What Can You Say About Cottonwood?

What Can You Say About Cottonwood?

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Arizona Bound

Elk Grove Village, IL

#1 Feb 25, 2009
Hello Folks! My wife and I are very interested in gaining any and all info about Cottonwood. Any info you nice folks can tell us is most appreciated. So far, we have done a ton of research in repect to housing, medical, and conveniences.. but we would like to hear from some local Cottonwood folks about: what area should we avoid living in.. if any? The Verde Village subdivision, looks large,
older homes.. is this an area to avoid? Where would you say is the center of town, to where there is a mix of nice homes and yet close to all the main conveniences? There is an area called the Greenbelt, is this an area that is prone to yearly flooding? I know it runs along the Verde River. And you have what is called flood/irrigation ditches, are these mainly to control flooding or mainly to help with irrigation water? Are homes with property that borders the river prone to very little worries of flooding, or to the idea they have to vacate only to come back to a flooded out home? We really enjoy to garden.. vegetables, and hope to have fruit trees and other vegetation. Do you have to be in the Greenbelt to achieve a good vegetable garden? What about the area's outside of the Greenbelt.. are they, do they have trees and other types of natural vegetation? I have posted on another forum trying to get some info about Cottonwood, came across this forum, read some topics and figured I give it a try. We lived in Globe back in the 80's. Have been thru Flagstaff manytimes, but never (should have) checked out Cottonwood. We have 90% decided on moving to Kingman which we really like.. our Daughter and her hubby live in Vegas.. but I happen to catch an article about Cottonwood. Started to check things out and really like what I have found out. But if anyone can give some info about what I asked about above.. it sure would help. Thanks so much!
And anyone that whould like to add stuff such as.. what is your favorite place to eat, which grocery store you like best, how you like the hospital services/care, Any info on Lampliter Village in Clarkdale or any of the other senior parks, do most who are on a well water system do ok or are you really better off having city water, what else might we find there other than the usual stores. Do you have local places that may hold bingo nite, how's the fishing and is the verde river the only fishing hole.. I know I am asking many questions.. but any that can be answered would be great, Thanks!
Looking to move

Gilbert, AZ

#2 Mar 4, 2009
The areas around Cottonwood are unsurpassed in beauty, but the City itself has very little to offer. Its full of illegal immigrants, white trash, and transients. Look to the Prescott or Prescott Valley areas for a nicer place to live.
Sincerely,
Living in Cottonwood and looking to move.
Looking to move

Gilbert, AZ

#3 Mar 4, 2009
Oh, I work in Clarkdale and it is a much nicer community, but you will still have to do the majority of your shopping and such in Cottonwood. Most properties are on City water, but the well water seems to be OK, just very hard, just like the City water. Lampliter Village is all old mobiles, but the park and trailers are all pretty well maintained. I live in the verde villages unit 5, don't like it all. The green belts do flood, and most houses have to be built to flood stages.
P.S. I am originally from Illinois as well.
You can email me direct if you would like some more info:
stephenrsmith85@gmail.com

You don't have to be in the green belt for a garden, it just takes a lot of water. Fruit trees can be a little tricky, but some seem to do ok.
Most folks don't have a high regard for our hospital. The fishing is good in the river, with stocked trout in the winter, and bass & catfish during the warmer months. Dead horse state park has some good fishing spots, but there are not a lot of bigger lakes to fish in local.
Oh, the irrigation ditches are for water usage and not flood control, to the best of my knowledge.
Village of Oak Creek

Rio Rancho, NM

#4 Mar 5, 2009
cottenwood is full of crime...not very pretty..sedona is more expensive to live in but muuch safer town to live in with children..nice houses ...VOC (THE VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK) is very small just out of sedona bout 15 mins away has a small place to shop and outlet mall...SAFE...has a few places to eat but it is out of town so you have to go to sedona or cottenwood for groceries..cottenwood about 30 mins away...VOC has a golf course..very nice..has a beautiful park for children elder people mostly live there so its very quiet..the school in VOC was awareded the best school in the whole state... thats all i have to say! it was the best place that i have ever lived in.
Arizona Bound

Elk Grove Village, IL

#5 Mar 6, 2009
Hey... Thanks so much for the info!
caitlin

Glendale, AZ

#6 Mar 11, 2009
your in the middle of no were with nothing to do!
all thats really here are a bunch or veiws of the landscape around you! thats it! and at times that gets boreing!!!

