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Old 12-31-2016, 12:04 AM
 
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We are considering moving to AZ when we retire next year. Just wondering why buying a home is so much cheaper in Kingman than other towns. Also wondering about what grocery stores are available. We currently live in eastern Washington state and shop at Costco, Winco and Grocery Outlet. Thanks for any info you can provide.
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Old 12-31-2016, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Nothing like a Winco in Kingman, closest Costco I believe will be in Las Vegas, Sams Club in Bullhead City...other grocers, Smiths (Kroger), Safeway. Supply and demand dictate housing prices. In order for demand to be high, there has to be a reason people want to buy in the area...apparently there are few reasons...perhaps little employment opportunities. The closest grocery outlet I am familiar with is in Yuma...Greentree, I was a regular customer, fantastic bargains.

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Old 01-01-2017, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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BB...you have come to the right place for information, but it woud be helpful to know what you are looking for in a retirement location.

Warmer weather ?
Drier weather ?
urban ?
suburban ?
shopping ?
dining ?
other retirees ?
what kind of home ?
health care ?
VA health care ?
size town ?

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Gemstone1
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Old 01-09-2017, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
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I'm assuming the OP has visited Kingman before making the decision to move there. Reason it's so cheap is because there is nothing there besides budget motels and fast food restaurants. The town is mainly a quick stop to fill up on gas for people traveling between Phoenix and Las Vegas. Since you're retired you won't need to worry about jobs so the quiet life might work out for you in Kingman.
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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I'm assuming the OP has visited Kingman before making the decision to move there. Reason it's so cheap is because there is nothing there besides budget motels and fast food restaurants. The town is mainly a quick stop to fill up on gas for people traveling between Phoenix and Las Vegas. Since you're retired you won't need to worry about jobs so the quiet life might work out for you in Kingman.

Yep - and get yourself a 2018 Kia Rio with a standard transmission and your quick trips up to Vegas will be trouble-free and fun, too. I'm actually half-way considering Kingman myself as a retirement choice. I like Benson, Tucson, Bisbee and Kingman as retirement destinations so far. Got about 4 years, 7 months, 20 days, 9 hours and 57 minutes ta go until I'm gonna retire. Not that I'm anxious ta retire anytime soon.


Or anything.
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Old 01-13-2017, 11:19 PM
 
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I'm assuming the OP has visited Kingman before making the decision to move there. Reason it's so cheap is because there is nothing there besides budget motels and fast food restaurants. The town is mainly a quick stop to fill up on gas for people traveling between Phoenix and Las Vegas.
That is so wrong. There are plenty of good restaurants in town. Here's one: Mattina's Ristorante Italiano
There are a couple of decent steak houses in town. One of them, The Dambar, has almost a cult following. Then there's Oysters Mexican Seafood which is really good. Home - Oyster's
Tons of other Mexican places too of varying quality. The Hualapai Mtn Lodge is really good and an authentic old west ambience. It's located at the top of Mt Hualapai at around 6,000' elevation and you can watch the elk out the huge picture window as you dine. They have live music on the weekends. There are bars with music if you're into that. I'm not overly familiar with them as I'm a family man. There's a wine bar (kind of THE place to see and be seen), a brew pub and some other specialty food shops, a great bbq place, etc, etc.

And yes, there are nice hotels too, like a Hampton Inn. Sure, it's no Ritz Carleton, but it's your basic comfortable business class hotel at a reasonable rate. There are other new hotels as well. So no, it's not all budget hotels.

Laughlin is a Casino town 45 minutes away with tons of more restaurants. Heck, you can easily spend that much time driving across most cities to find a good meal. Lake Havasu is an hour away with lots to do, plus Vegas is a little over an hour away.

There are cheap homes, but there are also areas with million-dollar mansions. We've lived in a nice neighborhood that was not cheap.

There are incredible hiking trails and limitless places to explore out into the desert. Being an avid outdoorsman, explorer and photographer, I was in heaven living there.
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Old 01-13-2017, 11:33 PM
 
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This was my backyard. Yeah, it's a tough life in the desert.



You could sit in that hot tub with a glass of wine and watch an incredible sunset, and then watch the moon rise over the mountains. Amazing.
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Old 01-14-2017, 10:24 AM
 
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Funny this should come up, because someone I work with just asked me if I had considered Kingman as a place to retire, and if I'd ever visited. She's looking for somewhere in the southwest, moderately warm climate and relatively inexpensive (as am I). I took a little day trip to Kingman a couple of years ago, so I gave her my impression: Small town, not a lot to do (but not nothing), not too much in the way of shopping (which is the big downside to me-not necessarily department stores but the lack of variety of food stores; I like having Sprouts, Super Target, Costco, and the big Mexican grocery stores easily available), decent hospital, one multi-plex movie theater, and a VERY desolate drive to Las Vegas.


But oh, what you can get real estate wise for your money!!! It would almost make it worthwhile, and it's not totally off our short list because of that.
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Old 01-14-2017, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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That is so wrong. There are plenty of good restaurants in town. Here's one: Mattina's Ristorante Italiano
There are a couple of decent steak houses in town. One of them, The Dambar, has almost a cult following. Then there's Oysters Mexican Seafood which is really good. Home - Oyster's
Tons of other Mexican places too of varying quality. The Hualapai Mtn Lodge is really good and an authentic old west ambience. It's located at the top of Mt Hualapai at around 6,000' elevation and you can watch the elk out the huge picture window as you dine. They have live music on the weekends. There are bars with music if you're into that. I'm not overly familiar with them as I'm a family man. There's a wine bar (kind of THE place to see and be seen), a brew pub and some other specialty food shops, a great bbq place, etc, etc.

And yes, there are nice hotels too, like a Hampton Inn. Sure, it's no Ritz Carleton, but it's your basic comfortable business class hotel at a reasonable rate. There are other new hotels as well. So no, it's not all budget hotels.

Laughlin is a Casino town 45 minutes away with tons of more restaurants. Heck, you can easily spend that much time driving across most cities to find a good meal. Lake Havasu is an hour away with lots to do, plus Vegas is a little over an hour away.

There are cheap homes, but there are also areas with million-dollar mansions. We've lived in a nice neighborhood that was not cheap.

There are incredible hiking trails and limitless places to explore out into the desert. Being an avid outdoorsman, explorer and photographer, I was in heaven living there.
Please stop lol. Kingman is a dump and 90℅ is less than desirable. I advise anyone to drive through Birdland and Butler then talk
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Old 01-14-2017, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Kingman is also so cheap it doesn't have street lights and reflective street signs in most areas of town. It's a pit stop to/from Vegas and Phenix. Look elsewhere
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