One way to help narrow your choice if you're thinking of buying a home in an active adult community in Arizona is to look at its best-reviewed communities. All communities listed on 55places.com have a "Reviews" section, where homeowners can say what they think about living in their chosen community.
We've selected the four best-reviewed communities in Arizona. These communities all received three or more five-star reviews by resident homeowners and no critical reviews.
High $200s - Low $400s
Trilogy at Power Ranch is the best-reviewed community in Arizona with six five-star reviews. "We have been snowbirds here for 10 yrs," writes Jackie S. "We love it. There is so much to do." Jackie goes on to say that if you're bored in Trilogy at Power Ranch then it's your own fault. She adds that the grounds are beautiful, the people are friendly, and the houses are well-built.
Another homeowner, Todd, describes it as a "Wonderful place to live for active adults.... [It's] very clean with pride of ownership shown throughout the neighborhood. The Clubhouse is beautiful." Todd also recommends the Slate Bistro/Bar as a "nice place to have a meal or have happy hour." Linda H. agrees that the community is super-clean and the "neighborhood definitely shows a pride of ownership."
Homeowner William M. also praises the community: "The clubhouse is gorgeous and the location is one of the best you will find for 55+ communities." Another resident says that the community is the perfect size, being large enough to offer lots of activities but small enough to retain a sense of community with people from all walks of life. Finally, Susan L. says: "The amenities here are top-notch and there is always something going on. My social calendar has never been more full!"
Trilogy at Power Ranch is a gated community for the 55+ active adult. It has 2,035 single-family homes which range in price from the high $200s to the low $400s. Amenities include an 18-hole golf course, a movie theater, a ballroom, a fitness center, a choice of eating places, and numerous facilities for arts, crafts, and sports.
Low $200s - High $300s
Like Trilogy at Power Ranch, Del Webb at Rancho del Lago has collected only five-star reviews from residents and homeowners. David J. describes his experience like this: "I bought a well maintained existing home here about six months ago. I already have a personal coach, the nicest and most down to earth neighbors I could want, a great gym, yoga, and activities and amenities that go on and on."
Another homeowner says:
"This is a great choice for people who like a well maintained, quiet neighborhood with fantastic neighbors. Better yet....fantastic clubhouse amenities, pools, hot tub, tennis courts, pickleball, billiards room, gym (equipment always available), etc."
Susan L. describes her experience:
"My husband and I moved here about 3 years ago and we've loved every minute. Our perfect day is golf in the morning and relaxing at the pool in the afternoon. We try to get to the fitness center a couple times a week but there are so many other fun things to do! We've met some really good friends and have formed an informal progressive dinner party group."
This gated community for the 55+ active adult is one of the smaller Del Webb communities with 522 single-family homes. Despite being smaller, its amenities include an 18-hole golf course, an 18-hole putting green, a fitness center, a ballroom, a library, two outdoor pools, and courts for tennis, pickleball, bocce, and racquetball.
Low $200s - High $500s
Sun City Oro Valley is another of the best-reviewed communities in Arizona, with only five-star write-ups. Del B. describes it as a "wonderfully friendly community! Most of us moved here from somewhere else not knowing any, or very few, residents. Just like the Pioneers of old we had the backbone to pull up stakes to find a new home to enjoy our senior years. We found it!"
Lynne N. has no hesitation in recommending this community:
"After ten years, I am still astonished at the quality of this community. Our common areas and buildings are kept in tip top shape. Most importantly, this is truly a community. There is plenty to do if you're a 'doer' and plenty to enjoy if you are not. Just a walk down the street brings waves and greetings. Everyone that lives here feels safe, respected and that they belong to our 'family.' A truly great place to live."
Barbara M. had lived in the community for twenty years when she wrote this review:
"It is the best move we ever made. The community is small compared with other Del Webb sites but with the most fantastic views. Outside of Tucson in the high desert, we have ideal weather for outside activities and there are more activities and clubs than imaginable. A championship golf course, tennis courts, pickleball, art, dancing, continuing education, woodworking, lapidary, ceramics, hiking, and computer classes are just be a few of the many activities available."
Sun City Oro Valley is for the 55+ active adult and has 2,488 attached and single-family homes. Prices start in the low $200s and go through to the high $500s.
High $100s - Low $300s
Of Solera at Johnson Ranch, Gay H. says:
"We moved here in 2011, and we just love it! Always something to do. The pool is great! The people here are so very nice, and you will make friends in no time. The mountain views are fabulous! We live on the golf course with a sunset view."
One homeowner, Kathy, describes the research she did with her husband before opting for this community:
"When my husband and I decided to retire to Arizona, we visited many 55+ communities. Solera at Johnson Ranch was by far the best community we looked at....the scenery is stunning; the neighborhood is great (friendly neighbors, well-groomed yards, gorgeous landscaping; sidewalks to stroll on; wonderful amenities) and the homes are extremely well built with great layouts."
Susan L. says:
"My husband and I moved to Solera about a year ago and we have found it to be everything we had hoped. I wanted the opportunity to keep busy and meet new people and I've been able to do that very easily. There are tons of clubs to join and lots of special events. My husband loves the golf at Johnson Ranch."
This gated community for the 55+ active adult has 727 single-family homes, ranging in price from the high $100s to the low $300s. In addition to the 18-hole golf course, amenities include a fitness center, a restaurant, a fishing pond, a ballroom, a library, an outdoor pool, and numerous sports facilities.