Since: Jan 09

sedona,az

#7 Mar 13, 2009
Sedona is kind of boring there is nothing really to do!But in cottonwood there's a school that they say that a lady of 35years old & a guy of 17years old were having sex and that principle found out! But the thing that was fucked up was that the lady had 3 kids & a husband!!!!
(peace out)
burnem

Cottonwood, AZ

#8 Mar 31, 2009
Cottonwood is a meth town and a real hell hole. You don't want to move here. All the kids are just anxious to break your windows or disturb you with their boom cars. The city water has failed arsenic testing several years in a row. This place is comparable to "hell". You have been warned, but hey, don't listen and learn the hard way.
Troubled Youth

Sedona, AZ

#9 Apr 1, 2009
These guys are all wrong. Cottonwood is a great little city. Sure the night life can be boring but the Outdoor Activities are some of the Best in the Country, we are surrounded by National Forest for crying out loud. Not many towns or cities have a local pond that gets "stocked" with Trout on a regular basis(Dead Horse Ranch State Park). We have the river, mountains and clear skies. Most of the people I gratuated with are still in the area and raising their families here with hopes that they will raise their families here also.

These knuckle heads should try living somewhere else before they begin disrespecting what Cottonwood and the Verde Valley has to offer. Ask yourself, why are they still here?
transplant

Phoenix, AZ

#10 Apr 4, 2009
Cottonwood is great for:
Hiking and biking
day trips to
a. grand canyon
b. vegas unknown
c. prescott 1hr (costco,hot and now, antiques, fairs) just a beautiful ride over the hill or down 17.
d. flagstaff 1hr (ski)1 hr further north great campus town.
e. durango co 6hrs just plain nice...
I like Cottonwood. If you surround yourself with like minded people you will find things of interest to do. I have. Cottonwood theatre of the Arts is a great place to go on fri and or sat night for a great intimate show of live entertainment.
Its like living anywhere else, it is what you make of it! Its your attitude that defines whether it is a good place to live or not.
who says Cottonwood is full of crime and illegals? whoa!! Detroit is full of crime but living in the burbs (45mi outside of Detroit) there is still crime, just a different type. There is crime everywhere. The parents of children in Cottonwood do not want to pay higher taxes for the children to go to a rec center or have more activities to keep them off the street so you reap what you sow...spend money on them while they are coming up or spend money to house them when they go to jail. Your choice. Meth is everywhere even in Sedona...oh jeeze did I say that...oh my--- well its true...even though some people think Sedona is unscathed...ha!
ShyAnn

Flagstaff, AZ

#11 Apr 8, 2009
I lived and worked in Cottonwood for 9 years and never warmed up to the city with its "good-ol'-boy" mentality. There is very little to do in Cottonwood (although there is likely more now than when I lived there) and is lacking in cultural interests and activities. Sedona is a smaller city but has so much more to offer, not to mention Sedona is a gorgeous town with plenty to do and see, both indoors and out. The general feel I had in Cottonwood is that an enjoyable evening to most folks would involve hanging out in the garage, chewing and spitting tobacco while knocking back a few brews. To each his own, but if that's not the lifestyle for you, I can't recommend Cottonwood to you.

On a positive note, Cottonwood has some of the most gorgeous sunsets I've ever seen during the summer monsoon season.

I no longer live in Cottonwood and now wonder why I spent 9 long years there!
laughing

Cottonwood, AZ

#12 Apr 23, 2009
Have you checked into Pine Shadows? It is a senior citizen manufactured home community that has some of the nicest people living there. It is on SR 89A. About 300 homes are in that community and there are activities and a club house and indoor heated pool.

I enjoy this community; what you cant buy here, you can get in Prescott or Flagstaff.

