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

$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.

2503 E Grapevine Drive, Payson

Listing courtesy of West USA Realty.

$1,295,000
4 Beds 5 Baths 6421302 MLS Chaparral Pines Phase One SubDv. ACTIVE Status
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 ...CLICK 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.

$1,595,000
3 Beds 3 Baths 6401383 MLS Chaparral Pines SubDv. ACTIVE Status
Your worries will slip away from your new majestic home in the exclusive Chaparral Pines Golf Club! This home literally has it ALL! The functional main level opens up to the spacious great room with large gourmet kitchen and informal dining area connected. The views will capture you instantly as you sit on the patio above the green of hole #8 and take in the remarkable scenery in the distance. The master bedroom is spacious and clean and has private access to the patio out back where you will spend most of your evenings by the BBQ or enjoying friends with a bottle of wine. The main floor also has a functional office space and stylish 1/2 bath. You can take the elevator or the stairs down to the lower level, where 2 more bedrooms await with a large shared bathroom between them. CLICK.... Your worries will slip away from your new majestic home in the exclusive Chaparral Pines Golf Club! This home literally has it ALL! The functional main level opens up to the spacious great room with large gourmet kitchen and informal dining area connected. The views will capture you instantly as you sit on the patio above the green of hole #8 and take in the remarkable scenery in the distance. The master bedroom is spacious and clean and has private access to the patio out back where you will spend most of your evenings by the BBQ or enjoying friends with a bottle of wine. The main floor also has a functional office space and stylish 1/2 bath. You can take the elevator or the stairs down to the lower level, where 2 more bedrooms await with a large shared bathroom between them. The lower level living room is the perfect place for guests to relax, or to have the kids enjoy their space while the adults gather upstairs. The entire home is connected to a backup generator and you will not find a more meticulously maintained home anywhere! High end finishes abound and the setting can't be beat. Don't snooze on this one because it will not last long!

802 N Grapevine Drive, Payson

Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Arizona Realty.

$1,899,000
3 Beds 4 Baths 6372429 MLS Chaparral Pines Phase One SubDv. ACTIVE Status
You can build a house, but you can't build views like this! Your guests will be impressed driving up to this house, with its architecturally striking metal roof, but they won't be able to stop talking about the views from the back. Relax on your elevated, expansive wrap around Trex Decking porch, while you soak in the forest and Mongollon Rim Mountain views that stretch for miles. Located in coveted Chaparral Pines Golf Country Club and situated just beyond the third hole, this single level, split floor plan rests on almost half an acre. Recently built in 2018, the house is the perfect blend of woodland cozy and modern class. This three bedroom home has gorgeous designer touches throughout such as: custom tile & counter work, plank wood floors, tongue and groove vaulted ceiling alder cabinetry and doors, a generously large game room; and a den that could be used as a second game room, an office, or an adults-only retreat. The beautifully spacious kitchen and great room is the perfect place for gatherings with its upscale Monogram appointed kitchen appliances, huge Frigidaire fridge/freezer, quartz countertops, and walk in pantry. Enjoy the sunrise over the mountains, coffee in hand, nestled in front of the rock hewn gas fireplace. The geothermal heating and cooling system, along with the 1000-gallon underground propane tank, will keep you toasty even on the most wintery nights. But just in case, you can always warm up with a drink from the fabulous, step-down, built-in wet bar as well! When you are ready to retire, the master suite offers a serene escape with its own views and deck access. The walk-in closet and spa-like master bath, touting separate his and her sinks, a seated vanity niche and a decadent steam shower powered from the on demand hot water system, is the perfect way to unwind after a day on the links (with your included Ponderosa golf membership) or adventuring in the snow. Come discover your dream home in the pines  this 3,564 sq foot gem won't last long in this market!

2708 E Wild Rose Circle, Payson

Listing courtesy of West USA Realty.

