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Thinking about moving to Ft. Hills

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Thinking about moving to Ft. Hills

Hello: We are very interested in moving to Ft. Hills and have been in contact with several realtors and have been looking at houses. But, I have a few (well actually a million) questions about the town and hope someone will answer. First, how really ugly are the summers? Everyone says there is no hunidity and I live in the NE (pennsylvania) where is it very humid and teh temperature in the summer gets to about 85-90 with 90% humidity and it is just awful. How bad is June, July and august when it is in the 100's but with your low humidity?

Second, do you just love living there? and are the people nice? we live in the NE and people are miserable. Are the people polite, say hello, thank you, etc.

Third, what about those darn scorpions, rattle snakes and black widows? Do you fear you are going to die any minute if you live there (LOL)? no, really, how bad are they and do you preventative spray and how often and is it just outside or in your house too?

Fourth, housing prices seem like you need to spend about 400-450 for a decent little house is that about right?

Fifth, all of the crime(what little you have) seems to occur in the NE corrider of the city? looks like car theft, vandalism, etc. Is that because that is the most populated area of the town or because that section is just "bad" somehow.

How fun is the casino and the nearby Indian reservation?

Ok, that's it for now...i don'

t want to wear you out....thanks to anyone who responds.

Melissa

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11. Re: Thinking about moving to Ft. Hills

We are in the process of preparing an offer on a home just north of the high school in Fountain Hills. I, too, am concerned about the wildlife, since our backyard backs up to a wash. Does anyone implement the anti-wildlife deterrents (noise makers, lights, fencetop rollers)? We have a 2-year-old baby, a small dog, and a cat that would all utilize the backyard. We would spend a significant amount of time barbecuing in our yard and are nervous that the food smells would attract the animals. Please write with any information you have. Thank you so much!

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First, welcome to Fountain Hills! Its scenery is spectacular and its people are friendly and welcoming. I also live on a wash near the high school, and see lots of birds, rabbits, and occasionally bobcats, coyotes, javalina and hawks. A wash is a highway for wildlife. This is a great place to glimpse nature's creatures, who have lived here way before man set foot in this area, but it could be lethal for small pets which are outside alone for any time at all! You mentioned that you have a wall, which will keep out the javalina, but not the bobcats, hawks or coyotes. Cats and small dogs are prey for the coyotes, bobcats and hawks. If you accompany your pets outside, the wild animals will avoid your yard, since they are afraid of people. But if you leave them alone outdoors for even a short time, they are at risk of becoming an easy meal! My siamese cat became a victim when he escaped outside one morning and never returned. Later I discovered that a bobcat was seen behind my neighbor's home that very morning. I take my remaining cat out on a leash occasionally, and stay with her at all times. Another neighbor was lying by her pool in the evening when a mountain lion or bobcat jumped over her wall to get a drink from the pool. As you can imagine, she was shocked and paralyzed with fear, but the animal had no interest in her. He just wanted the water. The animals don't seem to be attracted to barbecue smells, because there is also man's presence. A noise maker will temporarily chase an animal away, but they may return later if they think a small dog or cat is alone in the area. Of course, it goes without saying that a small child shouldn't be unsupervised alone in the yard either! I don't know how high a wall has to make it coyote proof, but there are still hawks that can swoop down to grab a pet if you're not beside it. Most people I know in Fountain Hills walk their dogs on a leash, and keep their cats indoors. I hope this helps. This is a beautiful place to live and we have been very happy here.

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I can vouch for what "dianesocialworker" has said. I am a part time resident of Fountain Hill and we also have a wash behind our complex, but way below. That doesn't stop the bobcats from coming up to get a drink of water. One time there were 4 of us in the hot tub, (with fence around it) and one came by, walked to our little fountain, took a drink and left barely looking at us.

We have a dog and take her to Fountain Park and occasionally the dog park. A lot of people find the dog park as a good place to meet people. But never, never leave a small dog or cat alone outside. Way to risky. Within the last year it was in the paper someone let their little dog out just for a minute and then went to get it and it was gone.

This is not all said to scare you, as Fountain Hills has many, many dogs and I feel very dog friendly. You just have to change your habits with them somewhat.

You will love Fountain Hills.

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Thank you so much for your responses! Your time is appreciated.

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