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Active adult living options in the Greater Phoenix area!
The valley is home to some of the most active, and attractive adult communities in the nation. In fact Dell Webb started adult communities right here in Arizona in 1960 with the opening of Sun City (with over 100,000 visitors in the first 3 days!). Today there are over 50 communities (not including manufactured home communities) catering to the “active adult” market. The research has shown that buyers now do not always want to live just with people their own age, so the developers are changing the basic concept of “adult living” and that will be the cornerstone of the new developments in 2014 (starting with Verrado and Eastmark communities).
If you want to live in a community without kids and the associated schools (no one under 18 can LIVE in an adult community, but they can visit), want plenty of activity options like bowling leagues, computer classes, spa days, arts and crafts, softball leagues, dancing and dance classes, and of course golf, then our Active Adult Communities just might be a perfect fit. Most of the communities are age restricted to adults over 55, but some of them are now 40 and over. One note, as long as you are over 18 you can own a home in any of these communities, but actually living there is age restricted (depends on each of the communities CC&R’s).
The communities vary in amenities and locations, and offer a variety of living options, from Single Family one story homes, to town homes, to garden and golf condos. Buyer Beware! In many of these communities you may have to pay an HOA transfer fee, a yearly recreation fee, and sometimes a one time Capital or Asset Preservation Fee, check with your Realtor for the most updated costs for the specific community. These fee’s vary but can sometimes add up to over $6,000 for a closing, so please keep that in mind. Also some lakefront homes require extra annual fees.
Locations and available homes in specific areas using the same MLS we use:
The map shows the Active Adult Communities in the Greater Phoenix area. Below the map you will find information on the various communities by area. Simply click the community picture to find available homes from our real-time MLS, the same one we use.
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Ahwatukee (which means House of Dreams in Crow Indian) – features a Recreation Complex of three buildings containing arts and crafts, pools, fitness center, library, and game rooms.
Apache Wells – a mix of a couple communities, a condo community (Village at Apache Wells) built in 1987 with 56 units that features two pools, spa, fitness room, and library. and a gated patio home community of 166 homes (Apache Wells II) in Mesa with pool, spa, exercise room and library. Apache Wells II was built by Hughes Development and featured three patio home plans ranging from 1,282sf to 1,593sf. Buyers – One time capital improvement fee of $624, and HOA transfer fees of $400 at Apache Wells II, and $500 HOA transfer fee at Village at Apache Wells.
Arizona Traditions – Master planned gated community developed by Continental Homes (now DR Horton) in 1997, with a little over 1,700 homes. Community features a golf course, pools, softball field, trails, tennis courts, and clubhouse with library, fitness center, and ballroom. Builder offered two series of homes, the Neighborhood series with 17 plans from 1,052sf to 2,316sf, and the Resort Series with 12 plans from 1,233sf to 2,319sf. The homes featured Southwest gas and nine foot ceilings. Buyers – HOA transfer fee of $400.
Barclay Village– a small gated community of 63 townhomes in Mesa built by SunWest Communities. The community is gated and features a heated pool, spa, and BBQ area. The builder offered four floor plans ranging from 1,268sf to 1,613sf. All homes included concrete roof tiles and a security system. Buyers – one time capital improvement fee of $1,000, and $185 HOA fee.
CantaMia at Estrella Mountain Ranch – gated and green, 1,700 homesites in a master planned community. CantaMia – opened March 2010 – first phase of 643 homes on 215 acres. Future phases could add another 1050 homes. Was scheduled to be Engle Homes “Province at Estrella” but builder sold to Joseph Carl Homes (who was purchased by a company that is now called Vitalia) – lakes & parks, golf, pools, recreation & fitness centers along with Solar/Thermal systems on homes that will provide up to 65% of the homes energy. Buyers – an HOA transfer fee of $400. The builder offers 25 floor plans broken down into “collections”:
- The Ensemble Collection, 8 floor plans ranging from 1,629 to 2,280 square feet.
- The Chorus Collection, 4 floor plans ranging from 1,416 to 1,766 square feet.
- The Duet Collection, 7 floor plans ranging from 1,189 to 1,700 square feet.
- The Symphony Collection, 6 floor plans ranging from 2,261 to 2,852 square feet.
- Community Map
Casa de Paz – small community of just 82 patio homes in Mesa with clubhouse, pool and spa. Buyers – HOA transfer fee of $400.
