About Pine, Arizona
The mountain town of Pine, Arizona is approximately 10 miles north of the larger town of Payson and contains many real estate opportunities. Pine sits at approximately 5500 square feet and is a popular spot for cabins and vacation homes because of its towering pines, mild climate, fresh mountain air, proximity to Phoenix, and abundant recreational opportunities. The town is surrounded by the Tonto National Forest and close to the nearby Coconino National Forest. This charming town in the forest contains many restaurants, shops and businesses, some of which operate in buildings dating back to the 1800's adding to the towns charm.
Nearby Bear Canyon Lake and Knoll Lake offer plenty of outdoor fun. Mountain biking and hiking are also a big attraction here due to the region’s top-notch trails, picturesque scenery, and great weather. Both full-time and part-time residents are property owners in Pine and the population nearly doubles in size during the summer months. Pine is an unincorporated township and police services are provided by the Gila County Sheriff's Office with a full time sheriff residing in Pine.
The Pine, Arizona Real Estate Market
The green valley of Pine, Arizona is a popular summer home area although it also has a substantial year-round population. The population of Pine approximately doubles though in the summer months. There is a wide variety of mountain homes and cabins available in Pine in a all price ranges.
The natural beauty and resources of the Pine, Arizona area has drawn people for close to a millenia, so it is no surprise that real estate in Pine continues to be a hot commodity. Residents over the years have ranged from the early Mogollon Indigenous peoples to Mormon Settlers in the 1880's, to the modern day urban refugees. In modern times whether it is festivals, great restaurants, hiking, fishing, abundant wildlife, mountain biking, horseback riding, or just great four season weather, Pine does offer something for everyone.
The Pine, Arizona Real Estate market offers luxury mountain homes to the 350 square foot tiny cabins and everything in between. There are homes and buildings dating back to the 1880's, and also newly constructed homes going on the market. Whether you are looking for a primary home or a mountain getaway you should be able to find what you are looking for. Sitting just below the Mogollon Rim, Pine is bound by the Tonto National Forest and only has limited room to grow which puts upward pressure on the property values in Pine.
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Any discussion of the Pine real estate market would be remiss not to mention the towns popularity for short-term rentals such as Air B&B and VRBO. Pine's cool temperatures, beautiful scenery, abundance of recreational activities, and proximity to the Phoenix area make it a popular weekend getaway. The market for short term rentals is tremendous, however, the practice is both popular and controversial in some neighborhoods. Many buy second homes in Pine and supplement their investment with short-term rentals, but the practice has fallen into disfavor with some HOA's. When buying a property in Pine be sure to check the CC&Rs if the neighborhood has a Home Owners Association and see if there are any restrictions on short-term rentals. There are getting to be fewer and fewer neighborhoods where the practice is allowed.
Popular Lakes Near Pine, Arizona
Pine, Arizona and its mountain neighborhoods sit below the Mogollon Rim which provides abundant recreational opportunities for Pine home buyers. The Mogollon Rim has 7 forest lakes that are popular recreational spots which are popular with many of Pine's residents. Two of the closest lakes to Pine are Knoll Lake and Bear Canyon Lake located along the 300 road just north of Pine. These two lakes are popular for fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, camping, swimming, wildlife watching, and just general recreation.
Popular Hikes Near Pine, Arizona
Pine, Arizona is completely surrounded by the Tonto National Forest and is close to the Coconino National Forest which both contain a wide variety of hiking trails for Pine home buyers. The Pine Trailhead located on the south side of Pine is only a short distance from all Pine neighborhoods. Pine is a gateway community for the Arizona Trail and both the 860-mile Arizona Trail and the 51-mile Highline Trail pass near Pine, and the nearby Mogollon Rim is filled with trails making world class hiking right in your backyard. The endless trails around Pine, Arizona are used for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and certain trails are open to OHV and dirt bike riding. Popular hiking trails in Pine include the Pine Loop Trail, The Pine Canyon Trail, and the Oak Springs Trail. The Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is only 3 miles south of Pine, and the popular Railroad Tunnel Trail can be accessed from the 300 Road just north and east of Pine.
Pine, Arizona Festivals
Summer festivals among the rural ambiance add to the areas appeal for those looking to purchase a house in Pine, Arizona. The festivals kick off in May and continue through the fall. The Pine-Strawberry Festival, Arts and Crafts festivals, the oldest annual Pioneer celebration in Arizona, and the festival of lights to name a few.
Pine, Arizona Weather
Pine sits at around 5500 feet of elevation below the Mogollon Rim giving it a generally mild climate which is likely the most attractive feature for real estate buyers looking to escape the Phoenix heat. Pine has some of the best 4 season weather in the country. There are two distinct rainy seasons that impact the Pine, Arizona area. The monsoon rains take place between July and September and can bring afternoon thunderstorms. Pine will also receive occasional winter storms from the Pacific Ocean in the winter months of November through March. These two storm systems give Pine an annual rainfall of 23.8 inches. Because of its elevation, Pine receives a few snowstorms a year. The annual snowfall in Pine is around 21 inches. In general, snow does not last long as winter temperatures in Pine range from as low as the teens at night to as high as the 60's and 70's during the day.
Popular Pine, Arizona Restaurants
Nearby restaurants are always important to those looking to purchase a home, and Pine has some great ones. There are many highly acclaimed restaurants in the mountain town of Pine, not to mention the may great restaurants in nearby Strawberry and Payson.
