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Old 01-07-2009, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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My family along with my mother are looking to relocate somewhere warmer and cheaper. We are interested in Bisbee - weather looks great. How is the area for children, especially children with special needs? I have two boys with autism. Also, whats up with the water - is it there for the long haul, how about wells? Thanks
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:45 PM
 
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Bisbee does get cold! Overall I couldn't recommend Bisbee as a nice place to live for kids, I'd go with Sierra Vista instead. I think that you would need to travel there frequently for your kids needs, as well as shopping, etc. Not much in Bisbee. Have you visited? The population is mostly artsy folks/artists, hippie-types (no offense) & other alternative lifestyles. Don't get me wrong, I loved Bisbee for its "atmosphere" but by that I mean drinking, Halloween parties, etc. when I went to college nearby. It *might* be cheap to live there, sure; warm...I'm not so sure. Again, I'd strongly recommend SV to you instead. Good luck!
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Old 01-11-2009, 05:54 PM
 
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Bisbee sounds pleasant and quirky when you read about it online -- 'wild west history giving way to a budding artists' community' -- but in reality it is tiny, dysfunctional, derelict and filled with aging hippies who think smoking hash will cure their diabetes. It is an interesting place to visit, but not somewhere you would want to spend more than a weekend, much less somewhere you would want to live. Please, please don't move your kids to Bisbee! As gabygirl said, you'd be much better off moving to Sierra Vista instead. Bisbee has only one small elementary school, whereas Sierra Vista has at least four elementary schools and a number of private schools. Sierra Vista also has a better hospital, more doctors, more childcare services, more after-school programs -- Sierra Vista is where you want to live. Bisbee may be the county seat on paper, but Sierra Vista is the central hub of all the communities in Southern AZ.
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Old 01-11-2009, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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I enjoy going down to Bisbee once in a while, but I can't quite see raising children there, either...
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Old 01-11-2009, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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My family along with my mother are looking to relocate somewhere warmer and cheaper. We are interested in Bisbee - weather looks great. How is the area for children, especially children with special needs? I have two boys with autism. Also, whats up with the water - is it there for the long haul, how about wells? Thanks
I'm with the rest of the guys so far, NWGirl, especially Gabygirl.

Bisbee is a great place for adults to visit and play but definitely not as a full time residence and not for kids.

Also, due to altitude, the weather could be better.
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:58 PM
 
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Bisbee sounds pleasant and quirky when you read about it online -- 'wild west history giving way to a budding artists' community' -- but in reality it is tiny, dysfunctional, derelict and filled with aging hippies who think smoking hash will cure their diabetes.
Dude!!! You mean it doesn't? Pass the donuts.
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Bisbee sounds pleasant and quirky when you read about it online -- 'wild west history giving way to a budding artists' community' -- but in reality it is tiny, dysfunctional, derelict and filled with aging hippies who think smoking hash will cure their diabetes.
Dude!!! You mean it doesn't? Pass the donuts.
LMBO . . . obviously, YOU'VE BEEN THERE, Ira500!
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Old 01-16-2009, 04:27 PM
 
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LMBO . . . obviously, YOU'VE BEEN THERE, Ira500!

I was in Bisbee about three weeks ago and liked it a lot. One of the quirkiest towns I've been in...But , if there were donuts in Bisbee, they'd be hand forged organic artisan donuts.
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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I spent part of a day there on new years eve and posted on CD about it so you can do a search for that post but anyhow, I was approached by so many vagrants and druggies in such a short period of time that it turned me right off (and I'm originally from a big city of millions). I was hoping I'd like it (and I'm single) as a place to live but nope, not for me!
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Old 01-17-2009, 10:08 PM
 
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Maybe it was the New Years thing. I was in Bisbee for a few days right before Christmas and didn't see any vagrants or beggars....Maybe they thought I was one of them
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