Douglas Arizona, Where's that?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with South East Arizona Real Estate
Well, I had never heard of Douglas Arizona till I moved to the area. It is a rural city on the Mexico Border. There are about 17,000 people living in the city and several more scattered about in the vast valley and mountains nearby. Agua Prieta Mexico is the sister city on the other side of the border. It is the fastest growing city in Mexico..recent data shows 120,000 people living there. Douglas is in the high desert. It is 3900 feet above sea level. Our height makes this really quite a nice place to live. Except for a couple of weeks in June hovering at 100 degrees our summers top out in the low 90's. Nice change from Phoenix which has several months over 100 degrees and August will tear you apart with it's 118 degrees. It's like having a hot hair blower on you constantly. Well it's not like that here.
Recently parts of southeast Arizona have seen large developments. Tucson is a big city now. Home real estate prices have rocketed. An average, nice but not special or large home will cost upwards of $250,000. Douglas is 2 hours drive south of Tucson (going uphill, Tucson is 10degrees warmer). In Douglas the average price for new construction....Yes! NEW construction is about $145,000. The golf course development has 4 models all of which can be had for under $200,000...if you don't add too many upgrades of course. There is also the Quail Run Community, these homes are mostly custom.  Between Douglas and Tucson are the cities of Bisbee , Sierra Vista, Tombstone, and Benson। Each city has it own character. Douglas , is on the border. It has a 75% Hispanic community. Douglas and Agua Prieta are very much a part of each other's development. There are bi national community organizations and real estate transactions across both borders. There is a SuperWalmart in our small city of Douglas, 4 blocks from Mexico. You can get warm tamales in the parking lot from folks walking around selling them....and they are Delicious...como muy sabroso!
Spanish! Do you need to speak it ? The answer is no you don't have to. Most of the Hispanic people here know 2 languages. I think that is really quite an evolution and I want to be evolved too so I am learning more Spanish every day.
The sense of community here is strong. Everyone has the opportunity for a voice, and a sense that they really are part of what is happening here. If there is an event in one of the cities many parks , most people attend it. It is also a great way to meet people.

I have so much to say about this place, I'll reserve more for future posts. Check back and see what's going on and visit my real estate website

Mary Ann

Comments (3)

Michael Hutchins - Consumer Advocate, Chicago
Michael Hutchins Ent. - Chicago, IL
Hi Mary Ann.  I just wanted to welcome you to the Rain!  Hope you enjoy it here and keep blogging!
May 15, 2007 03:03 AM
Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
Mary Ann... allow me to be a part of the ActiveRain Welcome Wagon. Welcome to AR.You're going to enjoy this community!
May 15, 2007 03:16 AM
Mary Ann Ead
South East Arizona Real Estate - Douglas, AZ

Hi folks, well, this seems like it will be a great site for professionals and the public as well. Thanks for the welcome!

Mary Ann 

May 15, 2007 04:47 AM