Considering relocation or a second home? Flagstaff, Arizona is the place to be! With vibrant springs, cool summers, luxuriant autumns, and mild winters, Flagstaff offers a unique four-­‐season experience in Arizona’s high desert. Flagstaff boasts a true alpine climate that makes it the destination for all seasons. Located within the Coconino National Forest of 1.856 million acres, Flagstaff boasts a cozy, small-­‐town atmosphere with many urban amenities.

Situated near the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau, along the western side of the largest contiguous Ponderosa Pine forest in the continental US, Flagstaff is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts; the region’s varied terrain, high elevation, and amenable weather attract campers, backpackers, climbers, downhill and cross-­‐country skiers, runners, river runners, road cyclists, and mountain bikers from throughout the Southwest. Much of this activity occurs near Mount Humphreys, the highest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet. In addition, the city maintains an extensive network of trails, the Flagstaff Urban Trails System, which includes more than 50 miles of paved and unpaved trails for hiking, running, and cycling. The trail network extends throughout the city.

Flagstaff became an incorporated town in 1882, but its modern history dates back to 1876 when surveyors camped near the current location of Flagstaff and cut the limbs from a straight Ponderosa Pine tree to fly the United States flag. Their “flag staff” became a landmark for those who followed, and eventually became the town’s namesake. This pioneer legacy centering on ranching, lumber mills and the railroad is reflected in many of the buildings in Flagstaff’s historic downtown area.

In 1894, astronomer Percival Lowell chose Flagstaff for its high elevation and clear skies as the site for the now famous Lowell Observatory, where in 1930, Pluto was discovered and designated as the ninth planet. In October 2001, the International Dark-­‐Sky Association recognized Flagstaff as the world’s first International Dark-­‐ Sky City. Flagstaff is truly a stargazer’s delight.

Today’s economic base lies with education, medicine, and tourism; the largest employers are Northern Arizona University, the Flagstaff Medical Center, Flagstaff Unified School District, and W. L. Gore & Associates, which supplies advanced medical devices that address complex healthcare challenges.

Northern Arizona University, located in the heart of Flagstaff, creates a university town atmosphere that embraces creativity and innovation and permeates every aspect of Flagstaff living. NAU’s Walkup Skydome is the third largest clear-­‐span timber dome in the world; and Ardrey Auditorium is home to the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, and the NAU Art Museum featuring professional works from artists around the world. The 270-­‐bed Flagstaff Medical Center was founded in 1936 and serves as the major regional trauma center for northern Arizona.

With over 5 million visitors per year, Flagstaff is THE gateway to northern Arizona, southern Utah and Colorado, and northern New Mexico. Tourist enjoy the Arizona Snowbowl, the Arboretum at Flagstaff, historic Route 66, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, the amazing red rocks of Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, the spectacular Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon and Colorado River expeditions, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Lake Powell and the many other National Parks and National Monuments in the beautiful Southwest.

Flagstaff, in the heart of the Colorado Plateau, is a region known for its rich Native American history. Evidence of the earliest native cultures can be found in the cliff dwellings of Walnut Canyon National Monument and the rock-­‐walled pueblos of Wupatki National Monument where the ancient Sinagua and Anasazi tribes lived more than 800 years ago. This Native American heritage still permeates the culture today, as tribal lands cover more than 31,000 square miles in this region and are home to the Navajo, Hopi, Havasupai, Kaibab-­‐Paiute and Hualapai peoples.

Flagstaff encompasses an area of 64 square miles, is home to 70,000 people, has 288 days of sunshine annually, and is an extraordinary place to consider purchasing a home or other real estate. As a university town, Flagstaff has an active cultural scene, and its population is considerably more educated than the U.S. average.

As Todd Gillenwater, CEO of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, says Flagstaff is a lifestyle choice! It doesn’t get any better than this!