The previous two comments hit it on the head. This is a great place to live with great residents, but if you are looking for a community for golf, I would look elsewhere. The private owners of the golf course have no loyalty to Mission residents and go the other way. They cater to the RV Park groups and so called cash customers for tee times and discounted rates. The owners are allowing outside groups to book large blocks of times for the season, but will not allow residents to book the same.
Love this community. Have been here seven years.
Golfing used to be a lot of fun until Meritage hung us out to dry by selling the golf course to private owners who treat golf membership holders like crap.
New owners want to get rid of memberships and could not care less about the community they are in.
If you are a golfer I strongly suggest you look elsewhere for a house.
The Mission Royale Community is a very great place to live. The small clubhouse and amenities in that area are a drawback but can be overcome by the wonderful people who live here. We have more "at home" get together's with friends than at the clubhouse.
The major drawback is the golf course. If you are looking for a place to buy to play golf, this is not for you. The private owners do not want or care if Mission residents play here. If you buy a 6 month or yearly pass, the owners no longer have any interest in your business. They cater to local RV parks who they consider to be cash customers because they do not have passes. They even give these people lower group rates than our own men's and women's leagues.
In short, great place as long as you don't play much golf. Or at least until the course gets new owners.
My husband & I moved in about 8 months ago & love it here. Our home is beautiful & the people are very friendly. You can be as active or inactive as you want to be. There are plenty of activities for anyone who wants to be involved & be kept busy. We are close to everything, restaurants, entertainment & plenty of shopping. Like a lot of people, we looked at the other communities. This community is smaller than some which we personally prefer. The staff couldn't be nicer or more helpful. I notice the only "negative" reviews were left by homeowners who declined to leave their names. No matter where you live, there will always be "something" you don't agree with, that's life. We would recommend our community to anyone & we consider ourselves very blessed & fortunate to call this our home!
Active 55 community.
Everyone has their own point of view and opinion.
If you are at an age where sitting in your home watching T.V. and listening to your heat;ac pump run 12 months a year then, as others have said, Mission Royale is the place to be.
If you are a young, or young at heart retiree who wants to stay active, there are definitely better Active Adult altenatives in the Casa Grande area.
Baseball, for example at Robson and Palm Creek.
Arts and crafts - again Mission Royale is not in the same league.
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Current strata fees at Mission Royale are less than - while the HOA is under developer control - others offering MUCH more. HOA fees at build out, as with most things in life, are an unknown.
As for pickleball, it is and will always be viewed as Crisis what crisis for many - including the HOA. Meritage has zero plans to add more courts. So, if you are a young a heart retiree, please know that this addictive game is a ton of fun for everyone; is a very nice way to meet very nice people; and it is a FACT that people have been sent home because too many are showing up, or there are many spares.
It's your money - spend it wisely.
When my wife and I decided to retire in 2012 we decided to build our new dream home in Mission Royale.
That fall we moved here as full time residents in spite of the expected hot summers which we experienced now twice in 2013 & 2014. Hot it was of course but bearable. After spending more than 40 years in Illinois
with its harsh winters, this is a cake walk.
The size of the community is just right for us.
We do not have a problem with the size of the recreation centers, the number of pickleball or tennis courts. As of now, they are just right for the number of participants. Bearing in mind how few residents stay here the full year. About 60 percent go back up north.
We say we have the community all for ourselves.
Of course the HOA is run by the developer as it is in most similar communities but only until all lots are sold. Residents are represented in decision making now.
Shopping is very accessible locally which include Sams Club practically next door, the Promenade Mall right across the street, Walgreens, many restaurants even Walmart within 3 miles.
We have no regrets and have nothing negative to say about Mission Royale.
As a renter here at Mission Royale considering a purchase in the future it should be known what is happening or actually not happening re: pickleball. Taking up this sport has been great and there are lots of others doing it as well and therein lies the problem. The number of courts are too few and inadequate to handle the numbers here at Mission Royale. This sport has taken off which is evident by the participants and what other 55+ communities are doing. Robson has certainly expanded their courts and even 2 RV parks here at Casa Grande, Sundance and Fiesta Grande recently put in pickleball courts due to the demand, both present and future. It would seem that Meritage is short sighted in their plans.
Because of the amount of pickleball we like to play, we will not consider purchasing here at Mission Royale and other potential buyers should be aware of the acute shortage there is so they may make an informed decision and not regret their decision down the road.
I would also suggest that when the community is at its fullest, residents are going to find the community center and its amenities too small as well. As they say, buyer beware!
Agree with previous reviewer that Meritage is not listening to concerns from Mission Royale residents in regards to how undersized the club house and pickleball courts will be at build out.
