Most of us know the explanation it’s so arduous to place down roots in Flagstaff.
For those who may wave a magic wand and reside anyplace, the place would that be? For me, that reply took the journey off the tongue each time to Flagstaff.
My first time in Arizona was for the 1995 Huge Sky Convention Indoor Championships in Flagstaff. Bozeman was getting a foot of snow as we skated off the runway sure for the meet. Two hours later, I hopped off the airplane in Phoenix with the remainder of my over-dressed, vitamin D-deprived teammates, right into a balmy 78 levels.
We took a pit cease on the best way up the hill in Black Canyon Metropolis. I bear in mind strolling out into the desert, the saguaro, arms stretched in homage to the solar, the pungent scent of creosote stinging my nostril that had encountered nothing in nature however frozen floor for months. I closed my eyes and listened to 2 doves cooing within the palo verde tree subsequent to me and thought, “That is paradise.”
Because the fleet van wound up the freeway, from desert to excessive plateau, by purple rocks and at last to the bottom of the San Francisco Peaks, I knew I had arrived. This place was heaven on Earth. I vowed I’d reside right here and did. I acquired a inexperienced card for 2 years; aka, graduate college at Northern Arizona College. Each morning, I’d purchase the Arizona Day by day Solar, stroll to Macy’s, do the crossword puzzle and obsess about how I may handle to remain. After all, all my friends within the English division had the identical obsession. Being a mother of two younger youngsters, I did the accountable factor and went again house to Minnesota to take my first educating job, with a great wage, advantages, retirement. The remaining is historical past. Over the following 20 years, I spent practically each trip and two sabbatical leaves in Arizona, and every time, I left my spirit by the pond close to Aspen Nook meditating till I may return.
It’s possible you’ll be questioning what this has to do with the actual property market? Properly, I acquired handed a magic wand just a few years in the past once I capable of transfer all my programs on-line. Most of us know the explanation it’s so arduous to place down roots in Flagstaff. The price of dwelling is excessive and there are a restricted variety of jobs the place individuals can afford to remain. Ask your self, how many individuals below the age of 40 are you aware on the town (not native Flagstaffians) who’ve lived right here greater than 5 years? What number of have only one job? Enter a worldwide pandemic, lockdowns, individuals working remotely in all probability for good, and ABRACADABRA! The Universe is at present having a BLOWOUT SALE on magic wands. Out-of-state wages, meet Arizona sunshine.
This previous yr, individuals with assets acquired clobbered over the pinnacle by the epiphany that life shouldn’t be squandered in a spot, in a profession, the place they aren’t feeling fulfilled. Add giga fires and statewide lease management laws in California to the combo, and Flagstaff is dealing with an unlimited inflow of individuals wanting to purchase properties whereas only a few persons are eager to promote them. As a result of, in Flagstaff, you’re not merely shopping for a home, you’re gaining the life-style you’ve all the time needed. You personal a home and your roots take maintain. Word all of the smiling, match individuals working, biking, climbing throughout city. Get off the FUTS and 10 minutes later, one could be fully alone on a path snaking its means by the huge ponderosa forest, that’s for probably the most half, all public land. Meaning, “this land is your land, this land is my land…” You recognize the following verse.
A good friend who works within the biology division at NAU calls Flagstaff “a sky island.” He’s talking from an ecological standpoint, however it is usually a “sky island” metaphorically for these of us who’ve been blessed to name it house.
Does it look like a great time to place down our magic wands for a second and ask a really reasonable query? How will we collectively develop, change and nonetheless protect our island, which could simply be “the final finest place?” FBN
By Katie McGee
Katie McGee is a runner, author and realtor with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty in Flagstaff.