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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125 Articles by this Author

  • What It's Like to Live In Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch

    by Mike Gerrard on January 20th, 2021

    What is it like to live in a lifestyle community like Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch? To provide interested homebuyers with a better idea of what it's like to live in Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch, we spoke with two residents who have lived there for the last few years. We also spoke with the Wickenburg Ranch Lifestyle Director.


  • Exploring the 55+ Communities in Sierra Vista, Arizona

    by Mike Gerrard on January 5th, 2021

    Sierra Vista appeals to homebuyers who want smaller communities of a few hundred people rather than the larger communities you find around Phoenix and Tucson. It's very much for those who like small-town living rather than the big city, but there's still a lot going on and the place has great character.

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  • Mesa Communities With Homes for Sale Under $200k

    by Mike Gerrard on December 29th, 2020

    Mesa is part of the Phoenix area, but it's also a city in its own right, the third-largest in Arizona after Phoenix and Tucson. There are plenty of active adult communities in Mesa that have affordable homes for sale. Some of these communities offer homes under $100k, but all six have homes available at under $200k.

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  • Quail Creek Breaks Ground on Canyon Club

    by Mike Gerrard on December 23rd, 2020

    Quail Creek already boasts a 27-hole championship golf course, a clubhouse, the Anza Athletic Club, and a Creative Arts and Technology Center. A groundbreaking ceremony has now taken place which will add the brand new 36,500-square-foot Canyon Club to Quail Creek's amenities.

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  • The Best-Reviewed Communities in Arizona

    by Mike Gerrard on December 11th, 2020

    One way to help narrow your choice if you're thinking of buying a home in an active adult community in Arizona is to look at its best-reviewed communities. We've selected the four best-reviewed communities in Arizona. These communities all received three or more five-star reviews by resident homeowners and no critical reviews.