Top Places to Retire in Arizona

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Arizonans say it best with the famous truism, “In Arizona, we salt margaritas, not sidewalks.” The perfect escape from brutal winters, Arizona has attracted d retirees with its picturesque landscape, warmer temps, and laid back vibes. It’s no wonder; after years of hard work and dedication to the wellbeing of others, retirees deserve all that Arizona has to offer.

The soothing weather and chill atmosphere comes at a price (and it’s a low one). Arizona’s cost of living is significantly less than that of most north, northeast, and midwestern states. On top of that, groceries, healthcare, and miscellaneous expenses fall significantly below the national average. Things in Arizona aren’t just easy on the wallet, they’re also convenient. Arizona offers a diverse arrangement of shops, eateries and retail outlets. Ready to move here? To make things even easier, there are plenty of 55+ communities which are full of amenities and activities. Here’s a list of the top active adult communities in Arizona to check out.

Sun City Grand – Surprise, AZ

Sun City Grand feels much more like a resort than your typical “community,” and if you want a pristine active, yet relaxing atmosphere, Sun City has you covered. Packed with four golf courses, Sun City Grand offers a variety of terrain and a mix of forgiving and challenging holes.
The fitness department is ready to satisfy your exercise needs, regardless of whether you want to go all-out or take it step-by-step. Residents can take group classes or get one-on-one guidance to progress towards their goals.

The homes in Sun City Grand focus on luxury in both their amenities and architecture. They range in size from 1,096 to 3,388 square feet. Each residence has its own personal style, décor and feel, so residents aren’t forced to settle for cookie cutter design; you can choose something that suits your unique tastes.
Sun City Grand also provides residents with an immersive community experience. Whether you engage in any of Sun City’s many activities, golf, or community meetings, it’s easy to get swept up in the energy of one of Arizona’s best retirement communities.

The Trilogy at Vistancia – Peoria, AZ

Featuring a range of custom builders and designers, the homes at The Trilogy provide residents with a unique living experience. Unlike some Phoenix retirement communities, you can choose the builder you want according to the style that suits you best. And regardless of which home you choose, you get an impressive list of amenities, including modern appliances, plush furniture, plenty of light and layouts designed to make hosting friends and family easy and fun.

The Trilogy has several options to keep you busy and entertained—if you choose—and many ways to kick back and unwind. One element that sets The Trilogy apart from some other Arizona retirement communities is its network of trails and parks. Residents can immerse themselves in nature while working up a nice sweat through the twists and turns. Vistancia also boasts two lap pools, four tennis courts, indoor basketball, modern fitness centers, the Blackstone Country Club, and more.

PebbleCreek – Goodyear, AZ

PebbleCreek offers a variety of expansive, convenient floor plans with all the finishings to make your home a haven of comfort. With 21 different options ranging from 1,569 to 3079 square feet, it’s not hard to find something that suits your tastes. And when it comes to “tastes,” PebbleCreek has you more than covered. Its series of restaurants set it apart from many other active adult communities, thanks to their wide selection of flavors and culinary styles. The Tuscany Sports and Aquatics Complex offers many sports and fitness options, as well as both indoor and outdoor swimming and water activities. Its fitness center and outdoor sports courts provide residents with more than enough options for getting and staying in shape.

In addition to Eagle’s Nest and Tuscany Falls right within PebbleCreek’s borders, golfers can enjoy a pass to all seven Robson Resort Communities across Texas and Arizona. Whether you want to keep it local or embark on a little road trip, PebbleCreek has you covered.

Sun Lakes – Sun Lakes, AZ

Sun Lakes specializes in fitting each resident with an optimal range of activities. You can choose events and organizations based on your age, which means you can connect with people at similar stages in life. Sun Lakes has several gated communities to choose from and a laundry list of amenities and cool things to get into.

From driving ranges to golf courses to health clubs and stocked fishing, the challenge isn’t finding something to do; it’s figuring out what to do when. Sun Lakes is also conveniently located near several high tech firms and high-end shopping, restaurants spas, and health care services. Sun Lakes is also only 20 minutes from the city, so residents can easily visit friends in other Phoenix retirement communities.

Sunland Springs Village – Mesa, AZ

Sunland Springs boasts an ideal location, which affords residents views of the Superstition Mountains and easy access to shopping and restaurants and other retirement communities. Residents can also indulge in Sunland Springs’ 27-hole executive golf course or one of a long list of activities. Sunland has everything from basketball to billiards to softball to shuffleboard.

Another amenity that sets Sunland Springs apart from other Arizona retirement communities is its arts and crafts. Residents can learn ceramics, how to work with stained glass, glass fusing, and even silversmithing.

Sunland helps residents thrive through community-building clubs and activities. For example, Sunland Springs’ genealogy club only costs $10.00 a year and gives members the chance to investigate new ways of tracking down their ancestral records as well as learn from the efforts of others.

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