Want to know what it's like to retire in Green Valley?
My husband and I moved to Arizona from Michigan to be in a warmer climate. My husband and I are both close to retirement age and are looking forward to retiring in Green Valley, Arizona, and taking advantage of all the amenities offered through our membership to Green Valley Recreation.
The sports courts, performances, classes, art studios and heated pools and spas at Green Valley Recreation's 13 recreation centers really appealed to us, along with all the outdoor recreational activities, like hiking. We did not want to be in a large metropolitan city, and did not want a cookie cutter home in expensive master planned retirement communities. The housing value in Green Valley is incredible! You get lots of home for your dollar and cost of living is very low here. You can choose whatever neighborhood and home fits your style and budget. Green Valley has everything from high end luxury homes to very affordable, small villas. Many of the homes have old Spanish charm, intricate tiling, stucco and many unique design aspects...they are all unique! Yet, if you want big city action, Tucson is just a quick 20 mile drive north. The community is very safe and people are friendly and laid back.
About 40 percent of residents here are snowbirds who come during the winter months. It would be great to have mostly permanent residents to increase economic development (e.g., more restaurants, stores, etc.).
The weather is fabulous nearly all year long. Green Valley does get monsoons from June-August with heavy drenching rains and high humidity and heat. But 75% of the year it is warm, dry and we have abundant sunshine! Temperatures are in the 50s-60s during the winter, 70-80s in the spring and fall, and mid 80s-low 100s for a couple months in the summer. It is dry most of the year with very low humidity, so drink lots and lots of water!
I would miss the fabulous weather and the great sense of community that is present in Green Valley.
It is quiet living, but there is plenty to see and do in Green Valley. This is a safe, friendly community and close to many attractions and other charming cities and towns, like Tubac (arts community), Arivaca, Nogales, Amado, Sonita (wine country with vinyards), Sierra Vista, Tombstone, Bisbee, etc.
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