Active adults looking for a retirement full of outdoor recreation will love Prescott, AZ.

Arizona has long been established as a popular retirement destination; but while many people flock to Tucson and Phoenix, the Prescott area is quickly becoming another favorite.

Homebuyers seeking a slower-paced lifestyle and cooler temperatures will feel right at home in Prescott, which offers a much different lifestyle than cities in southern Arizona. Below we’re taking a closer look at what makes the historic mountain town of Prescott such a popular choice for retirees.

Small-Town Charm in the Mountains

Prescott provides small-town charm in a mountainous setting.

Prescott is a small town situated about 5,200 feet above sea level in the Bradshaw Mountains of Central Arizona. With a population just under 45,000, this mountain locale offers small-town charm and hospitality.

While Arizona is known for being a popular retirement destination, Prescott is quite different than the southern Arizona cities of Tucson and Phoenix. Because of its higher elevation, this mountain town enjoys a more moderate climate. Residents of Prescott can experience four distinct seasons, with average summer highs are in the upper 80s, while the average winter lows are in the low-to-mid-20s. Prescott also averages about 12 inches of snow per year.

Southern Arizona offers the convenience of big-city attractions, but Prescott is a better choice for those who want to avoid the city’s traffic and congestion. The town is nestled at the edge of the Prescott National Forest, so it offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Some popular spots for hiking include Watson Lake, Lynx Lake Recreation Area, and Granite Basin Recreation Area, which have trails that wind through beautiful ponderosa pines and rolling meadows.

Prescott has a charming downtown area that is known for its quaint shops and old Victorian buildings that give the town its historic appeal. The famous “Whiskey Row” is a downtown block where locals and tourists head to catch some live music, dine at top-notch restaurants, or have a drink at one of the many local bars and saloons.

Discover Prescott’s Active Adult Communities

Prescott doesn’t have the typical large-scale communities found in southern Arizona cities, but it does offer a number of communities that range from upscale to quaint.

Prescott Lakes

One of the largest in the area is Prescott Lakes, which has 1,300 homes and is non-age restricted. Homes here are priced between the high $200s to the mid $1Ms, and homebuyers can choose from single family homes, attached homes, and low-maintenance condos. Development started in 2000 and is ongoing, making this community attractive for those seeking newer constructions. Residents have access to a 14,000 square-foot clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pool, 18-hole golf course, scenic lakes, and more.

Hassayampa Village

Hassayampa Village is also a popular option in Prescott. This gated, non-age restricted master-planned community has 660 homes priced between the low $200s to the low $4Ms. Available homes include single family homes, attached homes, and condos. Residents of Hassayampa Village are treated to beautiful mountain views and a rich lineup of amenities, including a 30,000 square-foot clubhouse, fully equipped fitness center, an indoor pool, and a ballroom.

Prescott Canyon Estates

With 255 single family homes, Prescott Canyon Estates offers a smaller environment. This 55+ community is known for its tree-lined streets and welcoming atmosphere. Homes here are very reasonably priced between the mid $100s to the high $100s. Residents enjoy social, active lifestyles with amenities like an indoor pool and spa, tennis court, exercise room, and walking and biking trails.

Victorian Estates

Reflecting Prescott’s historic roots, Victorian Estates is a 55+ community with constructions that feature a charming Victorian flair. There are 178 single-family homes in this community and they are priced between the mid $200s to the high $300s. Residents at Victorian Estates stay active with various walking trails, an exercise room, and an outdoor pool. There are also plenty of outdoor features, such as a gazebo and park, where neighbors can socialize and enjoy Prescott’s pleasant weather.

The Gardens at Willow Creek

For low-maintenance living and a smaller atmosphere, The Gardens at Willow Creek is a wonderful option in Prescott. This gated 55+ community has just over 100 single-family homes priced between the low $200s to the high $200s. Residents love the tight-knit atmosphere that allows them to make long-lasting connections with neighbors. A popular spot for socializing is the 2,000 square-foot clubhouse, which has a library, arts and crafts room, and a catering kitchen for events and parties. There is also a heated pool and spa outdoors with a spacious patio and barbeque area.

Dorado at Verde Santa Fe

Another great option for a smaller community is Dorado at Verde Santa Fe in Cornville, AZ. Dorado has a little under 100 single-family homes priced between the low $200s to the low $300s. This gated 55+ neighborhood is known for its welcoming, tight-knit sense of community. Dorado has plenty of its own amenities, including a library, fitness center, and pool, but residents also have access to all amenities offered at the Verde Santa Fe master-planned community in which Dorado is located.