(399651) 6.07 Acre Lot Normand Rd. Elfrida, AZ. 85610
Lot Size:6.07 Acre
This property is located in Cochise County (named after the famous Apache chief) in the Southeastern Corner of the State of Arizona. This region is increasingly being utilized by the urban populations of Phoenix and Tucson as a pleasant retreat from the hot summer temperatures and an escape from chaotic urban life. Arizona's growth rate is among the highest in the nation. Census reports show the state grew by nearly 1.5 million residents from 1990, when it had more than 3.6 million residents, to more than 5.1 million in 2000. 7.3 million residents are expected by 2010. In the last three decades Cochise County's population has grown by 90 percent. For investment reasons the property is located about 88 miles from Tucson and 205 miles from Phoenix (the largest growing metropolitan area in the county for a few years running).
Land ownership opportunities of this quality in the west are rare. Only 42 percent of Cochise County land is available for private ownership. The balance is owned by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the State of Arizona. As a property owner in this area you can declare your independence from metropolitan chaos and escape to a quiet, secluded, enriched life for you and your family for generations to come.
Cochise County is benefiting from the growth rate and is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing rural counties in the state. Located in the southeast corner of the state it has a year-round temperate climate and large tracts of vacant land still available.
The economy of Cochise County in recent years has traditionally been based on ranching, farming and the military base of Ft. Huachuca. It is now expanding also into retirement, technical/industry and tourism based communities. The largest employer of the county is Ft. Huachuca an active army based located outside of Sierra Vista. Ft. Huachuca is an average of an hour's commute from most areas of the Sulphur Springs Valley.
Cochise County has a lower property taxation rate than most Arizona counties and the county seat is located in Bisbee, Arizona. The county consists of two main "valleys", the San Pedro Valley and the Sulphur Springs Valley. The San Pedro Valley is the fastest growing of the two areas. The largest city is Sierra Vista which is growing at fast rate with new businesses and people moving in constantly. The areas outside of the city limits are expanding at an astonishing rate along with the soaring land values, the next largest town is Bisbee and then Benson. The Sulphur Springs Valley is just now coming into it's own with the largest towns being Willcox at the north end of the valley and Douglas which is located by the border of Mexico. Pearce-Sunsites is the next largest community with a steady influx of people and small businesses moving into the area. Sunsites has the only 18-hole golf course in the area and has a high base of retirees. The outlying rural areas have a lot of working families that own their own small businesses or work in the outlying communities of Willcox, Benson, Sierra Vista, Ft. Huachuca and even Tucson as it is an easy commute to reach the metropolitan areas of the large towns via the I-10 corridor.
I-10 and the Union Pacific Railroad travel across the top of the county providing excellent road and rail transportation for export of products made in the area. These transportation hubs also extend down to the Mexico border, the railroad line from Benson to Douglas has been recently re-done to provide more movement of rail freight. State Highway 191 runs from I-10 to Douglas, AZ with a highway connecting to Bisbee. State Highway 92 runs from I-10 to Sierra Vista/Ft. Huachuca and then on to Bisbee. These main highways meet and make a large U from the interstate which interconnects all these areas.
Southeastern Arizona's environment can be characterized as a high desert grassland with elevations ranging between 3,500 and 6,000 feet. Several dramatic mountain ranges run through the county with the highest peak in the Chiricahua Mountains at an elevation of 9,796 feet. Cochise County is an ecological crossroads, where habitats and species from the Sierra Madre of Mexico, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts all can be found. The abrupt rise of mountains from the grasslands creates 11 sky "islands" harboring rare species and communities of plants and animals. The southeastern part of Arizona is rich in history, natural wonders, birds and native vegetation.
The climate is generally mild with over 300 days of sunshine a year, average summer temperatures are in the 70s and average winter temperatures are in the high 40s. Humidity is very low yet warm summer days are frequently cooled by afternoon thundershowers. The land is perfect for ranching, camping, hunting, hiking, as well as off road recreation. Shopping and Services are available in Historic Bisbee (the county seat) approximately 62 miles away. Other nearby communities include Sierra Vista 72 miles away, Douglas 59 miles away, and Willcox 22 miles away.
GENERAL LOCATION: 25 Miles from Willcox, AZ
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the Intersection of Interstate 10 and US 191 (Exit 391 approximately 9 miles West of Willcox) head South on US 191 for approximately 15.6 miles to the intersection with Birch Road. At this point, turn Left and head East on Birch Road for approximately 3.1 miles. At this point there is an intersection with a North/South Running dirt road. Turn left and head north on dirt road and go 1.8 miles. At this point (.25 miles south of east-west running road East Sulpher Springs Road) turn left and head west on dirt road and go .17 miles. The southeast corner of the property is on the north side of dirt road. Roads leading to the property may not be completed and road signs may not be present. All distances are approximate.
GENERAL ELEVATION: 4200 feet
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