Retirees Go for the Goldilocks Lifestyle in Prescott

By: Scott Baxter

What makes Prescott Arizona a drawing card for thousands of retirees? Named one of the best places to retire by Money Magazine Prescott is winning people over time and time again naturally - with its weather.

"See, at 5000 feet elevation, here in the Prescott area we avoid the sweltering heat of the desert valleys or the ice pack conditions of neighboring Flagstaff at 7000 feet." Says Scott Baxter, Arizona real estate agent with Realty 2000. Life in Prescott is temperate on all fronts, a phenomenon Baxter calls the Goldilocks lifestyle: not too hot, not too cold, but just right.

Understandably, anyone who's spent their entire working lives in the wintery north will find Prescott's warm dry climate a hands down winner. Low cost of living, low crime rate, small town sensibility and convenience are also selling points for those who choose to kick back here.

"I had a client of mine mention how Prescott has grown just enough to have a few of the major shopping venues like Costco, Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Dillard's Department Store, and the new Lowes and Kohl's Department Store soon to be completed, without become too urban and busy," he says, "I told him the shopping was much like the climate - just right."

But being just right for so many tastes doesn't keep Prescott itself from being exceptional. With 637 buildings listed in the National Register of Historic places, Prescott Arizona has some great stories to tell. The area known as Whiskey Row was a notorious red light district right up until 1956. And Prescott still likes to throw a good party: Frontier Days, the Bluegrass Festival, Earth Day, Tsunami on the Square, Cinco de Mayo, Shakespeare Festival, Prescott Film Fest, the Acker Music Festival, The Cowboy Poets Gathering, and the Prescott Highland Games are just some of the annual celebrations.

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