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Where do you live now?
I guess I should explain my curiosity. My parents retired to Bradenton, Florida in 1980 after living their entire lives in places that experienced serious winters (Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and New York) and they vowed that they never wanted to see snow again.
DH, our kids and I visited them twice a year until my DM passed away 1998 and my DF finally moved back north to live near me in 2001. (He passed away in 2008.)
After DH and I spent summer weeks in Florida with my parents we learned about heat, traffic, humidity, traffic, bugs and traffic in that state and resolved to stay put in Ohio when we retired.
We personally felt that staying trapped indoors in the summer in an extremely hot climate is not that much different than staying trapped indoors in an extremely cold climate. Just the opinion of two northerners who are stick-in-the-muds. LOL
Estrella Mountain Ranch, where you'll be staying, is in the southwest part of town, not too far from where we live. If you have an afternoon free, it's a straight shot down the 303 highway to get to the AAA office in Sun City West, and to see housing in our area. I'm happy to show you a couple of areas to check out (Sun City West, Sun City Grand, Corte Bella, Surprise, etc.) I was going to email some suggestions of activities near where you're staying but realize I don't have your email address.
I will put my two cent in.I moved from IL SIXETY YEARS AGO.to IN TO FL for 33 years.Bugs mild due, traffic. Oh for 5 years tornado's torn our building up.Move to MO 7 years.Tornado again. To AZ 17 years. Vary hot in summer's 118 degree.Have to stay in side. Lot's of traffic.Take and hour to drive 20 miles every morning and evening home from work. Now moving to TN. Where the humidity is high and tornado.So I guess it is what you are looking for.What make you want to move away from your family? I am moving for the last time to TN because that is for my only child live so he can help take care of me.I am not far from 80 year old.
Thanks! My email is my username at gmail
We love the desert and terrain. We want to get out of the snow. We like to stay indoors mostly, but want to be able to enjoy the pool year round etc. We don’t really spend much time with family anyways, but those we do want to spend time with would be more likely to visit us there.
Judy, our summers are alot drier then Florida and we learn to do things outside first thing in the morning and stay inside during the day. August is our worse month when it is more humid. But I've lived here in the valley for over 50 years and like you I have learned to live inside in the summer three months of the year and enjoy my winters, fall and spring here. But I understand what you mean about staying put in one place.
But when your shoes want to stick to the asphalt in the parking lot ...
And when your glasses fog up when you walk from your condo to your car ...
Never mind. LOL
it all depends on what you are used to and what you are prepared for. I'd take the AZ heat over snow and ice any day. Or over the perpetual rain in the pacific northwest. But I grew up in the desert. Now the dust storms, that's another matter. I still have dirt in my hair from my childhood.
I agree - and getting acclimated to the area too.
When we bought our home in AZ, we moved in over the holidays (December), and just loved it. Then summer came and we just hated it. We put our house on the market that first summer and planned to move back to Colorado. The house didn’t sell fast enough, fall came, and the weather was pleasant again. By the next summer our bodies had better acclimated to the heat and we’ve enjoyed it ever since. We had a pool in that first house and used it all year long. Now we’re so accustomed to the heat that we walk every morning – even in the summer. Of course we go out at about 6am but it’s really pleasant at that time of day nearly all year long.