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Retirement?

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by silcnlayc, Apr 22, 2010.

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    Apr 22, 2010
  1. silcnlayc

    silcnlayc Just one more spin pleez! CAG MM PABnonaccred PABaccred

    Occupation:
    IT Director of Operations
    Location:
    Left Hungary
    I am wondering if there are any players here that live in Arizona or Las Vegas and if you can help me.?

    My husband is thinking of retiring in the next year, and we have picked these two states to retire to. The homes in Vegas are absolutely beautiful and extremely affordable right now and I would like to know what areas constitute as a good/decent area if anyone can help here.

    On the other hand, my good friend and her husband retired in Arizona and they love it there. Her home is very nice and the area she moved into is a quaint old town with a town square and all (she sent me pictures). But the homes are a little more expensive.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    My husband is leaning towards Vegas because we can get such a great buy on a home and we wouldn't have to work at all (me either! woo hoo!) whereas, if we went to Arizona, I would probably have to work some to support us, (It is his retirement, not mine :oops: ) It would be around 4 hours away from my friend which is ok to me too..that is not a long ride if I wanted to visit her :) .

    So, anyone that can give us some input on locations etc, would be great, pics too if you have any...let me know what your thoughts are...

    Thanks in adavance everyone!

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  2. Apr 22, 2010
  3. classymom

    classymom Well-Known Member

    Occupation:
    Customer Service
    Location:
    Port St lucie Florida
    I lived in Vegas about 5 years ago - the areas North were really nice - They use to be called Summerlin - Green Valley is also pretty nice.
     
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  4. Apr 23, 2010
  5. rockycatt

    rockycatt meistercatt CAG MM

    Occupation:
    carpenter
    Location:
    Boston
    my brother in law just went out to lake havasu and he was ah struck at first but now he isn't that shure in Boston here we got ton's of doctors
    and hospitals within a stones through but a lot fewer there to chose from [ he has asthma ]thats why he went there
    he isn't sorry but he isn't as anxious to buy now as he was 4 months ago

    you really got to be on top of your game in purchasing house there
    not that it cant be done but its termite heaven there , and things a first class home inspector is needed fo that said go for it and good luck

    ;) R C
     
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  6. Apr 23, 2010
  7. Brooklyn

    Brooklyn Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Mommy, Make-up Artist, Writer.
    Location:
    On the Hot Mess Express
    Las Vegas Vs. Arizona

    Well I was born and raised in Las Vegas, and now live in Arizona. I would recommend Las Vegas, or even the Henderson area. I grew up there, and the area is rapidly growing, and beautiful. Green Valley and Summerlin, like stated above are beautiful as well, but there are some parts of Las Vegas to stay far away from just like anywhere else. I would stay away from North Las Vegas, that area can be quite high on the prices of their homes and is known for high crime rates.

    In Arizona the houses are a little more pricey and its not as nice as Las Vegas in my opinion. I guess it depends on what area you live in. I now live in a very small town where the nearest grocery store or pharmacy is 11 miles away, I miss the convienence of Las Vegas the most.

    If I had to choose, I would choose Las Vegas, for sure.
     
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  8. Apr 23, 2010
  9. Mavin1

    Mavin1 Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Caregiver/homemaker
    Location:
    Arizona
    Well Silc, you could always move across the street from me here in Globe! It's just a crappy little mining town, but we have forested mountains to the back of us, desert all around us, a casino 15 minutes away, two major fishing lakes, San Carlos and Roosevelt, 35 miles from us both ways. Then you are close enough to the major metroplis of Pheonix for shopping, more casinos and what have you. You also have a short jaunt to the mountains of ShowLow, with plenty of lakes and lots of snow in the winter for skiing.

    So even though they think our homes are worth a fortune here, there are two up for sale right across the street. ;)
     
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  10. Apr 23, 2010
  11. silcnlayc

    silcnlayc Just one more spin pleez! CAG MM PABnonaccred PABaccred

    Occupation:
    IT Director of Operations
    Location:
    Left Hungary
    Thanks to all that has responded! This is some great info to mull over. Pictures would be nice too ;) Mavin...put the pics of those houses on here...you never know!

    Thank you all for this info!
     
  12. Apr 23, 2010
  13. cynthial

    cynthial Boo

    Occupation:
    Fireproofing
    Location:
    Albuquerque
    You know what Bugs Bunny would say? Why not take a left turn at Albuquerque? Great home prices here and not as stinking hot as Vegas or Arizona. If it is Southwest living you are looking for, we got it in spades. :)
     
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  14. Apr 23, 2010
  15. Mavin1

    Mavin1 Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Caregiver/homemaker
    Location:
    Arizona
    I'll have to work on that. But they certainly won't be as pretty as Cynthial's pics. :oops:
     
  16. Apr 23, 2010
  17. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    Freelance Designer
    Location:
    Edmonton Canada
    I lived in Phoenix for 12 years - I lived in North Phoenix just a block from the Scottsdale border (expensive but safe) then lived in South Central where it was pretty cheap but not so safe, then Central Phoenix which was cheap and scary, and ended up in South Phoenix one block from Tempe and a couple of blocks from Guadalupe - it's wasn't expensive, it wasn't high-end, but it had a nice community feel - and I learned to speak poquito Español también. ;)

    Phoenix is like most big cities, some areas are more desirable (Scottsdale, the historic district just north of downtown, North Phoenix, Paradise Valley, anywhere close to Camelback mountain etc) but places like Mesa and Chandler and Gilbert you can still find good deals, especially since the economy went into the dumper and a lot of people lost their homes, I think it's really still a buyer's market.

    I have some friends down there and Lana's sister is a real estate agent - I think she's still doing it, if you're interested I can check with her or give you her contact info - she can maybe get you some listings and give you a better idea on prices and areas and stuff.
     
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  18. Apr 23, 2010
  19. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

    Occupation:
    Senior Partner, InfoPowa News Service
    Location:
    Earth
    Looks as if things in the USA are looking up:

    You must register/login in order to see the link.
     
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