Despite popular belief, Arizona's climate isn't warm and dry everywhere at all times. Northern Arizona has proper winters, with heavy snow sometimes closing roads. Also, parts of Northern Arizona are at a very high elevation. The highest point at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon has an elevation of 7,400 feet, and in midwinter, it gets cold. Even Southern Arizona has a winter of sorts, with low daytime temperatures preventing swimming and sunbathing.
The city of Prescott, where many active adult communities are located, is over 5,300 feet above sea level, and it can get snow from November through to April. That's when you appreciate the benefits of an indoor pool. Communities in Northern Arizona with indoor pools are all in or near Prescott. Its historic downtown is full of old buildings, bars, hotels, restaurants, and art galleries. The city has become quite an artistic community, and it's a popular travel destination for Arizona residents.
Some people who live in Central Arizona and Southern Arizona have cabins or condos around Prescott, so they can escape the intense summer heat further south. In a typical year, Prescott will be 10-15 degrees cooler than Phoenix, which is 100 miles further south and over 4,000 feet lower in elevation.
For active adults seeking year-round swimming facilities, here are the active lifestyle communities in Northern Arizona with indoor pools.
High $200s - Mid $1Ms
With lakes, water activities, and hiking and biking trails, Prescott Lakes is an attractive part of the city, and it's just over a 10-minute drive north of downtown. Prescott Lakes is divided into different neighborhoods, some gated and some not, with no age restrictions. There are 1,300 condo, attached, and single-family homes in total.
The indoor pool is housed at the Prescott Lakes Athletic Club, where other amenities include a fitness center, an aerobics studio, an outdoor pool, and courts for tennis, basketball, and sand volleyball. The Club at Prescott Lakes has an 18-hole course, a pro shop, a clubhouse with a bar and grille, an arts and crafts studio, a hobby and game room, an outdoor pool, and a lap pool. Other amenities within the community include hiking and biking trails, scenic lakes, a kids' playground, and gardening plots for residents.
There are numerous models available in the various neighborhoods that make up Prescott Lakes. The smallest homes are condos offering about 1,200 square feet. Most homes are between 1,500 and 2,000 square feet, but there are also larger homes offering over 3,000 square feet.
Low $200s - Low $4Ms
Hassayampa Village is less than a 10-minute drive west of Prescott's downtown area. It's a gated community with no age restrictions, and it has 660 attached and single-family homes as well as condos. It's on the edge of the urban area, close to forested hills.
In addition to its indoor pool and spa, the community's amenities include a clubhouse, a fitness center, a ballroom, a library, an arts and crafts studio, an aerobics and dance studio, an outdoor pool, an 18-hole golf course, hiking and biking trails, and facilities for tennis, basketball, and volleyball.
The smallest homes here are condos offering 1,400 to 2,400 square feet, two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and a private garage. Townhomes range from 1,550 to 3,330 square feet with two to five bedrooms, two to five bathrooms, and attached garages. The largest models are the single-family homes which go up to over 6,000 square feet.
Mid $100s - High $100s
Prescott Canyon Estates is three miles east of downtown Prescott, and it's close to major stores like Best Buy, Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot, and Target. Completed in 2006, this community has 255 single-family homes for the 55+ active adult.
As a smaller community, Prescott Canyon Estates naturally has fewer amenities, but it does have an indoor pool, a clubhouse, an exercise room, a library, billiards, walking and biking trails, a tennis court, and a shuffleboard court.
High $300s - Low $400s
Located a little further out in Prescott Valley, Unit 8 at StoneRidge is a 20-minute drive east of downtown. It's a small, gated community of 35 single-family homes with no age restrictions. On the edge of the urban area, it's surrounded by hills and open land, but conveniences like a Walmart Supercenter and other stores are only a 10-minute drive away.
Unit 8 residents have access to the amenities of the larger StoneRidge community, and these include an indoor pool and spa, a fitness center, a clubhouse, an 18-hole golf course, an outdoor pool, several community parks, tennis courts, a basketball court, and a volleyball court.
The smallest home models in this community offer 1,780 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-and-a-half-car garage. There are four models in all, with the largest offering 2,204 square feet, three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a three-car garage.