If you’re ready for your next move, Northern Arizona is calling your name. Known for its beautiful landscape, affordable living, outdoor activities and practically perfect climate, it’s no wonder why there has been a boom of new residents within the last few years. Whether you are relocating from Central Arizona or neighboring states such as California, Nevada and New Mexico, there is something for everyone in Northern Arizona to fall in love with. 

Often, when someone thinks of Northern Arizona they think of the well-known college town of Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon National Park, but small-town Prescott and Chino Valley are the state’s true hidden gems. While these towns are located in close proximity to each other, they each hold their own unique charm and lifestyle for your family to enjoy.

What’s the difference between Prescott and Chino Valley? Which one is right for you?


Prescott has an average population of 43,000.

Chino Valley has an average population of 11,700. Talk about small-town living over here!


Prescott has rolling hills and pine trees, while Chino Valley has more flat-land, rural and desert scenery.

Entertainment and Food

Prescott is home to the iconic Downtown Prescott, featuring the courthouse square surrounded by local shops and restaurants. Enjoy a historic dining experience at “The Palace” with an authentic saloon experience. Indulge at “County Seat” in Downtown Prescott, a local favorite coffee shop, restaurant and bar. Downtown Prescott is also home to signature events such as the New Year’s Eve Boot-Drop and Music on The Square during the summer months.

Chino Valley has a variety of local wineries and breweries with drinks that are ready for you to sip and savor. Pack a picnic and order a bottle of wine at Granite Creek Vineyards’ Saturday local music events. Visit Insurgent Brewing Company for a wide variety of unique craft beers with flavors you may have never seen before.

Outdoor Activities

From hiking to kayaking, there’s so much to see in Prescott! Prescott is known for its iconic hiking opportunities at Granite Mountain trails and Thumb Butte trails. From short hikes to full-day experiences, there are plenty of opportunities to stay active. If you’re ready to unwind, pack a picnic for a lake day at Watson Lake, Willow Creek or Goldwater Lake. Both Watson Lake and Goldwater Lake offer kayaking and stand-up paddleboard rentals during the warmer seasons so you can start exploring as soon as possible.

While Chino Valley’s outdoor hot-spots may not be as well known, the town has equally as beautiful sights to see. Sycamore Canyon is home to 56,000 acres filled with recreational opportunities and beautiful wildlife. If you’re hoping to speed things up or slow things down, Sycamore Canyon also offers camping and horseback riding! Get up close and personal with one of Arizona’s two Wild and Scenic Rivers at Verde Lake, located right outside of Chino Valley. 

If you’re ready to experience life in Prescott or Chino Valley, we’re here to help! 

Southwest Homes delivers quality and affordable manufactured homes through a hassle-free and fun buying experience. We are a full-service experience for purchasing your next home – from start to finish with no added stress. Our manufactured homes come in a variety of sizes and price ranges to meet you and your family’s needs. We provide affordable new homes in Prescott, Prescott Valley and the surrounding areas.

Let’s get started on building your next home in Northern Arizona! Call us today at 928-899-3845!

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