Arizona remains as popular as ever as a retirement destination for active adults. There was a reason that Sun City, the first planned active adult community in the U.S., opened in Arizona. Now 60 years on, it remains one of the top ten best-selling Arizona communities.
Arizona’s warm climate is a big part of its attraction. With about 300 sunny days a year, people who enjoy playing golf, tennis, or pickleball can get more bang for their buck by being able to play nearly all year. Your money also goes further in Arizona than in other places, and the state has several tax advantages for retirees, like no inheritance tax.
These are Arizona’s best-selling communities for 2019, with the top-seller first:
1. Province - Maricopa, AZ
High $100s - High $500s
Province is a gated community of 2,217 homes for the 55+ active adult. It’s in the city of Maricopa, an hour’s drive south of Phoenix. The amenities that make it so popular include 125 acres of parks and natural space, 50 acres of scenic lakes, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, an 18-hole putting green, studios for arts and crafts, an outdoor amphitheater, and facilities for tennis, pickleball, bocce, shuffleboard, and basketball.
Mid $200s - High $500s
Sun City Festival is a 45+ active adult community in the city of Buckeye, about an hour’s drive northwest of downtown Phoenix and surrounded by beautiful mountains and desert. It has 7,200 homes, and its amenities include the 18-hole Copper Canyon Golf Club, a fitness center, two pools, a ballroom, an outdoor amphitheater, arts and crafts studios, and courts for tennis, pickleball, bocce, basketball, and volleyball.
3. SaddleBrooke - Tucson, AZ
High $100s - High $900s
SaddleBrooke is about an hour’s drive north of Tucson in the foothills of the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains. It has 4,589 homes with a low 40+ age restriction. Its attractions include two 18-hole golf courses, two outdoor pools plus a lap pool, a performing arts theater, arts and crafts studios, and facilities for several sports. There are also dozens of social groups and clubs for nearly every interest.
High $100s - Mid $300s
Mission Royale is a 55+ active adult community with 1,292 homes in the city of Casa Grande, which is about an hour from both Phoenix and Tucson. The resort-style amenities include an 18-hole golf course, two outdoor pools, a spa, a ballroom, an on-site restaurant, a fitness center, and courts for tennis and pickleball.
Low $200s - Mid $800s
Located in Surprise, a large city within the Phoenix metropolitan area, Sun City Grand has 9,802 homes for the 45+ active adult. There are abundant amenities, including four golf courses, several clubhouses, an outdoor amphitheater, two swimming pools plus indoor and outdoor lap pools, two fitness centers, fishing lakes, arts and crafts facilities, and courts for tennis, pickleball, and bocce.
6. Sun City - Sun City, AZ
Below $100k - High $800s
The original active adult community in the U.S. still sells well. Located between the cities of Peoria and Surprise in the greater Phoenix area, Sun City has over 27,000 homes and a 55+ age restriction. Its impressive amenities include a hospital, 31 places of worship, 11 golf courses, several places to eat, 19 shopping areas, several fitness centers, and numerous pools, and the community caters to just about every art, craft, or sporting interest.
Low $100s - High $600s
A few miles from Sun City and north of the city of Surprise is Sun City West, a 55+ active adult community has 16,900 homes. The community's amenities include nine golf courses, nine restaurants, 18 places of worship, shops, banks, pharmacies, several indoor and outdoor pools, three fitness centers, 24 tennis courts, and 18 pickleball courts.
Low $200s - Low $500s
Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch is in Florence, a city of about 26,000 people that’s a 90-minute drive southeast of downtown Phoenix. It has 3,800 homes and a 55+ age restriction. Amenities include access to the 18-hole Poston Butte Golf Club, a 48,000-square-foot clubhouse, a ballroom, a fitness center, arts and crafts studios, a pool and spa, eight illuminated tennis courts, eight pickleball courts, and four bocce ball courts.
9. Robson Ranch - Eloy, AZ
Low $200s - High $400s
Eloy is a city of about 20,000 that's a 50-minute drive from Tucson and home to Robson Ranch, a gated community for the 40+ active adult with 4,600 homes. The community also has a wide variety of amenities, such as an 18-hole golf course, a Creative Arts Center, a restaurant, and a Sports Club which has a fitness center, outdoor pool, indoor lap pool, and facilities for tennis and pickleball.
10. Quail Creek - Green Valley, AZ
High $100s - High $500s
Quail Creek is in Green Valley, an unincorporated community 30 minutes south of Tucson. Quail Creek is a gated community with 4,000 homes and a 40+ age restriction. Its amenities include the 27-hole Quail Creek Golf Club with a restaurant and bar, a Creative Arts and Technology Center, the Anza Athletic Club with a pool, spa, fitness center, and tennis and bocce ball courts, and a clubhouse with a ballroom and a billiards room.