While Phoenix is often considered Arizona’s main retirement hot spot, the more northern Prescott region offers a tranquil retreat with plenty of small-town charm. In fact, the city of Prescott has been nicknamed “Everybody’s Hometown” because its traditional atmosphere often reminds visitors and new residents of the quiet towns where they grew up.
Prescott is located in Northern Arizona, about two hours north of Phoenix and 100 miles southwest of Flagstaff. Natural beauty is abundant as the city is nestled alongside the Prescott National Forest and also enjoys sweeping views of the Bradshaw Mountains. The region offers a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, hot summers and mild winters. Average daytime temperatures in the summer peak in the mid-to-high 80s, while winter days are often in the low to mid-50s.
The city of Prescott, along with neighboring Chino Valley and Prescott Valley, make up the Tri-City area. Each area has its own distinct personality, yet residents often make use of the services and attractions throughout the Tri-City region.
Prescott is home to a historic downtown area which features locally-owned shops, restaurants and businesses, as well as highlights like Courtyard Plaza and Whiskey Row. Popular cultural attractions include Sharlot Hall Museum, Phippen Art Museum and the Prescott Fine Arts Association. Prescott is also home to many festivals and local events, such as the Folk Arts Fair, Frontier Days, Territorial Days and the World’s Oldest Rodeo.
About eight miles east of Prescott, Prescott Valley is a newer part of the Tri-City area which has seen rapid growth over the past few years. Prescott Valley’s downtown Entertainment District boasts many restaurants and shops. It also features a state-of-the-art movie theater, with IMAX, and Tim’s Toyota Center, a multipurpose event center.
With rural appeal and a rich history, the Town of Chino Valley is located about 17 miles from both Prescott and Prescott Valley. It rounds out the Tri-City area with small neighborhoods, rolling hills and picturesque farmland. Chino Valley may be best known as the home of Prescott Airport, also known as Ernest A. Love Field. Active adults who plan to retire in the Prescott area can expect to enjoy tranquil, small-town living with friendly neighbors and plenty of natural beauty. The area has many historic homes, including charming bungalows and stately Victorian style.
55+ Communities in area
There are also newer communities which offer resort-style living designed for active adults, such as the amenity-rich Prescott Lakes, which boasts a spacious clubhouse and 18-hole golf course. Smaller neighborhoods, such as the age-restricted Gardens at Willow Creek, provide a more intimate community setting. Budget-buyers can consider Prescott Canyon Estates, which offers homes in the $100s-$200s.
When considering Arizona for a vacation or as a retirement destination, do not overlook the Prescott area. This Northern Arizona region features small-town charm, as well as easy access to weekend getaways throughout the Phoenix area.