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Old 11-13-2009, 12:03 PM
 
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Hi. I am planning to possibly move to the Oro Valley/Marana area within the next 2 years. A few of us will be visiting this Feb to check it out & look at real estate, etc. Can anyone provide some comments, suggestions, recommendations on specific areas for $200-$250K homes. We are in our late 50's and are looking to leave the rat race, astronomical property taxes & terrible weather of NJ. Thank you.
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Hi. I am planning to possibly move to the Oro Valley/Marana area within the next 2 years. A few of us will be visiting this Feb to check it out & look at real estate, etc. Can anyone provide some comments, suggestions, recommendations on specific areas for $200-$250K homes. We are in our late 50's and are looking to leave the rat race, astronomical property taxes & terrible weather of NJ. Thank you.
Not much "specific" help, Fedup . . .

However, I believe you have chosen a perfect area to retired.

Goof Luck!
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Old 11-14-2009, 05:25 AM
 
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Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce. VERY nice area !

About Us*-*Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce - Tucson, Arizona (http://www.the-chamber.com/ - broken link)

THE TOWN of Oro Valley Web Site -

Home Page
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:22 AM
 
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THanks to both Bummer & CCCVDUR for your comments.

Fedup
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:39 AM
 
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You would be leaving the rat race for the bug & dust race ! I tried what you are talking about with the same thoughts in mind. Also I am in my mid 50's and was thinking alot like you so I made the move and after four years was never so happy to leave a place! Meaning Leaving Arizona !
I wish you to have better luck than me however the grass really is not greener in AZ !
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Anchored in Phoenix
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I used to live adjacent to Oro Valley on Ina road. You chose a very good spot. I'm not sure where the best areas are. In my former zip code, 85741, the average price of a house is well within my budget (for a cash buy). They are around $150,000 in my actual neighborhood. And I would consider moving back there, since I could walk to LA Fitness, Foothills Mall, and other places.

BTW: I worked in NNJ (lived near exit 35, worked in Clifton) for just under a year a few years ago. Certainly a different place and the Clifton area is a different culture!

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Hi. I am planning to possibly move to the Oro Valley/Marana area within the next 2 years. A few of us will be visiting this Feb to check it out & look at real estate, etc. Can anyone provide some comments, suggestions, recommendations on specific areas for $200-$250K homes. We are in our late 50's and are looking to leave the rat race, astronomical property taxes & terrible weather of NJ. Thank you.
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:58 AM
 
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Within the next 2 years is most likely the very best time. This will be a 'window of opportunity' kind of period. Keep your eye on real estate prices. There will be some great deals. Also take a close look at the local bank situation. Some of these banks are sitting on properties to try and keep the market stable, so you won't see some things listed that you can actually get. Using realty-trac you can find out what properties are bank owned, and what banks own them. If you can put a deposit in savings, say $50,000 at a local bank that has some properties you will be privy to some deals that no one else will ever see.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:33 AM
 
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My retired uncle relocated from gloomy Washington to Oro Valley last June and absolutely loves it. The one thing he has had to change is making sure to protect his skin from the sun with hats/shirts and sun block everyday.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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I live in Marana myself (Gladden Farms) so I can certainly offer some first-hand experience. Builders have resumed selling in Gladden Farms and hopefully, with enough renewed activity, the construction of a Fry's complex on Tangerine and Lon Adams road will finally commence. The area is otherwise fairly barren with most people driving to Cortaro or Ina for shopping/dining.

There are also several development projects in Marana that were put on hold with the housing crash, such as the Shops at Tangerine and the Tucson Spectrum (http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/216933.php - broken link).

Keep in mind that they are planning to finish the Twin Peaks interchange by the end of next year and that will link Dove Mountain all the way down to Camino de Manana to I-10. There are some nice homes along that route and if you are looking to buy land and build there are many opportunities. This road opening originally was going to coincide with the opening of the Tucson Spectrum but that possibility fell by the wayside long ago.

For your price range I'd suggest checking out Gladden Farms, Ranch Vistoso, Dove Mountain, and maybe even Continental Reserve. The deals are everywhere!
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:52 PM
 
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I've been offline a while but am back.. Thanks so much to Howard, Greg Rider, Redjan1225 & Michael Krotchie. Some excellent advice from all of you. I will be visiting 2/6-2/13 for my first look at some areas& houses with a realtor to get an idea of what's out there & what areas I like/don't like. Of course, also to follow your advice. Thanks again.
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