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Brewdude
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PostSubject: I'm going home!   Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:14 am

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I just flew back from Phoenix, AZ and boy are my arms tired! jocolor

But seriously I am going home to where I was born. All to say the greater Phoenix area where I just bought a house to retire to in a few months!

The location is Sun City, AZ which is a little west of Phoenix in an age-restricted community designed for retirees, which I'll be shortly. I flew there early this past week and spent several days viewing properties and found the house of my dreams.

It's a terrific little 2-bed/1 bath ranch in a quiet cul-de-sac, about 1200 sq ft with a carport. It's been completely remodelled with all new appliances, carpet, and flooring. The front and back yard is "desert" meaning no grass to mow and has flowers, shrubs, and trees, one of which is a small orange tree all on metered watering. I'm not much of a gardener but these will be easy to maintain.

Sun City is a master planned development designed by a guy named Del Webb who created this with retirees in mind. So I'm moving in with the geezers since I guess I'm one of them now! Already met several of the neighbours and they seem like nice folks.

I have a potential buyer for my house here in WA state, and if things go as planned he'll be moving in just as I move out in late August.

Closing on the Sun City property is in a few weeks so it'll have to stay vacant for a month or so. My real estate agent will keep an eye on it until I can do the big move. I'm fine with all that.

My plans for many years involved relocating to somewhere warm and sunny and this certainly qualifies as it was over 100F the entire time I was there. I love the hot and dry climate and will look forward to that. Heat doesn't bother me at all as long as its not high humidity.

I also checked out the area for shopping, music stores, breweries, entertainment and such and found everything I'll ever need.

I'll see if there's a way to post some pics of the property from the MLS listing as I don't have a digital camera.

So good-bye to cold, rain, snow, damaging windstorms, earthquakes, exploding mountains, good-bye to all of that for good. I'm going home!

I love you


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RR

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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:17 pm

Congratulations on the next chapter in your life Rande. Sounds like you have it all planned out.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:00 pm

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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:01 pm

Forgot to mention that the house has full solar which will certainly aid in keeping the electric costs down since the air conditioner will be running a lot. The system is only 2 yrs old and looks to be in perfect shape.

I have a home/pest inspector coming in Monday, as well as a sewer inspection. Termites are a real concern down there, even though this house is block construction rather than framed.

Another concern is scorpions and rattlesnakes, although the agent did say they are not commonly found in this area.

The air conditioner/heating unit is a newer one with the modern refrigerant. The home inspector will report on all that plus much more. I don't expect any discouraging news.


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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:03 pm

Brewdude wrote:
Forgot to mention that the house has full solar which will certainly aid in keeping the electric costs down since the air conditioner will be running a lot. The system is only 2 yrs old and looks to be in perfect shape.

I have a home/pest inspector coming in Monday, as well as a sewer inspection. Termites are a real concern down there, even though this house is block construction rather than framed.

Another concern is scorpions and rattlesnakes, although the agent did say they are not commonly found in this area.

The air conditioner/heating unit is a newer one with the modern refrigerant. The home inspector will report on all that plus much more. I don't expect any discouraging news.


Cheers,

RR

Congratulations! The outside walls are block but the interior walls are roof joists are bone dry wood. Packs Rats are another pest that can be a real pain. A new AC is nice but they don't last like the older units. We had always planed to go solar but they have dropped the intensives on new installations to next to nothing so I hope your system is grandfathered.    

We bought a retirement home in Green Valley south of Tucson years ago and my blood pressure drops whenever I'm there. I love not having a lawn but I'll tell you living in a retirement community with self centered old folks with nothing to do but be pissed off can be interesting. PHX has some great pipe and cigar shops. I've gone to a few of the two pipe club meetings, one group meets every Thursday night at Ye Olde and the other meets once a month at Big Sticks. I can't wait to get back to my happy place ASAP. Hopefully I'll dive down via The WCPS in early November.  Shocked


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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:15 pm

daveinlax wrote:
Congratulations. We bought a retirement home in Green Valley south of Tucson years ago and my blood pressure drops whenever I'm there. I love not having a lawn but I'll tell you living in a retirement community with self centered old folks with nothing to do but be pissed off can be interesting. PHX has some great pipe and cigar shops. I've gone to a few of the two pipe club meetings, one group meets every Thursday night at Ye Olde and the other meets once a month at Big Sticks. I can't wait to get back to my happy place ASAP. Hopefully I'll dive down via The WCPS in early November.  Shocked

Green Valley was one of the 2 locations I was interested in, and initially I did plan to scope that out along with Sun City. However, once I checked out Sun I figured what more could a guy ask for. And I'm happy with that decision. Time will tell.

