Ranch-style home with Arizona desert and mountains in the background

Many active adults are looking to downsize. Tucson is a great place to do that.

As well as its many other attractions, Tucson has a number of communities that are great for downsizing, whether you want to live in a large or small 55+ active adult community, whether you want to be in or outside the city, and whether you want to be close to the interstate or the airport.

One factor to take into account when downsizing to Tucson in Southern Arizona is just how much to downsize. Those things which make it an attractive place to retire to also make it an attractive place for family and friends to want to visit. A spare bedroom, or a den which can be used as a hobby room but double as a spare bedroom when needed, is an attractive option.

SaddleBrooke - Tucson

High $100s - High $900s

Woman golfing on the Saddlebrooke golf course surrounded by scenic mountains.

With a 40+ age restriction, SaddleBrooke combines a fun atmosphere with affordable, quaint homes.

SaddleBrooke is a large and younger 40+ community with 4,589 single-family and attached homes. It's a 45-minute drive north of Downtown Tucson, but only 10 minutes from the foothills of the Catalina Mountains, making it a good choice if you want to enjoy the great outdoors as well as downsizing.

SaddleBrooke has several models which offer one bedroom and a den, all with two bathrooms and a two-car garage. Smaller homes are priced in the high $100s and low $200s, reflecting the many amenities which a large development like SaddleBrooke can provide. These include two 18-hole golf courses, several pools, tennis courts, and a 478-seat theater.

Sun City Oro Valley

High $100s - Low $400s

Sun City Oro Valley is in the small town of Oro Valley which runs into Tucson's northern suburbs. It's 40 minutes from Downtown Tucson and five minutes from the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. This 45+ age-restricted community has 2,488 single-family and attached homes.

Even the smallest models have one bedroom plus a den, along with one bathroom and a two-car garage. These homes cost in the high $100s. Amenities include an 18-hole golf course, numerous arts and crafts studios including an Artisan Center, two outdoor pools, and eight tennis courts.

Continental Ranch Sunflower - Marana

Mid $100s - Mid $200s

Continental Ranch Sunflower is a 55+ active adult community of 967 single-family homes. It's in the small town of Marana, northwest of Tucson and five minutes from Interstate 10, meaning that Downtown Tucson is only a twenty-minute drive away. It's 30 minutes to Tucson International Airport, while the international airport in Phoenix is a 90-minute drive.

The smallest models are 1,096 square feet and provide one bedroom and a den, one-and-a-half bathrooms, and a two-car garage. Amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool and spa, an arts and crafts studio, and three tennis courts.

La Cholla Hills - Tucson

High $100s - Mid $300s

Outdoor pool and patio with clubhouse buildings in La Cholla Hills

La Cholla Hills is a good option for active adults who want easy trips to the fun of Downtown Tucson.

La Cholla Hills is more suited to those who want to be closer to Downtown Tucson. It's in the northern suburbs, on the edge of the Oro Valley, and a 25-minute drive from downtown. There are 389 single-family and attached homes in this community for 55+ active adults.

With smaller models at 700 square feet, it's possible to find homes here in the mid $100s. Amenities include two heated outdoor pools and spas, three tennis courts, and courts for bocce, pickleball, and shuffleboard.

Altura - Tucson

Low $100s - Low $400s

Altura is set in a desert landscape, a 40-minute drive southeast of Downtown Tucson. It's 30 minutes from Tucson International Airport, and only a few miles from the edge of Saguaro National Park East and from the Rincon Mountains, making it more suitable to those who want to be enjoying the Arizona outdoor lifestyle while downsizing. This 55+ gated community has 240 single-family and attached homes.

Floor plans start at 934 square feet for one-bedroom and one-bathroom homes with a one-car garage. Among its amenities Altura has a clubhouse, fitness center, restaurant, lighted tennis court, and an outdoor pool and spa.

Casitas de Castilian - Tucson

Below $100k - High $100s

Casitas de Castilian will appeal to those who want to enjoy the benefits of city living, as it is only a 20-minute drive due north of Downtown Tucson. It's also five minutes from the Tucson Mall, one of the city's major shopping malls. It's a small community of 100 attached homes for active 55+ retirees.

The smallest models are 800 square feet, and all homes here have carports, but no garages. Prices are therefore more modest, starting in the low $100s for one-bedroom, one-bathroom homes. Amenities for residents include a clubhouse, two outdoor pools, and a tennis court.

Mona Lisa Village - Tucson

Low $100s - Mid $100s

Mona Lisa Village is also in Tucson's northern suburbs, a 25-minute drive from downtown. It's a three-minute drive from another of Tucson's major shopping centers, the Foothills Mall. This 55+ gated community is made up of 100 attached homes.

Floor plans begin at 843 square feet and all homes come with a carport, but no garages. Smaller homes appealing to the downsizer can be found in the mid $100s. Amenities include a clubhouse, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool and spa.