The HOA is still totally controlled by Meritage, and it will be until build out is reached. Having the developer control the HOA is NOT a desireable situation. The HOA BOD continues to turn it's back on the Pickleball club's continuing proactive efforts to work with them in regards to the desire(need) to have a medium term plan to expand the courts. This group would like to partner (as in pay for parts of the expansion through ongoing fund raising) with developer to build more courts. The HOA's BOD continues to totally ignore, be unresponsive, to these efforts.
Forbes.com reports the founder and current CEO of Meritage Homes, Steven Hilton, raked in $7.25 million in salary in 2013. Obviously Mr. Hilton is in business to sell houses; not to meet the needs of those who want to make that house their home. Another MEGACORP who has forgotten that us little people pay his salary?
Robson Ranch, nearby in Eloy, recently increased their number of pickleball courts to 22; we have SIX. Robson also added a 25,000 sq.ft. addition to their already generously sized clubhouse. Palm Creek (an RV + Park Model prototype in Casa Grande) has 24 pickleball courts and many more clubhouse activities than Mission Royale.
It is VERY disappointing to show up to peak period Pickleball league play and have to stand around with as many as 16 people waiting to play. Mission Royale could immediately support 12 courts; at build out double this number should be in place.
And, agree that the community center is too small.
All of these problems presenting themselves at 75 percent of build out. Due to the demonstrated evidence that the developer just wants to sell homes to make money, things will only get worse for residents wanting to play Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the world today.
Looking forward to our third winter, as Snowbirds from Canada. We spend the maximum number of days that we can in our home there each year.
Location; 50 minutes to from Sky Harbor. 55 minutes to Tucson. Unlimited golf, shopping, events available within this corridor;
Location; small, slow paced, community of 50,000 (vs. 5 million in greater Phoenix) makes it easy to get around, even by bicycle. Community continually growing so it is easy to meet other new people.
Location; walking distance to Promenade Mall, which pretty much offers everything you need. Under 15 minute drive to most major grocery stores.
The bad; small club house community center that will become even smaller as community builds out to 1200 projected homes. Community facilities pale in comparison to many other area adult housing communities in terms of activities, pickle ball and tennis courts. Appears to be no future plans to increase or add more at build out(?).
The ugly; current golf course owner-operators leave much to be desired. Very difficult for pass holders to book tee times. Owners have and are totally disconnected from the community. Most of us have ceased buying season's pass and are playing golf elsewhere. Hopefully it will only be a matter of time until current owners move on(?).
We bought a home in the Mission Royale area approximately 2 years ago knowing that this is where we wanted to retire some day. We are currently "snowbirds" and spend much of the summer in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The winters will definitely be spent in Arizona. No more shoveling snow for me. We chose Mission Royale over a number of other retirement communities because of its location and size. We didn't want to be in or near a major metropolitan area but close enought that we could make frequent trips if desired. Mission Royale is PERFECT because it has everything one would need within a reasonable distance. I have told many friends about this community and encouraged them to consider it when they decide to retire.
We moved into our new home in Mission Royale about 2 months ago. We pretty much looked at all of the active adult communities in the valley area before deciding on Mission Royale. The other smaller communities seemed far away from shopping, medical etc and the larger communities seemed just too large. Mission Royale is a smaller, friendly community with all the amenities of the large communities and is close to shopping, medical etc. The mall, Walgreens and a future Sam's Club are all within golf cart distance from any home in Mission Royale. We sure don't miss the valley traffic. The sales and construction staff are all great which made the buying experience easy.
When we left Arizona 40 years ago to move to New York we always planned to return to Nancy's hometown of Casa Grande, Arizona. We just didn't know at that time that a lovely active adult community, Mission Royale, just 10 years old, would be located there to retire to. It was quite nice to discover a place where we could enjoy the scenic views of the golf course as well as the desert and mountains out our patio door. Mission Royale provides the activities we were already involved in -- golf and tennis plus the bonus of pickle ball courts, two swimming pools, and a full fitness and recreation center including miscellaneous activities geared for active adults. Our sales representative who handled our purchase at Mission Royale couldn't have been more helpful and very thorough in her guidance thru the paperwork involved with our purchase. She has provided pictures of the progress of the building of our home from day one. Locally, a large shopping center including a cinema and restaurants is nearby supplementing the businesses of Casa Grande. A growing junior college, Central Arizona College, is nearby and offers its own variety of cultural events too. By the way, Casa Grande is located between Phoenix and Tucson, a hour's drive in either direction for even more shopping, entertainment and cultural events. We are very excited about being homeowners in this lovely community that 40 years ago was just a small rural cotton-growing community.
