Want an Arizona 55+ community without the heat? Check out Northern Arizona.

While Southern and Central Arizona get a lot of the press, Northern Arizona has become a popular choice for active adults seeking a relaxing lifestyle, a more temperate climate, and easy access to outdoor recreation. Residents also enjoy the fact that there are distinct seasons and more greenery in the northern part of the state.

As more and more retirees head to this area, developers have responded by offering an abundance of age-restricted communities that cater to the needs of modern active adults. Below we’re rounding up some of the best lowest-priced options that Northern Arizona has to offer.

Prescott Canyon Estates – Prescott, AZ

Mid $100s - High $100s

Prescott Canyon Estates offers a tight-knit environment and comfortable amenities. This 55+ community consists of 255 single family homes that are affordably priced. These quaint homes are great for those looking for a low-maintenance lifestyle.

Prescott Canyon Estates keeps its residents active and engaged with a community clubhouse. Residents can stay in shape with a fitness center, relax at the indoor pool and spa, or engage in a little friendly competition on the tennis court. There are also trails for walking and biking. The community’s convenient location in Prescott gives residents easy access to shopping and dining options.

Hillcrest Park – Bullhead City, AZ

Low $100s - Mid $100s

Hillcrest Park is another popular option for homebuyers seeking a low-priced 55+ community in Northern Arizona. Development began in 2003 and is ongoing, so many of the homes have modern features. When complete, the community will have 212 single-family homes upon completion. The completed homes range in size from 1,134 to 1,643 square feet and have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a carport or attached two-car garage.

At the center of Hillcrest Park is its 3,600 square-foot clubhouse where residents can enjoy a fitness area, library, outdoor pool and spa, outdoor patio, and more. The community is ideally located just outside Laughlin, NV, giving residents easy access to world-class entertainment options, popular dining spots, and great shopping. 

The Gardens at Willow Creek – Prescott, AZ

Low $200s - High $200s

For those who value being close to daily conveniences and nightlife, the Gardens at Willow Creek is a top choice. This 55+ community is ideally situated within driving distance of Prescott’s historic downtown area. With just 105 single-family homes, this community maintains a tight-knit atmosphere. These craftsman-style homes range in size from 1,132 to 1,808 square feet with at least two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

The Gardens at Willow Creek has an inviting 2,000 square-foot community center where residents can catch up and socialize. In addition to its main room, it has a library, catering kitchen, and arts & crafts room. Outdoors, residents can enjoy a heated pool and spa, spacious patio, and a barbecue area. When residents are in the mood for nightlife, they don’t have to drive far as historic Old Town Prescott is just minutes away.

Dorado at Verde Santa Fe - Cornville, AZ

Low $200s - Low $300s

In Northern Arizona, it’s possible to find an amenity-rich community that is compatible with smaller budgets. Dorado at Verde Santa Fe offers an exceptional environment with 96 reasonably priced homes. These single-family homes are between 1,302 and 2,125 square feet and were thoughtfully designed to provide low-maintenance, comfortable lifestyles.

What draws many to Dorado at Verde Santa Fe is its impressive lineup of amenities. This 55+ community is housed in the larger Verde Santa Fe community so residents are served by two separate clubhouses. The Verde Santa Fe clubhouse has a fitness center, restaurant, dining area, outdoor pool and spa, 18-hole golf course, and many trails for walking and biking. Residents also have access to the Amante Clubhouse, which offers an outdoor pool and spa, library, billiards table, lounge, and more. This community is ideally tucked away from big-city congestion, but still offers easy access to daily conveniences.

Canyon Trails at Fox Creek - Bullhead City, AZ

Mid $100s - Mid $200s

For those seeking a brand-new development, Canyon Trails at Fox Creek is a great option. Canyon Trails will be part of the larger Fox Creek master-planned community. Development broke ground in 2016 and is ongoing so residents will be able to enjoy new construction homes with modern touches. Once complete, this 55+ community will consist of 460 single family homes.

Homebuyers will be able to choose from two home series: the Tree Line Series and the Summit Series. Tree Line homes will be 1,118 to 1,715 square feet in size, while the Summit Series residences will be 1,250 to 1,890 square feet.

Residents will have no shortage of activities at Canyon Trails. The community is anticipated to have a resort-style pool, spacious outdoor patio, and a well-connected system of trails that meander through the community’s beautifully landscaped natural spaces.