5 best places to retire in Arizona

By Angie Johnson
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My idea of the perfect retirement is improving my golf game, taking up a few new hobbies and enjoying a well-deserved break.

When Money Magazine set out to find some of the "the 25 best places to retire," three cities in Arizona made the "top 10" list, Tucson, Prescott and Sun City West.

When Forbes did a similar study they named Prescott and Sun City Grand.

My picks for the 5 Best Places to Retire in Arizona are based on my interaction with 14 years of real estate experience in Arizona. Enjoy!

1. Sun City West

Sun City West is located 15 miles northwest of Phoenix and is one of the first age-restricted active adult communities in the country. My parents live here and love it!

When my husband Paul and I retire, Sun City West is where we plan on living. Why? We love the feel of this Del Webb master-planned community that offers 9 golf course options, four recreation centers, 3 indoor pools, 3 outdoor swimming pools, billiards, tennis courts, bowling, handball courts, pickle ball courts, racquetball courts, pet park, softball field,300 seat theater, library, picnic area, playground for grandchildren, and over 100 established clubs for hobbies and such.

Several financial institutions, brokerage firms, restaurants, Del Webb Hospital and other businesses are conveniently located within Sun City West to serve everyday needs. Sun City West has two large shopping centers plus more than 75 other shops and stores. Arrowhead Town Center. a regional shopping mall, is 15 minutes east of Sun City West.

Homes in Sun City West range from approximately 700 square feet for a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment-style unit to 3,500 plus square feet for the larger homes. Contact Angie for more information (480) 570-5500.

2. Sun City Grand

As you enter the active retirement community of Sun City Grand in Surprise, you know you're entering a very special place. Scenically, imagine mountain views, swaying palm trees and green fairways at every turn.

"Sun City Grand" offers a wonderfully designed multi-million dollar Village Center that is surrounded by cascading water features, vibrant and colorful landscaping, the Adobe Spa & Fitness Center, Sonoran Plaza, an outdoor amphitheater, fishing dock and artisan studios. You'll find there is plenty to do in Sun City Grand that includes four 18- hole championship golf courses, resort swimming pool, activity pool, indoor & outdoor spas, indoor walking track, fully-equipped health & fitness facilities, dance/yoga studio, tennis courts, bocce courts and putting greens. If you'd like to view this community contact us at (480) 570-5500.

3. Trilogy at Power Ranch

Trilogy at Power Ranch is located in Gilbert, just outside of Phoenix. Shea homes began development of this wonderful community in 1998.

Trilogy at Power Ranch offers amenities such as a fitness center, swimming pools, spa, clubhouse, cafe and of course my favorite….a magnificent golf course. The recreation center is actually 27,000 square feet, that's pretty big! Other activities include bocce ball, a computer lab and miles of walking/biking trails. Last but not least there are two dining choices the Lantana Grill and the Sante Fe Cafe.

4. Sun Lakes

Sun Lakes Arizona is located in Chandler, which is just 24 miles from downtown Phoenix. Sun Lakes Arizona is a master-planned community by Robson Communities and offers a magnificent array of over 6,000 homes.

It is comprised of five country club style neighborhoods that each offer their very own golf course and amenity center. A generous assortment of world-class amenities and social activities are available to cater to the non-golfers who reside in Sun Lakes Arizona.

Sun Lakes offers five neighborhoods that include Oakwood, Ironwood, Cottonwood, Palo Verde and Sun Lakes Country Club. Each neighborhood offers a unique look and feel.

The original neighborhood in Sun Lakes is Sun Lakes Country Club, which is a non-gated community that was started in 1972. After the completion of the Sun Lakes neighborhood, Robson built Cottonwood and then the Palo Verde neighborhoods, which collectively contain over 3,800 homes and share the same home owner's association (HOA). Both the non-gated Cottonwood and the gated Palo Verde neighborhoods also offer private equity golf courses.

The fourth and fifth neighborhoods in Sun Lakes are Ironwood and Oakwood, respectively. These two neighborhoods are gated and are located north of Riggs Road. They share a common association which is known as IronOaks. Each of these communities offers the newest collection of homes and golf courses that are open to the public. For more information contact, Angie, at (480) 570-5500.

5. Prescott Lakes & The Gardens at Willow Creek

Prescott Lakes is a partially age-restricted community in Prescott offering 1,300 different homes.

Construction of Prescott Lakes began around 2001 and now contains 12 beautiful

neighborhoods but only two of the neighborhoods have an age-restriction, including The Cottages by Del Webb and Willow Park Estates.

Homebuyers can choose from both gated and non-gated neighborhoods and select from home styles that include inexpensive condos, low-maintenance townhomes, affordable single-family homes and luxurious estate homes. Vacant homesites are also available for purchase, allowing homebuyers to build custom homes, if they so desire. For more information on this community call (480) 570-5500.

The Gardens at Willow Creek in Prescott, Arizona is a 55+ age-restricted that is ideally located near the heart of historic downtown Prescott. Buyers can select from single family homes and townhomes. The community includes a small clubhouse and outdoor pool.

The Gardens at Willow Creek is located within the Prescott city limits just five miles north of Prescott's charming downtown. It is conveniently located near a variety of shopping outlets and outdoor recreation attractions. Many nearby restaurants and shopping centers are within walking distance. For more information on this community call (480) 570-5500.

I hope you've enjoyed my List of the 5 Best Places to Retire in Arizona.

For the past 50 years, retirees have been flocking to the state of Arizona because of the year-round sun, abundant recreational and cultural attractions with a relatively affordable cost of living.

The ever-increasing population of older adults retiring to the state has led to a boom in the number of active adult communities in Arizona.

If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell in an Arizona retirement community contact our team of professionals at (480) 570-5500 or email us here.

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