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Old 05-30-2018, 10:48 AM
 
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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!
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Old 05-30-2018, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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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!
Tucson is only a few degrees cooler than PHX. Its still hot.


If you don't like guns, low taxes, etc, stay in liberal Portland. Don't move here and change AZ to OR.
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Old 05-30-2018, 01:01 PM
 
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Thanks for responding to my post. I'd read that, because of elevation, it's a bit cooler in Tucson -- like 105 to 110 in Tucson vs. 115 to oven-basted in PHX. And I'd heard Tucson is filled with more liberally goodness than Phoenix and Scottsdale. I know AZ is still a red state, but OR is pretty red outside of our urban areas.

I'd love info on various neighborhoods in Tucson, especially those that fit the criteria I mentioned.
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Old 05-30-2018, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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I'm thinking about moving to Green Valley with the elevation even higher than Tucson and therefore, a little cooler, but still, as they say, "Hot!" Sierra Vista has the awesome climate (so I've heard) in southern AZ, higher in elevation, of course, but also a bit far away from Tucson. So, not sure what I'll do, but I certainly wish you the best.
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Old 05-30-2018, 03:14 PM
 
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I'm thinking about moving to Green Valley with the elevation even higher than Tucson and therefore, a little cooler, but still, as they say, "Hot!" Sierra Vista has the awesome climate (so I've heard) in southern AZ, higher in elevation, of course, but also a bit far away from Tucson. So, not sure what I'll do, but I certainly wish you the best.
Green Valley is a nice area, right next to the Santa Rita Mountains, Ramsey Canyon. Try the drive!
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Old 05-30-2018, 03:21 PM
 
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This my first year in Sierra Vista & I am not finding the heat oppressive. I heard May & June would be the bad months. It does get hot but there has usually been a nice breeze. I do stay out of the sun in the afternoon but so far it's been fine.

I haven't been to Green Valley yet but those that post who live there enjoy it. Prescott is supposed to be nice also.

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Old 05-30-2018, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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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!
Indeed, the gun thing would be creepy! Are you set on Arizona? If not, Albuquerque might meet your criteria... sunny, but without broiling summers (because it's about the same elevation as Denver).
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Old 05-30-2018, 03:36 PM
 
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Yes, it's still hot in summer even though the elevation is slightly higher. June and July are perfect to head up to Oregon for a trip to the coast. Sam Hughes is a great neighborhood. In fact, my wife and I are looking there ourselves for retirement in a few years. It sounds like you'd like to be in the middle of things so I would definitely start there then move outward. I wouldn't worry about the red state thing. Plenty of people in Tucson and around the state are left of center leaning/progressive. When my wife and I move down in 5 years from Seattle there will be two more haha
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Old 05-30-2018, 03:49 PM
 
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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!
Two years ago we were facing the exact choice that you are. Though we were in the Seattle area - same issues, basically. Also, our oldest daughter and her husband live in Portland so we well understand all of the amenities you're looking for. Our criteria was the same, with the exception of housing price range.

Initially, Tucson was near the top of our list. We love so many things about that city and it is a little blue dot in a red state. Plenty of like-minded people and a live and let live attitude from people with differing views. There is also a very prevalent libertarian vibe which we have no problem with.

Pros for us were:

* COL much lower than the PNW
* Incredible weather in the winter, early spring and late fall
* Whole Foods and TJ's are there
* Housing is still, relatively, reasonable
* Plenty of retail and other basic resources for a decent lifestyle
* Saguaro National Park is a wonderful place for hiking https://www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm
* One of the best bookstores anywhere called Bookmans. Bookmans East | Bookmans Entertainment Exchange
* Southwest art and architecture is awesome
* Plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from. Good Sonoran-style Mexican food

Cons for us:

* We visited throughout the year but ,once late spring rolled around, it was just too intensely hot for us. We know plenty of people who feel differently and others who sunbird elsewhere during the summer months.
* After all of our years in the PNW we had difficulty with the extremely dry climate
* We have dogs and decided that they were too old to adapt to the dusty, dry terrain
* The open carry gun law, which we do respect as a constitutional right, was just too foreign to us
* The crime rate is rather high and, if I was alone, wasn't sure I'd feel safe

Please keep in mind this is an 'outsider' point of view and, surely, others may have a very different perspective. And BTW, I agree with other posters that you will not find too much difference in temperature between Phoenix and Tucson - we considered both areas.

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Old 05-30-2018, 06:36 PM
 
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Hello! Here are some fairly recent threads I remember that might help. You can PM me for more specific questions if you like.

Tucson or Phoenix
02-21-2018

Thinking of choosing Tucson
03-19-2018

Moving from England - love cycling and hiking; which neighbourhood should I live in?
04-18-2018

This is the URL to Arizona Illustrated Stories (355 of them) at YouTube by Arizona Public Media at the U of Arizona on campus in Tucson. I’ve seen all of them multiple times except this week’s episode. Love them. Best of luck!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...E5IGhjAL4Kd_SM
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