Tucson, Arizona

Some time ago, our health insurance provider pulled out of Florida.  Our new health insurance cost quite a bit more money, while at the same time offering substantially less coverage than the old policy.  Unfortunately, there was no better health insurance available in this part of Florida for Federal retirees.  Between this and the fact that Bill has yet to get used to the terribly humid Florida summers (15 seconds outdoors and he's sweating like a horse), we decided to consider alternative places to live even though we really did like our Cape Coral homeInternet searches made Tucson sound like a nice place to live, so we decided to go there and take a closer look.

Our first trip to Tucson is fully detailed below.  We took this trip to decide if we actually wanted to live in Tucson or not.  Ultimately we decided that we DID like Tucson, so when we returned to Florida we put our house on the real estate market.  It took six months to get a good offer on the home, but we finally got a solid contract early in 2004.  We made our 2nd trip to Tucson from January 6-10, 2004 to buy our new home.  Click here to see all the homes we saw during our 2nd trip, including many pictures of the home we ultimately purchased.  Or ~ keep reading to find out about our 1st trip!


House Hunting Trip 1
July 16-20, 2003

We departed Florida Wednesday afternoon, the 16th of July, 2003 and arrived at our Tucson motel at about 10:00 PM.  Because of this late arrival, we decided to forgo our first day of sightseeing.  Thursday and Friday were spent looking at houses and learning about the various Tucson neighborhoods, and Saturday we took a day trip to Tombstone.

Note the following, which is in no particular order:

We spent a lot of time checking out the Tucson neighborhoods, which is why we were only able to tour 10 houses.  The pictures below are of those houses, and near the bottom of this page is another link to the photographs taken Saturday in Tombstone . . . enjoy!

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#1 ~ $249,000.
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#2 ~ $289,000.
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#3 ~ $310,000.
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#4 ~ $297,900, our favorite of the 10 houses!
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I walked out in front of #4, then snapped a picture of the view to the left.

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#5 ~ $295,000.
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#6 ~ $309,900.
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#7 ~ $374,825.
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#8 ~ $299,000, spectacular landscaping but mediocre house.
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This and the next picture are a small example of the fully landscaped 1-acre lot!

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#9 ~ $334,900, our 2nd favorite of the 10 Tucson houses we visited, and the nicest looking from the outside (Bill's opinion, not Bonnie's).

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#10 ~ $184,999, nice but too small!
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Bonnie is pooped after being on the go for two days!

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