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Old 02-24-2019, 12:21 PM
 
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We will be retiring in 2 years & are moving out of Connecticut. Lived here all our lives, & looking for a change from high taxes on everything, COL is going up every year.. we both work outside for a living, & want to escape the endless freezing drag on winters!

That being said, we are researching where we want to relocate to. I'm bored with the East Coast & have always wanted to move out West. We happen to be coming out to AZ to visit someone in March who lives in North Scottsdale, so we have a few days to trek out & perhaps check out a few areas. I cant really ask them to many questions, as they recently got transferred to AZ.

Love to live somewhere with a little elevation so it's not super crazy HOT in the summer, & would love a "scenic" area with perhaps some mountain views. We are used to hot humid summers here, so we can tolerate some heat, but would like to avoid the 110+ stuff. Don't mind a little snow, but not interested in prolonged 4 - 5 months of winter...YUK!!

We LOVE to camp! And we LOVE National Parks etc...I LOVE to kayak!!..there's so much to explore it seems near AZ. Access into Colorado, Utah, California etc...Hubby likes to hunt. We're pretty laid back, so not into alot of drama...would love to meet some new friends wherever we end up.

Budget on our new digs?...I'm thinking it would be nice to stay in perhaps the 300K max...dont need a big fancy place, but no condo or townhouse or mobile home...hubby wants a little yard. I'd like something that doesnt need much work & hopefully newer.

In my research on city data threads on AZ, Im intrigued by Prescott & Prescott Valley, but the housing prices may get out of reach. Any other towns/areas in the "Tuscon area" that would fit our wish list? Ive been researching Green Valley, but looking for any input on other areas to look into...Its just the 2 of us...kids are grown, so schools not an issue...we are retiring, so employment doesnt come into play either, but would prefer to not get too remote of an area...would like reasonable driving access to shopping, restaurants etc...perhaps no more than 20 minutes??

Thanks!!
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Old 02-24-2019, 06:38 PM
 
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Green Valley/Sahuarita (So. of Tucson) or Marana/ Oro Valley (No. of Tucson) are places in the Tucson area to check out. Elevation is around 3000 ft. We just got snow on Friday (which is rare).

You can get a 1700-2000 sq. ft home in your price range in the GV area (just check zillow). New construction may be more due to upgrades. These areas are surrounded by mountains (currently snow covered).

Plenty of places to hike and camp in Madera Canyon. Plus great hunting in the Santa Rita Mountains. All just a 20 minute drive from GV. GV has a super Wal-mart, Asley's Furniture, Big Lots, movie theater, several grocery stores and several other retail stores and Restaurants within a 10 minute drive. If you need a Lowes, Home Depot or major chain Restaurant, you have to go to So. Tucson 25 minutes away.

If you like nice gated communities with Golf Courses, check out the 55+ Robson communities. They offer a stay & play package where you get to use their amenities for cheap. Otherwise there's plenty of other new and used housing available. GV is mostly senior, but Sahuarita has younger families. As does Oro valley & Marana ( this area is closer to Phoenix).
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:52 PM
 
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I've joked with friends that if you want to retire to play golf, move to the Phoenix area. But if you want to retire and hike move to Oro Valley/NW Tucson. I live just a stone's throw away from Oro Valley and see tons of very fit hikers in their 60's & 70's all the time on local trails. The trail running group I'm in I skew the demographics by a couple of decades and I'm in my early 50's. One of the guys is 75 and still running 9-10 minute miles on the trails.

Plus NW Tucson is easy for a day trip to Phoenix for shopping, sporting event or a concert. I can make to the Phoenix airport in an hour and fifteen minutes and downtown in a little over 90 minutes.
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:25 PM
 
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Thanks...I was wondering about Oro Valley...I wasnt sure if it would be scorching in the summer
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Old 02-25-2019, 12:47 AM
 
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Patagonia...small town charms, superp views, great climate, and easy to get to noglaes for Walmart, home Depot, and duty free shopping at the border, as well as a few famous pubs, restaurants across the border. There is also Patagonia Lake and Coronado National Forest. Tubac is nice, but too far from the extras near Patagonia, but still very upscale....and better weather than GV or TUS.
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Old 02-25-2019, 12:53 AM
 
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Old 02-25-2019, 08:26 AM
 
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Thanks...I was wondering about Oro Valley...I wasnt sure if it would be scorching in the summer
It's roughly 8-10 degrees cooler than Phoenix on a summer day, but at night at least 20 degrees cooler. Plus we have Catalina State Park that serves as a drainage for some of the watersheds coming off of the Catalinas. The upside to that is all the cool temperatures flow down off the mountain every morning in the same watersheds and collect in the valley the park is in. I can leave my house which is 10 minutes away and the morning temperature in July will be 75 degrees and stay constant until I hit Oracle road. Then I turn into the park and I watch the temperatures drop anywhere from 10-15 degrees in the one mile it takes to get to the trailhead parking lot.

With a little bit of planning you can avoid the hot temps in the summer if you want to do outdoor activities.
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Old 02-25-2019, 08:28 PM
 
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It's roughly 8-10 degrees cooler than Phoenix on a summer day, but at night at least 20 degrees cooler. Plus we have Catalina State Park that serves as a drainage for some of the watersheds coming off of the Catalinas. The upside to that is all the cool temperatures flow down off the mountain every morning in the same watersheds and collect in the valley the park is in. I can leave my house which is 10 minutes away and the morning temperature in July will be 75 degrees and stay constant until I hit Oracle road. Then I turn into the park and I watch the temperatures drop anywhere from 10-15 degrees in the one mile it takes to get to the trailhead parking lot.

With a little bit of planning you can avoid the hot temps in the summer if you want to do outdoor activities.
sounds good...I'll research this area as well!! thanks!!
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Old 02-25-2019, 10:56 PM
 
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but no condo or townhouse or mobile home...hubby wants a little yard.
Thanks!!
Not all mobile homes are on tiny lots in parks. Mine's on 2.5 acres in SW Tucson, mostly natural desert, so very low maintenance. Value is well within your price limit, too. Some of the newer homes are really nice, including territorial/adobe styles.

Just pointing it out, not trying to sell you anything.
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Old 02-26-2019, 04:57 PM
 
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I would opt for Sierra Vista. It has everything you need except high end medical. But it does have a small hospital and you can be transported to Tucson for care. Tucson/Oro Valley has a lot more activity as some have indicated above. If you golf, then there is plenty to offer. If you cycle or want to begin, Tucson is a cycling city. Green Valley certainly has its pluses but I would not care to live further down I-19 than that.

With Oro Valley, it is my opinion that real estate is a premium there. I think you could take a 250,000 house and add another 50k to it just because it is in Oro Valley.

I would suggest you take a look at Marana; Continental Ranch area from Cortaro to Twin Peaks roads.

Bottom line in my opinion would be SV due to better climate and a lot less stressful traffic situation. Tucson IF you are concerned about medical. Oro Valley if you don't mind paying more. Green Valley which is more adult community but has many activities. You have to be careful which community you buy into given HOA fees and amenities.

Someone mentioned Prescott. From what I understand, the same medical situation applies. You go into Phoenix for serious medical and specialists.
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