I'll check out the pipe and cigar shops you mentioned and maybe we can hook up in the future. And I might just attend the LV pipe show since it'll be relatively nearby.


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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:40 pm

Full solar is the way to go, particularly in your area. Well done sir!
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:46 am

Congrats on the move. We have friends in AZ. They have a condo here in the Ozarks, and when the weather turns cold, they go back to AZ. They are in Sun Lakes, and the other couple is in Huachuca, AZ!
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:32 pm

Hey, Congrats Rande. Sounds like a great set up for you.

For what it's worth, Del Webb built one of those Sun City communities up here in the Sacramento area, Lincoln CA I think. I have heard nothing but good things about it.

All the best,

Chris
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:57 am

Rande, sounds like the perfect set up for you. I used to go through Sun City all the time to get to Wickenburg. From there it was on to the back roads to explore the old abandoned mines in the area. As I recall Sun City was very much a golf cart residential area. You'll have to let us know if a set of new wheels are in your future.

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:05 am

huffelpuff wrote:
Rande, sounds like the perfect set up for you. I used to go through Sun City all the time to get to Wickenburg. From there it was on to the back roads to explore the old abandoned mines in the area. As I recall Sun City was very much a golf cart residential area. You'll have to let us know if a set of new wheels are in your future.

Jim

Yes, golf carts are common down there on the streets. I might look into getting an electric one for local errands.


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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:37 am

Congrats on the move and on your retirement, Rande! Sounds like you'll be happy as a clam back in your home state. All the best for the move and beyond! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:57 pm

Congrats, Rande!

I'm not one for the heat, but if that's your thing I can't imagine a better spot! Just watch out for those scorpions!
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:50 pm

Thanks all.

Pest/termite inspection came through clear today. However, the general inspection/sewer inspection turned up some issues. Some are not significant afaic, but several are a concern.

I'll be talking with my agent tomorrow about those and see what we need to do in order to address them. And I do have the right of backing out of this purchase and earnest monies returned if the seller and I don't come to an agreement.

I hope it doesn't come to that as that would mean another flight down to AZ and going through this all over again, perhaps with similar issues in the end.

All to say that I want to make this work one way or another. And frankly, there's no issue or area of concern that can't be corrected. But it will depend on what the seller is willing to pay for, or perhaps myself as well. I don't see anything as a deal breaker. At least at this point!

More later as events unfold.....

idbowman wrote:
Congrats, Rande! I'm not one for the heat, but if that's your thing I can't imagine a better spot! Just watch out for those scorpions!

Well, they are somewhat common in this area. And I'll be careful not to go barefoot!



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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:33 pm

Well now Rande, I wasn't expecting that! I knew you were considering such a move, but now you've gone and done it (barring the move). Very excited for you mate. Sounds like you've done your homework too, right down to the solar panels. Bet you end up missing the snow though Wink
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:30 pm

Stick wrote:
Well now Rande, I wasn't expecting that! I knew you were considering such a move, but now you've gone and done it (barring the move).  Very excited for you mate.  Sounds like you've done your homework too, right down to the solar panels.  Bet you end up missing thesnow though  Wink

Snow is a four letter word tha knows Squire (if you get the Yank vernacular).


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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:05 pm

This just in -

I was on the phone with my agent in AZ today  about the home inspection/sewer reports and determined a course of action since they turned up some areas of concern.

Just now got an acceptance from the seller to credit me with $4K which is what I asked for. So we're going forward!

