The State of Arizona is a great place to find cheap land for sale. Arizona is a large state, and the majority of the population is concentrated in the greater Phoenix area. This leaves millions of acres of vacant land open for recreation or future development. You will want to decide what you want to do with your land, and how quickly you want to do it, before buying land in Arizona.
The most expensive vacant land in Arizona is in the area surrounding Phoenix known as the Valley of the Sun. Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the US, and it sprawls over 16,000 square miles and more than 30 suburbs. Property prices in this area hit a high in 2006 and, although they are dropping now, can still be quite expensive.
Leave The Big Cities Without Going Far
For people who want to be close to Phoenix, but still find reasonably priced land, look southeast to the area between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona’s second-largest city. There are a number of undeveloped subdivisions in Pinal and Pima counties where land is cheap, but the big cities are still close.
Buying land in Arizona’s rural areas in the northern part of the state is even cheaper. In these areas you will save on the initial cost, but will need to pay more for future development since the roads are mostly dirt and the utilities are few and far between. Water access is particularly expensive.
Those who are looking for smaller lots at a reasonable price might find southern Arizona to their liking. The climate in this area is one of the mildest in the state. Many areas, particularly around Rio Rico, strike a good balance between rural and city areas, privacy and available amenities.
It’s important to keep in mind that the terrain and climate vary a great deal depending on what part of Arizona you’re in and what the elevation is. The mountains are often wet, cool and frequently covered in Ponderosa Pine or grassy meadows. Lower elevations are hotter, drier and the vegetation is mainly sagebrush or cactus.
Some Facts About Arizona:
- Large portions of rural Arizona are accessed only by dirt roads. A dirt road is usually not maintained by the county or any other government agency, but by surrounding landowners who use the road regularly.
- Average temperatures in Arizona vary from the 70s in the low desert area along the Colorado River to the mid-40s in the Pine Country of east-central Arizona.
- Average annual precipitation ranges from 3 inches in the southwest to more than 30 inches in the central and eastern mountains. Most of the state has less than 10 inches of precipitation per year.
- Generally, the higher the elevation, the cooler the climate. Flagstaff (at 6950 feet elevation) is about 30 degrees cooler than Phoenix (at 1150 feet elevation).
- There are only 14 Arizona cities outside of the greater Phoenix area with populations over 20,000. These include Yuma, Sierra Vista and Nogales in the south, Kingman, Flagstaff, and Lake Havasu City in the North, and Tucson and Prescott in central Arizona.
Checklist for Buying Land In Arizona:
- What is the property’s zoning? Are there any building restrictions in the area?
- Is the property accessed by a county right-of-way or a private road? Is the road maintained by the county or by surrounding landowners?
- What are your options for water? Is city or county water available? Is there a well cooperative in the area you can join? What about digging your own well, or having water hauled in?
- What are your options for power? How close is the nearest power pole?
- Is the property within a sanitation district? What are your options for a septic system?
- Is there cell service on your property? What company has reception in your area?
- Where is the nearest gas station? Grocery store? Hospital?