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Old 10-21-2008, 01:07 PM
 
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I have a while to go before I retire, but don't want to wait until the last minute!

I have lived most of my life in AZ and am from a town of less than 1000 people. I currently live where there are 9 people, 3 dogs and 2 cats.

I went to college in Flagstaff and have spent winters in Colorado and Wyoming, so I am not un-used to colder weather.

I would like a smaller town where I can get to a city if I need to (airport, shopping, etc). I also want someplace with the farmer's market/fourth of July parade/Christmas parade kind of life style. It may sound hokey, but that's okay with me.

I am looking for suggestions as to places to move - Panora and Spencer have both been suggested.
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:24 PM
 
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Clear Lake, Spirit Lake, Lake Okaboji. Those are all nice places. Other than lake living why Iowa?
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:03 PM
 
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I have serious concerns about upcoming water availability issues in the Southwest. Hurricanes and snow up to my sinuses are not my idea of an ideal climate, so the Gulf Coast and upper tier of states are not real high on my list. I just figured Iowa was far enough north (or south, depending) to avoid the worst of both.
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Des Moines
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Go further south to get out of the snow belt. We average about 30"-40" per year depending on what part of the state you're in. I enjoy the 4 seasons and wouldn't want to live in a place with a monotonous climate pattern, but the Upper Midwest has horrible weather in comparison to other regions of the country. Iowa experiences winter temperatures (with temps routinely in the 30's or lower) for about 5 months of the year.

With crazy weather like we have in the midwest, it makes you appreciate those warm, sunny, not so windy and not so humid days of the year all the more. Too bad you can count those days on two hands.
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley,az summer/east valley Az winter
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I have a while to go before I retire, but don't want to wait until the last minute!

I have lived most of my life in AZ and am from a town of less than 1000 people. I currently live where there are 9 people, 3 dogs and 2 cats.

I went to college in Flagstaff and have spent winters in Colorado and Wyoming, so I am not un-used to colder weather.

I would like a smaller town where I can get to a city if I need to (airport, shopping, etc). I also want someplace with the farmer's market/fourth of July parade/Christmas parade kind of life style. It may sound hokey, but that's okay with me.

I am looking for suggestions as to places to move - Panora and Spencer have both been suggested.
Move to Klemme, iowa~ they will welcome you!

would sent a personnal note if you had it available on your site!

PS, I'm going the other way~ moving from Ia to Az.
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Central Iowa - Ankeny
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Boone is a great little Central Iowa town. It has some pretty landscape around - it's not too far from Ames and Des Moines.
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Old 10-25-2008, 02:56 PM
 
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Move to Klemme, iowa~ they will welcome you!

would sent a personnal note if you had it available on your site!

PS, I'm going the other way~ moving from Ia to Az.
I'm actually using my work computer, and we're not supposed to post our emails.

What part of AZ are you headed to?
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Old 10-25-2008, 02:59 PM
 
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I'm not THAT concerned about some snow. I spent 8 years in Flagstaff (Average 100" of snow a year), so I know about driving in it (or not, which was usually my preference). I also spent one winter in Gunnison, CO and waded through knee-deep snow to get to work. What I had in mind was snow up to the eaves in July.
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Quote: "What I had in mind was snow up to the eaves in July."

Take a look at Oskaloosa. Its an awfully nice little town. I am not a natvie, but I did spend some time there and I liked what I saw.

If you want to consider a little further east, Havana, IL has everything you mentioned, It wouldn't be a parade without our high school band, and shiny new tractors since we have two dealers in town. You're 50 miles from upscale dining and three airports..
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Old 10-25-2008, 08:04 PM
 
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I'd go on over to Iowa to check it out. There is always the Des Moines metro area. There are a few nice small towns within a half hour drive to the metro area.

P.S. Winter's in Iowa are MUCH harsher than Colorado and Wyoming.
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