Here’s one Freeper giving very serious thought to moving to Arizona.
Can any Freepers who know the state give recommendations for a specific town(s).
I’d like conservative (of course) and near to mountains, forests, desert, wilderness area, and/or any combination of those, and not close to any large cities.
At the moment, I’m thinking of Prescott and/or Sedona; any comments on those places?
I know that Sedona is very expensive. The locals told me that since it became a tourist town, they can no longer afford to live there.
One of the most beautiful areas in Arizona is Show Low - pretty remote though. Also Snowflake, St Johns and Holbrook.
Much less populous than Flagstaff and Sedona - which are nice areas, but have the potential (especially Sedona) to become a bit granola.
So if you want to be only remotely associated with civilization - Show Low. If you need some semblance of refinement and can deal with the stuff that comes with an “artsy” community - Sedona.
Sedona is populated by a lot of aging hippies and all the foolish idiocy (redundancy alert!) that entails. Prescott would be far more hospitable to a FReeper. Cottonwood is worthy of consideration too.
Those are nice places. I also like the area around Scottsdale for a nice “metro” environment. For another small town to consider, look into Sierra Vista.
Love my home State. It has changed but thankfully there are still those that live here making a stand against Illegal Immigration. Can’t find a job though. Prescott cheaper than Sedona.
Prescott is great, perhaps better, Prescott Valley as homes are less costly. I’ve bought there, and moving soon.
We moved to the Phoenix suburbs on the far west edge in December. I plan to buy at the end of the year, as I retire in a year and a half.
I don’t want to be paying for three houses so I am selling the KC house. I find that we like the Phoenix area much more than we expected. We knew we like AZ having been here dozens of times in the last 15 years but not so much in Phoenix. Prices are good right now, come on down.
Just got the wife a LCR 22Mag.
You wouldn’t like it.
Sedona is tourist central and vacation homes/condos.
Visit Flagstaff. Better climate. Forest and mountains. Small town.
Don’t know about Prescott. I’m southeast of Phoenix in Chandler/Gilbert area. Still farmland and desert, some mountains, but it is suburbia pretty much.
To me, Prescott is a large city at nearly 40,000 population, and about the same in Prescott Valley. You might look at Safford or Globe, although Prescott does run a few degrees cooler than either.
When we lived in Las Cruces, NM over 40 years ago, we went to Phoenix - once - thought I would die. Showing the NJ nephew around, so not much choice on dates.
Was it 100 degress by 10am? And I thought NM was hot in the summer!
Flagstaff is also the sort of entry and miles from the Grand Canyon from the south, IIRC, if that interests you.
Do I remember pine trees in Flagstaff?
We lived in Scottsdale for 14 years and loved it. We moved out to Maricopa 3 years ago to be closer to our kids/grandchildren, and we’ve been happy here too, although there’s relatively not much to do. Our town has been inundated by Canadian snowbirds, however, as they’ve been buying up many of the homes, lol.
My girlfriend is building a house in Prescott very conservative area she tells me. Sedona is where the hippies live.