Top Active Adult Communities in Central Phoenix

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Top Active Adult Communities in Central Phoenix

Central Phoenix and the surrounding areas have long been known as a popular destination among retirees. The community offers outstanding accommodations and master-planned neighborhoods specifically designed to meet the needs of active adults over the age of 55. The warm weather, the recreation and the leisurely lifestyle are among the top most attractive characteristics that draw older individuals to the area.

Phoenix is the fifth largest state in the United States and while a population boom did bring about traffic and other city problems, these issues were not enough to deter individuals away from the perfect weather, the outstanding environment, the stunning beauty and the wonderful amenities and opportunities that are readily available to all residents.

Retirees flock to Central Phoenix as soon as they hit those golden years to take advantage of the warm winters, the ample housing opportunities, the golf courses, the shopping and dining, the world-class Arizona lifestyle and so much more.

While Phoenix is still a busy metropolitan center and a popular destination, the cost of living is still relatively low in comparison to other cities such as New York City, San Francisco or Los Angeles. This allows retirees to choose the type of environment they want to live in without worrying about high costs and other financial burdens.

Older adults can choose to live in the big city, the suburbs in an active adult community that is specifically designed with their needs in mind, assisted living or in one of the smaller towns around the area.

Most adults who decide to spend their golden years in Central Phoenix usually visit beforehand and instantly fall in love with the lifestyle, the communities and everything else that Phoenix has to offer.

Active Adult Communities in Central Phoenix

Why Active Adults Choose Central Phoenix

Why do so many older adults choose Central Phoenix as their go-to destination for enjoying their retirement?

For one, the weather in Phoenix is next to none with more than 330 days of sunshine, clear blue skies and warm winters – there truly is no comparison. While it is true that the summers can easily reach over 100 degrees, all structures and indoor spaces are equipped with quality air conditioning where individuals can easily hide away from the heat.

Retirees also love Central Phoenix because of the wide range of activities and recreation that is available to them. They can enjoy a relaxing day of golf, various fitness classes designed for older age groups, socializing events and various other events for entertainment.

Life in Central Phoenix is outstanding for everyone, but it is truly phenomenal for adults over the age 55. There are many residential communities, neighborhoods and master planned properties that have specifically been designed to meet the needs of active adults and to cater to them.

Central Phoenix is known for being home to some of the top active adult communities, which are designed with modern luxuries and resort style amenities that mimic the atmosphere of a tropical vacation. Most residents will tell you that life in these communities is like living the ultimate vacation year round.

Sun City

Sun City is the first 55+ active adult community in Arizona, as well as the first in the country. The community was established in 1960 and today it boasts more than 26,000 homes, 11 golf courses and numerous amenities.

The community is well known for its low property taxes, minimal association fees and incredible home values. Residents love the beautiful landscaping, the modern homes and the proximity to shopping centers. The idea behind this pioneer community was to allow residents to live in an entirely self-contained community with access to nearly every imaginable amenity.

Many of the other active adult communities in Arizona have modeled their plans and amenities after Sun City. Sun City boasts one of the highest rates of golf holes of any active adult community in the country. There are also various other attractions including restaurants, fitness centers, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an indoor walking track, racquetball courts and numerous hobby and card rooms for entertainment.

In addition to the recreation, Sun City is also home to 30 churches, a synagogue, a grand ballroom, a performing arts theater, an onsite hospital, two libraries and a social hall. Residents will never have to leave this outstanding community, because everything they need is readily available to them right outside their doors.

While the homes in Sun City were originally constructed in the 1960s, most of them have since been renovated and now feature modern features, beautiful designs and better floor plans, which further increase convenience and ease for active adults. Buyers can choose from ranch style homes and condos that range in price and size.

Sun City West, Sun City Grand, Sun City Festival

Del Webb is also responsible for the construction of other prominent active adult communities that include Sun City West, Sun City Grand and Sun City Festival.

Sun City West is located 2.5 miles west of the original Sun City and is home to 16,900 homes that were constructed between 1978 and 1997. Construction on Sun City West began immediately after the original Sun City was completed. The newer community incorporated many of the same attractions as Sun City, but on a slightly smaller scale.

With the knowledge earned from building Sun City, Del Webb was able to design another community to meet the evolving needs of active adults with ease. Residents of Sun City West can accomplish all of their shopping within the golf cart legal streets of the community where they have access to supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, restaurants, post offices, churches and the Del E. Webb Hospital. The community also offers a wide range of amenities.

Sun City Grand is the third Del Webb active adult community in Phoenix and it follows the same principal as the previous developments. Residents cherish the small community for its newer homes, non-congested location and entirely self-sufficient community that caters to their every need.

Sun City Festival is the newest active adult community created by Del Webb and it is well known for its new upgrades, modern amenities and highly desirable, yet inexpensive, homes. Since Del Webb first pioneered the concept of active adult communities in 1960, a lot has changed.

Along the way the developer has stayed at the forefront of design and technology to produce high quality homes and lifestyles that are unmatched by other builders.

Residents here have access to a plethora or amenities and activities such as golf courses, fitness centers, swimming pools and resort-style design throughout the community, which allows residents to feel as though they are enjoying a relaxing vacation.

The homes in Sun City Festival are designed with outstanding floor plans, high-end finishes and energy saving technologies. There are 22 floorplans to choose from that range in size from 1,100 to more than 2,800-square feet.


The Trilogy Active Lifestyle Communities are another chain of outstanding developments designed to fit the needs and exceed the expectations of older adults seeking master-planned communities where they can enjoy a wonderful lifestyle.

Residents love these properties for the charming designs, the friendly neighbors, the outstanding amenities, activities and recreation and the affordability of this beautiful lifestyle.

There are two Trilogy communities in Arizona – the Encanterra Country Club in San Tan Valley and the Trilogy at Vistancia in Peoria. Both of these communities offer affordable luxury in a completely private setting and within a desirable location.

The Trilogy at Vistancia is a vibrant resort community that enjoys a pristine desert setting, award-winning golf courses and easy access to outstanding retailers and entertainments. One of the top amenities of the homes in this development is that the homes include SheaXero – which is the concept of a “no electric bill home,” with free solar energy.

Homes range in size between 1,500-square feet to just over 3,000-square feet and pricing starts around $200,000.

Ahwatukee Retirement Village

The Ahwatukee Retirement Village is an established 55+ active adult community in Central Phoenix, which is made up of age-restricted homes that are spread throughout the master-planned community of Ahwatukee Foothills.

The community promotes a carefree environment where residents can enjoy a relaxed lifestyle while every one of their needs is easily met without having to venture outside the community.

Residents of the Ahwatukee Retirement Village enjoy private amenities at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center so they can stay socially active and physically fit. The community offers wonderful facilities for social gatherings, games, club meetings and more. Residents can also take advantage of a library, arts and crafts opportunities, health and wellness facilities and so much more.

Ahwatukee Retirement Village has 1,686 homes that are situated around the local golf course and most properties offer outstanding golf course views. The homes range in size between 1,000 to 2,200-square feet and offer various floor plans and luxury accommodations to every resident.

Central Phoenix Active Adult Communities Have it All

Whether you are looking for a single-family home or a condo property as an older adult, there are various options to choose from. These master planned communities are designed with active adults in mind and the on-site facilities and amenities are set to meet the needs of every resident.

If you have any questions about the communities mentioned above or if you would like to inquire about other Central Phoenix real estate options, don’t hesitate to contact Roberta Candelaria and the team at Phoenix Urban Spaces.

We would be more than happy to assist you with all of your real estate needs and guide you on your path to finding your ideal property in Phoenix.

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