Corte Bella – An upscale private gated golf community by Del Webb started in 2003 with 1,650 homes. Community features curved streets with Mediterranean style homes with Fitness Club & Day Spa, Social Hall & Club, pools, golf, tennis, parks. Buyers – One time capital improvement fee of $853, and HOA transfer of $400. The builder offered the Presidio Collection, the Cataline Collection, the Miramar Collection, and the Golf Villas.
Dreamland Villa – located on county land surrounded by the City of Mesa, Dreamland Villa was developed by Joe and Ross Farnsworth in 1958 with the development opening in 1959. The community features two community centers with 700 seat auditorium, art classes, aerobics, bocci ball, library, meeting rooms, three pools, and two spas. There is no HOA, but the community centers are run by a “Community Club”, which costs about $125 per year per person. Since the land is a county island, fire service is not with the City of Mesa, but a private company (Rural Metro), which the buyer will have to pay for yearly.
Encanterran Trilogy – 18 hole golf course with a 60,000 sq foot clubhouse, Athletic Club with personal trainers, four restaurants, full service spa, three pools, four lighted tennis courts and amphitheater. Buyers – One time Buyer Social Membership Fee of $6,000 (80% refunded by buyer when property is sold down the line), one time reserve fee of $603, a recreation fee of $465 per quarter, a HOA transfer fee of $120, and a disclosure fee of $210.
Eastmark offers a new type of adult community built by AV Homes. The project broke ground in late May 2014. Encore at Eastmark is planned for approximately 905 homes and has its own private clubhouse, The Encore Center, and community amenities. With Encore Center as the center of the community, residents have access to classes, exercise rooms, a pool, café, library, and much more. The Center broke ground April 2015 and should be open April 2016, and will be 15,000 sq feet. Sixteen floorplans ranging from 1,339sf to 3,205sf are available.
Fountain of the Sun – large guard gated master planned community with golf, pool, spa, recreation & fitness center. There are some areas that are “no pet” areas in the community. Buyers – One time capital improvement fee of $1,200, and HOA transfer fees ranging up to $400.
Golden Keys – is a small townhome community of 200 homes in Scottsdale built by Dell Trailor in 1964 in the Mediterranean style. Features a clubhouse with pool.
Greenfield Glen – a small community of 61 townhomes in Mesa with a clubhouse, pool, spa, and tennis court. Pets are allowed under 20 lbs. Buyers – one time capital improvement fee of $750, and HOA fee of $250.
Hearthstone Villas – A small gated townhome community in Mesa of only 59 homes. Hearthstone features a pool and spa, and is located just behind a grocery store and a mile from Superstition Springs Mall. Buyers – HOA transfer fee of $400.
Heritage Park– is a gated urban condo with pool, spa, community room, library, putting green, and is located next to park & just down the street is a City of Phoenix Senior Center.
Heritage Village IV at Scottsdale Ranch – is a single story townhome community built by Golden Heritage between 1985 and 1994 with 162 homes with clubhouse, lake Serena (boating and fishing), tennis, spa, and two pools. Builder offered eight floorplans ranging in size from 1,635sf to 2,146sf. Buyers – a one time capital improvement fee of $340, and HOA transfer fee of $250 for each association.
La Casa Cafetal is a smaller condo community of just 56 units in downtown Fountain Hills with a community pool.
Las Torres at Canyon Ridge is a smaller townhouse style condo community of 25 homes in Carefree built in 1980 and features a community pool, tennis court and spa. Buyers – HOA transfer fee of $400.
Leisure World – large master planned guard gated community located 30 miles east of Phoenix Sky Harbor with 2,664 homes on 958 acres. It features an Aquatic Center with two pools, a Fitness Center, a computer lab, spas, theatre, ballrooms, library, two golf courses, tennis courts, and clubs. Buyers – One time capital improvement fee of $2,000, and HOA transfer fee of $175.
Meridian Manor – smaller gated single family home community built by Great Western Homes (K-Hovanian Homes). A total of 443 homes were built. Buyers- HOA transfer fee of $400.
Sun City at Merrill Ranch – the Active Adult portion of the much larger Merrill Ranch Master Planned Community in Florence built by Del Webb. Just for the Sun City residents is a resort pool and spa, a 48,000sf recreation center, a fitness center with indoor pool, the ASU Lifelong Learning Center, bocce courts, amphitheater, and dog park. There is also a golf course and all of the amenities of the larger Merrill Ranch including the Big Splash Water Park.
Mountainbrook Village – Located 30 miles east of Phoenix in Gold Canyon developed by Shea Homes, the community featuring 3 tennis courts, bocce ball court, billiard room, library, 1,900 square foot fitness center, pools, privately owned golf course with discounts for residents, spa, arts & crafts, 9,000 square foot Superstition Center with stage, dance floor and kitchen, and hiking/biking trails. Buyers – One time capital improvement fee of $250, and HOA transfer fee of $400.
