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Old 04-17-2008, 10:33 AM
 
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Looking to Retire in the next few months in AZ from the Midwest. In the times that I have been in the Tucson I enjoyed the Green Valley area. I am wondering if would be better if I stayed in the Tucson or move out to Green Valley. The price range that I am looking at is in the 130K to 140k price range.

Just wondering from people who live in both areas what the differences might be between the two?

My age is 53 and I am somewhat active out doors and enjoy different activtives for people in this age range. What I don't want to do is to move into Green Valley and find myself driving into Tuscon to find activies to do.

Thank you for any information at you can provide me with in helping to make a choice between living in the two different areas.


David
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:52 AM
 
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Hi Max,

Green Valley is a nice area and a nice choice if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the Tucson area. If you enjoy outdoor activities then you'll definitely find plenty to keep you busy!

If you're into hiking there are plenty of trails near you, and here is a link to Green Valley "Things to See" page.

I think the most limiting factor would be the cost of housing; if you move much closer to, or into Tucson, you will definitely get less bang for your buck.

Have you looked into Rancho Sahuarita at all? There are some great housing opportunities there and you sit a little bit closer to Tucson if you get the itch to go into town.
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Old 04-18-2008, 07:36 PM
 
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Cool Green Valley living

Green Valley originally was a retirement community where one member of the household had to be 55 or older. In the outlying areas especially to the east and north there are alot of family housing developments and major growth. The population during the winter months is said to double with the arrival of snowbirds in the Green Valley area. You are looking at a townhouse for the kind of money you want to spend. Maybe a mobile home. I don't think you will find a house.
There are 3 major grocery stores, three drugstores and Walmart, not to mention local businesses. There is no public transportation (bus) in the area or to Tucson. To Valencia Road in Tucson from the I-19 Esperanza area is approx. 17 miles. The biggest drawback is medical services. If you have a serious medical problem and need a specialist chances are you are going to have to go to Tucson. You can swim, hike and golf just about everyday in Green Valley. There are community centers that have activities. Mexico is about 40 miles to the south.
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Old 04-26-2008, 09:53 AM
 
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Looking to Retire in the next few months in AZ from the Midwest. In the times that I have been in the Tucson I enjoyed the Green Valley area. I am wondering if would be better if I stayed in the Tucson or move out to Green Valley. The price range that I am looking at is in the 130K to 140k price range.

Just wondering from people who live in both areas what the differences might be between the two?

My age is 53 and I am somewhat active out doors and enjoy different activtives for people in this age range. What I don't want to do is to move into Green Valley and find myself driving into Tuscon to find activies to do.

Thank you for any information at you can provide me with in helping to make a choice between living in the two different areas.


David
Another "option" is North of Tucson. The Oro Valley area (and surrounding area's). Saddlebrook, Blackhorse Ranch, Dove Mountain are all very very nice and sound perfect for you. Red Rock is a new development and in the price range you mentioned. I would suggest you push your limits up a tad no matter what area you decide on as your price range is really pushing the limits. (Unless you are looking for a small condo)

At about 200k you are at least in the ball park for a great buy on a foreclosure in a nice area.

You are north of the city and have everything you need want or desire and a very quiet life style. All without the problems of Green Valley.

I can't recall the magazine but Green Valley was mentioned as the worst place in the nation to live.
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Old 04-26-2008, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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I can't recall the magazine but Green Valley was mentioned as the worst place in the nation to live.
More specifically, for retirement. As it came from AOL's website I'm not sure how much weight it carries, although the border/drug issue is definitely a reality.

Green Valley among retirees' 'worst places' (http://www.azstarnet.com/metro/218272 - broken link)

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While the reasons Green Valley is on the list seem the most sensationalistic, other places identified as being among the worst for retirement may have gotten the designation for more solid reasons.
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Old 04-26-2008, 11:28 AM
 
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More specifically, for retirement. As it came from AOL's website I'm not sure how much weight it carries, although the border/drug issue is definitely a reality.

Green Valley among retirees' 'worst places' (http://www.azstarnet.com/metro/218272 - broken link)
Really...? Sounds like a huge exaggeration to me. The place looks soooo sleepy. I'm sure these issues exist in the surrounding area, but in Green Valley itself...?
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Old 04-26-2008, 11:34 AM
 
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Yeah I'm not saying I agree with it either but wanted to give people the resource to decide for themselves.. certainly doesn't sound like solid reporting to me, but hey, I'm not a reporter.

