Questions for our Arizona members

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    Questions for our Arizona members

    Hey folks,

    As I've mentioned in the past, my wife and I hope to move to north/central Arizona sometime in the next several years. I've been looking around, and we want a climate pretty much identical to that of the Prescott/Prescott valley area... without the $300,000 per acre lot price. I've done some digging, and have found parcels between Winslow and Flagstaff, west of Flagstaff near Ash Fork, and several others in Yavapai, Coconino, and Navajo counties. Can anyone comment on the difficulty/price of drilling for groundwater, having utilities run, and general feel for any of these areas? Ideally, I'm looking for 12-40 acres at a maximum of $2500 per acre... enough space to do what I want, and cheap enough to build the house I want within our budget.

    Of course, the budget itself has yet to be determined - this is why I'm looking into the costs of making a particular parcel of land livable.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Hey Chooie,
    The lots that you are looking at around Ashfork are marginal at best, getting utilities to them will be a costly chore. Ashfork is a very small burg with no stores of any kind (save for the quikie mart) and vegatation is low scrub oak. It's great ranch land but not good for much else, as it is much warmer than either Flag or Prescott and the wind blows nonstop.

    East of Flagstaff towards Winslow is much the same but less vegatation. Winslow gets HOT in the summer (100+),and the name Winslow is deceiving, as the wind never blows slow out there!

    Flagstaff and Prescott are much higher in elevation than Ashfork or Winslow, hence the cooler temps and WATER. That being said, there are quite a few places around Flagstaff where you have to haul in your water, it's a very common sight around here to see trailers with water tanks on them parked in places where people can stop on the way home for water.

    OK, enough of the bad points, lets look at the good points. Northern Arizona is a wonderful place to live, you can go to the desert in the winter when it gets too cold up here. Hunting and fishing abound all over the state. Skiing is 20 minutes from my door in the winter, well most winters It is expensive to live up here on the mountain, but I cannot think of a better year round climate than either Prescott or Flagstaff.

    You might look at places like Page springs, between Sedona and Cottonwood, one of Arizona's hidden treasures, Camp Verde, Montezuma Well, or Rimrock for less expensive land.
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    Oh, and there are NO donut shops in Flagstaff
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    We are living in Prescott Valley, after 24 years in Riverside, Ca If this is not the the best place to live l think it must be very close.Northern Arizona Rocks!
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    Thanks for the input. Like I said, we had pretty much set our hearts on Prescott/Prescott Valley until we saw the real estate prices. There is no way I want to settle for .5 to 1 acre and a 1500 square foot house when I can spend the same money for 20 times the land and an extra 1000 square feet. The altitude and water situation definitely seem to be the defining factors when looking for land.

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    If you are set on Prescott, you might look North out of prescott on Williamson Valley Rd, up toward Inscription Canyon, There is a lot of nice property out that way, but Arizonians have found out that they quit makin' dirt.
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    At least it's not another Californian moving in. We've got enough of them already!
    You might want to take a look around Heber also.
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