Pebble Creek – a large gated master planned community developed by Robson Communities, it fetures 45 holes of golf, restaurants and bars, pool complex, tennis complexes, bocce courts, softball field, hiking and biking trails, creative art center, clubhouses, pools, health club, spas.
Province in Maricopa – was originally developed by Engle Homes, but it was sold to Meritage Homes in fall 2009. Engle built the first 400 homes (2,200 total homes at build out). Community features 50 acres of lakes, fitness center, basketball, bocce courts, community center with pools, two golf courses, volleyball, library, tennis courts, and 125 acres of green space.
Red Mountain Villas is a small gated townhome community in north Mesa by Red Mountain. PSIG built this community and it features a pool, spa, BBQ area, and shuffleboard.
RioVerde – a master planned community by Rio Verde Services Inc. which was started in 1973 with a little over 1,000 homes on 735 acres in northeast Maricopa county (8.5 miles north of Fountain Hills). The community features two golf courses with a 26,500sf clubhouse, six tennis courts, the “Oasis” building with pool, spa, fitness center, library, arts and crafts rooms, game rooms, pool table and various clubs. Buyers – Fire Department is private, HOA transfer fee of $400, but additional if purchasing townhomes.
Solera – also know as Springfield Lakes, a larger master planned community by Del Webb (now Pulte) with 2 pools, spa, recreation center, four tennis courts, library, fitness center, bocce ball courts, and golf course. Buyers – One time capital improvement fee of $1,368, and HOA transfer fee of $125 (sellers also pay a $125 HOA “disclosure fee”).
Solera at Johnson Ranch is the active adult portion of the much larger Johnson Ranch Master Planned Community in the San Tan Valley. Solera was built by Del Webb during the 2004 to 2008 period, its a smaller community of just 727 homes and features an 18 hole golf course and tennis courts shared with the master community, and just for Solera residents are a 10,000sf clubhouse with fitness center, pool, bocce courts, library and game rooms.
Springfield – a master planned gated community developed by Pulte with 740 homes. Springfield was recognized in 1998 by the National Association of Homebuilders are one of the best active adult communities. Springfield features an 18 hole golf course with special rates for residents, a 14,000sq foot Recreation Center with fitness facilities, clubs, billiards, library, ballroom, aerobics, a pool complex with two pools and a spa, two bocci ball courts, and four tennis courts. Pulte offered foorplans ranging from 1,000sq feet to 2,300sq feet. Buyers – One time capital improvement fee of $1,044, and HOA transfer fee of $200.
Sunbird – a master planned community built by Robson Communities with 2 pools, four tennis courts, golf, restaurant, clubhouse with fitness center, six pool tables, ballroom. Buyers – One time capital improvement fee of $1,000, and HOA transfer fee of $400.
Sun City is the development bu Del Webb that launched Active Adult living, and its located about 30 minutes northwest of Phoenix, Arizona. Sun City has over 27,000 homes, 7 recreational centers, 8 golf courses, 2 bowling centers, 3 country clubs, an outdoor amphitheater, more than 120 charter clubs, and 325 days of sunshine a year. The Sun Bowl, an open-air amphitheater, is Sun City’s entertainment venue. Every spring and fall the Sun Bowl plays host to concerts, performances and other events. The Sun Bowl complex is situated on approximately 9.1 acres and includes a softball field and a large parking area in addition to the amphitheater. Buyers – One time Preservation & Improvement fee of $3,000, a $456/year fee to RCSC for property assessment, and a one-time $300 transfer fee. Condo and duplex associations may add additional fees.
