I've lived in sunny Ivins since 2001, permanently since 2003. I say "permanently since 2003," because my husband Alan and I were living between Alaska and Utah since his work required that he live a certain amount of time in Alaska.
Prior to that time I was unfamiliar with Utah. I was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, graduated from the University of Texas El Paso and taught elementary school there for several years prior to moving to Alaska with my first husband, but my travels had never taken me through Utah. Alan, whom I met after I divorced and while working in Alaska's oil fields, had been through St. George on a trip to Zion Park. Since we were looking for a warm, sunny, not-too-big place to retire after working in cold, sometimes dreary Alaska for twenty years, he suggested we look into the St. George area.
Fortunately, while looking at homes in the St. George area, we came to Ivins and discovered this wonderful place. The homes in the area suited us much better than those we'd seen in other county areas. Desert landscape with minimal grass was our preference then and even more so now. The Ivins neighborhood where we bought had very few homes in 2001, but is completely filled with homes now. The 200-acre open area behind the house is now nearly full, too. So, others have definitely found Ivins and our city's future may prove to be a bit challenging as we work to meet the growth projections and manage our water to deal with that.
Fortunately, Ivins is being very progressive when it comes to managing water, and as a resident I greatly appreciate that vision and work. I also appreciate the work that's being done to deal with housing affordability, which will continue to challenge this area that's been discovered by wealthy people who can afford expensive homes which drive up home prices leaving our service employees lacking.
Alan did not live to see the growth in Ivins due to his death in 2006. The extreme growth in the county overall that he witnessed prior to his death troubled him, however. His desire was to live in a smaller, slower-moving area. I look forward to many more years in Ivins with my current partner and former Utah Attorney General, Paul Van Dam, who also loves this particular area of Washington County.