Exploring the 55+ Communities in Sierra Vista, Arizona

Can you spot the $207,744 difference between these identical homes?

Financing is the difference!

Get the details in The 62+ Loan Homebuyers Guide.

55places Mortgage is a joint venture between Mutual of Omaha Mortgage and 55places.com.
Details here.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates

I agree that 55places and its affiliates, partner providers or agents may call, text, or email me about my inquiry, which may be made with automated means. I understand that my consent is not a prerequisite for buying a property. I may revoke my consent at any time by contacting optout@55places.com. Message/data rates may apply. I also agree to 55places.com’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

 A charming city in Southern Arizona, Sierra Vista has a lot for active adult homebuyers to love.

Sierra Vista is a small city of about 45,000 people in Southern Arizona, and it appeals to homebuyers who want smaller communities of a few hundred people rather than the larger communities you find around Phoenix and Tucson. It’s very much for those who like small-town living rather than the big city, but there’s still a lot going on, and the place has great character. It also has beautiful scenery—after all, the name in English means “Mountain View.”

Location

A group of hikers walking along a rocky hiking trail in Sierra Vista, Arizona

Sierra Vista is surrounded by mountains, with several ranges on the horizon: the Huachuca, the Dragoon, the Whetstone, the Mustang, and the Mule Mountains. Homes with mountain views are in great demand. Popular tourist towns are also nearby with the former mining town of Bisbee and the old west town of Tombstone each only a 30-minute drive away.

Tucson International Airport is about a 75-minute drive northwest, mostly on Interstate 10, and Downtown Tucson is just a little further. It’s a similar distance to the Mexican border town of Nogales, where many residents take advantage of cheaper dental care and prescription drugs, though Sierra Vista also has two hospitals for medical care.

Also, homes here are cheaper than around cities like Tucson and Phoenix, and the cost of living in Sierra Vista is lower than both the national average and the average for Arizona. Arizona also has several tax advantages for retirees.

Climate

A road in Arizona leading to Huachuca Mountain in the distance

Sierra Vista enjoys the typically mild Southern Arizona climate. Snow isn’t common, though a bad winter will see a few inches, which usually melts quickly as the days warm up. Nights can be cold with occasional freezes. There are usually only a few rainy days per month, except in July and August when the summer monsoon rains provide spectacular thunder and lightning, turning the surrounding mountains into a light show.

From April to October, temperatures range from the mid 70s through to the low 90s, but some years, you’ll get periods when it goes over 100 degrees for days, sometimes weeks, at a time.

Culture and Events

A large wall mural with benches at a public library in Sierra Vista, Arizona
Image credited to Peggy Hazelwood / Shutterstock.com

The city has its own symphony orchestra, and in the summer, there are regular music concerts in Veterans’ Park. There’s an annual cowboy music and poetry festival, a birdwatching festival, and many events at the city library. The city’s two active adult communities also organize events for their own residents.

Winterhaven – Sierra Vista, AZ

Low $200s – Low $400s

The gated entrance to Winterhaven in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

Winterhaven is the larger of the two communities with 630 single-family homes. It’s a gated 55+ community located right on the edge of the city, only a 5-minute drive from the city center. Home models here range from 1,200 to 3,000 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and an attached garage.

For a comparatively small community, it offers attractive amenities. Within Winterhaven itself, there are two clubhouses, two outdoor pools, a spa, an exercise room, billiards, a card room, and courts for bocce and shuffleboard. Residents also have the option of joining the neighboring Pueblo Del Sol Country Club, an 18-hole golf course that also has a clubhouse, an outdoor pool, two tennis courts, and The Grille restaurant.

Winterhaven residents also have access to a number of clubs, groups, activities, and classes including neighborhood cookouts, a bocce club, swimming and tennis activities, and parties on holidays.


Request more information

Vista View Resort – Sierra Vista, AZ

Low $100s – Low $200s

Saguaro cacti with sunrise skies and clouds in North Scottsdale, Arizona.

Vista View Resort is on the eastern edge of the city, backing onto desert land, and it’s about a 10-minute drive from downtown. It’s a gated community with a 55+ age restriction, and it has 355 single-family homes.

Amenities here include a clubhouse, a fitness center, a catering kitchen, a computer room, a library, an outdoor pool and spa, and hiking and biking trails. Residents also organize plenty of social activities and clubs, including potluck suppers, water aerobics, dancing, live music, casino trips, card groups, and computer and technology classes. There are also several golf courses within a 20-minute drive of the community.

The smallest models are 1,088 square feet with one bedroom, a den or small second bedroom, one-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. They also have a covered patio, and some homes have opted to extend their garage space to accommodate either a workshop or a golf cart. The largest models are 1,865 square feet with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.


Request more information

Can you spot the $207,744 difference between these identical homes?

Financing is the difference!

Get the details in The 62+ Loan Homebuyers Guide.

55places Mortgage is a joint venture between Mutual of Omaha Mortgage and 55places.com.
Details here.

We're here to help! (800) 928-2055

Call us to speak with a customer service representative.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates

I agree that 55places and its affiliates, partner providers or agents may call, text, or email me about my inquiry, which may be made with automated means. I understand that my consent is not a prerequisite for buying a property. I may revoke my consent at any time by contacting optout@55places.com. Message/data rates may apply. I also agree to 55places.com’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Popular 55+ Havens: Gated Communities Near Houston, TX

Many active adults looking for Texas homes for sale in Space City have their sights set on gated 55+ communities. If you want to learn more about gated 55+ communities in the Houston area, we’ve highlighted six popular communities that provide easy access to the city as well as all the benefits of living in a gated neighborhood.

Moving to Texas? Everything Retirees Need to Know

The Lone Star State offers a way of life that’s as vast and varied as the state itself. Whether you have your suitcase packed or you’re just beginning your research, we’ve compiled this handy guide of everything you need to know about moving to Texas.

Twilight view of Downtown Houston, a good place to retire.

Is Houston a Good Place to Retire? Discovering a Texas Retirement Haven

Retirees looking for homes for sale in Texas will find that this vibrant city has much to offer. Whether you’re thinking of moving to Houston to live near family or you simply want a change of pace, active adults can explore multiple active lifestyle communities in H-town. Read on for five reasons to retire in Houston.

The outdoor patio at Heathergate at Oxford Valley in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

New Active Adult Communities Added to 55places.com

In this comprehensive roundup, we bring you the latest additions to 55places.com—a trusted resource for exploring active adult communities. Over the past 30 days, several new communities have joined the ranks, each offering different amenities and locations.

Aerial view of Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.

Active Adult Communities Near the Beach in Wilmington, NC

There are many different reasons to live in historic Wilmington, North Carolina. Thankfully, for active adults who want to retire near the area’s sandy shores, there are a number of incredible communities to consider. Here are four of the best active adult communities near Wilmington’s scenic beaches.

A red line separating an image of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and Wilmington in North Carolina.

Wilmington vs Myrtle Beach: Where Should You Retire?

It’s no secret that North and South Carolina are highly sought-after destinations for 55+ adults. Among some of the states’ top retirement destinations are the towns of Wilmington and Myrtle Beach. The two beach towns each have their own charm and offer residents a variety of different amenities.

About 55places

We’re changing the way people 55 and older are searching for their perfect next place. With a national network of hand-selected real estate experts, plus comprehensive information, unbiased content, and on-the-go insight about thousands of communities across the country, we’re a trusted resource paving the way from here to home. Whether you’re interested in a low-maintenance single-level residence, an active lifestyle or age-qualified community, an intimate enclave, or anything in between, we can help you make your next move the best one yet.

Scroll to Top