Tucson’s sunny weather, laidback lifestyle, and low cost of living have made it an attractive option for those aged 55+ seeking a new community. As a popular retirement destination, Tucson is home to a number of age-restricted communities that are fit for nearly every budget and lifestyle. From resort-like developments to quaint communities, we’re exploring the best lowest-priced options that the Tucson area has to offer.
Northridge Estates - Tucson, AZ
At Northridge Estates, it’s easy to make friends and feel part of the community. This well-established 55+ community has 84 attached homes, giving it an intimate feel. While development at Northridge Estates was completed in 1971, a number of the homes have been upgraded to include modern features.
Northridge Estates has a small clubhouse, two shuffleboard courts, and an outdoor pool. It doesn’t offer the resort-like amenities found at larger developments, but this community is a great option for those seeking an affordable home in a casual, tight-knit environment. It is also ideally located about six miles away from Downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona.
Altura - Tucson, AZ
Altura is a great option for active adults seeking a lower-priced, newer community. Construction on this gated 55+ community began in 2000, but development is ongoing, so homebuyers can choose from a selection of new homes. Upon completion, there will be 240 residences. These include single-family and attached homes ranging from 934 to 2,675 square feet.
Altura provides a dynamic lifestyle for residents. With a community center and the Arizona Senior Academy (ASA), residents have no shortage of ways to stay active and engaged. The community center has an outdoor pool and spa, restaurant, hiking trails, lighted tennis court, fitness center, and more. At the ASA, residents can pursue their intellectual interests at various classes, concerts, lectures, and cultural programs. The ASA also has a library, a business center, and a movie theater.
Del Webb at Rancho Del Lago - Vail, AZ
Del Webb at Rancho Del Lago combines affordable living with world-class amenities, making it a favorite in the Tucson area. This 50+ community consists of 522 single-family homes in a gated environment. Development began in 2008 and is ongoing, so potential homebuyers can select from a number of new constructions with modern features.
Residents are served by a 14,000 square-foot clubhouse that caters to the needs of today’s active adults. It has a state-of-the-art fitness center, internet café, aerobics and dance studio, ballroom, and more. Outdoors, residents can enjoy access to two pools, walking and biking trails, and tennis courts. The community also includes a beautiful 18-hole golf course and nine lakes. When residents need to make trips to the city, Downtown Tucson is easily accessible by Interstate 10, which is just three miles away.
Continental Ranch Sunflower - Marana, AZ
Continental Ranch Sunflower is a great option for those seeking a thriving lifestyle at a smaller, affordable community. This gated 55+ community has 967 single-family homes that range in size from 1,096 to 1,972 square feet.
The community’s private clubhouse brings residents together and allows neighbors to make lasting friendships. Residents have access to a billiards room, library, fitness center, aerobics and dance studio, and more. Outdoor amenities include a pool and spa, trails for walking and biking, three tennis courts, a putting green, and horseshoe pits. The community also has a playground for when the grandchildren come to visit. When residents want to dine out or shop outside of the local area, Downtown Tucson is just 20 minutes away.
Vistoso Village - Oro Valley, AZ
Vistoso Village is a quaint 55+ community that attracts homebuyers due to its affordable homes and low-maintenance lifestyle. This gated community has 271 attached homes that have two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. Many of the residences have desirable features, such as granite countertops and views of the surrounding Catalina Mountains.
This peaceful community keeps residents active and social with a clubhouse, exercise room, two outdoor pools, a spa, library, media room, and more. While Vistoso Village lacks the resort-style atmosphere of some larger communities, residents love the intimate setting and casual lifestyle it provides.