Moving to Lake Havasu city

Moving to Lake Havasu city

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Moving to Havasu

Syracuse, NY

#1 Feb 25, 2009
Hi! I already posted this but I think i did it in the wrong forum Haha okay so hear it goes again. There is a chance that My family might be moving to Lake Havasu city in a few months. We are a young family in our late 20's with 2 very young children. My concern is that there might not be very many young families in the area. Is mostly everyone there retired? Also because it is labeled a "party city" I'm worried about raising a family there. Is the party scene easily avoided? Also are you cooped up in your house for 3 months because of the heat? I am from Canada and have been living in Buffalo for 4 years so I'm concerned about the heat a little:)And finally how is the shopping there? Are you able to find organic produce etc? Oh and i almost forgot...I am terrified of scorpions and spiders, are they a problem there? Sorry for so many questions but I have never been there so any and all advice and input is much appreciated. Thanks all!!
water dog

United States

#2 Feb 26, 2009
To take care of all your concerns? DON'T MOVE HERE!!! YHour right on all points.You can move here but can't move out. HAVASU has TANKED!!!
It's a dead town that is dead in the water.No pun intended.There are no jobs here,it's a tourist trap which is dying.If you like to drink and do drugs then Havazoo is for you! And I would be suspect of anyone thats been here longer than 10 years. Most people with any brains get the hell out after they see what a looser place this is.Just go to the market at around 10pm and see what comes out of the woodwork after dark.It's pretty scary to say the least. The motto here is" mines bigger" just look around at what they drive. I say the place is full of nothing more than pretentious assholes that couldn't make it in California and decided to set up shop here where they can rip you off.! Tip for the day,DON'T MOVE HERE!! As soon as my house sells, I'm gone. And don't let the crooked real estate agents tell you different,nothing is selling at all. Havasu tanked 5 years ago. It's a one way valve,once you move in here you can't move out.The only decent people here work for the government.I feel for you,I live here not by choice trust me.My elderly parents live here so I don't need to expound on that story.! I hate to say it but after they both pass I won't be able to leave fast enough. Most of the merchants are crooks! There all smiles when your buying something but when you have a problem or want an exchange or refund that's when you will get the real treatment.
This is where old elephants come to die and Californians come to get drunk on the weekends!
The people that live here and rave about it are the "misery seeks company" crowd. The mind set here is "mines bigger attitude" just drive by a garage that's open and look at all the toys they buy to try to keep up with one another. But wait there's more! You have really got to experience the school system here or the health care. It is honestly like living in a 3rd world country. Someone could create a T.V. show called Havasu 911 and I'm not talking about the law enforcement, I'm talking about the people that live here!!
Now,I have lived here 13 years and believe me your totally correct about the harassment. But I really can't blame the law enforcement agency here,think about it if they can get all the tourists to go away they won't have to work!
Actually you don't live here,it's like a prisons sentence. "Residents check in and they can't check out! Once you move here you can't move out because houses don't sell, ALL the real estate agents are pathological liars. They will tell you anything,and I mean anything to sell you any kind of property. I contend there all used car sales people who couldn't make it elsewhere.
Your right,spread the word PLEASE so others don't make a mistake and waste their hard earned dollars here. It's a polluted lake full of drunk clowns.
The sad thing is I am hearing from more smart locals that agree with me one hundered percent.

" Lizards and cactus and rocks oh my "
Sam Shaw

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#3 Feb 27, 2009
Pay no attention to water dog or whatever name he decides to use for this post. He has more names then Carter has liver pills. Do everyone a favor, have him contact you and get the deal of a lifetime on his house. Everyone wins..he's gone.. you and your family are here enjoying the city and the nice weather. I lived in Brockport for several years and wouldn't move back there for a winning lottery ticket.

