Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch is an affordable Del Webb active adult community near Phoenix, Arizona.

Active adults don’t have to pay a lot to find great retirement destinations in Arizona. Many age-restricted communities in The Grand Canyon State feature resort-style recreations as well as affordable homes. The following communities let residents find budget-friendly homes while still enjoying amenities like golf courses, state-of-the-art fitness centers, swimming pools, and sports courts.

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch – Florence, AZ

The beautiful homes in Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch are thoughtfully designed to appeal to older adults with features like main-level living, quiet courtyards, front porches, and optional casitas. Their prices are affordable too, starting as low as the mid-$100s.

Active adult residents will love the fabulous line-up of amenities both within Sun City Anthem and in the larger Merrill Ranch community. These amenities include an exclusive 48,000 square-foot clubhouse, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, restaurants, sports courts, and the 18-hole Poston Butte Golf Course.

Solera at Johnson Ranch – Queen Creek, AZ

Just 40 miles southeast of Phoenix, Solera at Johnson Ranch is an affordable 55+ enclave within the larger Johnson Ranch community. Solera features 725 single-family homes with prices starting in the mid-$100s.

Its exclusive amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, hobby and game rooms, tennis and bocce courts, and an outdoor swimming pool. Residents also have access to amenities in the larger community, such as the 18-hole golf course, restaurant, spa, playing fields, and a fishing pond.

Trilogy at Encanterra – Queen Creek, AZ

Active adult homebuyers can find affordable resale and new construction homes in Trilogy at Encanterra. Built by Shea Homes, this resort-style community welcomes residents aged 55+ with beautiful homes and country club living.

Highlights of the fabulous amenities include a private 18-hole golf course, a full-service spa, private restaurants and bars, hobby and game rooms, a fitness center, sports courts, and luxurious outdoor swimming pools. New and resale homes are available starting in the high $100s.


Sunbird is a gated golf course community offering reasonably priced homes and world-class amenities.

Sunbird – Chandler, AZ

With 1,631 lovely homes, Sunbird is a mid-sized Robson Community which offers an active adult lifestyle with an affordable price tag. This well-established community has a more intimate atmosphere than some of the area’s larger developments, yet it still has plenty to offer by way of amenities and recreation.

The 43,000 square-foot clubhouse features hobby and game rooms, a fitness center, a grand ballroom, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and more. The 18-hole, 4,350-yard golf course is perfect for resident golfers who want a relaxing day on the greens.

Homes can be found for less than $100,000 and range up to the high $200s.

Sun City Oro Valley – Tucson, AZ

Situated just 20 miles from Downtown Tucson, Sun City Oro Valley offers magnificent mountain views, challenging golf, diverse social recreations and thoughtfully designed homes with prices beginning in the high $100s. This fully developed community stretches across 1,000 acres, including 2,400 homes, three spacious clubhouses, recreation-filled grounds, and an 18-hole championship golf course.

Sun City Oro Valley was built between 1986 and 1996, with nearly 50 different floor plans available during construction. Today, homebuyers can find resale homes in a wide range of styles, sizes, and prices.

Continental Ranch Sunflower – Marana, AZ

With less than 1,000 homes and a prime location just 15 miles from Tucson, Continental Ranch Sunflower is an ideal retirement destination for many active adult homebuyers. Its amenity-rich clubhouse and fitness complex provide ample support for active living, while the golf course—built into an old rock quarry—gives players a unique golf experience. Continental Ranch Sunflowers' lovely single-family homes are priced from the mid-$100s to high $200s.