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Thread: Checking out Apache Junction, AZ

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    Checking out Apache Junction, AZ

    I've made a lot of friends on the board in different places - Austin TX and Yakima, WA in particular, and now we're looking at a place in Apache Junction to spend our winters. We're looking at a mobile home at the Ironwood Mobile Home Park this weekend, we'll be in AZ from Friday through Monday.

    If you are familiar with that area, I would love to hear from you. We do have friends and family there, which makes it all the more attractive to us (they will all be out of town while we are there).

    And if you know anything about the park or the area that you would like to share, that would be great!
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    Sounds like a good idea. Good luck on your winter place.
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    Love that area but any help I could gave you would be very dated I moved from there 20yrs ago been back a few times but always a million changes

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    I'm closer to Tucson but Apache Junction is very nice. If you get a place here you'll find tons of shops both in the Phoenix area and down here!! Good luck with your search
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    We have spent the last four winters in AJ, and bought last year in a park there. There are a lot of great parks, some reasonable and some quite expensive. One thing to be aware of if you buy in a park where you don't own the land your rent can be quite high ( over $500 per month for 12 months of the year), tho the trailers are ususally much more reasonable.
    Other parks ( and there aren't very many in the Phoenix area) you do own your own land. This is the type we bought in last year, it had been our 3rd winter in this park, just renting. Our total fees, insurance, taxes etc for the year are around $2800, tho we did probably pay a bit more for the trailer. Also we like the fact that the park is owned and run by the people who own the land/trailers, so you have a say in what is going on. Everyone has been wonderfull in the park, so many activities, and looked after very well. Of course, when we started looking, a quilting group was a must!!
    If you want any more info on the area, parks etc. just e-mail me.
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    AJ's not bad as far as big cities go, but I hate big cities. The whole Phoenix area, AJ included, is getting more and more like LA. Too much traffic and too much smog. There are lots of places in AZ where the winters are nice and everything else is way nicer than around Phoenix.

    Mobile homes are not a great investment. We had one on our own property and really had trouble selling it. It was a nice home in a great area and we had lots of potential buyers, but banks won't loan money on them any more. When you get ready to sell you will have to find a buyer with cash.

    The Phoenix housing market is recovering faster than any place in the nation. If you are only renting a space in a mobile home park you may find the rent going up quickly with property values and taxes increasing. And rent is something you can't control. DH and I were renting a very nice apt in Prescott AZ and decided to buy when interest rates went so low that the payment on a bigger house was the same as our rent. And our payment is fixed.

    Don't limit your looking to AJ only. There are lots of areas in AZ just as nice or nicer.
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    Wow some people aren't very fond of AJ.... We live in Chandler, year round, and would like to move a bit closer to our church and have been thinking AJ might suit us just fine. I love the views of the superstitions, easy drive, not over crowded like other places in the valley. Enjoy your beautiful winter here, and some great quilt shops!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland View Post
    I've made a lot of friends on the board in different places - Austin TX and Yakima, WA in particular, and now we're looking at a place in Apache Junction to spend our winters. We're looking at a mobile home at the Ironwood Mobile Home Park this weekend, we'll be in AZ from Friday through Monday.

    If you are familiar with that area, I would love to hear from you. We do have friends and family there, which makes it all the more attractive to us (they will all be out of town while we are there).

    And if you know anything about the park or the area that you would like to share, that would be great!
    You should check out 3guys quilt shop, in phx. Not far from apache junction. Can always come down to Tucson,we have lots of cool places to visit also
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    I have been keeping an eye on AJ and other Arizona places. What would you advise for a retired professional woman as a good place to live, probably to buy a home? Tell me about the other places you like in AZ, please.

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    Congratulation Lunagrandquilter on your purchase. We spend our winter in Yuma Arizona. It is about 5 degrees warmer than Phoenix and surrounding areas.

    I was looking on Computer and Phoenix Metro is about 4.2 million people. That is including all the small areas included. To many people for me.

    Yuma is really easy to get around. We have lots of stores and a Joanne and a quilt shop.

    This will be our 7th winter in Yuma. Love it!

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    Hi Fay, didn't get to Yuma last winter, maybe this one. ( too busy looking at park models LOL)
    Apache Junction isn't that busy in comparison to Phoenix, or Mesa, and I find it even quieter that Yuma. We do go further into the city at times-more quilt shops you know! Streets run right straight through so not confusing. (much easier than parts of Regina!!)
    We are pretty well on the edge too, so quieter. Love it there, and always looking forward to it once it even starts getting cool here. Maybe see you this winter.
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    I was looking at places in the greater PHX area also for about 3 years. I was in Mesa (close to AJ), and in AJ itself. At first I was looking at manf houses in parks. I knew I'd want to keep a car down there but the parks don't seem to have garages and in the hot summer thought that would be an issue. Then my son suggested Sun City. There are 3 areas- SC, SCWest, and SCGrand. I'm in SC now. I bought a 1B, 1Bth (1,000 SQFT), w/1 car garage condo in a nice area. I did the math with the land rental for AJ trailors, the rec fee in SC, taxes for both and I feel I came out ahead with the condo. I liked the AJ area but I think it's better in SC. I will be heading down Sept 14 for my 2nd year in the condo and looking forward to the better winter down there again!! Like someone said before, the prices are going up so be careful to not drag your feet too much. When we closed on our condo last July the prices had gone up some at that time but are going up faster now. Best of luck to all of you looking!! Oh, if you look in SC there are 3 areas that were built over the years: 1st group built in 60s (I was warned that area places have a lot of problems), 2nd group built in 70s (mine was in '71) and group 3 which was late 70s/some early 80s. Get a good realtor also! There are also some nice homes in our area. My new neighbor owned a 3B home that became too much for her when her husband passed so is now in the 2B, 2Bth place next door to me.
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    My brother lives in Apache Junction. I love the area and the traffic in NO WAY COMPARES TO L.A.!!! Lovely area.
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    Small world. Born and raised in AZ, have 2 sisters in Yakima, and now I live in Austin. Would love to move back to AZ. (Also spent 40 yrs in CA between AZ and TX)

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    Loved all your responses and really appreciated your input. We had a very interesting time tooling around AJ and checking it out. We really liked the Ironwood Mobile Home Park so plan to pursue something for sale by owner there. We have friends and family in that park.

    We did look at a mobile home for sale by owner in that park. I'm the savvy one in our family when it comes to mobiles so negotiations are my responsibility in that area. The mobile was, unfortunately, overpriced, and the owner was unwilling to budge, which simply means it's not our time to buy and something better is coming up for us just around the corner.

    Cricket, since we're only considering AJ, I'm probably not the best person to ask for recommendations. On the AJ side of Phoenix is Mesa, Scottsdale, Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert. On the other side are places like Sun City and Surprise - that area is considered more affluent, but the AJ side has less crime.

    We have family that have the same taste in dwellings as we do and they are keeping their eyes and ears open. For now, our new "to us" house is closing on Sept. 16th and we'll be putting our mobile here up for sale soon.
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