The pros and cons of Arizona retirement, center on the Arizona weather and the choices of housing options.
The client is wonderful, by any standards for 9 to 10 months of the year … the months of July and August … Along with parts of June and September … Are the exceptions.
You have probably heard the term it is a dry heat … That is true but the temperature regularly gets to 110 ° to 115 ° … in those 2 to 3 months.
Although I am a full-time Arizona resident … I do try to get away at least for three weeks in August …
When I am here in July and August, I still play golf three times a week in the afternoons, the heat of the day. Sunscreen, wet towels, and lots of water are mandatory to combat the effects of the heat … but it is certainly doable.
No state income tax in Florida, which can be a factor for high-income retirees.
That is about the extent of the cons of retiring to Arizona compared to Florida.
Now for the pluses of choosing Arizona to retire … especially when compared to Florida or other southern states.
There is more sunshine in Arizona … Well over 300 days a year …
There is less rain than there is in Florida …
There is much less humidity in Arizona …
There are no hurricanes to worry about in Arizona …
There are no bugs, especially mosquitoes, to bother you and carry disease in Arizona …
If outdoor living is your thing, Arizona should be high on your list of retirement choices … With the help of a ceiling fan on the patio dining at 100 ° is very comfortable in Arizona.
How can I be so sure about the above statements?
For 21 years, our home was in the Houston Texas area … Very similar climate to Florida.
To reinforce our decision to choose Arizona over Florida … we RVed extensively before making our decision to retire in Arizona … Which we did in 2004 and have not regretted our decision since.
Making Arizona even more attractive is the low-cost of housing … I am talking primarily about the many Park model communities that are available to retirees in Arizona.
Park model home prices start at $ 10,000 and some older models are less, which makes Arizona affordable to anyone on any budget.
These Park model communities often remind one of a stationary cruise ship due to the tremendous amount of activities that are available to the residents.
You can do just as much or just as little as you want … The choice is yours.
So there you have it … The pros and cons of retiring to Arizona when compared to Florida … We are very glad that we have made the choice to retire in Arizona and you should give it strong consideration too.
See you in the desert.