Bench beside a pond surrounded by cacti and palm trees at Fountain of the Sun in Mesa, Arizona

Explore the southeast suburbs of Phoenix Arizona to uncover a variety of affordable active adult communities.

If you’re looking for affordable homes for sale in Phoenix, then the southeast Phoenix suburbs offer some of the best lowest-priced communities in the Greater Phoenix area. Some, like Mesa, are very much a part of the city, while others, including Chandler and Apache Junction, are on the edge of the metropolitan area.

All of these places, though, have relatively easy access both to Downtown Phoenix, to its international airport, and to the desert and mountains that surround the city. So if you’re checking out homes for sale in Phoenix, consider the southeast Phoenix suburbs for the best of the lowest-priced communities.

The Best Lowest-Priced Communities in Mesa

Mesa is part of the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area, but it's also a city in its own right. It’s the third-largest in Arizona after Phoenix and Tucson, and the 35th-largest in the United States. Residents get all the advantages of a large city, while also being only 30 minutes or so from the foothills of the Superstition Mountains and the Tonto National Forest.

Also, as a large city with a population of about 500,000, there are plenty of active adult communities to choose from. If you’re looking to buy Mesa, Arizona real estate, several of these communities have homes for sale for well under $200K.

Fountain of the Sun is a gated community of 2,296 homes for the 55+ active adult. Its amenities include a private country club with an 18-hole golf course, a heated outdoor pool and spa, a fitness center, courts for pickleball and shuffleboard, and scenic lakes and ponds. Homes for sale in this community start in the low $100s.

Apache Wells is a gated community with 1,823 homes for the 55+ active adult. Amenities here include a country club with an 18-hole golf course and golf practice facilities. The community also has an outdoor pool and spa; a number of rooms and studios for arts, crafts, and hobbies; a ballroom; a library; and facilities for shuffleboard, bocce, pickleball, and horseshoes. Homes for sale in this community start under $100K.

Sunland Village East has 2,437 homes for the 55+ active adult. Amenities include an 18-hole golf course, two clubhouses, two outdoor pools, a restaurant, a fitness center, six lighted tennis courts, and studios for arts and crafts. In this community,  homes are for sale for below $200k.

Dreamland Villa has 2,732 homes for the 55+ active adult. Amenities for residents include a 9-hole golf course and two community centers. These provide such facilities as an outdoor amphitheater, an indoor community theater, three outdoor pools, a restaurant, a café, arts and crafts studios, and courts for pickleball, shuffleboard, and bocce. Homes for sale start in the mid $100s.

The Best Lowest-Priced Communities in Chandler

Chandler is a separate city that adjoins Mesa and houses about half the population, but in these southeast Phoenix suburbs, the different cities merge into each other. Downtown Chandler is only a 20-minute drive from Downtown Mesa. Chandler is on the very edge of the metropolitan area, and to the south, you'll find the undeveloped desert land of the Gila River Indian Community.

The gated community of Sunbird has 1,631 homes for the 55+ active adult. It provides residents with such amenities as a 43,000-square-foot clubhouse, an 18-hole golf course, a restaurant, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, a ballroom, four tennis courts, and six shuffleboard courts. Homes for sale start below $200K.

The Best Lowest-Priced Communities in Apache Junction

In the shadow of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction is a small city of about 40,000 people at the very eastern limit of the metropolitan area. The 3,648-acre Usery Mountain Regional Park is only a 15-minute drive away, so this area appeals to those who want the great outdoors right outside their doorstep. However, you can also be in downtown Mesa in less than thirty minutes. Apache Junction has several smaller active adult communities. 

Dolce Vita at Superstition Mountain is a 55+ gated community with 300 single-family homes. Amenities include a 33,000-square-foot clubhouse, a ballroom, a library, a fitness center, a movie theater, an outdoor pool, two spas, and courts for tennis, pickleball, bocce, and shuffleboard. There’s also a putting green. In this community,  homes are for sale from the mid-$100s upwards.

Apache Villa is a 55+ active adult community with 425 single-family homes. Amenities include a clubhouse, an exercise room, a library, an outdoor pool, a hobby room, and four shuffleboard courts. Homes are for sale from the high $100s.

Mesa offers the best lowest-priced homes for sale in the suburbs of southeast Phoenix.