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Thinking about relocating to Arizona. Seek advice.

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    Thinking about relocating to Arizona. Seek advice.

    Jan and I retired in 2007, wandered in motorhome a lot (still do some) Winter in the Corpius Christi area, Summer at our home in Minnesota. Want to change winter residence to Arizona because of weather and terrible medical care in south Texas. We'd probably buy a double wide in a retirement community. I've lived in the Phoenix area, would like to avoid a huge urban area. Thinking about Green Valley, but know very little about it. We'd like advice both on areas and on specific communities, available medical care, and any other suggestions and advice you have to offer. Thanks, in advance, for all you can tell us!



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    We lived in Sun City West for 14 years. Phoenix was there if you needed/wanted it. We very seldom went there. It is seriously dry there which was a radical change for us who had always lived on the coast. We knew people who were snowbirds without leaving the state. They wintered in the valley and went up to the high country in summer. Elevation makes a huge difference in climate. Flagstaff at 7000' gets 5' of snow per year. SCW had an excellent RV club.

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    I like Flagstaff a lot, I'd consider moving there if I weren't so tied in to California.

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    Try the city-data.com forums.
    That's where movers go for advice.

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    I'm currently in the west valley, moved here last year from the Big Island. I like it, don't mind the heat, and find plenty of things to do. However, I'm feeling to need to move back to Ohio, and will probably do so next year after I've covered the 2 year primary residence thing for the sale of my house. Or I could change my mind.

    YMMV


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    I was born and grew up in north Ohio. I left many years ago and moved west to California. My company allowed me to move to south Florida and then to Colorado. After I retired I stayed in Colorado till I was told to get below 5,000 foot altitude. Then I moved to Casa Grande Arizona. Phoenix was close by but I really preferred Casa Grande, but often we looked into Phoenix at different times. Parts of Phoenix seemed to be OK.

    Now looking to move back to southern Arizona to get away from the terrible Ohio weather. The wife and I have both been having health problems since moving back her. I am ready to leave but the wife wants to stay near the kids. I say the kids could move to where we settle.

    There are some nice health care ideas that happen in Phoenix. Ideas much better than Ohio has. Helpers, nurses, etc., can come to your final residence if you choose too. I hate to see our money taken away and no choices left to the older folks as happened to my mother and now my younger brother. I prefer to go buy a Condo for older folks and have the doctors, helpers, nurses, etc. come to me as can be done in Arizona. My sister has just set up a similar protected area in central New York state. My local Ohio doctor said he had heard of such places and said they are good places to investigate. So I am doing that.

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    My daughter lives in Scottsdale and my hopes are to move to the area within the next year or two. We’re from Washington State. Love it down there.

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    I don't like anything about AZ but I am chiming in only because of a documentary I saw recently on the weather in Phoenix. In a nut shell it claimed the heat will climb to new highs and it is already too high for me. I live in Houston and I think it is a great place to retire because of the variety of things one can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobF View Post
    I was born and grew up in north Ohio. I left many years ago and moved west to California. My company allowed me to move to south Florida and then to Colorado. After I retired I stayed in Colorado till I was told to get below 5,000 foot altitude. Then I moved to Casa Grande Arizona. Phoenix was close by but I really preferred Casa Grande, but often we looked into Phoenix at different times. Parts of Phoenix seemed to be OK.

    Now looking to move back to southern Arizona to get away from the terrible Ohio weather. The wife and I have both been having health problems since moving back her. I am ready to leave but the wife wants to stay near the kids. I say the kids could move to where we settle.

    There are some nice health care ideas that happen in Phoenix. Ideas much better than Ohio has. Helpers, nurses, etc., can come to your final residence if you choose too. I hate to see our money taken away and no choices left to the older folks as happened to my mother and now my younger brother. I prefer to go buy a Condo for older folks and have the doctors, helpers, nurses, etc. come to me as can be done in Arizona. My sister has just set up a similar protected area in central New York state. My local Ohio doctor said he had heard of such places and said they are good places to investigate. So I am doing that.
    Ohio here as well, S/W and yes the weather [can be] horrible. But it is home I guess? If I may ask?...why below 5000 ft ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgp View Post
    Ohio here as well, S/W and yes the weather [can be] horrible. But it is home I guess? If I may ask?...why below 5000 ft ?
    Mostly for oxygen content of the free air. I was told to expect the need for air tanks if my lungs continued to fail me. So I moved to Arizona and Phoenix and most of the desert land south of there were near or below 5,000 feet. Plenty of land in Arizona is well above 5,000 feet. Flagstaff is about 7,000 feet with mountain peaks around it that go much higher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmdog44 View Post
    I don't like anything about AZ but I am chiming in only because of a documentary I saw recently on the weather in Phoenix. In a nut shell it claimed the heat will climb to new highs and it is already too high for me. I live in Houston and I think it is a great place to retire because of the variety of things one can do.
    I lived through one such high heat. The temp reached 119 degrees but it only happened late in the afternoon close to sundown. It was pretty hot that day. But to me not much hotter than the daily100 at sunrise and 110 peak in the late afternoon.

    The blessing is that the humidity is low compared to many places in the US. In norther Ohio with its relatively high daily, and over night, humidity it is quite difficult to work outside in the 80's. Much like working outside in the 100's is.

    Arizona work styles are different for this reason. Highway build or repair may take place under lights at night. Start at 2 am and work till noon.

    I personally hate high humidity, disliked my 6 years in south Florida for its high humidity. I would expect Houston to also have high humidity.

    Folks that are tearing our climate apart seem to forget that the earth has warm spells and cold spells and we go up or down in alternating and opposing ways. We have to make the best of what we are given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobF View Post
    Mostly for oxygen content of the free air. I was told to expect the need for air tanks if my lungs continued to fail me. So I moved to Arizona and Phoenix and most of the desert land south of there were near or below 5,000 feet. Plenty of land in Arizona is well above 5,000 feet. Flagstaff is about 7,000 feet with mountain peaks around it that go much higher.

    Ah...I see, thanks.

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    Phoenix is at 1100', Flagstaff is at 7000'. Sedona and Prescott are in between.

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