We recently purchased a home in Mission Royale located in Casa Grande with the help of our sales associate with Meritage Homes. She was our first contact in selecting this home and could not have been more helpful and informative in our decision to purchased a second home in the beautiful weather that Arizona offers. The decision to purchase in Casa Grande was a very personal one since Nancy was born and raised, in what at that time was a very small, rural community located between Phoenix and Tucson. Of course, it was over 40 years ago that she left when we married and moved to New York, but we always knew we would retire to Arizona eventually. We were pleasantly surprised to find Mission Royale, and discover what this active adult community had to offer. We purchased a lot and are presently building a home right on the golf course with beautiful desert and mountain views which appealed to us. A large club house is provided with two swimming pools, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, and many extra activities for active adults. Locally, a large shopping mall, including cinema and restaurants is located nearby. We also have the option of traveling to both Phoenix and Tucson for a variety of shopping, entertainment, and cultural events.
We had a home built and were so pleased with the entire process. Our sales associate was so friendly making us feel like a part of the community from the very beginning. Keeping us updated on the progress of our home on a weekly basis and answering any questions we had along the way, and was always available to us. All building dates were met as promised and everyone we were involved with had a friendly, professional attitude and made us feel that our satisfaction was very important to them. We would and have recommended this community and everyone involved to friends and associates.
We bought our home in Mission Royale 3 years ago. Our salesperson was so wonderful. She was one of the things that sold us on this community. She sent pictures of the building of our home and was there for us every step of the way. The home was just as great as they told us it would be. The golf course is nice,
the water aerobics are wonderful.
This is a great place to live. We have lived here for 7 years now..3 years as a snowbird and 4 plus years as a permanent resident. You could not ask for more in a community. We have wonderful friends, lots of activities to keep us as busy as we wnat to be. Shopping and medical facilities are all within a mile. Cultural events at the college are close as well as Phoenix and Tucson being under an hour away. We built our second home here and were very pleased with the attentiveness of the sales staff and construction crews. We have never regretted the choice we made to move here.
Living at Mission Royale is a special privilege. Aside from the nice neighbors there is a lot of stores, a hospital and just everything one want within a "stone's throw". The amenities are terrific and the staff is wonderful. I cannot say enough the would really explain how much my wife and I enjoy living there.
We are snowbirds from Canada. Three, four years ago we made several trips to Phoenix to shop for a retirement community in the area. We will never forget the day we drove in to Mission Royal, discouraged from having hunted for the perfect home in the perfect community for so long. As we were driving along the streets we observed so many people "out and about",in their front yards, chatting with their neighbors or just walking by. The birds were chirping - it felt so great. We both looked at each other and knew that this was "it". Not finding a home on the market we opted for building our own. Never have we met with a more remarkable sales staff who followed us (and took pictures) from the first stake in the ground to completion. The entire building process was painless. We are so happy with our home, our street, our neighbors, the community with all its amenities and activities - and the location so close to Casa Grande.
This is our second purchase of a home in Mission Royale we just love this community. The sales staff and construction people have just been wonderful to work with. Answered all our questions and solved any problems in a timely manner.
We have 'wintered' in Casa Grande since 1999 and this was our first year at Mission Royale. We watched with interest as Mission Royale came into being. When the luster of RV life diminished, the only choice was when. We have been here one year and it is more than we expected. One of the highlights of this process was dealing with Meritage people. The sales staff were excellent, very knowledgable & helpful but not overbearing. The post construction attention to little those 'little' things that come with a new house has been excellent. Put that with the amenities of Mission Royale and it makes for great winter living.
We enjoy the proximity to Phoenix with out being in the traffic and life of the city. People in our community are friendly and have similar interests to us.
Facilities and activities are all that we could ask for and diverse enough for all interests..
We feel our snowbird lifestyle is enjoyable at Mission Royale and look forward to retuning each year.
We purchased our home in Mission Royale a year and a half ago and the process could not have been easier. The sales and construction people were great and it was the easiest process I have ever had buying a home.
We chose Mission after looking at 5 other adult communities because of it's proximity to shopping, restaurants and easy life style. We are very happy we bought here and would do it again.
Where to start on what a great place to have a retirement home. First off, the City of Casa Grande. Small enough to get around,60,000 with snowbirds, but has everything you would want. Home Depot, Lowes for the guys. JC Penny, Dillards, Target, Kohl's, a 14 theatre complex, and a lot more shopping and restaurants right across the street. Thirty minutes to Chandler, and hour to Tucson, four and a half to Palm Springs. Great for when company comes down as there is lots to see and do within an hours drive like Saguaro National Park, the Desert Museum and much more.