Sun City Festival – a newer Pulte / Del Webb master planned community with ASU Learning Center, pools, spa, golf course, tennis courts, fitness center, basketball court, bocce courts, 9,000sf crafts center, softball complex, and 31,000sf recreation center. Buyers – One time Capital Improvement Fee of .25% and HOA transfer fee ranging from $200 to $365. Builder is offering the following home “series”:
- Retreat, 4 floor plans ranging from 1,565 to 1,998 square feet
- Encore, 4 floor plans ranging from 2,023 to 2,529 square feet
- Classic, 2 floor plans ranging from 1,612 to 1,816 square feet
- Community Map
Sun City Grande -Sun City Grand is a large master planned community developed by Del Webb and offered 23 floor plans from 1,097sq feet to 2,965sq feet. The community opened in Oct. 1996 and was approved for 9,800 homes on almost 4,000 acres of land. The community features softball field, billiards, computers, fishing dock, outdoor amphitheater, biking and hiking trails, clubs and activities, three golf courses, a senior learning center (Chaparral Center), the Adobe Spa & Fitness Center which includes indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor spas, walking track, fitness areas, exercise studio, tennis and bocci ball courts. Located in the same area is the Sonoran Plaza with a 9,000sq foot ballroom, library, and meeting rooms. . Buyers – A yearly recreation fee of $1,170, and HOA transfer fee of $400. The builder offered a number of home “collections” including:
- Premiers with 10 floor plans ranging from 1,416 to 2,456 square feet
- Estates with 6 floor plans ranging from 2,290 to 2,965 square feet
- Classics with 5 floor plans ranging from 1,115 to 1,767 square feet
- Garden Villas with 3 floor plans ranging from 1,097 to 1,484 square feet
- Courtyards with 4 floor plans ranging from 1,096 to 1,441 square feet
- Cottages with 3 floor plans ranging from 1,161 to 1,392 square feet
Sun City West – this community was started on county land 2 miles west of the original Sun City in 1978, and was completely built out by 1998. Over 4,300 homes were built, from Single Family Homes (907sf to 3,500sf), Twin Homes (1,200sf to 2,000sf), Garden Condos (700sf to 1,400sf) and the Rancho Estate homes on large lots. The community features four recreation centers, seven golf courses, four fitness centers, five pools. twenty four tennis courts, fourteen bocce courts, 30 billiard tables, two doggie parks, a 30 lane bowling alley and a 300 seat theater. Since this was built on county land, water, sewer and sanitation provided by private companies. Buyers – One time Capital preservation fee of $2,300, a $408/year recreation center fee plus HOA fee if your home is an HOA area (not all homes in this development are in HOA’s).
Sundance – Developed by Meritage Homes, this community features an 18-hole championship golf course, outdoor swimming pools and a 15,000 square foot recreational center featuring daily social activities, The adult neighborhood is part of the larger Sundance 2,000 acre Master Planned Community. Buyers – A one time capital improvement fee ranging up to $2,500, and HOA transfer fee of $275.
Sun Lakes – a larger master planned community with five golf courses, five club houses, pools, spas, tennis courts, health club, auditorium, fishing lake, hiking and biking trails, education center and softball field. Buyers – One time capital improvement fee of up to $1,815, and HOA transfer fee of $350.
Sunland Village – Farnsworth Development’s second large master planned community in Mesa was started in 1974 and completed in 1984. It has a total of 2,685 homes consisting of villas (no pets in villas, 626sf to 1,329sf), condos (850sf to 1,700sf), and single family homes (9 plans ranging from 1,080 to 2,060). The community features three pools, spa, tennis courts, golf course, and hobby and crafts rooms. Buyers – one time capital improvement fee of $1,000, and $150 HOA transfer fee.
Sunland Village East – large master planned community with golf, tennis, pools, recreation & fitness centers. 1,657 single family homes, 272 golf condos, and 508 garden condos were built. Buyers – One time capital improvement fee of $750, an HOA transfer fee of $420 for the master association (more there are two associations).
Sun Village Resort Condos – smaller condo gated condo development built by Radnor with pool, spa, clubhouse, tennis court and trails. The builder offered 10 plans ranging from 1,079sf to 2,106sf. Buyers – One time capital improvement fee of $2,500, and HOA transfer of $600.
Sunland Springs Village – the forth Farnsworth Development master planned community in Mesa that is still in the middle of building homes for buyers! The developer has built Golf Condos twin homes, townhomes, and single family homes. The community features a 27 hole Executive Golf Course, a pet park, softball field, and a Recreation Center with a 13,000sf auditorium, fitness center, two pools, spa, six tennis courts, bocci courts, volleyball, basketball, and library. (Buyers – one time capital improvement fee of $625, and HOA transfer fee of $400 for the master association (more if there are two associations). The builder offered a number of home choices including:
- Fifteen home floor plans ranging from 1,169 to 2,241 square feet
- Two twin home floor plans ranging from 1,080 to 1,371 square feet
- Three condo floor plans (Golf or Garden) ranging from 1,215 to 1,703 square feet
- Two townhome floor plans ranging from 1,064 to 1,371 square feet
- Recreation Complex
Temple View Condo – small condo community in heart of Mesa. Buyers – HOA transfer fee of $400.
