View of the fountain and palm trees near the entrance to Mission Royale in Casa Grande, Arizona

Phoenix and Tucson get a lot of attention from active adults, but Casa Grande is also worth considering.

For anyone looking at Southern Arizona retirement communities, the cities of Phoenix and Tucson are the two big draws. Both have their advantages, but there's another option located between those two, and that’s the city of Casa Grande.

Casa Grande has a growing population of almost 60,000 people, and it's about 50 miles south of Downtown Phoenix and 70 miles north of Downtown Tucson. The international airport at Phoenix is a 40-minute drive away, while both Interstate-10 and Interstate-8 pass close by, making it a good choice for anyone planning to do a lot of traveling after their Arizona retirement. 

Casa Grande has three active adult communities of differing sizes, and here they are, starting with the largest first.

Mission Royale

High $100s - Mid $300s

Mission Royale is a 55+ age-restricted community for active adults. It’s about a 15-minute drive from Downtown Casa Grande, but only two minutes from the nearest I-10 exit. A small shopping mall is also a couple of minutes away. The community has 1,292 single-family homes.

Among the community amenities is the 18-hole Mission Royale Golf Club, where residents can buy a pass for three, six, or twelve months, giving them unlimited access. Other attractions in this community include its 15,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, a ballroom, two outdoor pools and spas, and courts for tennis and pickleball. There are a number of clubs, classes, and activities such as yoga, fishing, ballroom dancing, a book club, and an RV club. 

There are 28 models to choose from, including their 3rd Model Collection named after musicians. The largest of these is the Zeppelin model, which has 2,439 square feet, three bedrooms, a den, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The smallest model in this community is 1,071 square feet, which provides two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

Ironwood Village

Low $100s - Low $200s

Ironwood Village is the second-largest of the three Casa Grande retirement communities, and it's a gated community with 264 attached homes for the 55+ active adult. It’s only a ten-minute drive from the center of Casa Grande, five minutes from I-10, and a Walmart Supercenter is close by. As with these other Casa Grande retirement communities, a thirty-minute drive south along I-10 takes you to the 3,747 acres of Picacho Peak State Park, providing hiking trails and outdoor activities.

Amenities available to residents include a fitness center, an outdoor pool, a ballroom, an aerobics and dance studio, a library, a bocce court, and horseshoe pits. The community also has a hobby and games room, walking trails, billiards, and lawn croquet.

There are four models for the duplex homes in Ironwood Village. The smallest is 1,287 square feet with two bedrooms, a den, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The largest models are 1,761 square feet and also have two bedrooms, a den, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

Villa de Jardines

Mid $110s - Low $200s

Villa de Jardines is the smallest of Casa Grande’s three active adult communities. This gated community has an age restriction of 55+ and 120 single-family homes. It’s about a 15-minute drive from Downtown Casa Grande, and a five-minute drive from I-10. I-8, which links Arizona with the California coast at San Diego, is only about five minutes away, a plus point for anyone with family out there.

Being such a small community, the amenities here are naturally more limited, but residents enjoy the use of the community clubhouse, an outdoor pool and spa, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, and an outdoor patio and grill which anyone can use for their own personal social events. 

There are a number of models that range from about 1,100 to 1,670 square feet, and most have two bedrooms and two-car garages. Some of the models are on larger lots and also provide larger RV parking garages—an obvious bonus if you have an RV. Many communities in Arizona have no RV parking space and restrict the time you can park an RV in your driveway.

Being such an intimate community, homes are not always on the market, so if Villa de Jardines ticks several of your boxes, you should register your interest with a recommended local realtor who can let you know when something suitable becomes available.