What is a Snowbird?



What is a Snowbird?

There are bluebirds, blackbirds, lovebirds, and there are shorebirds…but have you heard of the ever-elusive Phoenix snowbird?  A snowbird is a term used to describe people (usually retired or affluent) from the American northeast, midwest, or Canada who enjoy spending the colder times of the year in warmer climates.  One of those warmer climates happens to be our own fair city, Phoenix.

Isn’t it a bit ironic that “snowbirds” flock to a city named, “Phoenix?”

The Phoenix is a mythical egyptian bird that is said to burst into flames at the end of its very long life.  Then, from its ashes, the Phoenix is re-born to live again.  In a similar way, when snowbirds come to the Valley, they, too, are able to live again.  It’s a sort of re-birth for the snowbird, too!

Where are the popular snowbird destinations?

Here is a list of some of the active-adult communities where some of our “snowbirds” like to perch here in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area during the cold months up north:

* Arizona Traditions
* Corte Bella
* Encanterra
* Leisure World
* Mountainbrook Village
* PebbleCreek
* Province
* Solera
* Springfield
* Sunbird
* Sun City Anthem
* Sun City Grand
* Sun City West
* Sundance
* Sun Lakes
* Sunland Springs Village
* Trilogy at Power Ranch
* Verde Groves

Now, don’t get me wrong.  Not all snowbirds buy in adult communities.  Some enjoy living in the heart of town where the action is, suburban areas, in golf course communities, our lake communities, or in the more outlying areas of Phoenix like Gold Canyon, Carefree, Cave Creek, and Maricopa.  Whatever you’re looking for in a snowbird destination, you can find it here.  So come to Phoenix and be re-born!

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About Doug Hill

Doug Hill is an Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and founded The Hill Group with his wife, Kirsten in 2003. Combined, they have helped over 1,000+ clients buy and sell homes in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Doug holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management & Economics, and is a Navy veteran. He is an active member of the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors on their Professional Standards Board, and he and his wife have had the #1 team for Coldwell Banker in Arizona for multiple years in a row. He loves to read, travel, and spend time with his family and friends.
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