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Old 08-02-2018, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Traveling
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Bk, you haven't mentioned your wonderful videos of your exploring of Arizona. Folks considering moving to AZ should watch them.

I haven't been to Tucson yet so am not qualified to comment on the city. I also haven't been to Portland. I always wanted to but life got in the way. It does sound to me that Tucson has the 'walkability' feature you are looking for.

Actually I may check it out myself in October, when it's cooler. I haven't found Sierra Vista to be a walkable town. I love the col & The lower temperature here though.

The one negative poster I noticed may have a hard time finding anything pleasant anywhere so should probably be taken with a grain of salt.

The open carry was strange for me but comforting, in a sense. I was mugged once in Minneapolis & trust me, I wish there would have been open carry.

I'm thinking this law has probably protected a lot of innocent people.

Keep watching the forum, ask questions and visit. That's the only way you'll know. Good luck.
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Old 01-12-2020, 12:11 PM
 
Location: north central Ohio
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You live in Tucson for the climate. While other parts of the country are flooded, blown away by tornadoes and hurricanes, volcanos, Tucson is just stable. Yeah. Gets hot! So you get up at 0430 and enjoy the morning with coffee and then around 0900 you stay indoors. Indoors can mean home, library, bookstores or whatever you like. In Dec, Jan, Feb etc. you can enjoy NO Winter. No evening news showing blizzards with some reporter telling us all about it for the umpteenth time. No recues of some soul from icy ponds etc. Weatherwise, Tucson is boring. I live here for the boring climate.

A-M-E-N! My AF dad was stationed in Tucson for about 18 months when I was 13-14,and I totally loved it. The evening we arrived I fell in love with it's(to me) exotic landscape, and surrounding mountains! When the summer afternoons got really hot, I just hung out at home, and a swamp cooler kept our little 2 bdrm adobe rental home perfectly comfortable. My sister and I walked to the roller skating rink most nights, and I don't remember ever being bitten or even hearing a mosquito all the time we lived there! I also remember the most breathtaking sunsets I have ever seen. After marriage and settling in Ohio with my Kentucky born husband, and discovering "HUMIDITY",I would gladly trade Tucson's climate for the disgusting slime-ball feel of a humid climate, any day, that even shade offers no relief from!
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Old 01-13-2020, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Dessert
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I've lived in Arizona just over a year, and visited occasionally before that. I don't think I've ever seen anyone with a gun.
Many businesses have signs prohibiting guns, so it might be hard to do you errands if you're packing.

Also, I don't hear gunshots. In the SF Bay Area, I frequently heard shots, and knew it was people shooting at each other. In rural Hawaii, even more shooting, but mostly at pigs. Neither of those places allowed open carry.
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Old 01-13-2020, 09:13 AM
 
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http://saddlebrookegolf.com
http://http://www.sbhoa2.org/web/pages/home

We lived in the northwest and rocky mountain areas.

If you are thinking about the Tucson area, you really should look at Saddlebrooke (main) not Ranch.
We did a lot of research and looking around and found a ton of folks from northwest had moved there.
Reasons for it over others was the views and slightly cooler than Tucson.

Being adjacent to the mountains and Nat't Forest land with the topography is an easier transition from the northwest.

The main Saddlebrooke is a large planned community with tons of amenities including a large live theater performing arts. Multiple restaurants, clubhouses, over 100 clubs, golf courses, trails, sports complexes etc. it is quiet but lots to do. If that is what you are thinking about

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Old 01-18-2020, 09:00 AM
 
Location: north central Ohio
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http://saddlebrookegolf.com
http://http://www.sbhoa2.org/web/pages/home

We lived in the northwest and rocky mountain areas.

If you are thinking about the Tucson area, you really should look at Saddlebrooke (main) not Ranch.
We did a lot of research and looking around and found a ton of folks from northwest had moved there.
Reasons for it over others was the views and slightly cooler than Tucson.

Being adjacent to the mountains and Nat't Forest land with the topography is an easier transition from the northwest.

The main Saddlebrooke is a large planned community with tons of amenities including a large live theater performing arts. Multiple restaurants, clubhouses, over 100 clubs, golf courses, trails, sports complexes etc. it is quiet but lots to do. If that is what you are thinking about
https://www.55places.com/arizona/com...%20%5Bexact%5D
Sounds nice, but VERY expensive!
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Old 01-26-2020, 09:09 PM
 
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Not expensive. There is another extensive site with a collection ( large) of links, maps, amenities for Saddlebrooke. Also has a lot of info and links for surrounding area like Tucson.
One page going to submit to be added to it will be HOA and fee comparison.
No mandatory food and beverage, can use private carts for free and lots of other cost savings including HOA.
It was one of the major selling points.

See the new reference site - just click on word WIKi on left and it is clickable tabke of contents.
It is growing so more to be added.
https://groups.io/g/Saddlebrooke-new-resident-info
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Old 01-27-2020, 11:18 AM
 
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Sorry mddd
The link I provided name and web address changed so be sure and note new one to bookmark

https://groups.io/g/Saddlebrooke-community-info
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Old 03-16-2021, 12:30 PM
 
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[URL="http://saddlebrookegolf.com"]http://saddlebrookegolf.com[/URL]
[URL="http://www.sbhoa2.org/web/pages/home"]http://http://www.sbhoa2.org/web/pages/home[/URL]

We lived in the northwest and rocky mountain areas.

If you are thinking about the Tucson area, you really should look at Saddlebrooke (main) not Ranch.
We did a lot of research and looking around and found a ton of folks from northwest had moved there.
Reasons for it over others was the views and slightly cooler than Tucson.

Being adjacent to the mountains and Nat't Forest land with the topography is an easier transition from the northwest.

The main Saddlebrooke is a large planned community with tons of amenities including a large live theater performing arts. Multiple restaurants, clubhouses, over 100 clubs, golf courses, trails, sports complexes etc. it is quiet but lots to do. If that is what you are thinking about
Why not Saddlebrooke Ranch?
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Old 03-16-2021, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Dessert
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Hi. My husband an I, in our early 50s/60s, are thinking about moving to Tucson. We spent a day last year when visiting my parents who live in an active retirement community near Phoenix. I assumed, wrongly, that Tucson would be like Phoenix south. We discovered we loved Tucson but I’ve got a few questions. We live in Portland, OR now (by way of New York) and really love so much about it — the politics, the community, the activism, the creative and quirky vibe. From our very brief visit, it seemed Tucson had a bit of that — does it? We really liked the Sam Hughes neighborhood, but would want a bigger lot (1+ acres) and quiet. Are there quirky quiet neighborhoods that we could find houses in the 350K - 500K range? Independent bookstores, non-chain cafes and restaurants, hiking/running/biking trails are all important to us. We’ve Portland liberal so will that an issue? (Tucson gave off a nicely progressive vibe, but seeing people open-carry guns freaked us out a bit.) We plan to come out in the summer, to see if we can handle it. I’ve visited my folks then and Phoenix is far more oppressive in the summer than Tucson, right? I’d love to hear the good and the bad about Tucson. Thanks!
My husband and are heat-weary Tucsonians thinking longingly of Oregon.

A house in each place might be ideal, if you can swing it.
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Old 03-16-2021, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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My husband and are heat-weary Tucsonians thinking longingly of Oregon.

A house in each place might be ideal, if you can swing it.
When I lived in Tucson my grandad lived in Eugene. I made sure I visited 'ole gramps every summer during those years.
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