In Arizona, there are plenty of tight-knit communities where you don't have to sacrifice amenities. 

With its warm weather and abundance of outdoor recreation, Arizona remains a popular destination for active adults seeking a new home. For those considering a smaller community, Arizona also has plenty of options that provide an intimate atmosphere without compromising lifestyle. Below we’re taking a look at some of the best small communities in Arizona and exploring what makes them special.

1. Four Seasons at the Manor - Sun City, AZ

For those seeking a small community with newer construction and impressive amenities, Four Seasons at the Manor is a good place to start. Located in Sun City, this 55+ community has 140 single-family homes priced between the low $200s to the mid $200s. Development started in 2015, so homebuyers can expect modern appliances, high-end details, and energy-efficient designs.

These spacious homes come in a variety of floor plans and offer between 1,605 and 2,208 square feet of living space. Most have at least two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

Four Seasons at the Manor packs in a host of amenities to keep residents active, entertained, and social. There are resort-style pools and spas, tennis courts, basketball courts, shuffleboard, racquetball, miniature golf, and plenty of outdoor trails. The surrounding Sun City area is a paradise for active adults, with an abundance of top-notch restaurants, shopping opportunities, and outdoor activities.

2. Heritage Village IV - Scottsdale, AZ

The private atmosphere of Heritage Village IV in Scottsdale makes it an attractive option for homeowners seeking a smaller community. This 55+ community has 162 attached homes that are available on a resale basis. Homes are priced between the mid $300s to the low $400s, and range in size from two to four bedrooms, up to four bathrooms, and an attached garage.

Heritage Village IV is located in the master-planned community of Scottsdale Ranch, which also includes beautiful Lake Serena, offering boating and fishing for those in the community. Residents can enjoy a carefree lifestyle at every subdivision within this community. Each subdivision has its own impressive lineup of amenities, including pools, lighted tennis courts, a squash court, and beautiful garden areas.

3. Victorian Estates - Prescott Valley, AZ

This 55+ community in Prescott Valley offers a quaint environment and Victorian-style charm. Victorian Estates has 178 single-family homes available on a resale basis. These homes are reasonably priced between the mid $200s to the high $300s. There are numerous floor plans available, with most homes consisting of at least two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a spacious two-car garage. Floor plans range in size from 1,020 to 1,719 square feet to meet diverse living needs. These homes all have charming Victorian-style exteriors.

The clubhouse at Victorian Estates is where residents and neighbors come together to socialize and unwind. It has an outdoor patio, a cozy fireplace, and an exercise area. The community also has an indoor hot tub and an outdoor pool. Whether strolling through the hiking trails or enjoying a picnic at the gazebo parks, residents can enjoy an easygoing lifestyle with a small community feel.

4. Northridge Estates - Tucson, AZ

This 55+ community located near the heart of Tucson blends low-maintenance living with the convenience of an urban location. Northridge Estates has just over 80 attached homes, priced between the mid $100s and the high $100s. Homes range from 1,345 to 2,031 square feet, and most include two or three bedrooms with a carport.

A popular gathering place at Northridge Estates is the outdoor pool where residents can enjoy the Arizona sunshine. This quaint community has a clubhouse and two shuffleboard courts, as well as numerous clubs so residents can regularly meet up with like-minded neighbors who share their interests.

One of the biggest draws of Northridge Estates is its prime location in Tucson. It is just six miles away from downtown Tucson, giving residents easy access to shopping and entertainment options.  

5. Las Alegres - Mesa, AZ

Las Alegres is a vibrant and intimate 55+ community with 84 attached homes. These homes are available on a resale basis and are very reasonably priced from the low $100s to the mid $100s. Floor plans range from 950 to 1,256 square feet, and most homes have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. With beautiful courtyards and plenty of space, these single-level homes are great for those seeking low-maintenance living.  

Residents of Las Alegres can enjoy the serene desert setting while enjoying a number of amenities. The community offers a well-equipped exercise room, an outdoor pool and spa, an arts and crafts room, bocce, and a recreation area. Homeowners in this community enjoy the fact that it maintains a tight-knit feel.

Most daily errands can be completed in Mesa, and there are grocery stores and restaurants just a few minutes away. For those seeking a trip to the city, the drive to downtown Phoenix takes just about 30 minutes.