Mission Royale is the perfect sized community, when completed will have around 1200 homes. We have a beautiful clubhouse, exercise area and pools. There is a great golf course right in side and if you love golf there are 4 or 5 more good ones within a half hour drive. And good rates, a lot less than Chandler,Gilbert and tons less than Scottsdale.
The folks at Meritage were a dream to work with. Our saleslady was, and is, spectacular. We are Canadians and were not in Casa Grande during construction. She sent us pictures almost daily as we watched our home progress. The construction manager was also great, helpful in every way. Our home is well built and we love the low power bills in the summer. Meritage gives you many plans to consider and once you make your selection they make it real easy to work on your design. Their team of design experts were fun to deal with, we really got a sense that everyone was there to make sure you were happy, both before and after the sale.
What's holding you back. Come in meet the friendliest neighbors around!
We did not think of buying a home in Arizona, but one day we were heading to a RV show at the Mall to pick out a new 5th wheel. I also wanted to view the new model homes in Mission Royale at that time. We went to the model homes first,toured them, loved all of them and the next thing I knew we were having one built. My husband and I were very impressed with the layout of all the models and the sales associate.
The construction process went very smoothly, as we were out of the country during that time. The foreman was very easy to deal with and looked after any concerns immediately. Our sales associate was wonderful and tended to the paperwork in a very knowledgeable and professional manner. We also appreciated our sales associate sending us pictures of different stages of construction and keeping us up-to-date on the progress of the build. After the closing date the construction foreman looked after any concerns we had regarding, minimal and minute repairs that we needed to have tended to.
Having a subdivision with activities, pool, golf course, etc. sold us on Mission Royale and it is so easy to meet people from different backgrounds and communities. If you've ever had concerns as to what you might do after you retire, Mission Royale is the place to be. You will never be bored.
Mission Royal is "luxury" at a "very reasonable price".
WE LOVE IT!
We chose Mission Royale 5 years ago. The community is friendly and convenient to shopping and medical care. After 5 years we have decided to build a larger home here. With the construction of both of our homes we have found the process to be organized and more simple than homes we had custom built in the past before we retired. We would highly recommend Mission Royale 55 Communities. We hope the CCR's will continue to be enforced as they were when we first moved here as that is one of the reasons we chose an active adult community.
My wife and I spent 3 years looking at 55+ communities in Arizona. We rejected the Phoenix area because of the traffic and air pollution. We chose Mission Royale because of its close proximity to the Promanade shopping center, the good condition of the development, the home models that met our life style, the golf course, and the price of the homes. The golf course is the best course in the Casa Grande area. Also, we are only 30 minutes from the Phoenix area which has unlimited shopping including Costco and Sam's Club. The medical facilities are better in Casa Grande than in most small cities. Being close to Phoenix gives us access to world class medical facilities, shopping, and entertainment without having to live there.
We have resided in Mission Royale for three years and I am grateful everyday that we made the decision to retire here.
I was in Georgia while my house was being built. I received pictures via email showing the progress of my house and these emails were almost daily. The sales staff was always available and addressed all of our concerns swiftly and accurately. We always had access to the construction foreman if we had any questions or concerns.
My husband and I have met so many wonderfully interesting people in this community. There are many activities to choose from. There are many physical activities, various game clubs and always some special event that gives one a great opportunity to socialize.
If I won the lottery, I don't think I could give up living amongst all the wonderful friends that have come into our lives.
We built in Mission Royale and the experience exceeded our expectations. The sales team and construction manager could not do enough to assist us. We love the location and the amenities in Mission Royale. A beautiful 18 hole golf course, pickle ball, state of art gym, pools and many more activities await us. The location was important to us as we are close to shopping, medical facilities and fine dining. So happy we found this gem in the desert.
After reviewing other adult communities I selected Mission Royale because of the house construction, design and amenities. Mission Royale's amenities plus the close proximity of shopping and medical facilities were a key item in the decision.
I was also greatly impressed with the sales personnel in their desire to professionally aide me in every element of the purchase.
I continue to feel that selecting Mission Royale was the best decision.
We purchased our home here a year ago and were thoroughly happy with that experience. The sales personnel and construction liaison were very helpful and kept us apprised of everything having to do with building our dream house. The community is friendly and there are lots of activities available for those who want to participate. I would reccommend this community to anyone looking for a great place to retire.
