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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142 Articles by Mike Gerrard

  • The Best Communities in Arizona for Snowbirds

    by Mike Gerrard on November 22nd, 2021

    The 55+ active adult communities in Central and Southern Arizona appeal to snowbirds as they provide the best amenities with the warmest winter climates. Many snowbirds fly south (or southwest) in the winter months to avoid the harsh winters in places like the Midwest and New England, making Arizona a top snowbird destination.


  • 4 Reasons Why Residents Love Sun City Grand

    by Mike Gerrard on November 16th, 2021

    Reasons why residents love Sun City Grand, a 45+ active adult community in Surprise, in Phoenix in Central Arizona, include its golf and other sporting facilities, its location, its active lifestyle opportunities, and its affordable homes.


  • What To Do With Your Snowbird Property If You Don't Travel

    by Mike Gerrard on November 12th, 2021

    In a recent survey of snowbirds, 55places.com found that a number of them were planning to avoid snowbirding this winter. There are good reasons not to travel in the current climate, but what should you do with your snowbird property if you choose not to travel?


  • The Best Lowest-Priced 55+ Communities in Arizona

    by Mike Gerrard on November 3rd, 2021

    There are many low-priced 55+ communities in Arizona. These range from smaller communities to the largest 55+ communities in Arizona. Buyers can also choose to be in a more remote location surrounded by desert landscapes and forests or in the Phoenix metropolitan area.


  • The Hidden Costs of Snowbirding

    by Mike Gerrard on October 29th, 2021

    Buying a second home involves the initial capital outlay, but there are also hidden costs to snowbirding as a way of life. Some will be one-off costs and others will involve ongoing regular payments, so it's good to have an idea of the costs upfront if you're planning to become a snowbird.