• Andrea Garcia

Ready to Escape the Heat? Consider a Second Home


Mountain houses in Arizona

What better way to escape the scorching summer heat than to have your very own getaway? Head north and in just a few hours, you’ll reach higher elevations where temperatures stay out of the triple digits. With highs in the 70s and 80s, it’ll be cool enough to actually enjoy outdoor activities this summer.


With a second home, you can vacation whenever you want. Spend the entire summer there or just have some incredible weekend getaways. Either way, you won’t have to search for a rental, and someday, you'll even be able to retire there.


The best part: if you’re looking to flee from the sweltering Valley heat for the summer, you don’t have to travel too far.



Head Toward Flagstaff


Heading up into the mountains, temperatures drop significantly. In Flagstaff and the surrounding area, you’ll find small-town charm and summer temps in the low 80s.


Flagstaff in Arizona

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About 20 miles south of Flagstaff is Munds Park, a popular spot for a second home. Here people enjoy a slower, more laidback way of life.


When you own a second home in Munds Park, you’re only about two hours away from a relaxing summer vacation any time you want. You can go hiking, mountain biking, and ATV riding on the Munds Park Trail System, or kayaking on one of the many lakes in the area, including Lake O’Dell within Munds Park.


Lake O’Dell within Munds Park in Arizona

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Happy Jack is another small town south of Flagstaff. Located in the Mogollon Rim, this forested area offers plenty of outdoor recreation, much like Munds Park



Take a Trip to the White Mountains


Pinetop-Lakeside

The White Mountains have plenty of beautiful communities to call your “second home”. Pinetop-Lakeside, another popular second home destination, is in the heart of the White Mountains. The region offers a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities, including hiking, biking, and horseback riding.


Three men and three horses in cowboy hat doing horse back riding.

Since these mountainous areas north of Phoenix experience all four seasons, your home away from home is not limited to just summer fun. In the winter, you can spend some time skiing, snowmobiling, or ice fishing, then head back to the Phoenix area to warm up.


Purchasing a Second Home


Buying a second home can be a big investment. Unless you have enough available cash, you’ll need to qualify for a second mortgage, which may be a bit harder than getting your first mortgage.


Checklist to consider owning a house.

It's important to consider all the costs associated with owning a second home. These can include:

  • insurance

  • utilities

  • maintenance

  • caretaking when you’re not there

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With these in mind, the next step is to come up with your budget. When you're ready, be sure to connect with me so that we can find you the perfect second property to call home!