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Old 04-16-2011, 12:37 AM   #1
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Question Tucson, Arizona?

We are looking to pack up and move from Seattle to the Tucson/ Ora Valley area in 2 or 3 years. I know about monsoon season, the heat (thats one of the main reasons why we are moving there) and I know that the further North in Tucson you go the nicer it is. What I want to know is what it is like from a real car guys' point of view.
You know what I'm talking about, how hard is it to track down parts, are there a lot of shows year round, swapmeets, can't work on your stuff with the garage door open because you don't want some creep to see your welder and get the idea that he wants it more than you, ect.

Up here there is a car season that only lasts for so long then everyone locks their cars up hibernates and grows a giant "I can't let my car get wet so I'm not gong to drive it for the next 9 months" vagina. It is really sad and sucks!
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:59 AM   #2
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I lived in Tucson for a couple years during school, and found the car scene to be rather good.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:08 AM   #3
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The car scene is ok, parts and clean donor cars are a multitude out here. Plenty of custom shops and a fair amount of swapmeets during the summer.

Oro valley is a very nice area, anything NW or NE is really nice and quiet ( with the occasional exception of an attempted assassination of a congress woman.) I live NW myself and have no worries.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:20 AM   #5
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great town, and not far from Phoenix, where everything really happens

there are a few good hot rod shops there, and bunch of good independent guys. Talk to Metalshapes, and Hot Rod Ron. Ron is up here now, but he lived down there a long time.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:31 AM   #6
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pm me your number and we can talk and I will give you the 411. Meatball here on the HANB is the president of the local chapter for over the hill gang so you need to get hooked up with him as well.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:41 AM   #7
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In my opinion you made a really, really good decision. Heat is a highly over-rated problem. It's why God invented AC and swimmimg pools. I love Tucson. Going there tomorrow for my wifes annual cancer check up. Relly neat place close enough to all kinds of car stuff. The only way you could have made a better decision is if you had picked Lake Havasu City Hope to see you at a future Run to the Sun in LHC.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:43 AM   #9
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Arizona as a whole is awesome.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:08 PM   #10
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Arizona is a great place to search for old iron. My parents live in Benson, just out side Tucson. The drive to Tombstone from their ranch is awsome, usually filled with customs and bikes out for a weekend cruise. Because of the dry climate, cars and parts are in good shape. Also NO RAIN! I'm gettin' ready to boogie from Seattle as well. Back home to SoCal is where I'm heading. Good luck.

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Old 04-18-2011, 12:16 PM   #11
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I grew up in Tucson in the 60s-70s, it was a nice place. It's gotten kind of crowded since then. I've been down here in Sierra Vista since 1983, it's cooler here (hardly ever gets over 100), but there ain't a lot going on. There are plenty of old cars, I know half a dozen guys who have steel 32 fords for example.

I would guess that if you stay on the far north side of Tucson it would be pretty nice.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:21 PM   #12
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The further North or North West in Tucson you go, the worse traffic is going to be, and the real estate prices are going to be a bit steeper. There are a lot of good buys on the East side, Rita Ranch, Vail, etc.

Monsoon is nothing. This is why air conditioning was invented. In a year, you will be acclimated and 100 degree days will seem cool to you.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:22 PM   #13
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I was out there last January and fell in love. We wish we can pack up and go but the housing market in NY right now blows and we cant afford to do it just yet, but once it comes back we are out of here and Tucson will be the place.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:22 PM   #14
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First off I don't blame you for wanting to move. It has been one of those things my wife and I struggle with quite a bit as we aren't big fans of the rain or cold but all our family is up here. I have been in the area many times during the summers. The heat isn't that bad after a little while. The first day you feel like you submerged your whole body in an oven but after a week it is not that bad. The mornings and evenings are great during the summer. Plus you can work on many of your projects outside and not have worry too much about rust like you do around here. But there winters are awesome. It is like our spring and summers.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:57 PM   #15
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wildearp is right the further north you go the houses get overpriced and lots of traffic not to mention the home owners association who hate noise,hotrods and an un kept yard stick to central, anywere on the east,vail,ora valley etc i live on the east and theres always classics and projects all over the car seen is pretty good too local cruise ins weekly as well as car shows several times a year and swapmeets in the spring and fall as far as the heat youll get used to it tucson is a great place to live in general
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:12 PM   #16
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I love where I live.

Just east of Tucson, within earshot of the dragstrip ( which is next door to a go kart track and an oval track) and about an hour away from a brand new road race track.
And close enough to Tucson to get to all the welding and parts suppliers.

