Rear view of a row of houses at Unit 8 at StoneRidge at Prescott Valley, Arizona

Active adults seeking a gated community should take a look at these options in Northern Arizona.

Northern Arizona is different from Central and Southern Arizona. There's less of the desert landscape most associated with the state, and more in the way of forests and mountains. It's cooler in summer, and it has snowy winters. It appeals to people who like the outdoors lifestyle, and those who don't want the big city living of somewhere like Phoenix.

Some active adults prefer gated communities, while some prefer more open communities, but before you decide, check out all the pros and cons of gated communities. There are several gated communities in Northern Arizona, mostly in and around Prescott with one in the small town of Cornville.

Hassayampa Village - Prescott, AZ

Low $200s - Low $4Ms

Hassayampa Village is a gated community with no age restriction. With 660 homes in total, the community has a mix of condos, attached, and single-family homes. It's less than ten minutes from the center of Prescott, a popular tourist spot with historic buildings, art galleries, bars, and restaurants. Ten minutes in the other direction takes you out into the picturesque hills and forests of Northern Arizona.

Amenities in this gated community include a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse, an 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a fitness center, a sauna, an arts and crafts room, and courts for tennis, basketball, and volleyball. Models range from condos at 1,400 square feet through to single-family homes that have over 6,000 square feet.

Learn more information about Hassayampa Village here.

Victorian Estates - Prescott Valley, AZ

Mid $200s - High $300s

Victorian Estates is a gated community with 178 single-family homes. It's in the small town of Dewey in Prescott Valley, a 15-minute drive from downtown Prescott in an area originally settled by gold prospectors. Within a 5-minute drive, you can find both hillside hiking trails as well as a large Costco and other stores.

Amenities include a clubhouse, a library, an exercise room, a sauna and hot tub, an outdoor pool, and walking trails. There are seven models available, and the smallest is 1,020 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The largest models have 1,935 square feet with two bedrooms, a den, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

Learn more information about Victorian Estates here.

The Gardens at Willow Creek - Prescott, AZ

Mid $200s - Mid $300s

The Gardens at Willow Creek is a gated community of 105 single-family homes for the 55+ active adult. It's located a 15-minute drive north of downtown Prescott in the Prescott Lakes area, a popular place for hiking and boating.

Amenities at this gated community include a 2,000-square-foot clubhouse, an exercise room, a library, an arts and crafts studio, billiards, and an outdoor pool. The smallest of the nine models is 1,132 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The largest homes are 1,808 square feet with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

Learn more information about The Gardens at Willow Creek here.

Dorado at Verde Santa Fe - Cornville, AZ

High $200s - Low $400s

Dorado at Verde Santa Fe is a gated community with 96 single-family homes for the 55+ active adult. It's in Cornville, a town of a few thousand people that's about 45 miles northeast of Prescott and a 20-minute drive from the beautiful red rocks country around the busy tourist town of Sedona.

Although it's a small community, Dorado at Verde Santa Fe has impressive amenities. These include two clubhouses, two fitness centers, an 18-hole golf course, two outdoor pools, and hiking and biking trails. There are six home models available, the smallest being 1,302 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. The largest models offer 2,125 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

Learn more information about Dorado at Verde Santa Fe here.

Unit 8 at StoneRidge - Prescott Valley, AZ

High $300s - Low $400s

With no age restriction, Unit 8 at StoneRidge is a small gated community of just 35 single-family homes for the active adult. It's located within the larger planned community of StoneRidge in Prescott Valley, a 20-minute drive east of the center of Prescott. Phoenix is a 90-minute drive to the south.

The community's amenities include a clubhouse, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, an 18-hole golf course, hiking trails, and courts for tennis, basketball, and volleyball. There are four models available. The smallest offers 1,780 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-and-a-half-car garage. The largest models offer 2,204 square feet with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a three-car garage.

Learn more information about Unit 8 at StoneRidge here.