As you can see, old water dog isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer or he would be telling you how great it was here to sell his house and get out of here. Don't rely on his post or mine to make your decision. Come and check it out for yourself. Rent for a year or two and then decide if you want to stay or not. Havasu isn't for everyone and does have it's problems. What town doesn't? Don't let his gloom and doom poison you. Do your research and make an informed decision. Best of luck in whatever you decide to do.
moving to Havasu

Syracuse, NY

#4 Feb 27, 2009
Ya I think that's what we are planning on is renting for a year to see what we think. That way we can leave if we don't like and hopefully stay if we do:) My husband was just there for a few days and said it was pretty but couldn't really get a feel for the city in just a few days. I think we'll head out for a few days after the spring break chaos is over ...When is that by the way? When would you say is it safe to head out there? After all the spring break party kids are gone? Thanks for all the input. I do appreciate both opinions.
Sam Shaw

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#5 Feb 27, 2009
The spring break students are here from the first part of March to the middle of April. They pretty much hang out on and around the water. You'll find them in boats or trying to get rides in boats and going to Copper Canyon and along the channel. You'll find them in the stores and restaurants but other then that you wouldn't know they were in town. It does get hot here in the summer so be prepared for a couple of months of heat. I hope you enjoy your visit and make your decision on your personal experiences. It's much different the Buffalo but in my opinion it's in a good way. Have a safe trip.
who is walter

United States

#6 Mar 1, 2009
Get real!! It's hot here,and I mean real hot for over 4 months of the year.Good idea,RENT FIRST!! because if you buy your STUCK here!!Nothing sells.Havazoo has "tanked". The SAM MAN must me stuck under his A/C all summer. You can't go outside between May to September.Get real dude! I have lived here since 1988 and it sucks!"Just go on any climate website(MSN weather) and pull up the average temps for HAVAZOO. You will get the true story.You have to stock up on lotion otherwise you will dry up and look like a raisen.Just look at the people here, a 30 year old who has lived here any length of time looks 50!

Lizards and cactus and rocks oh my "
Sam Shaw

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#7 Mar 1, 2009
who is walter wrote:
Get real!! It's hot here,and I mean real hot for over 4 months of the year.Good idea,RENT FIRST!! because if you buy your STUCK here!!Nothing sells.Havazoo has "tanked". The SAM MAN must me stuck under his A/C all summer. You can't go outside between May to September.Get real dude! I have lived here since 1988 and it sucks!"Just go on any climate website(MSN weather) and pull up the average temps for HAVAZOO. You will get the true story.You have to stock up on lotion otherwise you will dry up and look like a raisen.Just look at the people here, a 30 year old who has lived here any length of time looks 50!
Lizards and cactus and rocks oh my "
Dude.. pick a name and stick with it. You don't need hundreds of names. As stated.. yes it does get hot here.. very hot..and maybe you've been here to long because the heat has no doubt fried your mind. The temps are very close from Bullhead City down to Yuma. Everyone doesn't leave this part of country for the summer. Have you ever lived where there is a couple of months of summer and the rest of the year is wet, cold and snow with temps and wind chill in the 60 degree below range? Pack up your elderly parents and move north for a few years and then get back with us.
Sparkie

Alhambra, CA

#8 Mar 3, 2009
I don't live in Lake Havasu, but in Blythe, California. The weather is the same all up and down the Colorado River so while Lake Havasu is a couple hours north of here it is still quite the same. Right now I am sitting at my computer in shorts and a tee shirt. Try that in Buffalo! Yes, our summers are hot and there are some people whose tolerance for heat is so poor they should stay away. My daughter-in-law is one of them. But if that isn't the case and being as young as you are, you probably would adjust nicely. Especially kids. I raised three boys here and they played outside no matter what the weather. My husband was a farmer and worked outside all through the summer. If your work doesn't take you outside then you can pick when to go out. I have been an avid gardener so I would work outside in the morning before the temperature would rise so high. Homes are air conditioned, so are cars. You go to the grocery store - air conditioned! Anything you care to do is in an air conditioned environment. Lake Havasu being right on the Lake you can enjoy all the outdoors aquatic sports you like near the coolness of the wate. Yes the summers are out but definitely livable otherwise why would so many people live in this area. People migrate to the warmer climates not to Buffalo. While the snow is still falling think of me enjoying 83 weather today and ask yourself do you really want to have to dig yourself out of that driveway again? With today's economy I hope you have a job to come to because there isn't a place on God's green earth that is enjoyable to live in without work and being broke. And as far as selling a house in Lake Havasu at this time - tell me one part of the country that , that is an easy task right now. It is a great time to buy but if you make the move, I would not advise buying until you are sure that you are happy enough to stay. One more thing in closing- Every place one can settle has it's good points and it's bad. if necessity dictates one can adjust and enjoy life most anywhere.
Buggy