Old County Inn
Old Country Inn along Highway 87 has been named among the best small town restaurants in the country. One visit, and you will know why. Chef Michael Dahling brings together wood fired pizza that entices people from Phoenix to make the 1 hour and 45 minute drive just to get a taste. The dough is made fresh every single day. The pork belly for the pizza is cured and roasted in house. Farms in Pine provide the greens and baby kale in the summer and the Old Country Inn strives to use as many local ingredients as possible. The Old Country Inn also features a tap room with 9 beer taps, scotch bourbon, and live music on most nights. If you are in the mood for a pint of Arizona craft-beer, excellent wood fired pizza, and stunning views in Pine, AZ - the Old Country Inn is the place.
THAT Brewery brews local Arizona beer with the highest quality ingredients and methods in the Pines. They also offers a full pub menu. THAT Brewery is for beer enthusiasts, foodies, nature fanatics, mountain bikers, hikers, campers, sightseers, antique shoppers, families, home brewers and well, just about everyone! THAT Brewery also features horeshoes, cornhole and volleyball. In addition, THAT Brewery offers locally crafted beers to go.
Pinewood Tavern neighborhood kitchen and bar in Pine is another local favorite serving a variety of food, wine and handcrafted cocktails. The food at Pinewood Tavern is made from scratch. A great place to get to know your new Pine neighbors. Take down a classic cheeseburger, house smoked chicken wings, or a heaping serving of pulled pork nachos. Wash it all down with a signature craft cocktail, bottle of wine, or a Jack and Coke. Anything goes at Pinewood Tavern in Pine. A neighborhood kitchen and bar for everyone.
Early Bird Café
The Early Bird Cafe just off the highway on the way into Pine boasts some of the best breakfast in Arizona's high country. This little find has a delicious breakfast and lunch menu. The Early Bird Cafe' features two homemade soups every day, and a fish fry on Friday's. They have very reasonably priced daily specials, and early birds can get even a better discount (before 8:30 am). The crowd is a good mix of both tourists and locals.
The Randall house is a beautifully restored old home in Pine that has been converted into a restaurant serving both breakfast and lunch. The décor includes memorabilia relating to the history of Pine, Arizona. The Randall family was among the original settlers of Pine in 1881. The early building served as a ranch headquarters for cowboy rancher George Randall and his brothers. Today, the family tradition of food and hospitality is continued with home-baked goodies and specially prepared meals along with garden fresh fruits and vegetables. There is also a guest house and arts & gift shop on this historic Pine, Arizona property.
HB’s Place is located in the center of Pine, Arizona across from the post office adjacent to the Pine Cultural Center. The Cordon Bleu trained chefs take great pride in every plate they prepare serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also create daily specials, and every Friday is a fish fry. HB's Place also has a delicious desert board. This historic property is owned by a Pine family tracing the property's roots back to the founding of Pine, Arizona in 1880.
The Gingerbread house is an antique shop that is also a vintage homemade ice cream parlor with indoor and outdoor seating in Pine. The homemade ice cream comes in a variety of unique flavors and is delicious. The waffle cones are also made fresh.
The Pine Deli
The Pine Deli is located down Hardscrabble Road in the heart of Pine, Arizona. They are popular not only for their deli meats and sandwiches, but for great pizza. They also cook daily dinner specials from scratch. Their soups and salads are homemade, and they always serve pasta.
Pine, Arizona Grocery Stores
Many home buyers want to know where they are going to get their groceries when they move to the secluded mountain town of Pine. The answer is that nearby Payson, Arizona has the major grocery chains, but Pine does have a small grocer and a farmers market for local residents.
The Ponderosa Market is a local independent grocery store in Pine, Arizona. It comes in handy for those who live in Pine as it has your basic grocery needs, including fresh produce, a butcher, liquor, and a bakery. This grocery store meets the needs of Pine residents who would prefer not to drive down to Payson to pick up groceries.
Pine-Strawberry Farmers Market
The Pine-Strawberry Farmers Market is a small farmers market in a historic building next to the Ponderosa Market which is open on the Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in the summer and reduced hours in the winter. The Pine-Strawberry Farmers Market carries items such as local organic fruit and vegetables, eggs, artisian items, and gifts. This market is popular with both Pine residents and visitors.
Pine, Arizona History
The area of Pine was settled by early pioneers in the mid-1800s and the green valley of Pine has a lot of old buildings and history. Many of these old buildings have been transformed into businesses that are part of Pine's modern day real estate market. The Pine-Strawberry Museum showcases prehistoric artifacts found in the area of the Pine and Strawberry Valleys left by the regions early residents. The museum also displays artifacts brought and used by Pine's earliest settlers. The museum is part of the Pine Community Center located in the center of Town. Across highway 87 from the Pine-Strawberry Museum is the Isabell Hunt Memorial Library where you can visit an early early Pine, Arizona library and listen to an audio presentation.
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- Berry Hill
- Brookview Terrace 1 and 2
- Canyon Shadows
- Cemetery Road Area
- Cool Pines
- Country Meadows Mobile Home Park
- Cypress Hills
- Eagle Glen
- Elk Rim
- Fuller Estates
- Hidden Pines
- Mistletoe Drive Area
- Pine Canyon D
- Pine Cove
- Pine Creek 1-3
- Pine Crest
- Pine Mountain Acres
- Pine Ranch 1 and 2
- Pine Valley Homesites
- Pineway Estates
- Pinewood Haven 1-3
- Portal 1-4
- Rim Vista
- Secluded Homesites
- Solitude Pines
- Solitude Trails
- Strawberry Hollow
- Strawberry Mountain Shadows 1 and 2
- Terra Pines
- Tonto Natural Bridge
- Twin Pine Acres
- Valley View
- White Oaks Glen 1 and 2
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