Tips for Dealing with Arizona Summer Heat
Summers are hot here in Phoenix Arizona no way around it. As a real estate agent working with clients all over the country, I often get asked how do you handle the hot summers in Arizona? In fact, this is a real question from a client in Seattle: ” We’ve been watching the temps in Phoenix lately, and they seem intimidating! I’ve heard that Prescott is cooler than Phoenix. I can’t seem to find any active adult communities there. Your thoughts?” These clients are coming out in July to explore the area’s retirement communities. Below some tips for dealing with Arizona Summer heat.
Some homeowners in retirement communities are lucky enough to have two homes. One in beautiful Phoenix during the good weather times (Nov- May) and another to whisk them away to cooler temperatures during the sweltering summer months (July- Sept). But, many don’t, they have one full-time home here in one of the many Valley of the Sun active adult retirement communities.
How do they handle the heat, well, many full-time residents get out of Dodge per say? Ok, we’re not in Texas, so they get out of town for the hottest months. For example, my parents who live in Sun City West travel. They visit family, my sister and brother who live in WA state or visit cooler states, travel abroad and cruise. You just think of our hot summer as winter or spring in Seattle when it’s wet and cold. Or if you are from Chicago or the East coast, it replaces snow and ice storms in the winter. You do things inside.
Another fun thing to take your mind off the heat is a stay vacation. What is that you ask? It’s a vacation right here in Phoenix Arizona at a hotel. There are beautiful 4 and 5-star resorts that are priced super cheap for the summer months. They often have special deals just for Arizona residence. If you’re not from Arizona, check out Groupon for some spectacular specials on local hotels and restaurants.
What’s more, you don’t have far to drive to be on vacation. You’re not spending a day traveling to get to your destination. My favorite place in the West Valley is The Wigwam, and there are a ton of beautiful resorts to stay at in Scottsdale.
Another option is to rent a home in a cooler location in Arizona for the summer months. That requires a few hours of travel to a higher elevation and of course thinking ahead to rent your spot. You can expect temperatures to be anywhere from 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the Phoenix area. Favorite places to got are Prescott, Pinetop, Flagstaff, ShowLow, and Sedona.
So if you are braving the AZ heat and not leaving, the good news is all the Phoenix retirement community recreation centers are air-conditioned, and there are pools to cool off in. The larger communities have walking or jogging tracks inside. Your house is air-conditioned, as well as your car and all the stores -so it’s not so bad. Your blood does thin over a few years, and you do get used the hot summers. Just remember to do things outside early in the AM or after the sun goes down. Dealing with the heat is all about changing your mindset.
My mom also commented that in some states back East you go from winter with ice and snow to a humid summer with not too much great weather in between. She also brought up that there aren’t that many bugs here. If you retire in Florida and want to sit out, a screened in patio or pool is in order. Not the case here in Phoenix, there are very few bugs. Highly recommended, you have a pest control company out every few months to take care ants and any other insects both inside and outside of your home. Regular pest maintenance is also a good idea for keeping termites away too.
So to get back to the original question, no there aren’t retirement communities in Prescott anything like what you can get in the West Valley of Phoenix. And, by that, I am referring to the size and the number of amenities Phoenix retirement communities offer. I believe there might be some mobile home retirement communities in some of the surrounding areas. An option, as we discussed above, is to rent a place for a few months in Prescott, Sedona or maybe some other cooler state during the hot time. Or perhaps, after some thought, you decide to stay home and enjoy the snowbirds being gone. I love that there is little to no wait for restaurants, doctors appointment or just about anything.
Hope tips for dealing with Arizona summer heat had been helpful. If you visit in July, it will be hot and humid. Bring your hat, sunscreen and always have a white long sleeved shirt for covering up from the sun. Some restaurants and hotels can be too cold with the air conditioning so bring that shirt along there too. Most importantly, drink plenty of water and remember, we have to get through the summer heat to get to the nice weather.