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

$1,599,900
4 Beds 3 Baths 6479518 MLS Rim Trail Mountain Club SubDv. ACTIVE Status
VERY RARE 400+ FEET OF EAST VERDE RIVER YEARROUND STREAMFRONT, 3.42 ACRE LOT, PONDS & 100 YR OLD APPLE TREES. THIS GORGEOUS CUSTOM HOME HAS BREATHTAKING MOGOLLON RIM VIEWS, 4 BEDROOMS, THEATER ROOM, LIVING ROOM & GREATROOM, EXQUISITE GRANITE COUNTERS, STONE FIREPLACE-WOODBURNING, LAMINATE WOOD FLOORS... MASTER SUITE HAS IT'S OWN PRIVATE DECK W/ MOGOLLON RIM VIEWS. MASTER BATH INCLUDES: JETTED TUB, WALK IN SHOWER & LARGE WALKIN CLOSET. DECK OFF THE GREAT ROOM TO ENJOY A BEVERAGE & RELAXATION. RIDE QUADS OR YOUR HORSE FROM YOUR DOORSTEP, FISH THE EAST VERDE RIVER SEASONALLY STOCKED WITH TROUT FROM THE LOWER PORTION OF THE ACREAGE. PLENTIFUL PONDEROSA PINES IN THIS PRIVATE MAGICAL SETTING! ONLY 25 MINUTES TO PAYSON FOR SHOPPING & 45 MINUTES TO THE LAKE: BOATING & FISHING. MAKE MEMORIES TODAY! Bottom portion of lot with barn is on stream. Home sits high above stream approx. 300 feet with Mogollon Rim Views. You can hear the stream from the home when the windows are open. Sellers do not pay flood insurance. Bottom portion of the lot is on the East Verde River, partially in a flood plain. County assessor square footage @ 2445 sq. ft., but we were told 2701 sq ft . Home also listed for sale on partial acreage, .69 acres total, @ $989,900. Buyer/Buyer's agent to verify all facts and figures deemed important to buyer. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

415 E Rim Estates Trail, Payson

$1,995,000
4 Beds 5 Baths 6432556 MLS Chaparral Pines SubDv. ACTIVE Status
Views! Views! Views! - AND a detached casita! Come see this spectacular custom built home in the exclusive Chaparral Pines Country Club, and you will not be disappointed! You'll be greeted by the calming courtyard prior to entering the home, with the trickling fountain and lush flowers. Upon entering the home, the views of the Granite Dells will captivate you immediately! The open layout is the perfect blend of function and style with a large gourmet kitchen, breakfast nook-both indoors and out, and a comfortable great room complete with fireplace. Let's be honest though, most of your time is going to be spent out on the fully covered paver patio that maximizes the views of the golf course and the surrounding mountains! The large primary bedroom, bath, and closet are simply perfect. -CLICK The hallway off the kitchen leads you to a formal dining area, a half bath, and a private guest suite. On the other side of the home you'll find a 3rd bedroom/office, another bathroom, laundry, mud room, and access to the garage. The icing on the cake, however, will be the fully detached casita that is equipped for guests for long term or short term. Don't forget, that in addition to the views, the large lot, and the beautiful custom home you find here, there are also numerous Native American ruins on the property that you get to enjoy and experience in a respectful manner. Properties like this one don't come around too often here, so don't miss your chance today to see this beauty! Some furnishings are available by a separate agreement. Views! Views! Views! - AND a detached casita! Come see this spectacular custom built home in the exclusive Chaparral Pines Country Club, and you will not be disappointed! You'll be greeted by the calming courtyard prior to entering the home, with the trickling fountain and lush flowers. Upon entering the home, the views of the Granite Dells will captivate you immediately! The open layout is the perfect blend of function and style with a large gourmet kitchen, breakfast nook-both indoors and out, and a comfortable great room complete with fireplace. Let's be honest though, most of your time is going to be spent out on the fully covered paver patio that maximizes the views of the golf course and the surrounding mountains! The large primary bedroom, bath, and closet are simply perfect. The hallway off the kitchen leads you to a formal dining area, a half bath, and a private guest suite. On the other side of the home you'll find a 3rd bedroom/office, another bathroom, laundry, mud room, and access to the garage. The icing on the cake, however, will be the fully detached casita that is equipped for guests for long term or short term. Don't forget, that in addition to the views, the large lot, and the beautiful custom home you find here, there are also numerous Native American ruins on the property that you get to enjoy and experience in a respectful manner. Properties like this one don't come around too often here, so don't miss your chance today to see this beauty! Some furnishings are available by a separate agreement

807 N Blazing Star Circle, Payson

$2,200,000
3 Beds 3.5 Baths 6453527 MLS Chaparral Pines SubDv. ACTIVE Status
WATERFRONT HOME, Single level, four car garage, cul de sac, Built in 2021 with warranties still in place, fully furnished, turn key home. Arrive in style to this stunning 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath in Payson's gorgeously private Chaparral Pines. The grand entryway greets you as you enter under its stylishly unique chandelier. Custom touches, upgraded finishes, & sophisticated accents can be found throughout the house - from tall alder pine doors to coffered ceilings; bespoke mirrors imported from Indonesia and India to Restoration Hardware fixtures & furniture; two farmhouse sinks (one in the spacious laundry room) to an extra wide gutter system with its own pine and leaf filter. MORE This home is an entertainer's paradise. The open floor plan creates a lovely flow between the quartz countertop kitchen and the living room. Conversations and company move naturally from the oversized island of the kitchen to the stone fireplace of the living room to the large dining table. The enviously outfitted kitchen with its Wolf, Cove, and Sub-Zero appliances practically guarantees that meals will be delicious. Grab a bottle of Bordeaux from the wine room and you're all set! If your guests are a bit more active, head to the 4-car garage with its custom epoxy flooring and try out the Opti Shot Golf Simulator. When everyone's ready to play, your personal golf cart is ready to take you to the links. All your gear will be waiting for you in the Gladiator package custom Husky storage. With a stainless-steel fridge also in the garage, you won't even have to leave when you work up a thirst practicing your swing. Prefer something a little more relaxing? Head to the movie theater, put up your feet in the comfortably oversized leather recliners and watch a movie on the wide-screen projected from over-head. Want even more relaxation? Stroll outside and cozy up to any of the three fireplaces on this meticulously landscaped property or take a nap in the hammock. The master suite is an oasis of restoration. A patio entrance opens to a private balcony overlooking the tranquil pond out back. The bathroom rivals a professional spa with a slipper soaking tub, high-end tile and herringbone installation, double vanities, his-and-her walk-in closets, and a large walk-in shower with two rain showers, one directly over head. Everyone will feel like the head of the house with their own ensuite bathroom and access to the wrap around porch from the bedroom. Extra interior and exterior insulation allows for even more privacy. This is a house that truly must be seen to be believed  if only to discover all the extras and upgrades that are too numerous to list here. The professionally designed furniture and most of the décor is included, so you can spoil yourself and enjoy the ease of simply settling in without any hassle. What are you waiting for? Make this dream home your reality today!

1806 E Senna Point, Payson

$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

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