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Old 07-01-2019, 10:11 AM
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I am new to the forum. I’ve been lurking here for about four months as I have been doing research on where to move to. I live in Nevada. My family is a little tired of the casino culture, and the cost of living is rising quite a bit with the influx of people moving there. We want to move and have been looking around in quite a few places. Been to Idaho, parts of Northern California, Oregon...
So far in some areas we are not liking the humidity, and some have a similar or higher cost of living as Nevada.

We are wanting to look around Arizona. We’ve been to northern Arizona but not southern. Tucson (based on reading about it) seems like it might have quite a bit of what we are looking for...but we have never been there and we need a little advice for where to look!

-Are there any rural areas within ~1 to 1.5 hours of the city? (We’re considering both rural and suburb areas to move to.)

-Are small gardens and/or fruit trees possible to grow here?

-I’ve heard that there are places to go biking and hiking. Do you know any trails I could look up when we plan a visit?

-We like the pictures of the suburbs in some places near Oro Valley, Tortolita, and Catalina. Are these areas clean and safe? A feeling of safety is huge for my mother.

-Is the commute into Tucson proper from these areas really crowded? How long does it take? (One family member is looking at colleges, UofA and ASU are considerations on their list. Another is an artist who would like to participate in some art galleries/groups).
None of us are huge on night life, but we like to shop, watch a movie once in a while, attend music and art events, visit parks/nature, etc.

Thank you so much for reading and answering what you can!
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:47 AM
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I live in the Tortolita and Oro Valley area, in a Pima county island that is unincorporated. Very, very safe and we rarely lock up all of our doors when we leave the house.

You want trails, we have them in NW Tucson. A very popular spot for active retirees to move to in order to continue cycling, running, hiking or rock climbing.

The Oro Valley area has everything you need for day to day shopping within 5 minutes or so. We head down the hill to Tucson proper 1-2 times a week for Costco runs and to go to Lowes/Home Depot. Takes us 10 minutes. To get to the U of A area from around here, depending on traffic is 20-30 minutes. There is a campus of Pima Community College just north of Ina, so five minutes from our house.

Depending on who you talk to, NW Tucson does seem to have a much different vibe than the actual city of Tucson. My brother jokes that I really live in the southernmost suburb of Phoenix. Really can't disagree with him too much.
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