There are a few popular gated communities in Scottsdale, an affluent and upmarket suburb of Phoenix but also a city in its own right. Gated communities are popular among many active adult homebuyers for the added measure of security that they give, although there are pros and cons.
Scottsdale has a number of fashionable shopping areas as well as upscale restaurants, bars, and nightlife. It has numerous art galleries and museums, such as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Western Spirit (Scottsdale's Museum of the West), and Taliesin West. Scottsdale also has some of the best golf courses and golf resorts in the world, with its warm Central Arizona climate making play possible almost all year round.
All of this makes Scottsdale a popular choice for people seeking an active adult or lifestyle community, and here are three of its popular gated communities.
Low $400s - Low $1Ms
Terravita is a gated lifestyle community with no age restriction and 1,380 single-family homes. It's located 45 minutes north of downtown Scottsdale, providing easy access to the outdoor recreational opportunities in the mountains around Phoenix. There are several parks, restaurants, and shops around Terravita.
Amenities center around the Terravita Golf and Country Club, which provides an 18-hole golf course, a 34,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, several eating options, an aerobics and dance studio, six tennis courts, and an outdoor pool. A separate clubhouse provides a hobby and game room and a library. There are also numerous clubs, groups, activities, and classes, allowing residents to socialize. These include card and board games, aerobics, Bible study, block parties, comedy nights, fashion shows, tennis leagues, wine parties, and travel groups.
There are 20 home models available at Terravita. The smallest models offer 1,384 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The largest models offer 3,730 square feet with three bedrooms, a den, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and a three-car garage, The Aura model, though slightly smaller at 3,455 square feet, has an extra bedroom.
High $100s - Low $400s
With a choice of restaurants and shops within a five-minute walk, Scottsdale Shadows is a gated lifestyle community with no age restriction and 838 condos. It's a ten-minute drive northeast of downtown Scottsdale, across the street from Camelback Park.
Amenities include a clubhouse, a library, separate men's and women's fitness centers (each with its own sauna), several arts and crafts studios, a nine-hole golf course, three outdoor pools, two tennis courts, and walking and biking trails. Residents socialize through ballroom dances, holiday parties, musical performances, BBQs, casino trips, organized day trips, shopping trips, Friday night movies, water aerobics, and several other groups, clubs, classes, and activities.
There are several attractive home models at Scottsdale Shadows. The smallest model offers 850 square feet with one bedroom, one bathroom, and one underground parking place. The largest condos offer 2,352 square feet with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and one underground parking spot. Some of the larger condos have two parking places.
Mid $300s - Mid $800s
Bellasera is a gated lifestyle community of 360 single-family homes with no age restriction. It's a 35-minute drive due north of downtown Scottsdale and closer to the mountains to the north of the Phoenix urban area. There are numerous restaurants within a five-minute drive as well as The Summit shopping mall.
Amenities at Bellasera include a clubhouse, a fitness center, a catering kitchen, and a media room. Outside, residents have access to a pool and spa, two lighted tennis courts, a lighted basketball court, eight miles of hiking trails, a walking and jogging track, and a pet park. There are several clubs, groups, activities, and classes for residents to enjoy, including bridge, a book club, a poker group, hiking, ice cream socials, lunches and pot lucks, water aerobics, Pilates, and yoga.
Bellasera has 11 home models available. The smallest models offer 1,394 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The largest homes offer 3,387 square feet with three bedrooms, a den/fourth bedroom, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a two-car garage.