$2,200,000
4 Beds 4 Baths 6377475 MLS Rim Club 1 & 2 SubDv. ACTIVE Status
Sitting high on a hill in one of Arizona's most prestigious Private Golf Course Communities this home offers the most sensational views in all directions. Lake below, mountains to the south, views of 3 golf holes, the 4th green in your front yard, and the Mogollon Rim that is (a 2000' escarpment stretching from New Mexico to the Grand Canyon) to the north. This home provides 5001+- sq.ft. Living area, two master bedrooms, and one guest suite, with additional bedroom that can be used as an office or craft room. Includes an additional 617 sq.ft. +- of 10' high insulated storage area with lighting, electric, HVAC. Large family room/library with vaulted ceiling. Chef's kitchen provides Kenmore Elite- stainless appliances, double oven and granite counters throughout the home. Covered deck on main floor 108'x 12' with maintenance free epoxy stone-like floor covering and heated spa on deck using 220 volts for economy. Office, laundry room, and formal dining room as well as separate breakfast nook with breathtaking views of the lake to enjoy many kinds of wildlife. Covered walkout patio off the lower master bedroom. Skybox used for entertaining with the most exquisite views of all the mountain ranges Rim Country offers. Lower-level game room with pool table sitting area and egress to exterior. Large windows throughout this magnificent home. Oversized garage fits 2 autos, golf cart, with storage cabinets and workbench. Mechanical/plumbing area is a completely walkable crawl space 7' high with additional 280 sq. ft. +- storage. This home is immaculate! Do not let the most amazing views in Rim Country get away!

302 S Friendly Glen, Payson

Listing courtesy of ERA-Young Realty & Investment.

$2,295,000
3 Beds 5 Baths 6412314 MLS The Rim Golf Club SubDv. ACTIVE Status
Your mountain escape awaits!!! You will be speechless as you experience this magnificent home situated in the exclusive Rim Golf Club in Payson. No detail has been overlooked on this custom home! From the moment you enter, you will see the well thought out layout that maximizes style, functionality, and the incredible views looking to the northeast. The soaring ceilings create a regal environment that is set off by the beautiful custom woodwork and hand painted details. The chef's kitchen opens perfectly to the living room, with it's own wet bar. The main level master bedroom is perfectly tucked away, to provide a feeling of privacy, yet close to all the action of the home. The formal dining room is classy and stylish, with a temperature controlled wine room close by. As you ... CLICK embark up the masterpiece of a staircase, you'll find an additional loft style living room at the top of the stairs, that could also double as a great office space. It is flanked by en suite bedroom/bathrooms that are perfect for guests. The entire north side of the upper level has a view deck that will take your breath away!! Come see this beauty today, so you can start living out your dreams!! Your mountain escape awaits!!! You will be speechless as you experience this magnificent home situated in the exclusive Rim Golf Club in Payson. No detail has been overlooked on this custom home! From the moment you enter, you will see the well thought out layout that maximizes style, functionality, and the incredible views looking to the northeast. The soaring ceilings create a regal environment that is set off by the beautiful custom woodwork and hand painted details. The chef's kitchen opens perfectly to the living room, with it's own wet bar. The main level master bedroom is perfectly tucked away, to provide a feeling of privacy, yet close to all the action of the home. The formal dining room is classy and stylish, with a temperature controlled wine room close by. As you embark up the masterpiece of a staircase, you'll find an additional loft style living room at the top of the stairs, that could also double as a great office space. It is flanked by en suite bedroom/bathrooms that are perfect for guests. The entire north side of the upper level has a view deck that will take your breath away!! Come see this beauty today, so you can start living out your dreams!!

703 S Shady Glade --, Payson

Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Arizona Realty.

