Retire in Green Valley

Meet Sherri

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.

So Sherri, what about Green Valley initially appealed to you?

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.

What is an aspect of the area that you, or other retirees may dislike?

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.).

What is an aspect of your daily life in the area that you weren't expecting before you moved?

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!

If you ever left Green Valley, what would you miss the most?

I would miss the fabulous weather and the great sense of community that is present in Green Valley.

What advice would you have for people moving to this community?

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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