Kippy

AOL

#13 May 4, 2009
Arizona Bound wrote:
Hello Folks! My wife and I are very interested in gaining any and all info about Cottonwood. Any info you nice folks can tell us is most appreciated. So far, we have done a ton of research in repect to housing, medical, and conveniences.. but we would like to hear from some local Cottonwood folks about: what area should we avoid living in.. if any? The Verde Village subdivision, looks large,
older homes.. is this an area to avoid? Where would you say is the center of town, to where there is a mix of nice homes and yet close to all the main conveniences? There is an area called the Greenbelt, is this an area that is prone to yearly flooding? I know it runs along the Verde River. And you have what is called flood/irrigation ditches, are these mainly to control flooding or mainly to help with irrigation water? Are homes with property that borders the river prone to very little worries of flooding, or to the idea they have to vacate only to come back to a flooded out home? We really enjoy to garden.. vegetables, and hope to have fruit trees and other vegetation. Do you have to be in the Greenbelt to achieve a good vegetable garden? What about the area's outside of the Greenbelt.. are they, do they have trees and other types of natural vegetation? I have posted on another forum trying to get some info about Cottonwood, came across this forum, read some topics and figured I give it a try. We lived in Globe back in the 80's. Have been thru Flagstaff manytimes, but never (should have) checked out Cottonwood. We have 90% decided on moving to Kingman which we really like.. our Daughter and her hubby live in Vegas.. but I happen to catch an article about Cottonwood. Started to check things out and really like what I have found out. But if anyone can give some info about what I asked about above.. it sure would help. Thanks so much!
And anyone that whould like to add stuff such as.. what is your favorite place to eat, which grocery store you like best, how you like the hospital services/care, Any info on Lampliter Village in Clarkdale or any of the other senior parks, do most who are on a well water system do ok or are you really better off having city water, what else might we find there other than the usual stores. Do you have local places that may hold bingo nite, how's the fishing and is the verde river the only fishing hole.. I know I am asking many questions.. but any that can be answered would be great, Thanks!
Actually I disagree with several of the comments. Cottonwood, like all towns and cities has some nice areas and not so nice. I live in Verde Sante Fe which is a few miles of Cottonwood. With the market where it is you can buy a very nice home here. The views are wonderful, your only a few minutes from Sedona. Also you need to think about weather. Prescott is nice but the weather gets
colder due to a higher elevation. Much more congestion in Prescott. The Verde Valley is an incredible area to live. We've been all over the state and I wouldn't want to live any where else. You can visit the website http://www.verdesantafehomes.com
I hope this has helped. P.S. Please don't let some discriminate about the people who live in this area. There are no more illegals (which how does one really know if they are illegals?) than any where else in this state. Most people are very nice. No matter what color they are.
Kippy

AOL

#14 May 4, 2009
Village of Oak Creek wrote:
cottenwood is full of crime...not very pretty..sedona is more expensive to live in but muuch safer town to live in with children..nice houses ...VOC (THE VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK) is very small just out of sedona bout 15 mins away has a small place to shop and outlet mall...SAFE...has a few places to eat but it is out of town so you have to go to sedona or cottenwood for groceries..cottenwood about 30 mins away...VOC has a golf course..very nice..has a beautiful park for children elder people mostly live there so its very quiet..the school in VOC was awareded the best school in the whole state... thats all i have to say! it was the best place that i have ever lived in.
Where did you get your stats about crime in Cottonwood? Cottonwood is a SAFE TOWN.
Happy Susmi

Phoenix, AZ

#15 May 20, 2009
What do you mean Cottonwood people don't want to pay for a Rec Center? We are building a $17 million Rec Center right now, on 6th Street, across from the beautiful library that we just put $1.7 million in to expand. It is one of the most beautiful libraries around. Plus, as you said, breathtaking beauty all around us if one likes the outdoors. Cottonwood is an awesome community.
transplant wrote:
Cottonwood is great for:
Hiking and biking
day trips to
a. grand canyon
b. vegas unknown
c. prescott 1hr (costco,hot and now, antiques, fairs) just a beautiful ride over the hill or down 17.
d. flagstaff 1hr (ski)1 hr further north great campus town.
e. durango co 6hrs just plain nice...
I like Cottonwood. If you surround yourself with like minded people you will find things of interest to do. I have. Cottonwood theatre of the Arts is a great place to go on fri and or sat night for a great intimate show of live entertainment.
Its like living anywhere else, it is what you make of it! Its your attitude that defines whether it is a good place to live or not.
who says Cottonwood is full of crime and illegals? whoa!! Detroit is full of crime but living in the burbs (45mi outside of Detroit) there is still crime, just a different type. There is crime everywhere. The parents of children in Cottonwood do not want to pay higher taxes for the children to go to a rec center or have more activities to keep them off the street so you reap what you sow...spend money on them while they are coming up or spend money to house them when they go to jail. Your choice. Meth is everywhere even in Sedona...oh jeeze did I say that...oh my--- well its true...even though some people think Sedona is unscathed...ha!
Happy Susmi

