Scottsdale is known for its luxury, and these 55+ communities don't disappoint.

While the Phoenix area of Arizona has long been a popular retirement destination, many active adult homebuyers look to the surrounding cities for a luxurious retirement close to the city, but still full of fun. Active adult homebuyers often find that Scottsdale includes just what they’re looking for. The city even placed at No. 3 on our list of the best places to retire in 2018.

With high-end golf courses, adventurous outdoor recreation opportunities, and several active adult communities, Scottsdale boasts plenty of reasons why active adults should consider it for retirement. The active adult communities in Scottsdale range from casual to high end, but it’s the luxurious ones that feature the most impressive homes and amenities.

Here are four of the most upscale active adult communities with homes for sale in Scottsdale, AZ.

Winfield

Mid $300s - High $1Ms

One of the most upscale active lifestyle communities in Scottsdale is Winfield. This non-age restricted community of 511 spacious single-family and attached homes still provides plenty of features that appeal to active adult homebuyers.

The luxurious amenities at this community center around a 13,500 square-foot clubhouse with spacious gathering areas, meeting rooms, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a billiards room, a cafe, and a media lounge. A fitness center equipped with locker rooms and steam rooms invites residents to stay physically active.

The desirable outdoor amenities include a resort-style pool, patio, and a barbecue area, all ideal for enjoying the Arizona sunshine. There are also eight lighted tennis courts and miles of mountain trails for walking, hiking, and biking. A 72-acre mountain preserve surrounds the community and provides scenic views of natural desert landscapes.

The resale homes for sale at Winfield showcase the variety of home models that appeal to active adults at this community, including townhomes, single-family homes, and the world-class custom homes. The low-maintenance townhomes range from 1,756 to 2,151 square feet while single family range from 2,317 to 2,595 square feet.

Many of the custom-built homes feature their own resort-style swimming pools, awe-inspiring mountain views, and guest wings. The custom homes even enjoy a more private and secluded location within Winfield, called Montesano.

Terravita

Low $400s - Low $1Ms

Built by Del Webb, the active lifestyle community Terravita offers many of the most sought-after amenities in any active adult community. With upscale single-family homes for sale and a curated selection of amenities, Terravita represents an ideal community for active adults looking for homes for sale in Scottsdale.

The 34,000 square-foot Terravita Country Club leads the upscale lineup of amenities at this community. Residents can enjoy five different dining options that range from casual fare at The Grille to fine dining at the Sunset Dining Room. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness center with an aerobics and spinning studio. At the separate 9,000 square-foot Desert Pavilion clubhouse, residents can gather for clubs, events, and parties.

A resort-style pool and spa, six tennis courts, and over six miles of scenic walking and biking trails serve as the outdoor amenities at this community. A private 18-hole championship golf course allows active adults to hit the links whenever they like.

Resale homes for sale provide an opportunity for active adults to join this active lifestyle community. The home models offer a range of residences to suit the needs and preferences of many active adults, with many of the homes featuring upscale touches.

The largest and most luxurious homes in Terravita belong to the Desertus Series. These homes range from 3,417 to 3,730 square feet with two to four bedrooms plus a den, two-and-a-half or three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached three-car garages. Many homes feature guest suites, heated swimming pools and spas, large patios for entertaining, and private backyards with scenic desert views.

Bellasera

Mid $300s - Mid $800s

The resort-style amenities and low-maintenance homes of Bellasera, a Del Webb active lifestyle community of 360 single-family residences, appeal to many active adult homebuyers and retirees.

The top-of-the-line outdoor amenities at Bellasera begin with a 10,800 square-foot fenced and well-lit dog park. Eight miles of scenic paths weave through the community so residents can hike, walk, and jog close to home. A resort-style pool includes lap lanes and a spa. Additional outdoor amenities include an outdoor fireplace, a basketball court, and two lighted tennis courts.

The private 5,000 square-foot clubhouse hosts gatherings and events in its multi-purpose room and also features a media lounge, gourmet kitchen, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with locker rooms and steam rooms.

Bellasera offers residents several resale homes for sale across eleven different single-level floor plans. Homes range from 1,394 to 3,387 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and two or three-car garages. Many homes feature dens and covered patios.

The community’s most upscale and spacious homes range from 2,738 to 3,387 square feet with three to four bedrooms plus a den, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two or three-car garages. Many of these homes feature swimming pools and spas with water features, large patios, and private backyards.

Heritage Village IV

Mid $300s - Low $400s

Heritage Village IV is one of the most luxurious 55+ age-restricted active adult communities in Scottsdale. Its location within the larger 1,119-acre master-planned Scottsdale Ranch community means that residents of Heritage Village IV enjoy their own private amenities as well as full access to the envious collection of amenities at Scottsdale Ranch.

Amenities within the age-restricted community feature a clubhouse for events and meetings, a heated outdoor pool, and three tennis courts.

The Scottsdale Ranch Community Center includes a banquet hall, catering kitchen, and meeting spaces. The community center offer breathtaking lake views of Lake Serena, a 42-acre lake that residents can use for fishing, boating, and relaxing. The Scottsdale Ranch Boat Club allows residents to reserve kayaks, canoes, and rowboats free of charge.

Additional outdoor amenities include the Scottsdale Ranch Park & Tennis Center, a 42-acre park complete with 12 lighted tennis courts, six sand volleyball courts, four racquetball courts, two half basketball courts, two baseball fields, and a squash court. Walking and biking trails are found throughout the community.

Heritage Village IV consists of 162 attached homes that provide residents with a low-maintenance lifestyle ideal for those who want to downsize, but still enjoy amenities, hobbies, and even travel.

The attached homes for sale range from two to four bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Some of the homes feature desirable upgrades such as two master bedrooms, skylights, vaulted ceilings with wood beams, and spacious outdoor patios.