None of these were deal breakers or dire, but it does give me the ability of correcting them as I see fit in the future.

cheers


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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:53 pm

Nice! Sounds like you're on track!
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:37 pm

Looks like I'm moving up my departure date from late Aug to the middle of Aug. My last day at the brewery will probably be Aug 1, after which I'll do the final packing and get moved. No sense in staying around for no reason, and it'll get my house here in WA state on the market sooner.

I have a guy who is interested in my house here in WA, and he's having a home inspection today. That'll be an adventure!


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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:04 pm

Brewdude wrote:
Looks like I'm moving up my departure date from late Aug to the middle of Aug. My last day at the brewery will probably be Aug 1, after which I'll do the final packing and get moved. No sense in staying around for no reason, and it'll get my house here in WA state on the market sooner.

I have a guy who is interested in my house here in WA, and he's having a home inspection today. That'll be an adventure!


Cheers,

RR

Do Not Sell Your Home until you have spent a summer in AZ. Most of the retirement communities are ghost towns in the summer for a good reason. AZ is a great spot to spend the winter but you don't want to live in 100 degree heat from March to November. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:12 pm

daveinlax wrote:
Brewdude wrote:
Looks like I'm moving up my departure date from late Aug to the middle of Aug. My last day at the brewery will probably be Aug 1, after which I'll do the final packing and get moved. No sense in staying around for no reason, and it'll get my house here in WA state on the market sooner.

I have a guy who is interested in my house here in WA, and he's having a home inspection today. That'll be an adventure!


Cheers,

RR

Do Not Sell Your Home until you have spent a summer in AZ. Most of the retirement communities are ghost towns in the summer for a good reason. AZ is a great spot to spend the winter but you don't want to live in 100 degree heat from March to November. Shocked  

Dave, thanks for your input. However I need to say that the hotter it gets, the more I like it. Seriously.

As an example, while I was there recently the daytime temps were around 110 and I loved it. The nights cooled off to around 80. This is exactly the kind of climate I seek. High heat - low humidity. Got 110+.....bring it say I.

And I was wearing heavy jeans (don't like shorts), sneakers (hate sandals), and a t-shirt, plus a hat. And I was perfectly comfortable in the heat. In fact I felt a bit chilly in the morning and slipped on a light jacket. So I'm fairly cold blooded, so to speak.

In fact I'm the one here in the Pac NW to wear long johns virtually year-round, even inside the house. In fact right now I have on long johns, sweatpants, t-shirt, sweatshirt, and wool hat - and this with the furnace set to 70. Currently it's like 62F outside at 5PM.

Call me crazy, and I'm certainly in the minority here, but hot and sunny is what I crave. Can't wait to get back there and enjoy it.

The house I'm purchasing there was set to 79 and that was comfortable. In fact I can see raising it to the mid 80's, where most folks would be more comfortable in the lower 70's. Just my body chemistry.

All to say that I'm a Southern AZ guy born and bred. Bring it!!



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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:14 pm

Great news-

The home inspection went well today. And now the potential buyer has given me a verbal yes on the purchase.

bom

More later..........


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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:21 pm

Congratulations sir! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:55 pm

Sounds great Rande! A word of warning though, shake out your shoes every single time you put them on! Same goes for shirts, pants and jackets! A sting is no joke, and can even be life threatening! It only takes a moment to quickly shake things out. My brother made the mistake of not shaking out his shirt one day and ended up with a sting in the middle of his back that swelled up as big as a cantaloupe. I got stung on the sole of the foot putting my shoes on and couldn't walk for days. Better safe than sorry.

Enjoy the heat my friend

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PostSubject: Re: I'm going home!   Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:30 am

huffelpuff wrote:
Sounds great Rande! A word of warning though, shake out your shoes every single time you put them on! Same goes for shirts, pants and jackets! A sting is no joke, and can even be life threatening! It only takes a moment to quickly shake things out. My brother made the mistake of not shaking out his shirt one day and ended up with a sting in the middle of his back that swelled up as big as a cantaloupe. I got stung on the sole of the foot putting my shoes on and couldn't walk for days. Better safe than sorry.

Enjoy the heat my friend

Jim

A cautionary bit of advice and duly noted Jim. Gracias amigo!


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