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Old 06-28-2013, 06:57 PM
 
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I am thinking of moving to Sierra Vista but I have questions.
1. How is the crime rate?
2. Is it windy a lot?
3. How far are the VA hospitals?
4. Is the cost of living high?
5. Is there a Pickelball club?
6. Is there a tennis club?
In your opinion where should we look to live if we need five acres for our horses.
Thank you and Happy Fourth of July.
Regards, Ken
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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1. How is the crime rate? ....Check the demographics on city-data for Sierra Vista.

2. Is it windy a lot? ....This is kind of subjective...one persons gentle breeze is another man's gale...check the weather service.

3. How far are the VA hospitals? ....South Tucson, at I-10 and 6th...an excellent facility

4. Is the cost of living high?....Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Sierra Vista: 84.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Read more: //www.city-data.com/city/Sierra...#ixzz2XZ1dvgJS

5. Is there a Pickelball club?....Doubtful, SV is not a big snowbird destination....and Pickleball is the national sport of snowbirds.....but someone else may chime in.

6. Is there a tennis club? Probably....

7. where should we look to live if we need five acres for our horses...Anywhere rural....south, east and north of town....or west of Ft Huachuca...Sonoita, Elgin, Papago Springs Rd, Harshaw Rd out of Patagonia in the San Rafael Valley. Virtually no permanent pasture in the Sierra Vista area...St David to the north has pasture....pasture land is also available west of Ft Huachuca in the Sonoita/Elgin area.....it'll be baled hay in SV...costly..... Finding 5 acres may be a challenge tho....even more of a challenge to find 5 acres with water. Do some research on the water situation in SV.

Regards
Gemstone1

Good Luck
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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I put "Sierra Vista" and "minimum five acres" into the Tucson Home Search tool and only one property came up. Hope you've got more than half a mil. I can't get the listing to link, but the address is: 600 South Schrader Road, Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635. It has 22 acres and a large newish house (four bathrooms), which I guess accounts for the $699,999 price tag. It is zoned for horses and says "could be a great horse property" in the listing, but it mentions nothing about horse facilities currently being on the property. Nothing came up at all in Sierra Vista when I specified "horse facilities."

I also ran a search on the entire Tucson region requesting five+ acre properties and specified "horse facilities." I got 132 properties then. Many are over a million dollars when they have very large pieces of property and gorgeous houses (maybe you could be Paul McCartney's neighbor). I was actually surprised there are as many as there are with much lower price tags and reasonable access to I-10, which would be your main access to the Southern Arizona VA Health System on 6th Avenue in Tucson. The properties with Tucson or Marana addresses would be closest to there, of course. How each individual Realtor defines "horse facilities" probably varies widely. But these listings all have photos, at least. Some even have aerial photos where you can clearly see barns and fences.

http://www.tucsonproperties.net/data...rr_listingtype

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Old 06-29-2013, 10:12 PM
 
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1. Crime rate is less than Tucson, but in a growing city you still have to be careful where you go at night. Stay out of Fry Town (behind La Casita restaurant), and the area behind St. Vincent De Paul on the other side of Fry Blvd.
2.Wind, yes, comes out of Garden Canyon in the Spring. One of the Indian Gods sends it.
3. Tucson VA is excellent. I'm a outpatient there as are most of my close friends.
4. Cost of living is actually a bit higher then Tucson. (Gas, Rental home, Groceries unless you can shop at the Commissary)
5. a what??? No but we have some great shooting areas.
6. Tennis, yes and some good places with good competition.
7. You can find 5 acres, but look for where the Monument Fire burnt. I have friends with horses in each area you asked about. Heck several areas in town are zoned for horses.
8. If you are retired military you will have an interesting situation, you will have quite a few comrades in arms, but, you will also find a substantial number of non-military folks who resent your service, especially if you saw combat. I'd join one of the Vets organizations, AMVETS, VFW, American Legion, etc.
9 Some decent restaurants now, several more in Bisbee, one in Patagonia.
10 TV coverage is excellent.
11. Local Docs and Dentists are decent. Local VA Clinic is not bad.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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"you will also find a substantial number of non-military folks who resent your service"...

I thought those days were behind us, care to offer some specifics ?

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Gemstone1
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:34 AM
 
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Thank you all for taking the time to answer my questions. I am looking at all the homes for sale where horses are permitted. What I don't know is if there is any area I should not look at because of crime. I did check the crime rate using city data but I rely more on people who live in the area. For example we live near Bend Oregon. City data info is that crime is higher than national average. I Lived here for 17 years and there is very little crime. Thanks again for all your time. Ken
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:39 PM
 
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Tucson was cold enough last winter and Sierra Vista was colder. There are a lot of properties for sale along the Ajo Highway west of Tucson that would fit your needs. It would be warmer and you would only be eight miles or less from all the conveniences of a major city. You are a year or two from the fire-sale prices but even buying one being flipped for a profit in the area might not be too bad. Here is an example 16082 W Ridgemoor Ave, Tucson, AZ 85736 - Zillow
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Portland
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"you will also find a substantial number of non-military folks who resent your service"...

What do you mean by that? I am considering that area too! And I am/will be a Mil/Govl retiree.
Anymore details would be helpful on this plus as I want a peaceful place to retire.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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I sold furniture in Tucson for several years. Practically every customer I had who lived in Sierra Vista was associated in some way with Fort Huachuca. Sierra Vista's economy is very dependent on military activities. What's in it for someone who lives there to be anti-military? Everybody who wishes for peace on earth is not against military families. We are grateful to people who place their lives in jeopardy for our country. I could imagine some landlords disliking young soldiers who would trash their properties, but that has more to do with youth than the fact that they are in the military.

OP, re: your question about crime. As I mentioned, the MLS listings I sent you were all for horse properties. I'm not familiar enough with counties outside Pima to speak to the topic of crime. But I'm familiar with the areas of the ones with Tucson and Marana addresses and I can't imagine any of them being a problem unless there are some random out-of-control teenagers in the area who would cause trouble — which could happen anywhere. In any case, care needs to be taken all over Southern Arizona. Since we are so close to the border, identity and car theft is more prevalent here than in some other places. But those are the kind of crimes that can be prevented with care and you would be more likely to run into them in urban areas as rural ones.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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I don't think anyone is anti-military except that too many retirees are double and triple dipping and complaining about socialism. Much of the anti-Obama, anti-Medicaid comes from the Tea Party retiree crowd much of whom are retired military. The expansion of Medicaid under Governor Brewer is being opposed by Medicare, Tricare recipients and others covered by government health care. If you like the Tea Party Arizona is a great place plus great VA Medical.
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