5 Reasons Payson AZ is a Great Place to Live

5 Reasons Payson AZ is a Great Place to Live In 

 

While the Valley of the Sun attracts flocks of snowbirds during the winter, it is not a pleasant place for half the year. Luckily, in less than two hours, you can escape the brutal Phoenix summer heat. Ninety miles from Phoenix is Payson, where the summer temperatures are 20 to 30 degrees cooler than the Valley. And, while it does snow in the winter, that snow often melts away quickly. Overall, the temperatures in Payson are moderate year-round.

Often called “The Heart of Arizona”, Payson offers small-town charm with modern convenience. If you're curious about buying Payson AZ real estate, read on. We'll go over the reasons that make Payson a great place to live.

 

A Family-Friendly Place Packed With Adventure

If you love the outdoor life, Payson is the place to be. Situated within the Tonto National Forest, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, and off-roading are just minutes away. In fact, Green Valley Park is right in town, with three small fishing lakes.

But, if you want to get out of town into the wild, the Rim Country around Payson is home to seven beautiful alpine lakes. Knoll Lake, Black Canyon Lake, Woods Canyon, Willow Springs Lake, and C.C. Cragin Reservoir are easily accessed. Knoll Canyon and Black Canyon Lakes also offer nearby campgrounds.

However, Bear Canyon Lake and Chevelon Lake are much more of a challenge to access. You'll either need to hike a steep trail or take your quad. But, you'll feel like you have the lake all to yourself for a truly uncrowded experience.

Hikers and mountain bikers will also love living in Payson AZ. There are dozens of well-established trails in the area, appropriate for all levels of fitness. While the temperatures are much cooler than in Phoenix, it can still get into the 90s. Be sure to bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen as you hike and bike around Payson.

Bird watchers and rock hounds will also love Payson. From the tiny Black-tailed Gnatcatcher and kestrels to huge, gliding Turkey Vultures, the Tonto National Forest is home to dozens of bird species.

Kids will especially love rock hunting for fossils, agates, onyx, sparkling quartz crystals, and geodes. The trails and forests around Payson have a lot of fun to offer.

 

Payson is Steeped in Old West History

If you love the romance of the Old West, Payson offers plenty of that. Established in 1883, Payson continues to be home to the world's oldest, continuous rodeo. That rodeo is held in August, but there are other rodeo events held throughout the spring and summer.

Payson is also home to the Zane Grey and Rim Country Museum. The Western author made Payson his home for decades and wrote many of his beloved novels here. The museum houses all sorts of artifacts from the region, covering everything from Native American life to ranching, mining, and of course, rodeo.

In nearby Strawberry, the kids can get a feel for what school was like in the 1880s at the Strawberry Schoolhouse Museum. The log cabin schoolhouse was built in 1884 and is the oldest standing schoolhouse in the state. The beautifully preserved schoolhouse is complete with desks, blackboards, and other period details.

There are several historic structures in Payson, built by pioneer families. For example, the Sidles Mud House was built in 1882 by Henry Sidles. The mud house still stands at 505A W. Main Street. You can also dine and have a beer at the Oxbow Inn and Saloon. Built of logs in 1933, the Oxbow was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

During the winter months, the Winter Range Shooting Contest rides into town. Typically, more than 1,000 competitors participate in the national championship of Cowboy Action Shooting. Cowboy Action Shooting requires competitors to shoot with old-style lever-action rifles, single-action revolvers, and Old West shotguns. Moreover, competitors must also dress in Old West attire.

The Winter Range event also features demonstrations of Old West skills and crafts, such as a fast-draw competition and trick horses. Visitors can also peruse stalls selling period cowboy hats and clothing, reproductions, antiques, and chuckwagon BBQ. It's an event both grownups and kids will love.

If you have ever dreamed of being a cowboy, Payson is the place to be. While today, it's thoroughly modern, the Old West is woven into the fabric of the town.

 

A Full-Service, Modern Town

 

While Payson has a family-friendly, small-town feel, you will not lack services. There is a Walmart Supercenter here, as well as two grocery stores, two hardware stores, a Home Depot, and a Tractor Supply store. There is also a PetSmart, and a feed store.

Payson also has the medical services you need, from family practitioners, chiropractors, dentists, and hospitals. Your pets can also be cared for by the resident veterinarians. For the most part, you'll be able to find everything you need locally in Payson.

