Why move to Tucson, Oro Valley or Marana? You already know the weather is terrific! I heard from two people just today that people back east didn't have a summer this year. We sure did! And while it is sunny and too hot here for about 4 weeks a year, the rest of the time is beautiful. Even when it rains it is gorgeous - ask anyone here about that. There are very few dreary, rainy days in Tucson. It does get an occasional dusting of snow, but just to look pretty. There is no shoveling required. In fact, on winter days when it is a freezing 40 degrees out, people often drive up to Mt. Lemmon - on the east side of town but 7000 feet higher elevation, to play in the snow (including skiing) and shovel snow onto their cars to bring back into Tucson. Snow on the cars looks pretty cool around here.
The opportunity to be more active. In part because Tucson weather is wonderful, we really do use our swimming pools. Our unheated pool is comfortable from May through September.
Many people are more active here and hence healthier. While most people stay out of the noon day sun, the Tucson mornings and evenings are very comfortable. When I lived in New York and New Jersey, the most I would run would be a mile. A few years after I moved here I trained to run 3 miles with ALL ABOUT RUNNING AND WALKING, a local store in Oro Valley, a year later I ran the Tucson half marathon and then 2 years later I trained with ALL ABOUT RUNNING AND WALKING again and ran the Phoenix Rock and Roll full marathon. A year later I ran the Arizona Distance Classic Valley of Gold 1/2 marathon in Oro Valley.
When you are not running, you can hike. The hiking in Catalina State Park,Sabino Canyon, Mt. Lemmon, Saguaro National Park, and many other areas provide respite from the work a day world. It is varied so people who need to walk on level ground have places as well as people who want to hike into elevation. There are a number of hidden treasures on the hiking paths - pools of water, great views, interesting wild life, old mining shafts, abandoned homes, Indian petroglyphs.
Top golfers come to Tucson and you can play here too. Recently Jack Nicklaus dedicated his Signature Golf Course at the Ritz-Carlton in Marana. There are both private and public golf courses available. Lots of places for lessons too. And of course, where there is golf, there is tennis.
We are also part of the Old West. So we have rodeos you can compete in too. Or, if you are like me, you can watch. Marana has the Western Heritage Arena where they host rodeos. And Tucson has Rodeo Days. Tucson hosts one of the top 25 Rodeos in North America every February. It is a 2 week event. Part of Rodeo Days is the Tucson Rodeo Parade. world's longest non-motorized parade. We also have some of the best Mexican Restaurants around. For a fun time in the Old West, We have Old Tucson Studios where many of the old western movies were shot. You can watch gun slingers shoot 'em there or in Trail Dust Town in Tucson.
There are many more reasons to move to Tucson- reasonable home prices, relatively low taxes and cost of living, low costs for a great higher education and more and I will cover them in my next post.
If you do decide to come here, I am happy to chat with you about your plans.