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Old 05-16-2008, 09:57 AM
 
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There are some issues here about it being an illegal immigrant corridor. For the most part, I think it is the outskirts of Green Valley (Amado, Arivaca) that have people going through their yards at night or leaving trash behind. Very rarely, someone will be chased all the way into Green Valley and pepole will freak out. Recently, a van of illegals was chased and it crashed through the side of a house in Green Valley. That was a one-time thing- but many were up in arms about it. And the gov't got majorly slammed for not steerig the chase away from the neighborhood.
I have never seen any problems in Green Valley or Sahuarita, but the press concerning that story is an issue. They do catch drug dealers comming up from Mexico on the I-19, and pull them over on the side of the interstate, but this does not affect Green Valley at all. I would not let it dissuade you.
I live in Sahurita and would recommend Rancho Resort if you do not wish to be isolated from families. GV is almost all seniors and is very far from any non-senior life. Something as simple as going to the movies usually requires a trip into Tucson.
The article is ture-- people are killed by Mexican gangs or die making border crossings in the middle of the desert. That is *the middle of the desert* -- nowhere near Green Valley. Unless you are planning to take a 30 mile hike out into the surrounding desert of Green Valley, I would not worry about any of it.
Oh- and I actually was a reporter (before my son was born)!
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Old 05-29-2008, 06:49 AM
 
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There are some issues here about it being an illegal immigrant corridor. For the most part, I think it is the outskirts of Green Valley (Amado, Arivaca) that have people going through their yards at night or leaving trash behind. Very rarely, someone will be chased all the way into Green Valley and pepole will freak out. Recently, a van of illegals was chased and it crashed through the side of a house in Green Valley. That was a one-time thing- but many were up in arms about it. And the gov't got majorly slammed for not steerig the chase away from the neighborhood.
I have never seen any problems in Green Valley or Sahuarita, but the press concerning that story is an issue. They do catch drug dealers comming up from Mexico on the I-19, and pull them over on the side of the interstate, but this does not affect Green Valley at all. I would not let it dissuade you.
I live in Sahurita and would recommend Rancho Resort if you do not wish to be isolated from families. GV is almost all seniors and is very far from any non-senior life. Something as simple as going to the movies usually requires a trip into Tucson.
The article is ture-- people are killed by Mexican gangs or die making border crossings in the middle of the desert. That is *the middle of the desert* -- nowhere near Green Valley. Unless you are planning to take a 30 mile hike out into the surrounding desert of Green Valley, I would not worry about any of it.
Oh- and I actually was a reporter (before my son was born)!
I don't think I could dismiss the problems as easily as you did in your statement:

"That is *the middle of the desert* -- nowhere near Green Valley. Unless you are planning to take a 30 mile hike out into the surrounding desert of Green Valley, I would not worry about any of it."

The freeway I-19 has considerable problems with illegals all the time. While the border many be 30 miles away the problems are a lot closer.
I find it scary to even drive anywhere on I-19 as you never really know who, what or how many are in the car next to you. Not to mention the fact that they have no auto insurance.

While it is certainly your choice I would avoid it like the plague.
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Old 09-24-2008, 01:30 PM
 
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My in laws live in Green Valley although a nice area, I found it somewhat boring as mentioned in other inserts you pretty much have to come up to Tucson if you need medical as G.V is very limited they have one movie theature that is alwys full of are seniors ,Resturants well is you love mexican you got it made we found ourselves going to Tucson. We stayed there appox 5 mo after moving here from the midwest Although the town is nice there are not a whole lot of anything going on ,pretty much felt bored rio rico is nice so are better parts of tucson such as the foothills were we moved close enough to shopping and resturants lots to do through museums theatre and hiking sabinio caynon along with mount lemmoncan still get us close to midwest along with alittle snow if you wish. DON'T through all your sweaters away as it does get chilly and when you have been here awhile your blood thins you can give away big winter stuff unless you plan to ski or such or if you go to Flagstaff where the weather is much like the midwesthope you find what you are looking for good luck
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