Becoming a Seasonal Arizona Resident

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Solera Golf Course Subdivision in Chandler

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Sun City Retirement community in Northwest Phoenix

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Gorgeous Sun Lakes in Chandler, adult active living

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Sunbird golf course adult community, Chandler Arizona

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Trilogy at Encanterra, San Tan Valley  adult community

A few decades removed from being a native New Yorker, I have lived in Arizona, Oklahoma, Arizona again, California, and Arizona again…again. While I might complain about the heat, and the politics, and the lack of a really good bagel, I always seem to come back to Arizona. Even when visiting my true love, the Northwest, the desert calls me home, and my dream of restoring an old 1970’s home on acreage along the Columbia River, is a part-time dream at best. Since becoming an Arizona resident, my goal has always been to be a part-time Arizona resident.

While so many of my New York cohort work toward a Florida retirement, that has never been it for me. I have been known to post on my Facebook page pleas for my oldest and dearest friends to consider Phoenix as part of their retirement plan, and toyed with the idea of putting the phrase “you can’t ALL move to Florida, it’ll sink” on my business cards. I realized recently, that I’m battling a known with an unknown. Everyone on the east coast KNOWS what they will get in a move down south: the beach, well kept senior communities and condominiums, afternoon rains to which you can set your watch, and if my memory serves and not too much has changed, you can’t get a REALLY good bagel in Florida either.

I have had the pleasure to work in several 55+ communities lately and I have been seriously impressed with the lifestyle I see. Many seasonal buyers (LOTS of Candadians!) have sought out my services to view properties in communities that will provide them with not only perfect winter weather, but the activities that make maintaining two households well worth it.  Del Webb and several other developers are serving the baby boomer generation by building amazing communities in Arizona and Florida. I’m certain many of the amenities are similar. But to live in a community nestled in the foothills of South Mountain (Ahwatukee), the White Tanks (Verrado) or McDowell Mountains (Grayhawk), just to name a few, provides a feeling of peace and active living quite different from lying on the beach. Viewing those mountains while golfing, hiking, biking, playing tennis, pickle ball (I hear that’s really gaining in popularity), photography, etc. just provides an energy that is difficult to capture in words. Don’t get me wrong. I am a lover of water, and the beach soothes in so many ways. But I am so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to absorb the energy of both, for long periods of residence.

Long weekend trips to Southern California, Las Vegas, Puerta Vallarta, (4 – 6 hours by car) help punctuate the 6 – 9 months that many part-time residents spend in the Phoenix area. Taking the light rail into the city to catch a theater production, new restaurant opening, or convention center happening helps when tiring of sitting on a beautiful patio, overlooking a meticulously cared for golf course, surrounded by shadowed mountains, under a beautiful starlit sky. Those are the things I will look forward to while I’m living along the Columbia River, waiting for October to arrive so I can return to my beloved city in the desert.

What’s YOUR seasonal resident dream?

 

 

 

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