Victorian homes abound in the mid-sized city of Prescott, AZ, as do historical homes and other structures of distinct architectural styles. The city boasts 809 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. At two different points in Arizona history, it was the capital city, finally losing that status in 1889. The 41 square mile city is home to about 40,000 people. Most homes for sale are new or were built after 1980, although lots are available to create a custom-built dream home.
The city has a decidedly western and cowboy-oriented atmosphere, but it’s also a comfortable home for Prescott College, a liberal arts school focused on social and environmental justice. The infamous red-light district named Whiskey Row mostly burned in 1900, but several hotels and nightlife spots still remain in the downtown historical district. If a land of festivals exists in America, it just might be Prescott. The city is home to the World’s Oldest Rodeo since 1888, along with a Bluegrass Festival, Tsunami on the Square, holiday celebrations, the Navajo Rug Auction, the world’s largest Gingerbread Village on the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe reservation, the Pumpkin Patch Carnival, the Acker Music Festival, a film festival, the Cowboy Poets Gathering, the Prescott Highland Games and much more.
For music lovers, the town has a longstanding history with the punk scene. Several well-known bands got their start playing in town, and major national acts schedule tour dates there because of that past. Well-known all-age music venues include Club 209 and Sam Hill Warehouse. Visitors who want to switch gears can head outdoors on a trip to see Granite Dells via the Peavine National Recreation Trail. The path connects with another rail-trail path, the Iron King Trail. The rock formations’ granite is precambrian, and was formed 1.4 billion years ago. The Prescott National Forest is another outdoor playground worth seeing, and includes 1.25 million acres for year-round camping, fishing and picnicking. It borders three other national forests and has lands located in multiple mountain ranges. Anyone interested in a more relaxed day can visit one of several museums. The Smoki Museum is filled with collections of Native American artifacts, and the Sharlot Hall Museum includes collections on the people and natural history of the Central Highlands.