When people often think of Arizona, the Phoenix Metro gets a lot of attention. It’s the largest city and the most populous metropolitan area of the region. However, if you turn your attention south, there is a lot to like about Tucson and Southern Arizona, especially when it comes to 55+ communities.
Wherever you are in the area often referred to as Baja Arizona, you’re probably close to one of several small mountain ranges, great for exploring or simply admiring from afar. You might even be surprised to learn that some of the peaks are high enough to provide snow for skiing and winter activities within easy driving distance from Tucson.
Not only is the region rife with great golf courses but is also a haven for swimming, biking, running, and all kinds of sports. Plus, thanks to very low humidity, visitors are often surprised to realize that they can spend more time out in the sun than they thought. That low humidity and low barometric pressure also do wonders for those with arthritis.
If you’re considering moving to an active adult community in Southern Arizona but want to keep prices as low as possible, here are your five best places to look.
La Cholla Hills
Price Range: High $100s - Mid $200s
If you want to be close to the action in Tucson but still have some quiet pace of your own, there’s La Cholla Hills. This 55+ community contains 389 attached homes that range from the high $100s to mid $200s, proving an affordable opportunity in a medium-sized neighborhood.
Homes here range between one and three bedrooms and residents gather at the clubhouse or the two heated outdoor pools and spas. There are also shuffleboard and tennis courts to keep active and you’re just down the street from the Omni Tucson National Golf Course.
Price Range: Low $100s - High $100s
You certainly get a lot for your money here as the community boasts a 20,000 square-foot clubhouse, the nine-acre Village Green, tons of sports courts, and over 52 clubs and events for residents. It’s also very close to multiple museums, golf courses, and casinos.
Vista View Resort
Price Range: Below $100 - Mid $100s
Head even farther south to Cochise County where you’ll find Vista View Resort in the city of Sierra Vista. This active adult neighborhood includes 355 ranch homes available on a new and resale basis. Prices here usually range as low as below $100K and up to the mid $100s and these low maintenance homes include one-to-three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two bathrooms, and two-car garages.
The 5,500 square-foot clubhouse includes a cards room, billiards room, fully equipped kitchen, and exercise room. There are also tons of clubs and events happening all the time, not to mention eight area golf courses and plenty of shopping and restaurant options nearby.
Del Webb at Rancho Del Lago
Price Range: Low $200s - Mid $200s
24 miles southeast of Tucson in Vail you’ll find Del Webb at Rancho Del Lago, a 522-home active adult community that is part of the family-friendly Rancho Del Lago master-planned community. While residences here range from the high $100s to high $200s, many of the homes currently available are in the low-to-mid $200 range. All homes are designed with a minimum of two bedrooms and two baths as well as front and rear load two-car garages.
Because it’s part of a larger community there are more amenities to go around, including an 18-hole golf course, nine lakes, and miles of walking and biking trails. Of course, active adult residents also enjoy access to the 14,000 square-foot private clubhouse, state-of-the-art fitness center, internet cafe, and demonstration kitchen, just to name a few perks.
Continental Ranch Sunflower
Price Range: Mid $100s - Mid $200s
Northwest of Tucson straddling Pima and Pinal counties, Marana is home to another Del Webb community worth considering, Continental Ranch Sunflower. The 967 homes here are a mix of ten different single-family floor plans that include two-or-three bedrooms and range between the mid $100s and mid $200s.
Residents here have access to the community clubhouse and fitness complex, which include an aerobics studio, hobby and craft rooms, library, and billiard tables. Outside, residents get to enjoy the pool, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits, and a putting green.
As a special bonus, a portion of the community's golf course was built into an old rock quarry for a unique playing experience. The location also puts you close to Tucson Mountain County Park and Coronado National Forest for those seeking outdoor adventures.