Archive: June 2009
Retiring to the Southwest does not mean you have to limit your options to typical retirement hotspots such as Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas. The mild winters, affordable housing and abundance of active adult communities have attracted retirees to these areas for years. However, as the desires of retirees continue to evolve, so have their preferred retirement living destinations. One area that has become increasingly popular among retirees in recent years is New Mexico.
In the last several years real estate values have plummeted nationwide. The most recent Case-Shiller 20-city index noted the average home prices in America’s 20 largest metropolitan areas have now fallen double digits since peaking in 2006. Places like Phoenix, Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco, San Diego and Tampa have fared the worst. Since 2006, average real estate prices have fallen 40 to 50 percent in these hardest hit markets.
55Places.com announced the top 10 active adult retirement communities in Arizona for 2009. Communities were evaluated based on location, amenities, lifestyle, homes and value. The results were compiled after an extensive two-month review. The information was gathered via community tours and interviews with homeowners, potential buyers and local real estate agents.
The Villages in Florida is one of the most highly acclaimed active adult communities in the world. The Villages has consistently received more searches and inquiries than any other community on our site. It is located 60 miles northeast of Orlando in the heart of central Florida. It spans two zip codes, three counties and will eventually be home to over 100,000 aged 55+ residents. For over 30 years retirees have been flocking to The Villages to enjoy a life of leisure, golf and warm Florida sunshine.