$2,299,999
6 Beds 4 Baths 6398587 MLS Bear Flats SubDv. ACTIVE Status
Opportunity of a lifetime to own your own little piece of Heaven right here in the cool Arizona mountains. 1.74 acres on Tonto Creek with a unique and stunning 3900 sq ft lodge/cabin home is available to purchase but it will not last! In an exclusive private gated community just 19 miles from Payson , 90 miles from Scottsdale, 6 bedrooms/4 bathrooms with bonus rooms, a huge game/hobby room with bar/kitchen and library. Home is off-grid capable with a 10,000-watt Kohler generator supplied with LP gas from 1,000-gal tank, and 5,000-watt Solar Panels (owned). Gorgeous custom kitchen remodel in 2018 is an entertainer's dream. RV space with hookups, lot across road can be used for horse amenities or another cabin. Home is being sold furnished minus personal effects. See additional remarks... Surrounded by the beautiful Tonto National Forest right on Tonto Creek at the top of a hill sits the home of my dreams! Mr. Isbell thought of everything and has created his own little paradise with his children and their children for 50 years. The property has countless unique features- as mentioned- home is off-grid capable with a 10,000-watt Kohler Generator supplied with LP gas from a 1,000-gal tank, and 5,000-watt Solar Panels (owned). The custom kitchen was designed and remodeled in 2018 and it is perfect! Huge family game room with pool table, shuffleboard, ping-pong, poker table, 700+ book library and wet bar/second kitchen. Newer Metal roof over entire home. 4-story tree house and play area. 2 gas heating units, 2 Air conditioning units, 2 on-demand hot water heaters, and 2 Reverse Osmosis systems. Hundreds of feet of stone walled paths leading to and along Tonto Creek with your own private swimming/fishing hole. Landscaped with automatic watering systems. The private well and community 10,000-gal water tank serve the home efficiently even when it's full of up to 20 guests and the septic has also never had any problems. The finished basement is currently a man-cave and wine cellar. There are 2 offices, a craft room, 2 family rooms, a huge master suite completely on it's own level, and this kitchen.... it is every entertainer's dream! There are 4 decks, 2 of them are covered and the most amazing views from each one overlooking your own portion of Tonto Creek and Forest. The two car garage has a huge storage space above it and all of the tools convey with the home. There are 4 other large storage areas as well, stocked with freeze-dried and non-perishable food items. The piece of the property across Bear Flat Rd (where the well is located) is perfect for another cabin, horse amenities or all your toys. Home will be sold AS-IS (in phenomenal condition) and furnished other than personal effects. Proof of Funds or Pre-Qualification will be required prior to showing. YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS TREASURE!! **A portion of the property includes the Tonto Creek so that part of the property is in the flood plain. The home sits more than 50 feet above the Creek on a hill and is not in a flood zone itself. The homeowner has lived there for 50 years and flooding has never been an issue.

4678 N Bear Flat Road, Payson

Listing courtesy of Southwest Mountain Realty, LLC.

$2,499,000
4 Beds 4 Baths 6414760 MLS The Rim Golf Club SubDv. ACTIVE Status
Offering some of the best views in the Rim Golf Club, this spectacular mountain masterpiece awaits your ownership! This stunning custom home with amazing use of stone & wood to create a mountain masterpiece, along with extensive professional landscaping to spotlight this spectacular property. Expansive walls of windows capture amazing views of the Granite Dells, Monument Peak, and the surrounding Ponderosa Pine forest. Soaring ceilings, a luxury kitchen, multiple gathering areas, and a large, covered deck to enjoy Payson's beautiful star-lit evenings make this home an entertainer's dream. Owner's suite features corner glass walls to capture breathtaking views, a lavish bathroom, and an oversized closet room with adjoining laundry area. The main level office has a custom-built entertainment center and desk suite with perfect views of the Granite Dells. Towering ceilings continue throughout the bedroom suites, baths, and entertainment room in the lower level walkout, with additional 1500 sf of unfinished space for future expansion of more bedrooms, movie theater, golf simulator, or wine cellar. Huge 3+ garage has space for your vehicles, golf carts, and plenty of storage. Enjoy the privacy of being on the edge of the community while still within walking distance to the award-winning Rim golf course, fitness center, tennis courts, and pool. Seller is interested in a sale/leaseback opportunity in order to build another home. Avoid future price increases by buying now, creating a cash flow during the leaseback period, and avoiding the stress of building.

3111 E Indian Ruin --, Payson

Listing courtesy of Realty Executives.

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