United States

#9 Mar 3, 2009
Moving to Havasu wrote:
Hi! I already posted this but I think i did it in the wrong forum Haha okay so hear it goes again. There is a chance that My family might be moving to Lake Havasu city in a few months. We are a young family in our late 20's with 2 very young children. My concern is that there might not be very many young families in the area. Is mostly everyone there retired? Also because it is labeled a "party city" I'm worried about raising a family there. Is the party scene easily avoided? Also are you cooped up in your house for 3 months because of the heat? I am from Canada and have been living in Buffalo for 4 years so I'm concerned about the heat a little:)And finally how is the shopping there? Are you able to find organic produce etc? Oh and i almost forgot...I am terrified of scorpions and spiders, are they a problem there? Sorry for so many questions but I have never been there so any and all advice and input is much appreciated. Thanks all!!
We just passed thru havasu as we do every year when we run from Oregon, this year we took more time and spend it walking and bike riding and taking a good look around. It is a very active and friendly place, lots of bike & hiking trails. We saw several younger kids (10ish) riding bikes etc. The park along the river has a lot to offer younger kids as well. You may need to hide for 3 of the hottest months, but better than 6 months of snow!Right now housing is VERY affordable, not sure if that's a positive or not. Lots of shopping, Superwalmart and a new Mall with lots of "upscale" stores, along with the K-mart, Biglots etc. Several chain grocery stores. The "party" label, comes,I believe from the week(s) of spring break. We were there then last year, and the only place we saw evidence was down @ the river and those lodgings.
Moving to Havasu

Syracuse, NY

#10 Mar 3, 2009
Ya it's 18 degrees today and with the wind chill it feels like 4 degrees!! So LHC is sounding more and more appealing to me right now, haha, as the winter drags on and on:) I think I'll be okay if I never see snow again:) but since we visit our families in Canada every year I guess that's not an option:) Sparkie I am thinking of you in 83 degree weather in disbelief, i can't even imagine temperatures like that in March!! sooo lucky! Well I really really appreciate all the input, I'm really very excited to move there now and it looks like that's where we will be. I'm sure we will acclimate just fine..hopefully, and anyways I'd rather be stuck in the house for 2 or 3 months with my mornings and evenings than stuck in my house for more than half the year all day every day, blah. I need sunshine so I hope we're headed that way. Thanks again everyone. This was so very helpful!:)
who is walter

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#11 Mar 4, 2009
Take this into account,when it's 18 out you can always bundle up and go out,try bundleing up when it's 118 and going outside!

Come on Sam Shaw,open your yap now....lets hear your words of wisdom OB1.
Sam Shaw

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#12 Mar 4, 2009
Gold star for Walter.. he used the same name twice in a row.... Well Walter, you haven't lived in cold weather have you? For starters.. even 18 is cold..go out and scrape the ice and snow off all the windows on your cars. Start the car and let it run for 15 minutes to warm it up. Shovel your driveway and sidewalks before you can leave the house. Now try below zero temps..where the cold takes your breath away..after shoveling a few minutes your fingers are numb. That's not even the tip of the iceberg Wally. If you like the cold weather then move to a cold weather climate.. we moved here for the sunshine and heat. Some people like the cold weather.. some like the heat.. you're living in the wrong place if you like 18 degrees.. Grab your brother Beaver and head north Wally.
moving to Havasu

Syracuse, NY

#13 Mar 5, 2009
Sure when you put it that way, Walter:) Unfortunately that's not all there is to it, you have to bundle up the kids, and like sam said shovel the driveway and the sidewalk scrap the car off, then there are the icy roads. Plus it's not just the fact that it's cold, it's the extreme lack of sunshine altogether here:) and the fact that it's this way for more than half the year. I agree that there is only so much you can take off when it's 118 hahaha but there are mornings before the sun comes up and evenings when the sun goes down..I'm assuming anyways...correct me if I'm wrong. I've lived through -40 degree winters my whole life in Canada so this is very one sided, maybe i'll have a different opinion after experiencing 118 degree heat haha. There is only one way to find out though and that is to go there and experience it. So Walter maybe in a few months after this summer I'll be writing you to tell you that I don't ever want to experience that kind of heat again ha, or maybe I'll love it! I'm really hoping for the latter:) Wish me luck though and hey, there has to be something you like about Lake Havasu....maybe? Oh and Sam, we are thinking about coming out for spring break to find a house to rent 'cause that's the only time off my husband has from school... is that a bad idea? should we come out after that?
who is walter