 

Payson Has Nightlife

 

While Payson is a family-friendly place, there are also adult things to do too. The Mazatzal Casino, owned and operated by the Tonto Apache Tribe, offers both slots, table games, and sports betting. The casino also offers fine dining, concerts, and other events. 

There are also several bars, breweries, and restaurants in the Payson area that are open till later at night. While Payson is not offering 24/7 entertainment, there are places to go at night to enjoy adult fun.

 

Payson AZ Real Estate Has Variety

Whether you fancy a mountain cabin, a suburban ranch-style home, or a rustic mansion, you can find it in Payson. There are hundreds of real estate listings available in Payson, giving you plenty of properties to browse.

Prices also range from modest to million-dollar properties. You can also find raw land if you want to build your custom dream home.

Fortunately, growth in Payson has been slow over the last two or three decades, preserving the smalltown feel. Also, being surrounded by the Tonto National Forest, it's unlikely that Payson will ever be the victim of urban sprawl.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Reasons Payson AZ is a Great Place to Live

$925,000
3 Beds 3 Baths 6370752 MLS Chaparral Pines Phase 1 SubDv. ACTIVE Status
This truly exceptional home in Chaparral Pines is situated on a large Cul-de-Sac lot with Tonto National Forest as your back yard you will enjoy expansive and enviable views of the Mogollon Rim & Diamond Point. The parlor-esque entry welcomes you as you enter your new home. You will never tire of the wall of windows that preside over the large great room, dining room & kitchen that provide constantly changing views. The kitchen, with its over sized breakfast bar, features quartz counter tops, large island with induction stove top and an abundance of, self closing, natural cherry cabinets and drawers. The main areas of the home have waterproof red wood flooring that was installed in 2021. The single level split floor plan has 12' vaulted ceilings that give the home a warm, yet spacious, feeling. The large back deck is an outdoor dream! The yard offers a dog run that expands across the back of the entire home. The additional back yard goes all the way to the Forest Service and you have your own electric gate that allows you immediate access. New roof in 2021. New exterior paint June 2022. You can upgrade the main and guest bathroom to your taste. (estimates for upgrades in document tab.) This rare beauty is located inside the gated, mountain, community of Chaparral Pines, 860 acres of Private golf resort featuring: *18 hole-par 72 course designed by David Graham and Gary Panks *8 acre Trailhead facility *27,000 sq ft clubhouse with indoor & outdoor dining available Wildlife enthusiasts, hikers, bikers, UTV/off-roaders, and stargazers will All be enthralled! Your future memories await you! Call and schedule your showing Today before it's gone! **ALL showing requests must have a current prequalification form or proof of funds to be granted access** (Most furnishings can be purchased on a separate agreement. Sellers to provide a list of items that do Not convey)

2802 E Golden Rod Circle, Payson

Listing courtesy of Arizona Resource Realty.

$949,000
3 Beds 3 Baths 6416417 MLS Bonita Creek SubDv. ACTIVE Status
Custom built home with amazing Mogollon Rim Views in outlying area of Bonita Creek. So many features! The entry is Travertine and most of the flooring is English Walnut wood floors, The street level offers kitchen, dining, living room, guest room and guest bath plus access to the spacious covered Trex deck to enjoy those wonder views. Upper level offers a loft, and large master suite with vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace, TV,. The master bath has a separate shower and jetted tub. This level also hosts a sun room great for a small green house and/or star gazing! The lower level offers a wine room with cork walls, family or game room, wet bar, the third guest room and guest bath. The living room offers those beautiful wood floors, vaulted ceiling, amazing views of the Rim, surround sound and pellet stove for those cool winter days The kitchen offers granite counters and Dual Fuel JennAir range with gas cook top, double electric ovens with convection; instant hot water at the sink to make a cup of hot tea and trash compactor. ! Cabinets offer pull out drawers and offers a lighted display cabinet and stainless-steel appliances. Other features of the home are Pex plumbing with return hot water link and a programmable circular pump. Pella vinyl clad windows, rain collection system and storage tank to use for watering plants, and whole house fan. You will want to make sure you put this beautiful home on your list of homes to view!

352 Myrtle Point Trail, Payson

Listing courtesy of Delex Realty.

