Peoria is a suburb of Phoenix with a population of about 170,000 people. It's an easy 30-minute drive northwest of Downtown Phoenix, and its ideal location means a 30-minute drive west takes you to the 30,000-acre White Tank Mountain Regional Park which has 26 miles of hiking trails. Also, on the northern edge of Peoria is the Lake Pleasant Regional Park, a 23,362-acre park offering hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, and other activities.
Peoria was founded in the late 19th century by a group of settlers, some of whom were from Peoria, Illinois, after which it's named. A number of historic buildings still stand in the city, the oldest being the Peoria Presbyterian Church, which was built in 1899.
This suburb has all the facilities you would expect from the ninth-largest city in Arizona and a climate similar to that of Phoenix. From June to September, average high temperatures are in the low 100s with average lows in the 70s. Over the year, the city sees less than ten inches of rain, and snow is rare, but there may be winter nights when it drops below freezing.
If this sounds like a prime spot for your retirement, let's explore the active adult communities in this attractive Phoenix suburb.
Mid $300s - Mid $500s
The largest community in Peoria with the youngest age restriction of 40+ is Westbrook Village, which has 3,910 attached and single-family homes and condos. It’s within a few blocks of major stores such as Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Costco. It's also near the 101 Loop, the highway that circles Phoenix and gives easy access to many of the area’s attractions.
The smallest models are the condos, which range from just under 1,000 to about 1,800 square feet. Most have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a balcony or patio. Attached homes go from 1,363 to 1,478 square feet and all have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.
The single-family homes start at 1,354 square feet, and these also have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The largest models have 2,578 square feet, two bedrooms, a den, two bathrooms, and a three-car garage.
Amenities include a Fine Arts and Learning Center, two recreation centers, two 18-hole golf courses, two outdoor pools, a bistro and a restaurant, several activity studios, and courts for tennis, bocce, and pickleball. There are numerous clubs, classes, and activities on offer, including aerobics, yoga, Zumba, dance, singing, theater, and a singles club.
Low $400s - Low $1Ms
Trilogy at Vistancia is a gated community of 3,300 single-family homes spread across 7,100 acres. It’s in the northern part of the city, a 15-minute drive from the Peoria Regional Preserve and about 25 minutes from the Lake Pleasant Regional Park. Downtown Phoenix is a 45-minute drive away.
There are numerous home models available, the smallest offering 1,218 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The largest models are 3,223 square feet and have four bedrooms, a den, four-and-a-half bathrooms, and a three-car garage.
Many of the amenities center on the 35,000-square-foot clubhouse. Its facilities include a fitness center, indoor lap pool, outdoor pool, and an aerobics and dance center. A second clubhouse offers 17,000 square feet and has a larger aerobics and dance studio, a restaurant, an outdoor bar and grill, an outdoor pool, a crafts studio, and a culinary studio. Other amenities include an 18-hole golf course, illuminated tennis courts, pickleball courts, and hiking and biking trails.
Among the classes, clubs, and activities available are arts and crafts, card and board games, a genealogy group, sports groups, and Spanish lessons.
Low $300s - Low $500s
Ventana Lakes has 1,701 single-family and attached homes. It’s a 20-minute drive from both Downtown Peoria and the Peoria Regional Preserve.
The smallest homes start at 991 square feet and have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The larger Tradewinds model has 2,030 square feet with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.
Amenities in Ventana Lakes include a clubhouse with a fitness center which has an aerobics studio as well as a sauna and steam rooms. There’s also a ballroom, a library, four outdoor pools, four spas, courts for several sports, and, as the name suggests, there are nine lakes including catch-and-release fishing lakes.
The clubs and activities include sports clubs, breakfast groups, arts and crafts, card and board games, bingo, and karaoke.
Mid $200s - Low $300s
Sun Air Estates is the most intimate community in Peoria with 814 attached and single-family homes. Just 25 minutes from Downtown Phoenix, the community offers low-maintenance living and access to private amenities.
Built between 1973 and 2001, this community offers attached homes ranging from 904 to 1,408 square feet with one to two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and a one-car garage. These homes may include hardwood flooring, quartz countertops, and soft-close cabinets.
A single-family home model ranges from 1,278 and 1,581 square feet with two to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a two-car garage. Some homes may include a gas fireplace in the living room, large backyards, and private patios.
There are two community recreation centers for residents to enjoy. Each center has an outdoor pool and patio, but there's also a spa and shuffleboard courts at the centrally located one.