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Is Payson, Arizona, More a Mountain Paradise For Raising a Family Or Retirement?


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Payson, Arizona, is little known but very desirable  family oriented tourist destination located in Gila County in Central Arizona, 100 miles north east of Phoenix, at the base of the Mogollon Rim. Here you have a landscape of cool mountain climes contrasted with desert. 30 Miles north of Payson is the top of the Mogollon Rim, which stands 7500 feet. A trip 30 miles south takes you to the central deserts. This land of contrasts is also a land of stunning beauty and a lifestyle unmatched anywhere else in the country.

Payson is in close proximity to the three national forests of Tonto National Forest, Coconino, and Sitgreaves National Forests. The weather here consists of mild summers and cool winters. More snow is experienced at higher elevations but Payson itself is elevated at 5000 feet.

Around 15,000 permanent residents call Payson home, but interest in real estate here has increased in recent years, with thousands of Californians investigating the area. The property is still affordable and large acreages are a popular choice.

Payson has excellent educational facilities so it is fast becoming a family oriented location. There are five major excellent schools here consisting of three grammar schools, a middle school, a high school, and a community college.

Tribal governments and the United States Forest Service own the majority of the land surrounding Payson. Much of this land is available for horse riding, hiking, camping, wildlife spotting and many other outdoor activities. There are also three golf courses to cater for the growing retiree population.

Payson is well known to geologists and rock collectors as it contains high quality quartz crystals and various other rocks and minerals of value and interest. There have also been many fossil discovers here which makes it an area of great interest for archaeologists and paleontologists.

According to Yahoo Real Estate, the median property price in Payson now is $289,500 with over 200 properties for sale. Homes, ranches, lodges, and plenty of business opportunities abound here and now is the time to buy. The larger homes and properties can cost over $600,000 however smaller lots can be had for around $300,000.

The picturesque mountain towns are also known simply as The Rim Country and to get there you can take the Hwy 87 from Phoenix. With its wide climate range from Mediterranean to alpine and national forest surroundings, Rim Country and Payson Arizona truly do provide a lifestyle changed that is simply unmatched.

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


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