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Old 04-30-2020, 03:17 PM
 
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Lived in North Phoenix for most of the 30 years I have lived in Arizona. First to be near family and then made a lot of friends on that side of the city. Became empty nesters after living in Moon Valley for 13 years. Absolutely loved living there. Good schools, nice properties, friendly neighbors, conveniently located to all amenities and freeways.
Then we bought a vacation place in Payson 5 years ago. Sold the home in Moon Valley and tried living in our Payson home full time. Let's just say, I have never liked winter, LOL. I am originally from Boston.
Ended up buying a townhouse in Tempe a little over a year ago and am really enjoying getting to know my new neighborhood. It is closer to the Payson house and we just plain wanted a change for our new life adventure (close to retirement).



We moved to Moon Valley almost 2 years ago and I love it so much. Our neighbors are amazing, we can hike North Mountain from our house, our schools are great, we are close enough to downtown. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else in the Valley!
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Old 05-01-2020, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Vegas
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Then we bought a vacation place in Payson 5 years ago. Sold the home in Moon Valley and tried living in our Payson home full time. Let's just say, I have never liked winter, LOL. I am originally from Boston.
Ended up buying a townhouse in Tempe a little over a year ago and am really enjoying getting to know my new neighborhood. It is closer to the Payson house and we just plain wanted a change for our new life adventure (close to retirement).
Doesn't Payson have pretty mild winters, though?
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Old 05-01-2020, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Tempe and Payson
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Doesn't Payson have pretty mild winters, though?
Some of the time, but it does get in the 20's and 30's at night and in the winter of 2014 on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day 2015 Payson got a foot of snow.

At the end of December 2018 (on the 31st) the daytime high was 27 °F. The lowest temp for the month was 18 °F on December 29th at 6 am. So definitely not something I want to be in ever again.

Just missed getting stuck in this one: February 21 to 22, 2019 they got 31.8" of snow just in these two days.

But I do love my summer months up there. It's like being a snowbird but with only a little over an hour drive.
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Old 05-01-2020, 06:56 AM
 
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Just south of Central Tempe. I liked the grass, trees, diverse and older housing stock, and large population of childless couples and professionals.

The students can get annoying but nothing overwhelming
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Old 05-01-2020, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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My wife and I lived on the west side, (Glendale), from 1997 until this past Summer, (2019). When we sold our home and moved to Lake Havasu City. We did so for many reasons. Mostly because our old neighborhood was changing, and not for the better. There was a lot of racial changes, along with the crime and graffiti that comes with it.

The homes were still selling good in my area, and it was time to get out. So we did. We were very fortunate that our house sold in just 3 days, and for over $7K above asking price. That was a huge relief. I doubt that will continue. Especially with what the pandemic is doing to the economy. If our old neighborhood crashes again, like it did in 2008 / 2009, it's not going to come back.

Housing prices in Lake Havasu City are rising very fast. The home we just purchased 9 months ago has risen over $24K on Zillow. And that will most likely continue. Because people from California are cashing out on high housing prices there. As well as retired people moving here from the Midwest. Both are driving up the price of homes here.

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Old 05-01-2020, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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I bought where I did to get away from growth that was occurring in Ahwatukee where I previously bought to get away from growth in my Phoenix neighborhood. Social distancing is in my DNA. There were only about a dozen homes in Estrella when I moved here, and though there were also zero services like restaurants, gas stations, doctors, etc. it was heaven. Of course, now it is wall to wall humanity and no longer much different than any hood in the metro. There''s a lesson in that: you can run buy you can't hide from growth in Phoenix. Even if you buy an acre or so and have horses in the backyard, they will build homes all around you and eventually you will be stuck at redlights or in traffic jams no matter where you go.
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Old 05-01-2020, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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.... There''s a lesson in that: you can run buy you can't hide from growth in Phoenix. Even if you buy an acre or so and have horses in the backyard, they will build homes all around you and eventually you will be stuck at redlights or in traffic jams no matter where you go.
That's another reason we chose Lake Havasu over just moving further west, like several of my neighbors did. Much like Californian's ended up doing, which was riding the wave east until Palm Springs has become an almost suburb of L.A. Phoenix is growing westward. So now if you move out to Verrado or even Tonapah, in another 15 or 20 years, you'll be surrounded by humanity.

While Lake Havasu has doubled over the last 30 years, it's growth is limited by the desert, along with the BLM land that surrounds it. And it's not some place people "pass through". You have to drive out of your way to get here. 20 miles south off I-40. Or 90 miles north from I-10. Now, I'm as far west as I can live, and still be in Arizona.... Unless I want to live on a houseboat.
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Old 05-01-2020, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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South Chandler: Schools, proximity to work (now negligible) and access to shopping/dining. Both the wife and I want to move as it is getting congested and crowded down here now but...the kids are established with friends and schools after 13 years in the same area so it will be 5 years or so before we make any changes.
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Old 05-01-2020, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Downtown Phoenix, for convenience to almost anywhere we'd need to be in the valley
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Old 05-01-2020, 11:28 AM
 
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South Chandler: Schools, proximity to work (now negligible) and access to shopping/dining. Both the wife and I want to move as it is getting congested and crowded down here now but...the kids are established with friends and schools after 13 years in the same area so it will be 5 years or so before we make any changes.
Same area of Chandler:

I like the area for the schools, green landscaping with lots of community lakes (not a fan of desert/desert mountains), parks, safety, high quality youth sports, large houses on larger than average lots, educated neighbors, access to any shopping or dining I desire.
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