View of the outdoor shuffleboard courts at Fountain of the Sun in Mesa, Arizona

If you're looking to retire in a gated community in Arizona, here are three active adult communities to consider.

Mesa is at the extreme east of the urban area. Downtown Phoenix is less than a 25-minute drive from Downtown Mesa, but if you choose to live in northeast Mesa, then you’re just a few minutes from outdoor pursuits, such as hiking trails and other attractions at the 3,648-acre Usery Mountain Regional Park.

If you’ve decided you prefer to live in a gated community and you’ve narrowed down your search to Mesa, there are four gated communities to choose from. As well as being part of the Phoenix urban spread, Mesa is a city in its own right. It’s the third-largest city in Arizona with its own historic downtown, museums, restaurants, shopping, and a population of about half a million.

Let's explore the four gated communities in Mesa.

Leisure World

Low $200s - High $700s

A fountain in a pond on the grounds of Leisure World in Mesa, Arizona

Leisure World is a 20-minute drive from Downtown Mesa.

Leisure World has 2,664 condo, attached, and single-family homes for the 45+ active adult looking for an Arizona retirement or a holiday home. It’s located across from the Superstition Springs Center, a large shopping mall with such stores as BestBuy and Walmart. It’s a 20-minute drive from Downtown Mesa and a 35-minute drive from Downtown Phoenix. The outdoor attractions of Red Mountain Park, including sports fields and a fishing lake, are about 15 minutes away.

Leisure World has numerous amenities, with two 18-hole golf courses, a 10,000-square-foot fitness center, three ballrooms, a library, three outdoor pools, six tennis courts, and other courts for bocce, pickleball, shuffleboard, and basketball. Arts and crafts enthusiasts can make use of a woodworking shop, a ceramics studio, a sewing studio, and a general arts and crafts studio.

Current homes for sale range from the mid $200s to the mid $600s. Condos start at just under 1,000 square feet and have one to three bedrooms, while single-family homes range from 1,000 to over 3,000 square feet.

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Fountain of the Sun

High $100s - Mid $400s

An outdoor pool and whirlpool spa at Fountain of the Sun in Mesa, Arizona

Amenities at Fountain of the Sun include a heated outdoor pool and spa.

Fountain of the Sun has 2,296 attached, manufactured, and single-family homes for the 55+ active adult. It’s a 25-minute drive due east of Mesa’s downtown and ten minutes from the large Superstition Springs shopping mall with its cinemas, restaurants, bars, banks, and major shopping chains. In less than 15 minutes, you can reach Usery Mountain Regional Park and Tonto National Forest.

Fountain of the Sun has its own country club with an 18-hole golf course, clubhouse, pro shop, restaurant, and bar. If you’re not a keen golfer, then the community’s amenities also include a fitness center, a heated outdoor pool and spa, pickleball and shuffleboard courts, a library, and an arts and crafts studio.

The smallest models here are attached homes at less than 1,000 square feet, offering one bedroom, one bathroom, and an attached garage. The manufactured homes have two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached carport or garage, while the single-family homes go from 1,220 to 2,100 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached garage. Current homes for sale range from the low $300s to the low $400s.

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Verde Groves

High $200s - High $300s

View of the gated entrance at Verde Groves in Mesa, Arizona

As a smaller community, Verde Groves has 210 attached homes.

Verde Groves has 210 attached homes for the 55+ active adult. It’s a 15-minute drive due east of the center of Mesa, and it's a few minutes from a small shopping mall with a Fry’s grocery and fast-food restaurants like Papa John’s Pizza and Wendy’s.

As a smaller community, Verde Groves naturally cannot offer the amenities of the other two Mesa gated communities. However, residents still enjoy the use of a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, two outdoor pools, a ballroom, a library, a sewing studio, a ceramics studio, and an arts and crafts studio.

The smallest models here are 1,206 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. There are four other models, the largest being the Summit, which has 1,851 square feet, two bedrooms, a den, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. Current homes for sale start in the mid $300s.

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Sunland Village

Mid $200s - Mid $400s

The Salt River and desert mountains near Mesa, Arizona

Sunland Village offers an amenity-rich lifestyle.

Alongside its 2,500 single-family and condominium homes, Sunland Village offers an amenity-rich lifestyle. Residents have access to a clubhouse with multipurpose space, a fitness center, and a library as well as two swimming pools, a barbecue area, a horseshoe pit, athletic courts, and an on-site golf course. There are also many opportunities for outdoor recreation within the surrounding mountains, deserts, rivers, and parks.

Homebuyers who want to purchase within a gated community will find a variety of floor plans and price points here. The single-family homes range from about 1,080 to 2,060 square feet with two or three bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and carports, while the condo homes range from about 850 to 1,700 square feet with one to three bedrooms and one or two bathrooms. Current homes for sale range from the low $300s to the mid $400s.

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