btenny wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:33 pm
It is wonderful today. I am setting by my open back screen door. It is about 65 outside and clear and cool. The weather will be nice every day until about next May before it starts getting hot again. I live in north Phoenix/Paradise Valley suburbs in the city of Phoenix...
I have been in the Phoenix area "Valley of the Sun" for 40 years and Arizona for 65 years. It is a wonderful place to live and a great place to raise a family. It is a vibrant growing city with clear skies and LCOL and low taxes and nice people. The weather is great all winter but really really hot for 5 months every summer. And I mean HOT. Think blistering oven hot and with global warming it is getting hotter. But it is a dry heat. So everyone wears shorts even to work. We all have AC in our cars and homes and we move from house to car to work and basically stay inside (or in the pool) for 5 months.
We used to stay year round except for vacations. We had a pool in the back yard. We went to the beach or mountains to cool off for a week or so several times every summer. Now we leave all summer for the Sierras and the cooler weather. But we still love it here.
My point of view from someone who has rarely ever lived in the intense heat of Phoenix (been living south of the valley for almost 2 years now.
To my Pacific NW loving self, the heat starts in early April when it is flirting with 100 during the day and I have the AC on.
Late Fall (mid-Oct) to Early Spring (end of March) is great weather as it finally doesn't touch triple digits anymore. The summer may be a "dry heat", but so is the heat in my oven - you end roasted either way. For someone not used to 115+ for several days in a row, it can feel like your lungs are burning - definitely escape from June to Sep if you can. I wear shorts year round and during the "winter" I may put on a short sleeve shirt instead of a tank top (unless out at night, I wear a very light jacket at that time).
I really enjoy hiking and mtn biking South Mountain on the Ahwatukee side. The desert classic trail is a fun, non-technical trail with many paths.
Taxes are amazingly low (lowest in the West coast and mountain region outside of WY, NV and WA). Cost of living is pretty low (movie theater prices, restaurant options, utilities in most communities, groceries). Love seeing all the flowers blooming in the middle of Winter.
In a 2800 sq ft home, we spend around $375 on electricity in July and August, maybe $330 in June and Sept, $275 in May and $225 in April and Oct. Never turn on the heat. Don't even have the water heater on during the middle of summer and the water is still pretty hot. (we work from home, so our AC runs around the clock).
If you are unlucky, you'll get scorpions. All the time. Most houses don't have scorpion issues, but we were unlucky enough to get them. I've sprayed around the house every 3 months alternating pesticides every other spraying and this has helped. Unfortunately, the type of scorpion most likely to penetrate your home is also the one that is mildly dangerous (dangerous to small children and older or sick people) - the venomous bark scorpion. Our cats take care of most scorpions that we don't find for ourselves.