Phoenix, AZ

#16 May 20, 2009
Some great community volunteers just started the Cottonwood Community Gardens. Plus, we have a Farmers' Market every Thursday in Old Town behind City Hall--that is during the summer months. Some folks in the area recently got together to talk about an agricultural rennaissance. In the 1800s, Cottonwood furnished garden vegetables and fruits to the miners in Jerome, and the soldiers at Ft. Verde. There were also two dairies in those days. Cottonwood is a wonderful place to live. I wouldn't live anywhere else. Where in the Southwest can you live by an actual river that runs year-round?
Kippy wrote:
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Actually I disagree with several of the comments. Cottonwood, like all towns and cities has some nice areas and not so nice. I live in Verde Sante Fe which is a few miles of Cottonwood. With the market where it is you can buy a very nice home here. The views are wonderful, your only a few minutes from Sedona. Also you need to think about weather. Prescott is nice but the weather gets
colder due to a higher elevation. Much more congestion in Prescott. The Verde Valley is an incredible area to live. We've been all over the state and I wouldn't want to live any where else. You can visit the website http://www.verdesantafehomes.com
I hope this has helped. P.S. Please don't let some discriminate about the people who live in this area. There are no more illegals (which how does one really know if they are illegals?) than any where else in this state. Most people are very nice. No matter what color they are.
Happy Susmi

Phoenix, AZ

#17 May 20, 2009
SnyAnn: Recently opened is the Old Town Center for the Arts. There are some wonderful shows, poetry, story-telling, and musical events. A new group of people are starting an Arts Council, and city residents plan to focus on The Arts as a sustainable business model. We encourage home-based technology businesses to locate within the city of Cottonwood. When you're not working, you can hang glide off Mingus Mountain, ski in Flagstaff, bike or bird-watch at Dead Horse Ranch State Park or the Important Bird Area at Peck's Lake.
ShyAnn wrote:
I lived and worked in Cottonwood for 9 years and never warmed up to the city with its "good-ol'-boy" mentality. There is very little to do in Cottonwood (although there is likely more now than when I lived there) and is lacking in cultural interests and activities. Sedona is a smaller city but has so much more to offer, not to mention Sedona is a gorgeous town with plenty to do and see, both indoors and out. The general feel I had in Cottonwood is that an enjoyable evening to most folks would involve hanging out in the garage, chewing and spitting tobacco while knocking back a few brews. To each his own, but if that's not the lifestyle for you, I can't recommend Cottonwood to you.
On a positive note, Cottonwood has some of the most gorgeous sunsets I've ever seen during the summer monsoon season.
I no longer live in Cottonwood and now wonder why I spent 9 long years there!
bodacious babe

Reynoldsburg, OH

#18 May 30, 2009
I have only visited Cottonwood on a few occasions.
Absolutely beautiful is all that I can say about it.
The people are friendly & folksy. The scenery all around is second to none. I didn't notice any crime or anyone complaining about it. I didn't see any police, but I must admit that I wasn't looking for them either. Cottonwood is beautiful and breathtaking. Soon, I will retire and Cottonwood is on a short list of places that I would like live out the rest of my life. I think that you will love the people most of all. Well that's just one opinion. I haven't been there since '03, and I'm just itching to return.
Celeste

Porterville, CA

#19 Jun 6, 2009
I wouldn't move to Cottonwood,AZ since it's citizens can actually spit on you in daylight hours, in public, and the local Sheriff's office wont' do anything about it, even if you, yourself hunt down and corner the assailants. Of course, not to mention they will threaten to arrest YOU! Apparently it's okay for people to SPIT on one another and the local law officials won't do anything about it, which should make you question what other laws the local enforcement won't uphold. I am going after them in a formal complaint.
CottonwoodCreepe r

Camp Verde, AZ

#20 Jun 11, 2009
SNOBIRDS KEEP OUT

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