taxes. Utah is so beautiful and I came face to face with a mule deer and ram while at Zion but I think it is best enjoyed as a day trip than a residence. Clean for a city, great diverse outdoors activities with Dixie mountain greenery and desert climate below and lots of activities, malls, medical, etc. It's nestled in between rock mesa's that you can look down from many hiking trails or from the old airport and a MUST stop is the friendly, bountiful, homemade items of the black bear diner, trust me. Yet it is a big city with traffic, a few undesirable areas, and I cannot speak to those who feel the LDS population shuns others. I intend on spending much time in Utah wherever I end up.
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Old 09-07-2017, 08:53 PM
 
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Still lookin, I seriously doubt you'll be holed into a house for 3 months in a/c like some negative posters say. I mentioned the girl in a sweatshirt in 86 degrees, I do feel you acclimate and comparing how many days indoors are spent back home avoiding rain, snow, or 90% humidity, its incomparable. If at all in decent shape, any activity is viable until 10am on the worst of days and you can still run errands etch in the heat of the afternoon, try that in a snowstorm. Mesquite entertainment is growing with tribute bands at casinos on weekends, car shows, and anything golf related which brings in $ and courses maintain unobstructed beauty. The east coast moisture creates major storms, biting insects galore, and weather that must always be monitored as a plan ruining factor. Worst bugs I've found out west was tons of flies poolside but as soon as dusk came, the crickets and lizards appeared and vacuumed them up as if they were hired to do so. Can't find a gripe weather or otherwise yet here, on to Prescott next....
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:16 AM
 
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Alot going on there so a viable night out but if I can get in, enjoy my event, and get out it works best for me.
Giggle. This description made me think of a "strike force" mission from one of the novels I read...Vegas is probably a lot like that.

Seriously though, I'm enjoying reading about your travels. Thanks for sharing with us!
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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Still lookin, I seriously doubt you'll be holed into a house for 3 months in a/c like some negative posters say. I mentioned the girl in a sweatshirt in 86 degrees, I do feel you acclimate and comparing how many days indoors are spent back home avoiding rain, snow, or 90% humidity, its incomparable. If at all in decent shape, any activity is viable until 10am on the worst of days and you can still run errands etch in the heat of the afternoon, try that in a snowstorm. Mesquite entertainment is growing with tribute bands at casinos on weekends, car shows, and anything golf related which brings in $ and courses maintain unobstructed beauty. The east coast moisture creates major storms, biting insects galore, and weather that must always be monitored as a plan ruining factor. Worst bugs I've found out west was tons of flies poolside but as soon as dusk came, the crickets and lizards appeared and vacuumed them up as if they were hired to do so. Can't find a gripe weather or otherwise yet here, on to Prescott next....
Its been our first summer in Las Vegas Valley and never "holed up." there are activities in the community center all day that are fun. The hiking club goes to Mt. Charleston (40 min drive and temps in the 80's) for our 2x weekly hikes. We drove to Tahoe/Reno/Placerville CA for a week's stay and also spend a couple of days in Flagstaff (3.5 hour drive). Lots of people drive to Carmel or San Diego (about 5 hours) for a summer visit. And Prescott is about 3.5 hours away. And evenings on the strip -- tons of misters and blasting AC from the open doors of shops and casinos make a walk on the strip bearable and kind of interesting..... Frontier Airlines offers $60 flights to Denver and Colorado Springs from LV.. Don't fear the heat!
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Old 09-08-2017, 07:48 PM
 
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Day Three Prescott: Another cool charming town (I've actually liked them all) which has a plethora of modern commercial shopping avenues and busy boulevards mixed in with historic old time buildings, throwback whiskey row, and great views. The four city area has hustle and bustle but also numerous parks with trails and paths enjoyed in a climate that doesn't reach 90 degrees. The elevation made my ears pop a bit but the mixture of green and rock landscape is rarely duplicated in AZ.
I found that the homes were quite a bit pricey as the median is around $300k but factor in the numerous lower priced trailer parks and any decent house goes well above that, add in any type of view and its much too pricey for me. I also understand that the climate can change drastically within a single day which can be an annoyance. It is a larger city, about 40000,and I understand there is a high number of rehab facilities there which relapse and homelessness often follows but I heard that from a local. The worst is the water condition losses can reach critical lows at times during the year, damaging any resale value in an expensive town.
There is alot to like there but it is busier bigger city living, costly, and water woes are no small matter. If you have the money, the city has it all, nice weather, outdoorsy, and all your shopping needs met. The house we viewed was decent sized, nothing special on a small lot with no views overlooking anything, and they are asking $405,000. Was not a community, retirement, nor a new build.
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