We have been "studying" St. George/Cedar City for about 1.5 years. We traveled in the area in 2009, focusing on Cedar City and the mountain areas. In 2010, we took a motorhome and stayed in the St. George area (in an RV park near Hurricane/Leeds). We wanted to "live " there to test the waters. We found great libraries in the Washington County cities, good shopping with Kohl's, Target, Costco, Penny's and WalMart providing for our needs. Albertson's and Petco were new to us, but great. We had occassion to go to a walk-in clinic and the emergency room in the Intermountain facilities and were definately impressed with the medical services provided by this area. The college is vibrant and provides entertainment and education for all. Tuchan, the outdoor Amphitheatre next to Snow Canyon State Park offers top grade plays, concerts. Did I mention the 12-13 golf courses? We visited many and my husband played 3 of them. All good. Gold's Gym there is full service with a great staff. We visited the local courthouse to research properties and all I can say if you are doing due diligence-check for assessments, special fire districts and unpaid taxes if you are thinking of buying short sales or foreclosures. We found many 3BR and 4BR homes for sale in the 180K-250K range, some never lived in. The best part about St. George over and above what has already been mentioned in the previous posts, would be the views - anywhere you look it is beautiful. The BLM offices in the area are most knowledgeable and there are plenty of lakes nearby for watersports. THere are active commercial areas, a new airport being built and you are close to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, the parks of Utah and not far from Southern Colorado, Northern New Mexico, Lake Powell and Lake Mead. The weather is unusual in that it is milder than just a few miles north in Cedar CIty. We found many good deals available in housing, all being in good locations for rentals or resale in 4-5 years. If we can
ever sell our home in North Georgia, we will be heading to St. George and hope they have closed the gate by the time that happens!!! In the interest of disclosure, I am a Realtor in Georgia in a difficult and very depressed market. St. George looked like a gold mine waiting to be worked to me!!!! GO, spend some time there and research for yourself.