Contributing Writer

Mike Gerrard

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Mike Gerrard writes about Arizona active adult communities for 55places.com. British-born, he has lived in a 55+ community in Southern Arizona with his American wife since 2005. He has been a full-time freelance writer for about thirty years, and his first job after moving to Arizona was to write a piece about Arizona property values for The Times of London. He has won several awards for his work, writing about travel, drinks, property, music, and other topics for companies including American Express, National Geographic, Microsoft, Google, the BBC, AAA, The Huffington Post, and many more.

Mike has also written over 40 guidebooks, one podcast, three radio plays for the BBC, a collection of travel writing, and a crime novel. He currently lives in Green Valley, Arizona, midway between Tucson and the Mexican border.

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139 Articles by Mike Gerrard

  • 5 Phoenix Communities Big on Pickleball

    by Mike Gerrard on July 21st, 2021

    Pickleball is still one of the biggest sports for active adults, and there are several Phoenix communities big on pickleball. Even if you pick a 55+ community in the Phoenix area that isn't big on pickleball itself, you might want to choose a general area where pickleball is popular, with tournaments and organized events.


  • The Trilogy Communities of Arizona

    by Mike Gerrard on July 16th, 2021

    The Trilogy communities of Arizona are noted for their resort-style amenities and their upscale clubhouses. Trilogy's Arizona communities can all be found in Central Arizona, from Wickenburg and Peoria north of Phoenix to the San Tan Valley south of Phoenix. Here are the Trilogy communities of Arizona.


  • Heritage at Asante in Surprise, AZ Adds New Home Collection

    by Mike Gerrard on July 16th, 2021

    The popular Heritage at Asante community is welcoming a new collection of homes that offer multi-generational living and RV storage. Keep reading to find out all the details of these thoughtfully designed homes.


  • Phoenix Area Communities With No Age Restrictions

    by Mike Gerrard on July 7th, 2021

    If you don't yet qualify for a 55+ or even a 40+ active adult community, there are several Phoenix area communities with no age restrictions. If you retire early or want a vacation home prior to a full retirement in Arizona, then there are a number of attractive communities to choose from.


  • Arizona Communities Where Homes Sell Fast

    by Mike Gerrard on June 30th, 2021

    In Arizona, the five communities where homes sell fast are all in the Phoenix area, both in Phoenix itself and in the neighboring cities of Scottsdale and Mesa. Homes in these communities typically sell within an average of 30-40 days after going on the market. This information is sourced from internal 55places data.