Standing within the midst of the Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff experiences cold, snowy winters, dry springs, summers that transition from hot and dry to humid and wet and pleasant falls. Flagstaff, named for a flag pole crafted out of a ponderosa pine in the area in 1876, is adjacent to the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in the continental U.S. The city is home to more than 20 parks that offer a variety of amenities from a BMX bike track to a disk golf course. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Flagstaff Urban Trails System consists of more than 50 miles of paved and unpaved trails for walking, hiking, running and biking. The Grand Canyon is just over an hour from the city. And there are many places for camping, hiking and boating in the region.

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A stop along historic Route 66, Flagstaff, Arizona, offers a healthy inventory of single-family homes ranging in age from more than half a century to just a few years old. For people in search of smaller, lower-maintenance abodes, there are plenty of condos and townhouses to choose from. If you choose to buy a home in this city of more than 70,000 residents, expect to pay more than you would in other parts of Arizona.

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