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Old 01-07-2013, 10:21 AM   #16
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No. My sister lives there.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:25 AM   #17
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And I know you don't want political comments, but the political climate of any region plays into its liveability, IMO.
That is why I would never be able to live in AZ. I don't think I would mind the heat or the desert. I know I wouldn't miss the snow here in WI ... 20" on the ground right now which is going to melt all at once in a few days leaving brown mud and thawed dog poop behind.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:34 AM   #18
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I have enjoyed visiting Phoenix but definitely don't have a desire to live there. I feel the same way about FL .

I like the seasons and would miss snow too much!
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:33 PM   #19
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Nope. And I say that as someone currently living in AZ, originally from MI. I hate it here. And yes, the heat really is that bad...it's unimaginable. I miss seasons, color, being able to check my mail without slathering on sunblock, etc. It's nice for a month or two out of the year, monsoons are cool, the mountains are pretty. Other than that, sucks. Once I get a chance to leave, i'm never coming back.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:39 PM   #20
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Well, I have no desire to ever leave Texas, BUT.... if I did have to move, Arizona would be one of the top states that I would look into moving (Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Florida would also be on that list). I much prefer the weather there to other areas of the country. I don't really care for cold, but I can handle heat. Plus, it is one of the very few states that has any idea of what Mexican food should actually taste like. People I have known from there were very friendly an down-to-earth. I would stay away from the larger cities, but I would feel that way about most states.

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Old 01-07-2013, 12:49 PM   #21
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Wow, I'm pretty surprised at this thread. After college, I stayed out in the Phoenix area for three weeks and decided I could never live there either. The mountains were pretty, but I strangely missed greenery and houses with basements and siding. Not to mention the dry air and the near constant sun probably would have aged my skin a bunch considering the different people I know who grew up out there look much older than they really are. I like my baby face!
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:51 PM   #22
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Sounds so far like NO!!!!! Please keep them coming Thank you

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Phoenix is one of the only cities I would actually consider moving to. I have family living in Arizona and they all seem to like it My cousin has been living around Phoenix for well over 10 years and although he has considered moving back to NJ to be near his family I think he will stay in AZ.

I would not miss the snow. Or the ice. Or the cold. Or the trees. Or the grass.

Dealing with the insects does not sound appealing but they aren't appealing here either.

I love the privacy of where I live now but I could get that outside of Phoenix too. Things that I would miss about NJ are family, friends, being close to NYC and all that comes with the east coast.

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Old 01-07-2013, 01:02 PM   #24
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I don't think so, I really don't like the sun and the heat too much. I look at AZ like I look at FL, a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.

Plus I think there are too many creepy crawlies there. The climate lends itself to scorpions, poisonous spiders and snakes oh my!
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I could live in Prescott or Flagstaff. They're both nice and don't get the heat of Phoenix. They even get some snow in the winter.

Would not do anything in the desert though. Too hot in the summer even if the winters are nice and mild.
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Friends kids hated it. Everything left in car melted. Ex:DVDs
their kids couldn't play outside unless very early morning.
They actually transferred to cold Minnesota, and have been much happier.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:19 PM   #27
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If it weren't for the political climate of Arizona, I'd move there in a heartbeat! My aunt and 3/4 of my cousins have been living out there for 20 years. I love the desert. I must just be an oddball.

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Old 01-07-2013, 01:22 PM   #28
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My DH and I lived in Scottsdale for 2 years when we first got married. We're both from MA. I absolutely loved it down there. I didn't want anything to do with coming home. DH missed the snow. And family. So I compromised and we moved back to MA. Then we had kids and now I can't imagine being away from grandparents or family. There are some fabulous areas in the Phoenix valley. And there are some really bad areas. I strongly suggest going for a good week long visit and investigating the areas. It's a very different lifestyle than here in MA. Feel free to PM me with any questions!
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:37 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by anniemae View Post
I don't think so, I really don't like the sun and the heat too much. I look at AZ like I look at FL, a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.

Plus I think there are too many creepy crawlies there. The climate lends itself to scorpions, poisonous spiders and snakes oh my!
This is the ONLY reason I couldn't live there (or anywhere south of say...Iowa??)
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:40 PM   #30
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Visited many times and loved it, there is nothing like horseback riding in Arizona!

However, I am a New Englander at heart, and could never live without the rhythm of the seasons.

So for me, "it is a great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there".
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