I like the heat...
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:32 PM   #17
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you'll get used to the heat. between the phx metro area and tucson areas you will never run out of car related stuff to do. just wait til you buy your first desert car and you realize that all the parts will still unbolt without a chisel and a torch, it spoils you fast.
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:38 PM   #18
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The heat is no issue for us at all. My wife is from O.C. and was born in Palm Springs and the most comfortable I have ever been was when it was 119* in Palm Springs and I was working outside on freash blacdktop.
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From a "where to retire" joke I saw a few years ago .....

You can retire to Tucson where.......
1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.

2. You've experienced sweat on your Butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
3. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
4. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open a blast furnace.
5. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME??!!
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:59 PM   #20
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If you have pics of the area post them up! I need a dream to keep me motivated for 2 or 3 more yeras!
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Arizona is a great place to search for old iron. My parents live in Benson, just out side Tucson. The drive to Tombstone from the their ranch is awsome, usually filled with customs and bikes out for a weekend cruise. Because of the dry climate, cars and parts are in good shape. Also NO RAIN! I'm gettin' ready to boogie from Seattle as well. Back home to SoCal is where I'm heading. Good luck.
And don't miss Bisbee, just south of Tombstone...

Temps in Tucson are a bit lower than Phoenix in the summer... nice area.
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I'm currently located in Massachusetts originaly from Pheonix, awesome city! I miss the weather, the cars, and not knowing what it feels like to be COLD!! Good luck on the move.
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If you're in Tucson in the summer, and it's just to damn hot for you, drive up to Phoenix and spend the rest of the day there. You'll feel great when you get back to Tucson
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I hope I too could move to southern AZ or NM some day. Driven road trips there couple of times and really like the views and climate.
For me as a foreigner it will be much more difficult since I need to get the Green Card to legally work and live in the USA. All I can do now is to save money and then sell everything I own if I get the paperwork.
It may take years but I'm patient. Anybody need a seasoned parts guy with US car and Harley experience for example export sales?
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Meanwhile you can hang out with us! we aint so bad... UGOTPK
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Spent a year in Phoenix. Almost melted... Got out of there as fast as I could, this was in '83/'84 before all the crime and violence.

Went back for a week in June '06. Feet and hands cracked and bled the whole week (yes I was using lotion like there was no tomorrow). It sucks every last bit of moisture out of you... Have fun being inside all summer!!!
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summers are kinda warm,however we have 9-10 months of good hot rod season,and yeah if ya want to cool off just roll up to the mountians for the days........oh yeah...its about 90 today.NICE>.and sometimes its cold as hell here too.............
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Wow ! Sierra Vista....boy that brings back bad memories. I did my advanced infantry training at Ft Huachuca. The US Army apparently thought Veit Nam was a desert country. I just about wet my pants on a training mission when a seasoned vet from Nam droped from a tree I had just walked under , yelled "hey GI" and when I turned , fired his 45 at me from almost point blank range. Of course he was firing blanks, but it was a lesson I never forgot.
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i lived in Seattle for 21yrs, i now live in Scottsdale, i am 1.5 miles from the worlds largest every weekend car show, barret jackson, good guys all close, car shows all the time, (do i miss the NW sure but if you love cars etc. this is the place to be ) sell and move on down.
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Been hanging out with you guys for 33 years, it's time to get the hell out of this cold wet shithole of a state!

Your 56 looks familiar, are you in the Saints Car Culb? I'm from Port Orchard and my dad drives a full custom 50 Dodge.
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Ok hows the job market look? Average/decent pay for someone that works with their hands? Right now I am in charge of plant maintenance, and building displays that go into Home Depot and Lowes stores. I used to work in a rod shop and I am a whiz with a MIG gun.
What would be a good hourly rate to earn in Tucson? i'm not looking to be a broke ass after I make my mortgage payment but I know my limitations and I am not the guy that is going to make a bajillion dollars, just an average hard working guy that likes to build stuff and isn't afraid to learn something new.

Damn I want to just pack up and move now but we are in this house we just bought for another 2 or 3 years before we can sell.
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I hope I too could move to southern AZ or NM some day. Driven road trips there couple of times and really like the views and climate.
For me as a foreigner it will be much more difficult since I need to get the Green Card to legally work and live in the USA. All I can do now is to save money and then sell everything I own if I get the paperwork.
It may take years but I'm patient. Anybody need a seasoned parts guy with US car and Harley experience for example export sales?
Jeez, that's my line, right down to the parts guy bit. Anybody need TWO foreign parts guys?
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you'll have to stand out on your lawn with a hose running on your head twice a week to remind you of seattle.
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Been hanging out with you guys for 33 years, it's time to get the hell out of this cold wet shithole of a state!

