In the midst of the sprawling Sonoran Desert sits Rio Verde, an established 55+ community less than an hour from Phoenix. Although Rio Verde is near Arizona’s largest city, it's in an isolated corner of the Tonto National Forest, giving the community an atmosphere of a small town amidst the jaw-dropping scenes from the surrounding mountains and the serenity of the never-ending desert.
The isolation is what makes Rio Verde a special community as it lends an air of exclusivity without having to sacrifice conveniences and entertainment, thanks to Rio Verde’s two amenity centers.
The 18,000 square-foot Rio Verde Community Center is a popular location for residents. A fitness center is filled with cardiovascular and weight-training equipment in a bright, sun-drenched room while, for a more diversified routine, homeowners can step into the spacious aerobics and dance studio. If you’re sore after a long workout, Rio Verde even has a massage room with fully trained massage therapists.
The community center includes active adult amenities that residents have come to expect, including rooms for cards, conferences, meetings, as well as a computer area. An arts and crafts studio keeps residents creatively engaged, while a billiards table and library are perfect for a more leisurely day.
Retiring in Arizona means enjoying a year-round, outdoor-centric climate, and Rio Verde gives you plenty of opportunities to do so. Aside from having a luxurious pool, spa, and sundeck, Rio Verde has an impressive six tennis courts, two pickleball courts, and bocce ball. Walking and biking trails, in a classic desert landscape style, weave throughout this well-manicured community.
Just across the street is perhaps Rio Verde’s most impressive amenity: the 27,000 square-foot Rio Verde Golf and Country Club that has two 18-hole golf courses. Within the country club, homeowners have The Verde Pub, Copper Room Restaurant, and the Sundance Room for hosting events.
Although both golf courses are within Rio Verde’s desert landscape, they feature traditional greenbelts one would find more frequently in the Midwest, while offering distinct styles of golf. Quail Run is a more traditional golf course style that was developed in 1973 and measures 6,602 yards with a slope rating of 121. The White Wing course was developed in the early 1980s and features 6,535 yards of golf with a slope rating of 120. Both courses offer incredible mountain views, four different tee options, and have meticulously groomed fairways.
Active adult communities attract homeowners due to their dynamic lifestyle options and Rio Verde is no exception. With over 50 clubs to choose from, Rio Verde homeowners never have a dull moment. Fitness fanatics can choose from aerobics classes, Zumba, yoga, hiking club, and water workouts. Those seeking a fresh hobby can try their hand at art classes, woodcarving, or needlecraft. Friendly competition can be had with games of tennis or pickleball or relax with more leisurely games like bunco, gin rummy, bridge, or pinochle.
The homes within Rio Verde are as dynamic as the lifestyle. Rio Verde consists of single-family and attached housing options that were developed between 1973 and 2010. Several builders had a hand in developing Rio Verde, where all 980 homes were custom built for the original homeowners, ensuring that your home is truly unique. The homes for sale in Rio Verde range in size from approximately 2,600 to 4,882 square feet and offer two to five bedrooms, two-and-a-half to five-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached garage.
Thanks to the homeowners' association (HOA), residents of Rio Verde will have more time to enjoy all that their community has to offer. Aside from taking care of all the spectacular amenities, the HOA also covers garbage and recycling pick-up, street maintenance, and basic cable. For those who decide on an attached home, an optional additional fee will cover landscaping, and exterior painting of your unit.
Although set off in the desert, Rio Verde has several everyday needs within the actual community. There are on-site stables as well as a post office, interdenominational church, and golf pro shop. Approximately 12 miles away is a popular shopping area with a Safeway, ACE Hardware, CVS, Walgreens as well as fast food restaurants, banks, and cafes. For big-city entertainment, downtown Phoenix is about an hour away, making it a terrific day trip.
Rio Verde, though, is really for the outdoor enthusiast. Just outside their door residents are greeted with the fifth largest national forest in the country: Tonto National Forest. With over three million acres, Tonto National Forest has protruding cactuses, forested mountains, and beautiful lake beaches. On a more modest scale is the McDowell Mountain Regional Park, that has miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as a biking course and camping sites.
Active adults looking for the climate of the desert, geography of the mountains, and the attractions of a world-renowned city will be thrilled with everything Rio Verde in Central Arizona has to offer.