$949,000
3 Beds 3 Baths 6437369 MLS Chaparral Pines SubDv. ACTIVE Status
THIS HOME OFFERS THE PERFECT RUSTIC ELEGANCE IN YOUR CHAPARRAL PINES MOUNTAIN HOME and is being sold ''turn-key furnished'' ... Just bring your toothbrush! Privately nestled on almost 1/2 acre lot in the pines, with outdoor living space that opens up to the golf course this home is your perfect mountain sanctuary. The open, single-level floor plan has been completely remodeled and upgraded with granite counters, cherry cabinets, hand scraped plank floors, 3 baths, all w/granite countertops, rubbed oil bronze faucets, murphy bed in one of the bedrooms, solid stone wall in great room with fireplace. Extensive wood decks (recently refinished) w/built in BBQ/fire pit & inviting Spa. Surrounded by lush mature landscaping of Pines, Blue Spruce and various other mature trees. This home... CLICK also offers extensive storage with a golf cart garage and crawlspace area. Come see this incredible home now! THIS HOME OFFERS THE PERFECT RUSTIC ELEGANCE IN YOUR CHAPARRAL PINES MOUNTAIN HOME and is being sold ''turn-key furnished'' ... Just bring your toothbrush! Privately nestled on almost ½ acre lot in the pines, with outdoor living space that opens up to the golf course this home is your perfect mountain sanctuary. The open, single-level floor plan has been completely remodeled and upgraded with granite counters, cherry cabinets, hand scraped plank floors, 3 baths, all w/granite countertops, rubbed oil bronze faucets, murphy bed in one of the bedrooms, solid stone wall in great room with fireplace. Extensive wood decks (recently refinished) w/built in BBQ/fire pit & inviting Spa. Surrounded by lush mature landscaping of Pines, Blue Spruce and various other mature trees. This home also offers extensive storage with a golf cart garage and crawlspace area. Come see this incredible home now!

2209 E Scenic Drive, Payson

Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Arizona Realty.

$995,000
4 Beds 5 Baths 6421302 MLS Chaparral Pines Phase One SubDv. ACTIVE Status
MOTIVATED SELLER!!!.....HOUSE REDUCED TO $200,000 BELOW MARKET VALUE!Your dream home awaits!! Come see this fully renovated Chaparral Pines beauty today! From the moment you enter, you'll be hooked on the expansive glass that opens to the massive wrap-around deck, which showcases the majestic views to the East. The vaulted ceilings, open floor plan, and functional space blend seamlessly, and make this home perfect for entertaining and daily living. The main floor has 2 en suite bedrooms, a laundry room, and a stylish half bath. The lower level is equally as amazing, with a fully outfitted kitchen (appliances weren't delivered yet, so photos forthcoming), a large great room perfect for TV and games, and there is an additional en suite bedroom downstairs. You'll also find another bedroom with yet another full bathroom in the hall! The large laundry/utility room downstairs can serve many purposes. There is even a private entrance from the large 3-car garage that brings you right down into the lower level, so you truly could have multi-generational living, or long term guests and hardly even know the others are here! The cherry on top is the fully owned solar system that will make your electricity costs next to nothing. No detail has been overlooked with this home, so come see it today!! Your dream home awaits!! Come see this fully renovated Chaparral Pines beauty today! From the moment you enter, you'll be hooked on the expansive glass that opens to the massive wrap-around deck, which showcases the majestic views to the East. The vaulted ceilings, open floor plan, and functional space blend seamlessly, and make this home perfect for entertaining and daily living. The main floor has 2 en suite bedrooms, a laundry room, and a stylish half bath. The lower level is equally as amazing, with a fully outfitted kitchen (appliances weren't delivered yet, so photos forthcoming), a large great room perfect for TV and games, and there is an additional en suite bedroom downstairs. You'll also find another bedroom with yet another full bathroom in the hall! The large laundry/utility room downstairs can serve many purposes. There is even a private entrance from the large 3-car garage that brings you right down into the lower level, so you truly could have multi-generational living, or long term guests and hardly even know the others are here! The cherry on top is the fully owned solar system that will make your electricity costs next to nothing. No detail has been overlooked with this home, so come see it today!!

904 N Scenic Drive, Payson

Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Arizona Realty.