Your 56 looks familiar, are you in the Saints Car Culb? I'm from Port Orchard and my dad drives a full custom 50 Dodge.
funny cause his yellow 56 is from tucson I think..........lotta cool stuff here
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Of course I probably wouldn't have a use for this in Arizona....

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whats that big thing that looks like a horse blanket???
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Yeah,nice huh? It's the end of April and I am still wearing a insulated Dickies hoodie and a thermal shirt all day. It's fucking freezing up here!


And I had to stop mowing because it started raining.....did I also mention that my 56 olds is parked in my driveway waiting for new floors and every time I start on it it starts raining. Welder + rain = bad!
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'Zactly!!! I'm even somewhat jealous of AZ's second city sometimes...
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I made the move almost 5 years ago and do not regret it one bit. I do miss my dad and all my pals in the Mischief Makers and running the Hotrod-a-rama.I do not miss the weather and Seattle-Tacoma traffic. Not much of a truly traditional hotrod scene like the NW. Lots of streetrodders. There are a few of us though and I have met some guys I like to hang with. The excessive heat here is wonderful. I love working with my shop doors open and the fans blowing. Come on down.
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Are you kidding....here in Maine we keep a snowblower on our tractor even with the mower deck on ....you just never know.
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I made the move almost 5 years ago and do not regret it one bit. I do miss my dad and all my pals in the Mischief Makers and running the Hotrod-a-rama.I do not miss the weather and Seattle-Tacoma traffic. Not much of a truly traditional hotrod scene like the NW. Lots of streetrodders. There are a few of us though and I have met some guys I like to hang with. The excessive heat here is wonderful. I love working with my shop doors open and the fans blowing. Come on down.
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Of course I probably wouldn't have a use for this in Arizona....

Hell bring down the Deere....you can use it to drag you lot or you will find a use for it here FYI quads are legal to drive on the streets here........with your talents you should be OK,call me when ya get in the hood............oh yeah when I left Portland Oregon (I grew up in Tucson) after 25+ years I left my mower in my front yard...still dont miss it.
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The only reason I could think of to stay in the NW would be the fishing, and I don't like to fish all that much so I live in AZ. I worked outside for every second of daylight for many summers, its much better to be dry and hot then be cold and wet on.
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:46 PM   #46
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i was born and bread in Tucson. there's a decent amount of car stuff out here. Personally i live kind of south central(Reid park if you wanna look it up) my neighbor hood is awesome, a little ghetto at times, but if you wanna work late at night, no one tells you anything, the neighbor hood is quiet during the weekdays, little noisy on the weekends sometimes but i contribute. there's not many hot rod/custom guys that i have found near me just a guy with a deuce coupe, but there are tons of low riders, and im a big fan of low riders to so it all works out great.

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it would be west of the free way and north of grant road. great hills, large lots, nice houses and your still close to most of the good stuff
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After 45 years in NH, I moved to Scottsdale a couple years back. I love the weather and the lack of potholes and frost heaves on the road. Great place to own a roadster...except maybe in the middle of the summer.

On a non-car note, the critters here are a lot more serious than back east. You certainly dont want to leave your garage/shop door open. I took this pic in my kitchen at 7:30am the other morning. I had left my front door open for about an hour the day before and this 3.5 foot rattler waltzed into the house. He must have had a slumber party in my corn flakes because that was him coming out of my kitchen cabinet heading off to look for food.


I also have Javelinas (big angry pigs with teeth like a crododile) in my front yard and my beagle is always getting hungry eyes from the coyotes. Even paradise has its serpent.
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Yeah FUCK SNAKES!!!! i hate those things! There would be holes in the kitchen from the mini 14 and the XD-40.


Snakes are the only thing I would really be worried about because I have 2 cattle dogs (one red heeler/staffy mix and one pure blue heeler) that will chase down any critter that comes into the yard and I don't want them getting bit.
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Yeah FUCK SNAKES!!!! i hate those things! There would be holes in the kitchen from the mini 14 and the XD-40.