We moved from a winter park model home to Mission Royale in order to own our property. The sales person is the nicest, most helpful facilitator I have ever dealt with. This agent goes the extra mile to make you happy, even after the sale is completed. The project manager is prompt and efficient. I love the exercise facilities and the dance, arobics, weight classes are great. Everyone is so friendly. The golf course is superb, particularly the challenging large greens. I have particularly enjoyed being so close to restaurants, shops and movie theatre; all within walking distance. Nice not to have to fight traffic in Casa Grande, but, when you need the "big city fix" Phoenix, Chandler and Tuscon are within an hour's drive. We have wintered in Casa Grande for 10 years and hope to have many more at Mission Royale.
After checking out many active adult communities, we purchased in Mission Royale. We felt it was the best fit for us because of the location of the community being near shopping, restaurants, entertainment and a regional medical facility.
We have found the residents very welcoming and friendly. We look forward to enjoying the many activities the community has to offer.
Most of all, the assistance that was given, after the sale, was far beyond superior.
We definitely feel we made the right choice
I love it here. The small town of Casa Grande and the community at Mission Royale are wonderful. Everyone here is friendly and the homes appear to be built for the heat of summer--I would take this over a winter in the mid-west any day! Sales reps and the construction supervisor have been very responsive and helpful to me. Great community with lots of ammenities to offer.
We rented last year in Mission Royale to get a feel for the community and the people living there. We quickly knew after meeting residents and the really helpful sale staff that this was a place we would love.
We spent a couple years before this, looking at the other communities in the area, and realized for us Midwesterners from Iowa, this was the place for us.
The purchasing and building process was flawless thanks to the ongoing support from the sales person and the supervisor for our home. There are many activities available for just about anyone. Its a great neighborhood to live in!
We purchased in Mission Royale, after spending some time in the area with friends, about 4 years ago. We love it! it was a great decision on our part and we wouldn't change a thing. The sales personnel helped us in every way possible and we now consider them friends. We enjoy all of the facilities and have purchased a golf membership every winter that we have been there. Being Canadians, we hate to leave to come back home for the summer and look forward to the day we can escape back to Arizona and our home in Mission Royale. After 4 years, we have met more people and enjoy more activities and social events than anywhere else. It seems that everyone we meet is there for the same reason we are...to enjoy life, stay active and spend time with friends. We would, and do, recommend Mission Royale to everyone we meet.
Something we thought we would never do, buy in a planned community! This was our first winter in Mission Royale and we can't say enough good things. The activities are well planned and there are enough of them. The people, who are some of the finest you will find and the social activities are beyond our expectations.
An agent from their sales office, not really a sales person, but more like a facilitator, is the reason we bought our home, she took us through the whole process all the way up to helping us with our move and introducing us to other people in Mission.
Our rep from the Construction side of the house is very good and has checked in with us often to make sure everything in our new home is satisfactory.
Can't say enough, this is a great place.
Jan & Al Himmelman
I have sold homes in Mission Royale for almost six years now so I can really attest to what AWESOME people live in the community. I lived on site for three years before purchasing a home myself here and couldn't be happier with my home, the community, my neighbors and the quality of construction that Meritage Homes offers. One question that should always be asked when you are shopping for a home is "Do you live in the community"? For most the answer will be no. For me it's a big "YES". I could have purchased a home at any of the other AA sites but chose Mission for many reasons. Again the group of people here are A+! You won't find a more warm, friendly, welcoming community. The location is perfect! Everything you'll need is within seconds or minutes of you. You can walk, drive or better yet take your golf cart to shopping, restaurants or the movies. I am an AZ native and have lived in many areas across Arizona over the years. I don't miss anything that the larger cities have to offer. Casa Grande has everything you need. Mission Royale also offers easy access to the I-10 so you can take a short drive into the Phoenix or Tucson areas if you need to. Lots of activities are going on all the time. There is something for everyone here!!
We chose Mission Royale partially due to our fabulous sales agent whose energy, enthusiasm and immense knowledge really gave us some persective on what life would be like in Mission Royale. We like the homes, love to golf, and enjoy that we have quick access to shopping (Mall within blocks), and a movie theatre. Everyone one is real friendly and welcoming. Looking forward to spending more time and enjoying all the activities.
Another community in the area just didn't fit the bill and didn't seem to be as friendly and inviting.
Mission Royale is an AWESOME community!! I moved into the community over 3 years ago and am so happy with my decision to purchase here. The location is the BEST available. Across the street from Promenade Mall we have shopping, restaurants and movie theaters within walking or golf cart distance. Easy access to the I-10 allows me to run into Tucson or Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix. Everyone here is super friendly. It's a smaller community than the others I looked at with just under 1300 homes which I love as it has a real community feel. The golf course is great and there is lots to do!! You will love Mission Royale.