There are several active adult communities in Mesa, Arizona that are great for downsizing. Mesa is a popular choice for retiring or buying a winter home in the sunshine. Arizona’s climate provides about 300 days of sunshine each year, making it perfect for anyone who enjoys golf, tennis, pickleball, or other outdoor pursuits.
Mesa is part of the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area, but it's also a city in its own right. In fact, it's the third-largest in the state (after Phoenix and Tucson) with a population of roughly 500,000. It has a historic downtown area, several museums and other attractions. It's also about a 25-minute drive due east of Downtown Phoenix.
A similar drive further east brings you to the Usery Mountain Regional Park, which provides 3,648 acres of outdoor recreation and adjoins the Tonto National Forest with almost three million acres. Other parks, mountains, and lakes are within easy reach of Mesa.
For anyone looking to move to an active adult community in Mesa, these are some of the best options for downsizing.
Fountains of the Sun
One of the best choices for downsizing in Mesa is Fountains of the Sun. This gated community for the 55+ active adult has 2,296 homes and a healthy turnover of properties on the market. It’s a 25-minute drive due east of Downtown Mesa, and only a 10-minute drive from Usery Mountain Regional Park.
Models here start at around 1,000 square feet, but some still offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached garage or carport. One-bedroom models are also available.
As a larger community, there are naturally a large number of amenities. These include an 18-hole golf course with a clubhouse, restaurant, bar, and pro shop. There’s also another clubhouse for non-golfers, along with a fitness center, a ballroom, an arts and crafts studio, a heated outdoor pool and spa, and courts for pickleball and shuffleboard. There are also many clubs and classes for residents to participate in, including yoga, fitness, dancing, arts and crafts, card and board games, and casino trips.
Apache Wells is also a good option for downsizing in Mesa. It’s north of the city, less than ten minutes from the Usery Mountain Regional Park and a 20-minute drive from downtown. Apache Wells is a gated community of 1,823 homes for the 55+ active adult.
For really downsizing, models start at about 600 square feet, and there are a number of homes under 1,000 square feet. The smallest homes have one bedroom, one bathroom, and either an attached garage, a carport, or an allocated parking place.
Amenities include an 18-hole golf course with a bar and grill, practice facilities, a pro shop, a banqueting hall, and a social lounge. All residents can use the Apache Wells Activity Center which provides many facilities including a fitness center, an outdoor pool and spa, an arts and crafts studios, and courts for pickleball, shuffleboard, and bocce.
In addition to this, there are scenic lakes, hiking and biking trails, and a community church. Residents also have a number of clubs and classes they can take part in, including arts and crafts, yoga, Zumba, sports, gardening, dancing, and a singles club.
Greenfield Glen is a smaller community with 208 attached homes for the 55+ active adult. It’s about a 15-minute drive from Downtown Mesa, and 15 minutes from Red Mountain Park, which has sports fields, hiking trails, a community fishing lake, and other outdoor recreational activities.
There are only two home models at Greenfield Glen, and the smaller has 1,104 square feet. This provides two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a two-car garage.
Being smaller, Greenfield Glen has fewer amenities than the previous two larger communities, but it still offers a clubhouse, a library, an arts and crafts studio, a heated outdoor pool and spa, an exercise room, a tennis court, and four shuffleboard courts. There are several groups and clubs including arts and crafts groups, tennis, billiards, a choir, and planned day trips.
Sunland Village East
Sunland Village East is a 55+ active adult community with 2,437 attached and single-family homes. It’s located about a 20-minute drive east of Mesa’s historic downtown, and 10-15 minutes from the activities available in Red Mountain Park.
Smaller homes start at 1,000 square feet and provide one bedroom, a den, two bathrooms, and a one-car garage. There are also a number of other smaller models available.
The facilities here center around a North Complex, a South Complex, and the 18-hole golf course. The amenities provided by these include a restaurant, two outdoor pools, six lighted tennis courts, an exercise room, an arts and crafts studio, and a woodworking shop. Residents can also join in a larger-than-average number of activity groups, including card and board games, yoga, Zumba, arts and crafts, dancing, drama, many sports, painting, and genealogy.