Snakes are the only thing I would really be worried about because I have 2 cattle dogs (one red heeler/staffy mix and one pure blue heeler) that will chase down any critter that comes into the yard and I don't want them getting bit.
Out here most people who live even somewhat remotely or have working/hunting dogs take them to "snake school." At the school they put a shock collar on the dog and introduce it to rattlers with and without a working rattle. Once the dog is trained it shouldn't willingly approach a rattler. I trained my beagle and he barked at the snake in my kitchen but would not approach it.
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Out here most people who live even somewhat remotely or have working/hunting dogs take them to "snake school." At the school they put a shock collar on the dog and introduce it to rattlers with and without a working rattle. Once the dog is trained it shouldn't willingly approach a rattler. I trained my beagle and he barked at the snake in my kitchen but would not approach it.
GREAT INFO!!!!!
We take our dogs to herding classes every now and then and they have done agility and obedience classes since they were pups.
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I moved to Tucson from Tacoma in 2000, and I haven't missed the rain one bit. The housing market is still kinda flat, so there are deals to find. We don't have as many auto swap meets as we had in the Puget Sound, but if you're willing to drive to Phoenix (100 mi.), there are monthly swap meets at one of the colleges. There are still a couple good wrecking yards in Phoenix with plenty old tin. We've got a nice dragstrip and oval track at the fairgrounds, and Firebird Raceway south of Phoenix has NHRA national events. We do have a number of decent car shows and at least one regular cruise venue. You should be able to find decent work in the area. The only caveat is that Arizona is a "right to work" state with very few labor unions. As a result the wages tend to be south of average if ou don't have a degree. The cost of living is probably on a par with Pierce County, but not as costly as King County.

As far as the critters are concerned, it's not as bad some will tell you. If you're out in the fringe, yeah, you may have some issues with scorpions and the like. I reside near the U of A and we're pretty much pest free, unless you're talking about termites, which vacation here yearround. We do see a javelina occasionally. We moved here with a bassett hound and he never had a problem. There are people here that will give your pets aversion therapy to break them of chasing snakes and gila monsters.

I look forward to meeting you when you make the move.

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I'd like to piggyback on this thread because I have similar thoughts of moving to central or northwestern AZ in the fairly near future (one year or so). I'm sick to death of allergies, cantaloupe-sized hail, tornadoes and ice storms!!! I'm reasonably familiar with Arizona, and have driven 66 the entire width of the state. Places like Seligman, Holbrook, Flagstaff, and Kingman really intrigue me. I can handle snow, so that doesn't bother me. I've spent a lot of time in the Middle East, so the heat is fine with me, too.

Everyone seems to have positive thoughts on the Tucson and Phoenix areas, so what about the places I've mentioned, and basically anywhere along 66 from Holbrook west? Kingman has my attention focused there, more so than the others.

If you feel I've hijacked this post, I apologize!
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I definitely recommend the Tucson area. I live in Oro Valley and like it very much. The car guy scene here is way cool! Swap meets, car shows, cruise-ins and world-class restoration/building shops. And, of course, a very nice drag strip in SIR. We also have a great dirt oval for sprint cars.

Don't know what the real estate market will be in 2 or 3 years, but now - of course - would be a great time to buy.

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I lived and worked in Tucson for about a year and a half a little over a year ago. Found my Caddy down there. Lived In Oro Valley too, didn't really dig the suburban track house feel, would've preferred to have lived closer to the U of A. The heat is no biggie, but then again I live in North Texas where it stays in the triple digits with 80% humidity for a couple months during the summer. It was great to see stuff on the road that I would've never seen back home in Fort Worth. I'd go back in a heart beat, the desert, mountains and old cars can't be beat.

I have to say though that people don't seem to be as friendly there as they are in Texas. I think it has to do with the number of Yankee and Cali transplants. Had some ignition problems with the Caddy and it took a dump right outside of my apartment complex, several of my "neighbors" passed me while I pushed and steered my 4600 pound car up a slight grade into the complex. Not a single one offered to help, would've never happened in Texas, just saying.......

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Lots of good points brought up, and I also like it here. My advice would be to live just outside of city limits (like I do). Tucson politics is hell. Money is very mismanaged downtown.
The car stuff and the climate is fantastic! I'm on the NW side, but not as far as Oro Valley speed trap. The heat ain't bad. Any questions, send me a PM. Come on down, but leave the mower up there!
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No, bring the mower...

We had one at a shop I worked at with a push bar on it.

To push dead cars with...
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Old 06-14-2011, 03:52 PM   #58
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I moved to Arizona from Colorado last year and so far I'm pleased with the move. Heres my thoughts.

I live out in the boonies with the closest town being Casa Grande which is Halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. We bought an acreage in Arizona primarily because of the smokin deals on houses. That was great although the home we bought has dropped even further in price since last year. Hopefully the bottom is getting close so home prices stabilize.

I think theres more crime here than in Colorado but I feel thats due to the
stressed out economy and all the border problems here. We have been broken into once and have had a couple of vandalisms in the rest of the subdivision as well. That parts not cool but we now have a block watch in the subdivsion and have had increased patrols from the sheriff's office because of it.