United States

#14 Mar 5, 2009
Go ahead and come on out.DO NOT buy here though because you will be sorry.The heat of summer will run you out!I don't know how old you are but this is an old folks home and I really hate to see you stuck here. Yea,spring break is the only time you will see young people here.DRUNK!!The joke here is,come for vacation...go home on probation! All the old cripples stay inside waiting for the all clear horn so they can resume life. Most of the people who live here are the Califorians who can't make it in Cali so they come here to hide under a rock thinking no one will find out their scammers.I have never seen so many crooks in my life.They will do what ever it takes to make a buck!
Havasuvian

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#15 Mar 5, 2009
We moved to Havasu 4 years ago and love it. The best part is the river! The water is so warm in the summer months that boating, swimming, etc. are fantastic. You learn to get around the heat in the summer months. All stores, movies, restaurants are air conditioned. You get into you air conditioned car and go to an air conditioned place of business. Not too bad....

As in all towns, there are good and bad people. Stay away from the bad ones. We hav a wonderful neighborhood and have made great friends out here.

Good luck with your decision.
who is walter

United States

#16 Mar 5, 2009
Your not talking about Lake Havazoo City in Az are you? If so another heat stroke victim has surfaced. Join our Havazoo bash!! Let's hear what the heat has done to your mind.
who is walter

United States

#17 Mar 5, 2009
Sam ,come back we need your two cents.
Sam Shaw

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#18 Mar 5, 2009
who is walter wrote:
Sam ,come back we need your two cents.
Wally my boy... we just can't bring common sense to an idiot discussion. As most who like it here have stated, there are some problems as with any town. Yet you continue to bash in every comment. You were asked if there was anything here you liked and I noted you didn't reply to that. So I'm not sure if you hate to admit there is something here you like or you are just so negative you hate everything.

This town, as with any town, isn't for everyone. I visited here for years before I moved here full time so I had a good idea of what to expect. Still, I came with the idea that if I didn't like living here full time I would move on and try another city. I like it here and plan to stay. The day before yesterday I spent the day on the boat. Yesterday afternoon I spent the out on the quad riding some desert trails. I'm very happy here. I feel sorry for you in that you must hate to get up every morning. You stated you are here to take care of your elderly parents. How long have they been here? I take it that they must like something about the town or they would be begging you to move them to, oh say, Toledo, for example. Maybe you really don't like it here.. maybe you just post to stir the pot.. who knows.. and who really cares?

The population continues to grow so some of the people who moved here must like it. Wally, I won't change your mind and you surely won't change my mind. I don't tell anyone to come here and they will love it. I tell them to come and give it a try and if they don't like it, they can move on. I've got a question for you Wally...if you could move from here today...what town would you move to and why? Hang in there Wally, better days are ahead for you. Oh yeah, jump on google and check out the median age of residents in Havasu and get back with us.
Sam Shaw

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#19 Mar 5, 2009
moving to Havasu wrote:
Sure when you put it that way, Walter:) Unfortunately that's not all there is to it, you have to bundle up the kids, and like sam said shovel the driveway and the sidewalk scrap the car off, then there are the icy roads. Plus it's not just the fact that it's cold, it's the extreme lack of sunshine altogether here:) and the fact that it's this way for more than half the year. I agree that there is only so much you can take off when it's 118 hahaha but there are mornings before the sun comes up and evenings when the sun goes down..I'm assuming anyways...correct me if I'm wrong. I've lived through -40 degree winters my whole life in Canada so this is very one sided, maybe i'll have a different opinion after experiencing 118 degree heat haha. There is only one way to find out though and that is to go there and experience it. So Walter maybe in a few months after this summer I'll be writing you to tell you that I don't ever want to experience that kind of heat again ha, or maybe I'll love it! I'm really hoping for the latter:) Wish me luck though and hey, there has to be something you like about Lake Havasu....maybe? Oh and Sam, we are thinking about coming out for spring break to find a house to rent 'cause that's the only time off my husband has from school... is that a bad idea? should we come out after that?
You can come out during the spring break. You won't have any problems with the college kids. They pretty much hang on or along the water and a couple of night spots during the evening. There are several houses for rent. I'm sure you'll find something to your liking. Just come with an open mind and you and your husband decide whats best for you. Enjoy your visit.
moving to Havasu

Syracuse, NY

#20 Mar 5, 2009
Thanks Sam!!! Oh and Walter....I think you just love a good debate:) You and my husband would get along wonderfully! hahaha

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