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I don't live there, but my sister lives just outside Fountain Hills. I personally love AZ for the views, weather slong with other features. I personally enjoy Tucson a little better, but there is nothing wrong with Phoenix. (and Fountain Hills)

As stated it seems a little pricey, but sometimes the right view makes it more than worth it.
 

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Not retiring, too young. Fortunately, a good part of my business can be done anywhere. Until I get to the areas and see for myself what they are like, I may be asking more question. Prescott still is in consideration.

I have several realtors sending me info. New construction is outrages pricewise, but resales are not too bad. Views would be nice, but quality of life is just or more important

I am wanting to be close enough to the action, but not live in the middle of it. That is why Fountain Hills may be right for me.

Those prices don't scare me. Right now, property here in Florida is averaging 200-250/sq. To see the ocean is double that. The killer is HO insurance. This year, even though I am 12 miles from the coast, it will be $4500. YIKES!

As they say, that is the price for living in Paradise . . . bunk!
 

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I have a second home in Prescott (son going to college) and the winters are a bit cold. Be ready for snow and temp's in the teens for long periods of time. Great people and community but you experience the seasons.
 

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Ouch.... HO Ins is cheap here along with taxes. We pay about $700/year ins and and $1700/year taxes for close to a half mil home.

Fountain Hills is a beautiful place to live, just on the edge of all the big city hub-bub. Not too far from all the action yet quiet enough to enjoy peaceful evenings. I would love to live out there but it's alittle too far for my wife to drive to the university daily.

Stay away from places like Anthem, Verado, and Estrella Park. The traffic will kill ya...
 

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allengram, I moved from PA, so winters experience wouldn't kill me. From what I had seen and heard about Prescott, it seems like it would be a great place to live, without having the scorching summers. I can probably deal with the heat, since Florida is generally a bit warm, difference is, summertime humidity runs 90-100%.

Hiker, I had culture shock when I moved down here. My HO insurance up north was $500/year. Taxes are about the same. Florida is interesting with homesteading. Taxes can only go up 3% per year. The killer is when you buy a new/resale home. Taxes are based on sale price. If I sell my house say for 500K that had taxes of 2500/year, bought a house for the same money, based on which town you are in, you can pay as much as 1.5% in taxes, so now I would have a tax rate of 7500/year. The town neighboring mine has a 2% tax, that would mean 10K a year. That is close to 75% of my current mortgage with taxes and HO insurance in escrow.
 

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Prescott is an awesome place to live. Another area just outside is Dewey. Great area. 3500-4000 feet above sea level. Maybe 95 high on the summer and a very little snow in the winter. Nowhere near as cold as Flagstaff or populated. Prescott is a great town.
 

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Just to chime-in, I lived in both Phoenix and Tucson during the 1980's. Tucson 79-82
Phoenix 84-88

Both were Great, Fun, and Beautiful cities to live in. I'm only slightly partial to Tucson as it usually was 10 degrees cooler than Phoenix on a avg. Slightly lower housing cost's also, at least it use to be. :thumbup:

Both were great Mustang club action / participation cities. ;)

My two cents worth.

Bill, Las Vegas, Nevada
 
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