Tonto Verde – a master planned community of 725 acres located 9 miles north of Fountain Hills developed by Rio Verde Services Inc. with development starting in 1993. 282 of the acres are golf course and 18 acres additional open space. The east property line abuts the 2.9 million acre Tonto National Forest. The community features two golf courses with a 26,000sf clubhouse that opened in 1996 (with 2 dining rooms and it overlooks a lake), six tennis courts, and a clubhouse with pool, spa, fitness center, and game rooms. Buyers – Fire service by private company, and HOA transfer of $365, but more if purchasing towhomes.
Trilogy at Power Ranch – An adult section in the Power Ranch Master Planned Community with golf course, clubhouse, two pools, spa, 4 tennis courts, fitness center, cyber café, and activities including cooking classes. The builder offered a number of home “collections” including the Village, Heritage, Ranch Estates, Hacienda, Escalante and Casita. Buyers – One time capital improvement fee of $1,452, and HOA transfer fee of $400.
Trilogy at Vistancia is the active adult portion of the much larger Vistancia Master Planned Community in Peoria. The community was named Americas Best Master Planned Community in 2005. Shea homes developed Trilogy and it features a golf course, and the Kiva Club which is a 35,000sf club with fitness center, four tennis courts, a resort pool, a lap pool, The Alvea Spa, The Center for Higher Learning, and two restaurants. Shea developed three home series for this community, Natura with 5 plans ranging from 1,438sf to 2,259sf, Veritas with 6 plans ranging from 1,867sf to 2,242sf, and Vita with 4 plans ranging from 2,164sf to 3,096sf.
Trilogy at Verde River is an 856 acre community that started out life as Vista Verde, but was sold to Terra West Development in 2013, and they have sold off the home sites to Shea Homes, and they are developing it at Trilogy at Verde River. It is to approved for 840 new homes. Grand Opening on Oct 24th 2015!
Trilogy® at Verde River will feature a 5-star lifestyle and a resort club that is being designed by famed architect Bing Hu of H&S International. The resort club is planned to include 5-star amenities and a unique style not found in any other North Scottsdale club. The exact details have not been released, but according to the developer they may feature “a state of the art fitness center, terrific dining, special interest clubs, enriching classes, tennis, and much, much more”. The link to search for active homes above may not show any in 2015 since the builder is just starting. Please contact us for the latest information.
Ventana Lakes– 26 acres of lakes, clubhouse, pools, spa, fitness center built by Lennar, Greystone, and Shea Homes. Buyers – One time capital improvement fee of $2,000, $140 disclosure fee, and $110 doc fee.
Verde Groves – Hughes Development built this community on land that used to be Hamm’s Orchard and Fruit Stand in Mesa. Verde Groves is a small community with only 251 homes, but it features a 10,000sq foot community center with a heated pool, lap pool, spa, kitchen, library, billiards, fitness center, and spa. Five floorplans were offered ranging in size from 1,170sq feet to 1,851sq feet. Buyers – One time capital improvement fee of $1,000, and HOA transfer fee of $240.
Villa Monterey– a townhome community in Scottsdale built by Butler Homes between 1961 and 1969. It was originally designed as a “casita colony” by the builder and areas 1-7 were placed on the Historic Register in 2011 by the City of Scottsdale. In 1961, the builder sold 180 homes the first six months the development was open! The community has a clubhouse and pools and is near downtown Scottsdale. Buyers – an HOA transfer fee of $200, no renting of homes, and new buyers must be approved by the board.
- Historic Overlay Map of Villa Monterey Units 1-7 by City of Scottsdale
The Victory District at Verrado is a new type of adult community. They started selling in 2015, it offers homes by four builders on 1,200 acres and is planned for 3,500 homes. A new golf course is being built which is expected to open late 2016. Check out the Outdoor Kitchen at The Big Patio, a little exhibition kitchen, some culinary playground, and a little backyard barbeque. A few steps away is the organic garden for the chef!
- The Victory Club, situated on 22 acres, and close to 35,000 square feet of indoor space, featuring restaurants, cooking school, pools, spa, 7,000 sq foot fitness center, classrooms, media rooms, and more! Planned opening in late 2015.
Westbrook Village– Built by UDC Homes (now part of Shea Homes), this community is made up of 40 different communities and features two Recreation centers, an Arts and Learning Center, tennis courts, two golf courses, a library and various activities and clubs. The builder built single family homes, condos, and “garden villas”. Buyers – One time Capital preservation fee of $1,680, a one time resale disclosure fee of $350, and $50 for copy of the CC&R’s, with additional charges if a sub association is involved.