Although most people are aware of Arizona’s most famous, and definitely largest, landmark, many underestimate the exciting and fun lifestyle Arizonans enjoy.
Some who relocate to Arizona might find that the desert with its clear air is exactly the type of relaxing environment to call home. Those who enjoy taking part in the nightlife and dynamic culture of a larger city may find that Phoenix or Tucson is the place to call home.
Know Your Rights
Whether you decide to live in the country or city, it’s important to know your rights as a renter when selecting a home to rent in Arizona. For example, a landlord legally cannot charge you a security deposit greater than a month and a half of your rent. Also, as there has been recent controversy about immigrants in Arizona, it may be helpful to know that it is illegal for anyone to be turned down for a house rental in Arizona based on race or ethnicity.
Staying Cool (and Warm) in the Desert
Not surprisingly, air conditioning is an important appliance in Arizona’s desert climate. Yet living in a desert also means that temperatures can drop considerably during the night, and a well-insulated house is important after the sun goes down. The elevation of towns such as Prescott and Tucson results in much cooler temperatures than you might expect. Before you rent, read your lease carefully. Be sure that you and your landlord are fully aware of who will be responsible for paying which utilities.
Arizona’s largest city, Phoenix, is an exciting place to live. Home to numerous attractions and a unique desert landscape, Phoenix offers reasonably priced rentals and a generally low cost of living. Like many cities that boast one or more botanical gardens, Phoenix showcases the naturally occurring desert flora at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Papago Park. You can also cheer for major-league sports teams including the NBA’s Suns and baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks.
If you prefer smaller-town living, look to nearby Tucson or one of the many quaint desert communities located throughout the state. Arizona’s proximity to Mexico is one more reason to call this state home. Crossing the border is easy, and you’ll enjoy an international experience without paying for an expensive airplane ticket across an ocean. Given the large Hispanic population in the state, if you don’t already speak a little, you’ll be speaking a lot of Spanish in no time. Arizona’s unique opportunity for a multicultural desert lifestyle promises a wonderful experience for anyone ready for fun in the sun.