As good as we’ve gotten at keeping ourselves comfortable no matter the forecast, the weather’s impact on our day-to-day is unavoidable. When exploring real estate for sale, then, a discerning home buyer has to think beyond hardwood floors and marble countertops (though those are important, too) and look at the bigger picture: Are you in for a lot of rainy days? Frigid nights? What are your seasons going to be like, and are you going to be able to live with them year in and year out?
With that in mind, allow us this pitch for Alpine’s glorious averageness. For a lot of things, intermediates aren’t the best (or most interesting) choice, but when it comes to the unavoidable outdoors, they’re like to be your saving grace.
Alpine boasts a semi-arid climate: a feature that promises warm, dry summers and moderate snowfall during the winters. Extreme temperatures, not your ideal? You’ll certainly find some variety as the seasons come and go here, but not much excess on one side of the zero or the other. In any case, you won’t be melting into the sidewalk one week and deep-freezing in the middle of another after a few turns of the calendar.
The area averages highs between the lower 60s and 90 degrees throughout the year, with lows ranging from 30 degrees to the mid-60s. Snowfall and precipitation levels tend to be minimal, with maximums delivering no more than an inch of the cold stuff or two of the wetter each month.
You may not be getting much of a Christmas wonderland come December, but Alpine’s drier, warmer climate can be a great boon for some people, even beyond the simpler reasonings, such as personal preference or practical concern (who wants to shovel the driveway every morning?). After all, weather — particularly if it’s long-lasting or frequent — impacts one’s health in both positive and negative ways, from both direct physical effects and secondary causes.
Perhaps the most obvious is the help that plentiful levels of vitamin D provide to those who get a good deal of sunshine. Used in a range of body functions, including calcium absorption and bone growth, deficiencies in vitamin D can increase your risk for several types of cancer (including breast, colon, and prostate), depression, and weight gain, among other concerns. Those living with arthritis and Crohn’s disease may also benefit from less extreme symptoms and a slower advancement of them when they’re able to soak up more of the day.
And, of course, the old adage of “strong bones” can’t be disregarded.
Those who deal with allergies (and who doesn’t?) can also find relief in this kind of climate. The severity and length of an allergy season are noticeably impacted by weather, and colder, wetter climes can engender allergens. Rain bursts pollen from their mothering plants and saturates it throughout the environment, which can cause symptoms stronger than a simple stuffy nose. It also dramatically increases the proliferation of the grasses, plants, and trees that release and spread these irritants. Dry conditions minimize the impact of these sources by limiting their numbers and spread, and also prevents mold — another frequent source of sensitivity both indoors and out — from taking a hold. Being in a generally warmer, more mild location helps, too: colder states see pollen being released earlier in the year and flowering for longer, and larger swings in temperature in short amounts of time can make sufferers’ immune systems less adept at dealing with symptoms — or more prone to health problems in general!
If nothing else, warmer days and an increased amount of light can go a long way in improving one’s quality of life. Fair weather encourages more physical activity, improves alertness thanks to higher body temperatures, lowers stress, and keeps your heart and lungs stronger.
Alpine may not have the excitement of a frequent blizzard, a routine heat wave, or the occasional tornado to really spice things up, but some of us wouldn’t mind a little less excitement in our lives, anyway. At least when it comes to our property and electric bills. When shopping homes for sale, then, consider our lack of extremes your gain.