Sunrise view of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona

Interested homebuyers can tour Heritage at Asante during its grand opening event.

The grand opening of Heritage at Asante in Surprise, Arizona will take place Feb. 29. This highly anticipated, gated community for 55+ active adults is part of the growing Asante development by Lennar Homes, the nation's largest homebuilder. The Heritage at Asante grand opening will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and visitors will be able to enjoy complimentary snacks and tour the available home models.

Living in Surprise, Arizona

Heritage at Asante is on West Asante Blvd at the junction of N. 163rd Ave. This community of 1,500 attached and single-family homes is a 15-minute drive north of downtown Surprise. 

A fast-growing city of about 140,000 people, Surprise offers plenty of daily conveniences and local attractions. It's at the northwestern edge of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, and it's a 40-minute drive from Heritage at Asante to downtown Phoenix and its major attractions. With almost 30,000 acres, the White Tank Mountain Regional Park is a 20-minute drive from the community, providing opportunities for hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities.

Heritage at Asante is in Central Arizona, and it's about a two-hour drive from Tucson in Southern Arizona, the state's second-biggest city with a very different feel from Phoenix. Two hours in the other direction takes you to popular vacation towns such as Prescott, Sedona, and Jerome. From Heritage at Asante, you can also drive to the Grand Canyon in under four hours and to the Sonoran Desert National Monument in less than an hour. An hour's drive will also get you to the Tonto National Forest, the fifth-largest national forest in the United States at almost three million acres.

Apart from its appealing climate, Arizona has other advantages for retirement. State taxes favor retirees, sales taxes are low, gas prices are low, and retirement income and Social Security are exempt from tax, unless coming from an out-of-state government pension.

Attractive Amenities

Heritage at Asante is close to several golf courses, but it also has an unusual golfing feature of its own. It has a unique 9-hole putting course, with each hole being a replica from some of the top golf courses around the country, including Sawgrass and Augusta.

Other sporting amenities here include three lighted pickleball courts, 12 lighted bocce ball courts, a fitness center, hiking and biking trails, and an outdoor pool. Other facilities for residents include a clubhouse, a library, a spa, two dog parks, a 50-acre park, and scenic lakes and ponds.

Immediately outside the community is also the Asante Community Park. This has two lighted soccer fields, two lighted softball/baseball fields, four lighted basketball courts, and several walking paths with exercise stations.

Home Models and Prices

There are several models available, the smallest being 1,238 square feet in the Tradition Collection. These homes have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. There are two larger models in the Tradition Collection, and these add a den or third bedroom to the floor plan. Prices run from the low to mid $200s.

The Inspiration Collection is slightly larger. Its smallest model is 1,248 square feet, also with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. The largest of the three models has 1,667 square feet, adding a den/third bedroom to the configuration. Prices of these models run from the mid to high $200s.

The Encore Collection offers buyers the most floor space. The smallest of the four models has 1,935 square feet and provides two bedrooms, a den/third bedroom, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. One model, the Crest Plan, has 2,167 square feet and offers three bedrooms plus a den, three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

The largest model is the Pinnacle Plan, which goes for spacious living. Its 2,559 square feet has just two bedrooms, three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. These largest models have gourmet kitchens, an outdoor patio, and a private owner's suite, which itself has its own kitchen, bathroom, and a private outdoor area. Prices of these models range from the low to the high $300s.

Lennar has also been developing what it calls Next-Gen homes—houses that look to the future. Fast wi-fi connectivity is one feature, upscale kitchens are another, and yet another is their environmentally-friendly building construction techniques. Prospective buyers will be able to check out these Next-Gen homes for themselves at that grand opening on Feb. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn more information about Heritage at Asante here.