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Old 01-28-2013, 05:50 PM
 
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Payson AZ. It's 5,000 high in the mountains, CLEAN air, tall Ponderosa pine trees, if you want grass -OK - if you prefer natural landscaping that's OK too, some winter, sunshine almost ALL the time, mild summers (90 plus tops), small town feel (15,000 pop), lots of doctors, etc., amenities, a hospital that was rated in the top ONE hundred in the USA.
We have lived here twice & we are back to stay.
Did I mention almost daily sunshine? It's great.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:55 PM
 
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Almost forgot - only an hour from the Valley (Phoenix) down #87, one of the most senic (and no stop lights - 65 MPH) roads in America. LOTS of mountains & history all around. 'bout 65 miles from I-40 to the north. Lots of Indian & general history here. Show Low to the east.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:53 AM
 
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Almost forgot - only an hour from the Valley (Phoenix) down #87, one of the most senic (and no stop lights - 65 MPH) roads in America. LOTS of mountains & history all around. 'bout 65 miles from I-40 to the north. Lots of Indian & general history here. Show Low to the east.
Does it require you to be filthy rich to own a few acres with a house? In other words - is it the wealthy people's playground or has it been gentrified?
OD
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:53 PM
 
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No, it's not a wealthy person's playground. Blue collar and retirement crowd is what I would typify it as. (and close to my suggestion in post #31)
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:15 AM
 
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No, it's not a wealthy person's playground. Blue collar and retirement crowd is what I would typify it as. (and close to my suggestion in post #31)
Interesting - usually something apparently green and pretty in the middle of nowhere would be overrun by developers, new age hippies, yuppies, "refugees" and retirees from California etc..

OD
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Carpinteria
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This is probably a long shot but I`m looking for a small town in the west that is "green," not desert. More sunny days than cloudy. I don`t mind cool temps and a little snow, but not tons of it and not single digits.
Most of the places like Eastern, Wa.and Oregon are to cold and have long winters. Southwest places are islands surrounded by dry and hot climates.
Look into Squim,Wa. or Brookings, Or. , both have microclimates with green surroundings, snow is rare. Brookings is kinda isolated.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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There are pockets of "green" in eastern Oregon...Wallowa Valley comes to mind, as does Prairie City and LaGrande areas. Of course, they aren't "Willamette Valley Green", but few places are!

You're right, Spokane is definitely not small. But there are lots and lots of small towns around it...if you go north of it, definitely green!
Love the Wallowa Valley. But it's pretty darn isolated and the winters are cold and summers quite hot. Great Elk hunting not far away.
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Old 02-19-2014, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Branson, Missouri
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Old 12-27-2015, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Paradise CA, that place on fire
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Check out Paradise or Magalia in northern California.
Our summer temperatures are in the high nineties or the low hundreds, but there are so many trees, so much shade that the heat doesn't bother me. No humidity. It is green, again due to the abundance of trees. Magalia gets a bit of snow in the winter, Paradise gets even less.
Traffic is easy. Plenty of shopping locally, or in Chico, 13 miles from us.
A nice house in the 240-290 K range.
The only bad part is the danger of fire, but it's the same all over the West.
San Francisco, Sacramento, Reno, Lake Tahoe, the Mendocino coast are only a few hours drive from us. With not much traffic, you can drive at the speed limit, or faster if you dare.
Sometimes I go for groceries and I take the longer route, just to enjoy the drive. There are no signs like "Scenic Drive." Here, every street and road and lane is a scenic drive.
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Old 03-05-2016, 10:00 AM
 
Location: north central Ohio
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This is probably a long shot but I`m looking for a small town in the west that is "green," not desert. More sunny days than cloudy. I don`t mind cool temps and a little snow, but not tons of it and not single digits.


That's about impossible to find, especially when someone like me also doesn't want summer temps above
mid 80's and hates humidity!
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