Phoenix, AZ 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

55+ communities in Phoenix are perfect for retirees looking to escape winter weather and enjoy Central Arizona's year-round warmth. As the state capital of Arizona, Phoenix is a hub of sports, art, and outdoor recreation throughout its many neighborhoods. Active adults will enjoy the amenities of a big city with the charming, close-knit feeling of small neighborhoods.

55+ communities in Phoenix are perfect for retirees looking to escape winter weather and enjoy Central Arizona's year-round warmth. As the state capital of Arizona, Phoenix is a hub of sports, art, and outdoor recreation throughout its many neighborhoods. Active adults will enjoy the amenities of a big city with the charming, close-knit feeling of small neighborhoods.

Phoenix Climate & Geography

Located in the Salt River Valley, Phoenix is a flat, grid-like city surrounded by gentle mountains. McDowell Mountains to the northeast, White Tank Mountains to the west, Superstition Mountains to the east, and South Mountain and Sierra Estrella to the south. It is the largest city in the U.S. built within a hot desert climate, consequently it has hot summers and mild winters. Residents can expect over 300 days of sun each year as Phoenix is one of the world’s sunniest regions. Summer temperatures are the hottest of any U.S. city, and while freezing temperatures are possible, they are rare. Though desert climates usually have a dramatic variation in day and night temperatures, the urban heat island effect in Phoenix limits this phenomenon.

Phoenix is divided into many urban villages, many of which were annexed over the years. There are 15 urban villages, each with its own planning committee. There are also districts held in common including Downtown, Midtown, and Uptown.

Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment in Phoenix

With so many nearby mountains, Phoenix is a great destination for active adults looking to hike, bike, and rock climb. South Mountain Park, Piestewa Park, Papago Park, and the Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area offer both difficult and easy trails for all types of hikers. The Desert Botanical Garden has thematic trails and festive, seasonal events, but also classes for landscaping, art, and cooking. There are also nearly 200 golf courses in Phoenix and its neighboring communities, with many that are nationally recognized.

The CityScape complex downtown has trendy boutique shops, eateries, and entertainment centers. The complex is a destination in itself because of its energetic open plaza. Residents can also explore the Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Theatre Company, and the Orpheum Theater. In addition, residents enjoy popular farmers markets, including the Open Air Market, Uptown Farmers Market, and Roadrunner Park Farmers Market.

Sports enthusiasts have several options in Phoenix. The Phoenix Suns (NBA), Phoenix Mercury (WNBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), and Arizona Cardinals (NFL) all call Phoenix home. Retirees looking to travel outside the city can do so at one of the top ten airports in the country. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is a hub for both USAir and Southwest.

Phoenix Cost of Living & Taxes

Phoenix’s cost of living hovers slightly above the national average. The biggest factor is transportation, followed by housing. Utilities and health care are about the same as the U.S. average, whereas groceries are below.

Arizona is considered moderately tax friendly toward retirees. It does not tax Social Security benefits, but it does tax other forms of retirement income like pensions, IRAs, and 401(k)s. Property taxes are low, and Phoenix’s sales tax is high at 8.6 percent. Groceries and prescription medication are exempt from the sales tax.

Health Care in Phoenix

Residents of 55+ communities in Phoenix have a variety of medical and health care options. In addition Phoenix scores well on Gallup’s Well-Being Index, ranking in the top 45 communities in the U.S.

There are three U.S. News nationally ranked hospitals in Phoenix. Mayo Clinic Phoenix is the No. 18 hospital in the country, the No. 1 hospital in Arizona, and is nationally ranked in eight specialties. Banner University Medical Center is the No. 2 hospital in Arizona. Finally, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is the No. 5 hospital in the state.


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1056 Southern Hills Drive, Banning, CA

Meadow Ranch Community

  • 3 bed
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  • 3 bath
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  • 2320 SqFt
MLS CV23099287
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