Leisure World Overview
Leisure World® is an active adult community located in Mesa, Arizona. This large, gated community features 2,624 homes with views of the stunning Superstition Mountains to the east. Leisure World provides a home town atmosphere with easy access to Phoenix via Highway 60 and the 202 Freeway.
Leisure World accepts residents as young as age 45, as long as 80 percent of all residents are 55 and over. This community consists of eight different districts. Each district has its own board which handles any type of community issues. Residents are encouraged to apply for positions on the boards.
Twelve man-made lakes within the community contribute to the small town atmosphere of the community. It even has its own post office and newspaper. Registered nurses at the wellness center provide excellent medical care for residents.
Leisure World Amenities
A large clubhouse provides plenty of hobby rooms for arts, crafts, pottery, and sewing enthusiasts. A ballroom is also included for social events. A 10,000 square-foot state of the art fitness center with a fully certified staff provides training, either on a group or individual basis. Residents can also take advantage of the pools and sauna or steam room.
For outdoor activities at Leisure World there are plenty of tennis, pickleball, bocce, and basketball courts. Walking and biking trails run throughout the community. Two lush golf courses provide another way to enjoy the outdoors. For leisurely days, a fully stocked library keeps over 15,000 books on hand. In between activities, computers with large letter and number keyboards allow residents to stay connected.
Leisure World Homes & Real Estate
Leisure World was started in 1972 and construction ended in 1994 with 2,664 homes. Multiple builders and over forty assorted floor plans show that Leisure World is definitely not a cookie cutter community. Houses come equipped with single, double, and three car garages and feature tile or asphalt roofs.
Homes are reasonably priced and include duplexes, condos, attached, and detached homes, which range in sizes from 630 to 3,400 square feet. Traditional floor plans are common, so are vaulted ceilings as well as floors with smaller type tiles. Some previous owners may have done upgrades and these will be reflected in resale prices. HOA fees are reasonable and vary in cost according to landscaping preferences. Some homes feature desert landscaping, while others have grass.
Leisure World Lifestyle
"Design your own lifestyle" is Leisure World's motto. A full time recreation department is on hand to organize group outings and bus trips. Hikes north to the high desert in the mountains are especially popular. Travel agents are on the grounds to assist with more complex plans and vacation needs. Residents run many different clubs and organizations which cater to every interest imaginable, including groups for diverse religious practices.
Mesa is twenty miles outside of Phoenix Metro, yet has lots to offer with numerous museums, theaters, restaurants, shopping, professional sports, and arts and crafts fairs. In the immediate area, Leisure World residents can enjoy the Mesa Swap Meet and Dana Park shopping, as well as the Fiesta Mall.
Mesa is home of the Mesa Arts Center and is in close proximity to Canyon Lake, which offers year-round water sport and camping activities. Williams Gateway Airport is only a 20 minute drive away from Leisure World. Residents can also connect to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which is 30 minutes away. Arizona State University is located in Tempe, west of Mesa.
Metro Phoenix offers countless attractions. Some of the most notable ones are the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden, Piestewa Peak, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Chase Field, Montezuma Castle, and South Mountain Park. While going to any of these destinations, a drive along Apache Trail will provide some of the best scenery in the country - especially if taken against the backdrop of the most spectacular Arizona sunsets.