$1,200,000
3 Beds 4 Baths 6423586 MLS Chaparral Pines SubDv. ACTIVE Status
LOOK NO FURTHER for your Frank Lloyd Wright style dream home - located on the 11th fairway of Chaparral Pines, sought-after single/split level 3,188 sq. ft. home nestled among tall Ponderosa pines and beautiful natural landscaping on a half-acre with a large 3-car garage with lots of room for your golf cart and other toys. Enter your home through the elegantly landscaped front yard with large wrap- around drive, into the front foyer to find magnificent wood-beam vaulted ceiling, lovely stone gas fireplace with built in shelves on either side, floor to ceiling windows in the great room (with wet bar), separate formal dining room and adjacent large eat-in kitchen; lovely hardwood and sealed flagstone tile floors throughout; access points through French doors from all of these rooms... to a large wrap around private patio (both covered and uncovered) facing the rolling hills of the 11th fairway, to relax and enjoy the amazing idyllic and serene environment, which is also home to many local birds and other wildlife. Peace, privacy and serenity abounds here. The main floor plan offers a large master suite with gas fireplace, French doors to the patio, spacious his/hers closet, en-suite bath, over-sized stone-tiled snail shower and dual vanities with new granite. The gourmet kitchen features Jenn-Air, Bosch, Dacor and GE stainless steel appliances including new double oven and microwave, 5-burner gas cooktop in the large center island with tons of space for cooking, stainless steel hood, large breakfast bar, expansive counter space, built in desk and large walk-in pantry. Privately tucked on the opposite end of the house are two roomy guest suites with their own full baths, half bath, laundry room with cabinets and utility sink, and hallway which leads out to the garage. Painted House exterior (2021) and interior (2017), new concrete roof (2021), new water heater (2022), Hydrascale water system (2018). Surround sound great room; outside gas grill included, detached, ceiling heater master bath. List of all upgrades available. Chaparral Pines community features 24X7 manned gates/security, championship golf course, practice range and putting green, beautiful clubhouse/restaurant/golf shop, workout facility/Trailhead facility with two pools, adult and child, workout facilities, fitness classes, tennis courts, dog park, playground, volleyball court, and many walking trails. Trailhead Membership also includes use of The Rim Clubhouse and restaurant and Trailhead spa, lap-pool and workout facilities, another breathtaking spot in Payson. Minimum purchase is Trailhead Membership at closing. Golf Memberships available through separate purchase. Don't miss this opportunity to live in such a remarkable, secure, private and serene community and retreat. NO SHOWINGS BEFORE 10AM OR AFTER 4PM, LA MUST BE PRESENT AT ALL SHOWINGS.

2503 E Grapevine Drive, Payson

Listing courtesy of West USA Realty.

$1,575,000
6 Beds 4 Baths 6427391 MLS Graham Ranch Circle SubDv. ACTIVE Status
This unique one-of-a-kind custom Home with mountain & forest views and a guest house is located in a very private cul-de-sac in Graham Ranch! A hidden jewel in the high country. The main house was built in 2016 and has new premium Provenza vinyl flooring throughout. As you walk in you will love the vaulted ceilings and walls wrapped in glass bring the Mazatzal Mountains views into the home. Walk out the large arcadia door to the outside entertainers dream yard with an expansive covered patio and extended paver patio; perfect for summer get togethers and soaking up the cool weather and mountain views. In the sizable kitchen there are Alder Cabinets, beautiful granite counter tops, kitchen island, 2 pantries, newer GE & LG appliances, and a NewAir Wine Fridge. The spacious master suite features private access to the covered patio, a new master bathroom with a tile walk-in shower, stand-alone tub, double sinks, private toilet room, and a 9' x 12' custom master closet. You will love all the living space with a total of 3 guest bedrooms, an office, a formal dining room/game room, and a great room. One guest bedroom has a built-in murphy bed, and the other two guest bedrooms have a jack & jill full bathroom with double sinks. There is also a new 200 square foot addition including large pantry/mud room. Towards the back of the property is the newly built, 900 square foot guest house; with 1 bedroom, an office/bedroom, full bathroom, laundry room, and 2 car garage. There are 2 new Versatube steel buildings, 11' x 16' and 19' x 22' on concrete slabs along with 15K sq. ft. of asphalt driveway completed November 2021. Property has been fully graded and landscaped with boulder walls and mature trees for privacy. Fire-wise completed February 2022. This spectacular property is on 2.8 acre, is zoned for horses and has plenty of unused land for a barn, corral, workshop, and endless possibilities. In addition, there is a full-service RV station available for guests who travel with their RVs.

1409 E Graham Ranch Trail, Payson

Listing courtesy of Realty Executives Arizona Territory.

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