Flagstaff sits at the foot of the San Francisco Mountains in Coconino County, 7,000 feet in elevation and 150 miles from Phoenix and about 250 miles from Tucson. It’s smack in the middle of one of the largest Ponderosa pine forests in the world. Moreover, the famous Route 66 or “America’s Mother Road” cuts right through town. It is the highest point on one of America’s best known highways from a bygone era.
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If you thought a flag or something related is why Flagstaff got its name, you’d be right. On July 4, 1876, a flagpole raised the stars and stripes honoring Independence Day, and the name Flagstaff stuck. Read More...
Most of the people in Flagstaff love it because of its idyllic location and friendly neighbors, a combination not always found in cities across America.
There is never a lack of things to do in Flagstaff. While some people complain about all the Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College students roaming the streets at night, these schools bring a lot of cultural activities to the city. It seems that there’s always some event happening, be it free concerts, free movies, classic car shows on Route 66, or downtown arts festivals. If hiking or pedaling is your thing, Flagstaff also has plenty of parks and a 50-mile urban trail system.
There are tons of restaurants in town, BBQ joints, Mexican cantinas, and restaurants serving the area’s Southwest cuisine. Surprisingly as well, at last count, there were five sushi restaurants in Flagstaff, not to mention Thai and other Asian places. Maybe this is why the neighborhood ranking company Niche gave Flagstaff an “A” for Nightlife. Young professionals who are thinking of moving to Flagstaff will be happy to know that five local schools received an “A” from Niche.
If you seek the solitude of the backcountry, you’re in luck because it's right on your doorstep. Beside the city’s many parks, the Coconino National Forest has a diverse landscape including deserts, flatlands, ponderosa pine forests, and some very old volcanic peaks. The forest is surrounded by the Kaibab National Forest, Tonto National Forest, and to the south Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, so there is no shortage of wilderness to explore.
Flagstaff has the dubious distinction of having the last documented shootout between cowboys and Native-Americans.
Just outside of Flagstaff in 1899, well after the conclusion of the Indian Wars, a gunfight took place between a group vengeful cowboys and a group of Navajos, leaving three people dead.
The fight was over stolen horses. One rancher and two Navajos were killed. Tensions grew so hot that 300 Navajos headed for Flagstaff. Fortunately, they were persuaded to let justice take its course in the courts.
The Navajos were put on trial for murder. A 9-year-old boy, who spoke fluent Navajo, acted as interpreter. The judge in the case was so impressed with the Navajos’ story that they were found innocent, in no small part to the kid’s language skills.
Fast forward to World War II where this young boy is now an officer in the U.S. Marines. He convinced the Marine brass to form the legendary Navajo Code Talkers. Throughout the entire war, the Japanese were never able to figure out the Navajo language and break the code, saving countless U.S. lives
Now, if that weren’t enough to etch Flagstaff in the annals of American Western historical trivia, maybe the town’s haunted hotels would be.
Built in 1900, the Hotel Weatherford apparently has the spirits of a couple of newlyweds who were murdered in room 54. On a number of occasions, hotel employees have seen the couple walk through room 54’s door while generally scaring the tar out of the hotel’s guests and workers.
Perhaps the most enduring ghostly tale occurred when John Wayne, Hollywood’s famous cowboy actor who often stayed at the Hotel Monte Vista while filming westerns, saw the ghost of a bellboy. This happened more than once, and Wayne notified Hotel Monte Vista’s management.
Fortunately, Wayne noted, this otherworldly employee was quite polite, often knocking on Wayne’s door and saying in a pleasant voice “room service.”
Afterall, it wouldn’t be right to have America’s most beloved cowboy hero scared witless before he was to be filmed rounding up a band of desperados.
The real estate market in Flagstaff remains a sellers’ market, but some recent statistical trends point to a showdown, however slight. The median price of a house is over $600,000 in 2022. The median price of a condo is around $360,000.
The style of homes in Flagstaff is quite varied. There are pueblo, ranch, craftsman, and log cabins.
Before you go house hunting in Flagstaff, make sure you have a seasoned professional real estate agent with you. While it seems easy to find homes on the internet, that’s is no substitute for a real person. Online listings only tell half the story. You need a professional, who knows the Flagstaff market, to give you perspective and advice. The internet can’t do that.
Therefore, you should consider contacting Arizona Network Realty. Whether buying or selling real estate in Flagstaff, give them a call today, you'll be glad you did. Arizona Network Realty - Local Agents, Local Expertise, Exceptional Service.
As the Nat King Cole song went, maybe they can help you “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”.
Last updated - February 15, 2023
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