As far as the weather--I'm loving it. Working on my cars in the middle of winter in a t-shirt is great. Theres 3-4 months of crappy weather when the temps get too high but for me thats preferable to freezing my ass off
for those same 3-4 months.

As far as the car scene, I think theres more activity in the Phoenix metro
area than in Tucson but either area would be great, It seems like there is something going on every weekend of the year although things do slow down July and August.

The Oro Valley area is a beautifull location and we would have liked to have bought there but the home prices there are still pretty high. Off course, being from the NW they may seem relatively low. We choose
nearby Casa Grande because of the central location between the 2 big citys and we liked the small town atmosphere.
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Everyone seems to have positive thoughts on the Tucson and Phoenix areas, so what about the places I've mentioned, and basically anywhere along 66 from Holbrook west? Kingman has my attention focused there, more so than the others.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:39 PM   #60
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I lived down there when we built Desert Diamond casino/hotel. hated the traffic. weather was 5* cooler than phoenix, and yes it does make a difference...And when it snows, yes it does snow sometimes, all the bridges close due to ice, and you can go no where, as for the snakes, if he's in the house, that its up for sale. And oh yes you have to check out Pima air park...lot of neat planes to look at. And Truly Noland still has his old cars on the corners....and skying on Mt Lemon, if it's not on fire..
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I'm in Vail. I love it. 20 miles east-o-town and no crime. I've left my garage door open, quite by mistake, for a wonderful weekend bike ride and nothing was disturbed.
I have 12 cars and everyone knows that means tools. Rural means guns too maybe.
3 1/2 years in the house and only one rattler. Granted he was a biggun. 5 footer but no match for a flat tipped shovel. Pack rats can ruin your day overnight. They live on insulation. Oatmeal, Brown shugar and plaster-o-Paris will fix em up good in no time. That also removes the snake food source. I've been in Tucson for 18 years and have been a desert rat for about 30. Tuscon is pretty much a low wage town so dont expect the mondo bucko. I bought 1 acre, fenced with a 1438" modular,(trailer) for 139,500. Spa for me and 7 of my favorite girlfriends, or the wife, and all appliances included. The car scene as already mentioned is strong and everywhere.
PM me and make the move. BTW oven thermometer in the daily right now says 160.
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Tucson is a great place to live. I came here 19 years ago, to do a job that was to last 30 days and never left. Greatest place on earth in the winter. Other folks found that out and the population explodes from Nov. until May. Phoenix is only an hour and forty five minutes away and they have a ton of hot rod things going on. For me, there's a 3/8 mile dirt track that has sprinters almost every other weekend, so I'm happy. I've met nothing but nice people here. I have two border collies and live on 3 1/2 acres. We have rattlers every summer and javelina, bobcats, coyotes and Gila monsters. The dogs will get it and not mess with them. If they come in the fenced yard, the snake dies, other wise they don't really bother much of anything. You just have to be careful walking at night and in the early morning.
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We are planning to spend a week driving around Tucson in September or December and check it out. We still want to move in 2 or 3 years, I can't wait to get the hell out of Seattle but right now I make pretty good money and we don't want to loose out asses on the house we bought a year ago. I know that I will be taking a pretty big hit pay wise but the cost of living is lower in AZ and it will be worth it to be happy!
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Errr Ahhh... I don't know about the cost of living being significantly lower here than Seattle. At least up in here Phoenix. The price of homes is about the same, price of gas is about the same, price of food is about the same. I used to spent almost 3 months a year working in the Seattle area, and pumped lots of gas and purchased lot's of food for the seminars I did to make that living. Always found the prices of stuff to be relative.
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Moved from Michigan to Phoenix about 13 years ago. Arizona is a neat state. Make your way up to the rim its a nice getaway for the weekend.
A/c is a must though, got home today and mines not working. 87 degrees inside.

Any A/C guys here? HAHA.
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Moved from Michigan to Phoenix about 13 years ago. A/C is a must though, got home today and mines not working. 87 degrees inside.
Wondering what the average electric bill is during the summer months in AZ, what with AC being a necessity...?
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Wondering what the average electric bill is during the summer months in AZ, what with AC being a necessity...?

Mine is 160.00-180.00 ,it's going to be alot cheaper if it is an expensive fix.
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I packed up all my crap and moved down there on a whim back in '04..Loved it! I worked in Sahuarita,lived on 5th and Rosemont (which was pretty ghetto) If it werent for my Ex Wife talking me into selling my 66 GTO and moving back,because she hated it,,I'd still be there.Ill go back soon though.Laid back people,beautiful scenery,good food,cheaper than Phoenix (or Portland,and far less HIPSTER bullshit) I actually LOVED the monsoon season..Dammit,now you guys have me all antsy again!
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