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Arizona Land For Sale Water Availability and Other Dangers?

 


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In recent years, many folks have been considering Arizona land for sale in order to relocate there. They find several choices. They might look at undeveloped land in hot low desert outlying parts of the Phoenix or Tucson metropolitan areas. They might consider trendy and expensive “destination" towns such as Prescott, Sedona, or Flagstaff.

Finally, folks considering Arizona land for sale might investigate less known, cooler, less stressful, more rural and small town areas such as Payson in the Mogollon Rim Country, or Heber, Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Snowflake, or Holbrook, in the White Mountains. Here they might find land with uses ranging from a manufactured home or pleasant cabin, to a luxury custom home. This article will describe how to obtain safely that land.

The following applies specifically to the Arizona High Country but may apply generally to the southwestern United States.

Important considerations are the soil structure, water availability, natural washes and flood plains, depth to the water table, and how nearby construction may affect the drainage on your property. Land purchased on a slop or in the foothills may to have unexpected ground movement which results in more costs for the house foundation.

Those dreaming of land for horses or other animals will need to understand the county or city zoning regulations governing their area. In some areas, deed restrictions or homeowner association regulations may come into play here.

You may see that homeowners nearby already have animals living on the land and think you also can. The case may be that they may have had the horses for many years before recent ordinance changes and thus be “grandfathered" or allowed to continue as before. Even if you buy such “grandfathered" property, the right may not pass to you. Such details can become very important in planning the use of your land. Such issues can be lessened by looking in more rural areas such as the White Mountains where regulations are fewer.

Water and its use is an Arizona topic of which you should be aware. Especially in the lower desert, water conservation is always an issue. Wells in use to supply the desert cities now might not be adequate in the future as the land is developed and the climate changes. Large subdivisions growing around your land can lower the water table rapidly and cause you great expense to deepen to your well, or even the revocation of your well permit.

These water problems should be less or absent in the less crowded and cooler high country areas such as Payson in the Mogollon Rim Country, or Heber, Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Snowflake, or Holbrook, in the White Mountains.

Consider the high country!

Forbes J. Douglas, a successful Midwestern realtor® now retired to the Arizona High Country from where he operates a major national real estate books review website. He invites you to investigate the affordable, secluded Arizona cabin land opportunities available in the White Mountains’ Lakes Country of Northern Arizona centered on such picturesque and pleasant towns as Heber-Overgaard, Show Low, Pinetop and Holbrook.

Check out his review website at http://realestatebooksreviewer.com/

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