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Tuesday, January 8, 2013


So just a couple days ago I got looking up properties in Arizona.  No real reason but I was sick of winter and everyone said it was super cheap down there, so I thought I would look.  Wow is it ever!  Amazing how much cheaper, no wonder so many people I know have places down there.  But the worst part is I found a place I absolutely love!!!  How can I I have never been there, I know does not make sense.  I seen one place I thought was pretty nice, but then somehow stumbled upon this other one and its even bigger and the house looks decent and cheap!  But I just put it out of my mind cause Neil does not want to go there ever.  But I kept thinking about it and so yesterday went and looked at it again cause not much pictures of the place but in reading the description it said tack room and corrals, hmm.  I thought it was just a mobile on land with nothing else.  So I go look up the birds eye view and not sure where property lines are but there is definitely another building, maybe 2!  Interesting, I am sooo tempted to call and ask more about it!

Kinda scares me how much I wanna move there now.  When really I have never even been there!  But boy to be able to ride all year outside and there is lots of cutting there :)  and lots of blogger people there.  No reason not to go for winters :)  But I am holding off for now even if I don't want to cause it really is a scary thought and I have no idea what to do about it in the summer time or anything about being down there, but I am sure gonna look into it more.

I don't even know what to look for really, but it has its own well, which is always good.  Has wire and chain link fence, which is really just a bonus, never expected any fences.  Says cooling is refrigeration  not sure if that means air conditioning or not, but whatever I don't have it here so why need it there.  Guess I will try to talk to people who have a place down there what they think is important.

And yesterday in my email was a document on all the info that Canadians need to know before purchasing property in another country, specifically Arizona.  Still so tempted and am now saving up :)


Nuzzling Muzzles said...

There are so many Canadian license plates on the road down here right now. It seems a lot of Canadians have second homes in Arizona. I'm amazed they drive all that distance. The way to get unsupportive family members to support the idea of moving or buying a second home in Arizona is to plan some kind of vacation down here in the winter after they start complaining about the snow and the cold. One trip, and they'll be sold.

lisa said...

I have been to Arizona, it was a really dry heat. I wouldn't like living there for the simple fact that it would be way too hot for me, even if it is dry. The cactus are amazing to see. It was nice to visit.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

My husband works in Phoenix outside at the airport. And I did some pet sitting twice down near Tucson, AZ. I fell in love with AZ during our first pet sitting job in April. Wow! It was gorgeous! Perfect weather. But the second time, I did some petting sitting was at the end of May. HOLY COW! It was so horribly hot, we we were miserable going outside! I wouldn't have asked a horse to carry me in that kind of heat.

At one time we considered moving to AZ...until my husband worked there during the summer.

He agreed that it was crazy to consider moving there, especially as part time residents, 'snow birds' with all of our animals (horses, llamas, goats, chickens, cats, dogs).

We'd have to move all of us twice a year...which would be very expensive and exhausting to do, just to enjoy 5-6 months of comfortable weather.
And then we'd have to hire a company to maintain our AZ house when we moved back home to NM for the summer.

What a hassle. No thank you.


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

And don't forget that you'll need someone to take care of your home in Canada during the winter...or you're pipes could freeze. Also, you'll have to forward your mail every time you change addresses.


BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

Did you happen to notice the power towers on the lower, left corner of the arial? It looks like they run right over the center of the property as well. Which may be the biggest reason this property went from being a $275,000 property to a $45,000 property.

Refrigeration cooling does mean A/C.

One other little tidbit...Tonopah is on the opposite side of the valley from where most of the cuttings are. Believe me, coming from wide open areas, we don't think much about driving an hour and a half to get somewhere...but it gets old in a freaking hurry down there because you would be going through heavy traffic ALL THE TIME to get where you want to go. If I was you, I'd look around the Queen Creek area or Apache Junction area. Still lots of great deals as far as price goes, but puts you on the same side of the valley as where the cutting crowd is.

Keep looking...it's fun and you never know...Look how easy it came together for me. :-D

Louisa Valentina; said...

Woah! No big deal. If you move down to Arizona, you might have to take me with you!

Cindy D. said...

I'm going to have to agree with Brown Eyed Cowgirl. If you are going to look, look towards the south east. Apache Junction is beautiful, but generally the lots are smaller and priced a little higher. Queen creek is growing quickly but you can still get some decent sized lots (5 acres) and even sometimes get irrigation, which is a big deal. Pasture is pretty much out of the question without it. Also check out San Tan Valley. (that is where I want to live)
Snowbirding it is hard if you have horses although there are many people who do it. I beleive that many of them have a little place in a mobile home park and then board their horses at one of the many stables. Some even just live in their motor homes as some of the boarding stables have hook ups for motor homes.
When Tom and decided that we wanted to buy a place down there I contacted a friend of mine who is an agent down there. She actually was able to set me up with a portal that came direct to my email every time a new listing came up in one of the area's we wanted. She was able to set the search parameters to meet our needs. She is a wonderful agent and really looked out for our best interest. (Sharoncoffman.com- is her website)
Trust me, you do want AC. There are a lot of things I can tell you if you want to know. I spent most of my life in AZ, specificly the east valley (Apache Junction, Queen Creek, Mesa, etc) I will be happy to answer any questions that you have.

Janice said...

It's a thought that has crossed my mind a number of times.Each time I come up with the same reasons not to.
To hot for me
What do we do with the house here
What do we do with the animals here.
Are there Rattlesnakes there?????

desertsandbeyond said...

And, remember, Arizona (like us) has a monsoon season in summer. That means that storms come up from the Gulf of California and bring rain and thunderstorms. Sometimes we drive to Arizona to witness the storms! Good for photography...