Prescott, Arizona: “Everybody’s Hometown”
With the Courthouse Square at the heart of town, Prescott has kept its charm of the mid-19th century since it was designated as the original territorial capital in 1864. The American Planning Association, in its inaugural listing, named the Courthouse Square as one of the Top 10 Public Spaces in the country. Around the Square and just beyond are early 20th century residential and commercial properties that make downtown a most enviable place to live and work. Neighborhoods in and around Prescott are varied, but maintain their desirability. Median house prices are $230,000-$250,000.
Prescott is the county seat for Yavapai, and boasts one of the best of the five climate zones in all of Arizona – high altitude desert. Sitting at 5,100’ and landlocked by the Prescott National Forest, the climate remains moderate throughout the seasons, with 300+ days of sunshine annually.
Prescott has both outdoor and cultural attractions for its 42,000 plus residents and its 30,000+ annual visitors. Sporting events are provided by two of the three colleges (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Eagles, and Yavapai College Roughriders). Hiking, mountain biking and kayaking get equal billing with the Prescott Symphony, and plays presented by the Prescott Fine Arts Association. Some of the top western artists make their home here, displaying their talent at the renowned Phippen Museum – Art & Heritage of the American West and the Sharlot Hall Museum.
With its friendly, small-town feel, many Phoenicians (just 90 miles to the south) come up for Prescott’s 2 biggest celebrations – the Prescott Frontier Days & the World’s Oldest Rodeo over the 4th of July. The Christmas Courthouse Lighting is the first weekend in December, currently giving Prescott the designation of “Arizona’s Christmas City.” Both events draw large crowds for their respective parades.
The lifestyle of living in a high desert climate lends itself to enjoying “Everybody’s Hometown” all year long!
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