My arthritis forced a move from Everett, WA to a warmer, sunnier climate. I had both hips replaced the previous year and did not want to lose any more joints. We sold our property in Everett in March 2002, bought a truck and travel trailer and headed south to Arizona. We wanted to get as close to the Sea of Cortez as possible and still stay in the USA.
We explored all of southern Arizona from Yuma to Casa Grande to Benson to Douglas for several months and finally decided on the Rio Rico/Nogales area to permanently settle. We couldn't have made a better choice. This high desert country (4000 ft. above sea level) is wonderful. The weather has been magnificent, sunny, dry and warm and has completely eliminated all my aches and pains from arthritis.
We purchased property on top of a ridge with an incredible view of the surrounding mountains and the entire Santa Cruz River valley. We found the prices of property in Santa Cruz County to be almost unbelievably low and reasonable compared to real estate values in the State of Washington.
The dry climate here is perfectly suited for wood strip/epoxy boat building. I plan to enjoy more boat-building projects after we are settled.
In addition to boat design and boat building I have also entered the Real Estate profession. I am now a Realtor for Long Realty Company in our Rio Rico/Nogales office. Long Realty is the largest real estate company in southern AZ with over 40% market share. If you are planning to retire to a warmer climate you couldn't find a better place then Santa Cruz County AZ. Please contact me for information on homes and land available or search for properties on my Real Estate website.
John R Clark, Realtor
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