You might think of checking out Prescott AZ. It seems to be the right mix. Prescott has been picked top 50 best retirement places by MSN and many others...
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Flagstaff has plenty to do -- we have one of the best regional symphonies in the country -- folks from Sedona have season tickets and real music lovers from as far away as Tucson are regulars. We have great restaurants, an historic downtown with music and special events to attract the local crowd each weekend, including the monthly First Friday Artwalk. We're a university town so we have university as well as community theatre. The San Francisco Peaks and Mt. Elden offer some of best hiking trails in the world, and the City of Flagstaff Urban Trail allows you to enjoy the scenery on your bike or on foot if those mountain trails are too challenging.
Have you considered the White Mountains of Arizona? Located approximately 200 miles NE of the Phoenix area and about 180 miles SE of Flagstaff, our climate is perfect. Our community is growing at a steady pace and we have everything you could ask for in a retirement community. Shopping, a great Hospital, Lakes for fishing, Trails for hiking, Golf Courses, Churches, Parks, Skiing, low crime rates, we even have a College if you have interest in continuing education. We have just about any you could want to keep your retirement active. Our summers are mild, usually in the mid-80,s, our winters do produce snow but we are certainly not as cold as the winters in the North. It is a wonderful place to live. Come on up and take a look, I think you would be delightfully surprised.
Personally I do like Payson, and Prescott, however they are pretty quite, do you really want a "quite retirement"?
Are you a young 65? or an old 64?
I would suggest wherever you decide to live, you spend at least a month before you buy, maybe rent for a few months. Get to know the community before you settle in.
Here is a very interesting article from the Brookings institute 04/09
The oldest baby boomers will turn 65 in less than two years ( 2010). And thatâ€™s just the beginning of what Urban Institute researchers are calling a â€œtsunami of senior growth in the next decadeâ€. The senior population is expected to grow by 36 percent between 2010 and 2020.
This graying of America wonâ€™t be spread evenly across the map. The numbers will grow the most rapidly in the intermountain west, the southeast, and especially in Texas, according to a new Brookings Institution analysis. The cities that have gained the most baby boomers so far this decade provide a clue as to which cities will have the most seniors in the next decade, say researchers William Frey, Alan Berube, Audrey Singer, and Jill Wilson. For example, the Urban Institute predicts that Georgiaâ€™s senior population will increase by 40 percent between 2010 and 2020 due to the aging in place of baby boomers alone, and only an additional 4 percent will be due to the in-migration of people age 65 and over.
The recession and housing crisis have considerably slowed migration between states and metro areas. About 4.7 million people moved to a new state between 2007 and 2008, down considerably from a record high of 8.4 million people at the turn of the decade. Florida even experienced a loss of domestic newcomers between 2007 and 2008. The amount of people fleeing New York and Chicago has also slowed in recent years. Chances are, if your city has a lot of baby boomers, many are there to stay. Here are the cities the Urban Institute predicts will have the greatest boom in baby boomer seniors.
Areas That Will Experience Senior Growth Due to the Aging of Baby Boomers
Metro area Growth rate
1.Raleigh-Cary, N.C. 31.6
2.Austin-Round Rock, Texas 30.1
3.Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Ga. 29.8
4.Boise City-Nampa, Idaho 28.7
5.Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev. 27.8
6.Orlando-Kissimmee, Fla. 27.2
7.Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas 23.7
8.Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas 22.7
9.Colorado Springs, Colo. 22.6
10.McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas 21.5
11.Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. 21.0
12.Charleston-North Charleston, S.C. 20.8
13.Albuquerque, N.M. 19.5
14.Tucson, Ariz. 19.2
15.Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va. 19.1
16.Salt Lake City, Utah 19.0
17.Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, N.C.-S.C. 18.2
18.Denver-Aurora, Colo. 18.1
19.Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn. 18.1
20.Ogden-Clearfield, Utah 18.0
Note: Growth rate refers to the gain in population age 55 to 64 between 2000 and 2007.
Source: Brookings Institution analysis
Retirement in Phoenix and Tucson is good because of the services, hospital, dining, entertainment. Tucson is cooler than Phoenix at 1,000 feet higher elevation, but still over 100 degrees in the Summer. Phoenix has the sports teams, art galleries of Scottsdale and generally more things to do.
Now for the cooler temperatures in the Summer? Payson and Showlow, Prescott, Sedona and Cottonwood all have dinging and medical but not to the same extent of Phoenix and Tucson. The are all in the mountains at 4,000 + elevation, nice in the Summer but cool to cold in the winter.
If price is an issue the Phoenix metro has newer homes in Queen Creek and San Tan Valley, where you can buy a home for less than $75,000 in a planned community. Although 35 miles from Phoenix, still close to the freeways, hospitals, shopping etc. The closer in to Phoenix the prices go up.
Of course the classic Sun City, with multiple phases have very nice homes in very well maintained planned communities with golf course access with golf carts to park at home.
Scottsdale, of course is wonderful! More expensive, but great quality of life, safe, and many hospital and retirement facilities. Parks, restaurants, art galleries, shopping abound.
See theis link about Arizona Living for more information and images of Arizona: http://www.arizonahomesland.com/liveandplayinarizona.html
By the way see this link for ideas on your questions about the temperatures in Arizona: http://www.arizonahomesland.com/arizonaweather.html
If I can answer any questions or send you an email with properties to look at, or show you around on your next visit, just ask. Arizona is a great state to live in!
Jeff Masich, RealtorÂ®
Arizona Homes and Land
HomeSmart Real Estate
Well...I have a home in Payson which is beautiful and one of the top rated retirement communities in the nation by several magazines. It does get a little chilly in the winter, but not super cold and not for long. It is a wonderful place to experience all four seasons, and mildly.
Oh...and the housing prices are the lowest here that they've been in many, many years.
Good Luck...and don't hesitate to email me if you have any other questions.
Mira Vista Properties