Sunset blocked by a high-rise condo building in Scottsdale. Large mountain looms behind

Want to downsize among the mountains? These suburban Phoenix communities make it possible.

Communities offering condos in the Phoenix area of Central Arizona range from the large to the small, from the first 55+ active adult community in the U.S., Sun City with over 27,000 homes, down to the 278 condos being built in the Cays at Ocotillo in Chandler, which are yet to come onto the market.

Whether you want to live in a condos-only community or in a larger community, in a gated or non-gated community, or in a community with or without an age restriction, the Phoenix area has something to offer.

Sun City

Below $100k - High $800s

Sun City, Arizona’s original 55+ active adult community, is a 25-minute drive northwest of Downtown Phoenix, and a similar distance from the 30,000 acres of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park to the west. Its 27,492 homes include a range of condos.

Models start with apartments of 635 square feet providing one bedroom, one bathroom, and a one-car garage. Prices start below $100k, making these among the most affordable condos in the Phoenix area, especially given the facilities available at Sun City.

Amenities here include 11 golf courses, seven recreation centers, several pools and spas, fishing lakes, and courts for pickleball, tennis, horseshoe, lawn bowling, and bocce. There’s also an on-site hospital, and clubs and classes for countless activities.

Sun City Grand - Surprise

Mid $100s - Low $900s

Sun City Grand is a 45+ active adult community of 9,802 homes, including condos, in the city of Surprise. It’s a 45-minute drive northwest of Downtown Phoenix, and about 20 minutes from the entrance to the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

Condos range from 427 square feet, with one bedroom, one bathroom, and a one-car garage, through to 1,021 square feet, providing two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a one-car garage.

Amenities in Sun City Grand include four golf courses, several clubhouses, indoor and outdoor pools, a TV station, arts and craft centers, fishing lakes, and courts for tennis, pickleball, and other sports. There are numerous groups and classes residents can join such as music, dance, politics, poker, and clubs for every sport, arts and crafts imaginable.

Westbrook Village - Peoria

Mid $100s - High $400s

Westbrook Village is a 15-minute drive from downtown Peoria, a northwestern suburb of Phoenix. It’s a 40+ active adult community with 3,910 homes.

Condos range from just under 1,000 to around 1,800 square feet. Most have two bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half-bathrooms, and a balcony or patio. The condos also have their own pool, with prices starting in the mid $100s.

Amenities feature two recreation centers and a Fine Arts and Learning Center. There are two 18-hole golf courses and many groups for residents to join, such as aerobics, yoga, hiking, and dance.

Leisure World - Mesa

Below $100k - High $500s

Leisure World is in Mesa, which is in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area but is also the third-largest city in Arizona. The 45+ community of 2,664 homes is surrounded by major retailers including BestBuy, Target, and Walmart, and is twenty minutes from Downtown Mesa.

Condos start at just under 1,000 square feet and have from one to three bedrooms, with homes for sale in the mid $100s.

Amenities include two 18-hole golf courses, a 10,000 square-foot fitness center, arts and crafts studios, three outdoor pools, six tennis courts, and courts for pickleball and bocce. There are plenty of organized activities including pilates, writing, dancing, card and board games, and arts and crafts clubs.

Apache Wells - Mesa

Low $100s - Mid $400s

Apache Wells is also in Mesa, but in the north of the city and a ten-minute drive from the Usery Mountain Regional Park, a 3,648-acre recreational area of the Goldfield Mountains. This 55+ active adult community has 1,823 homes.

Condos range from about 600 to 1,600 square feet and have one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and a parking space. Prices start in the low $100s.

Amenities here include an 18-hole golf course and access to the Apache Wells Country Cub, as well as a fitness center, outdoor pool and spa, arts and crafts studios, sporting facilities, hiking and biking trails, and a lake. A good number of clubs range from an art club to Zumba.

Scottsdale Shadows - Scottsdale

High $100s - Low $400s

Scottsdale Shadows is in Scottsdale, the most upscale of the cities in the Phoenix area. This gated community of 838 condos with no age restriction is across the street from the 32-acre Camelback Park with its hiking, biking and jogging trails, and a lake.

Condos go from 850 to 2,352 square feet, have one to four bedrooms, one to four bathrooms, and an underground parking space. Prices start in the high $100s.

Amenities include a 9-hole golf course, two tennis courts, three outdoor pools, and a spa. Activities include Friday-night movies, exercise classes, and ballroom dances.

The Cays at Octotillo - Chandler

Mid $200s -High $300s

The Cays at Ocotillo is the smallest and newest of these Phoenix area communities offering condos. It’s so new that the 278 condos are still being constructed but you can already register your interest in this community with no age restriction.

The development is in the Ocotillo neighborhood of Chandler, on the southern edge of the Phoenix area. Major stores and restaurants are within a few minutes’ drive, the Chandler Center for the Arts is a 10-minute drive away, while the undeveloped desert land of the Gila River Indian Reservation is 15 minutes to the south.

Models start at 862 square feet for one bedroom and two bathrooms. The largest condos are 1,577 square feet and have two bedrooms, a den in a loft space, and three bathrooms. None of the condos have garages.

Amenities include a clubhouse with billiards and shuffleboard, a fitness and yoga center, a heated outdoor pool, a spa and hot tub, a media center, and high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the property.