If you're on a budget and you’re looking for an active adult retirement in Southern Arizona, there are over a dozen communities in the Tucson area with homes for sale under $300k. They range from communities with several thousand homes down to smaller communities with under a hundred houses. Most of the best options with the widest choice of homes under $300k are in the rural areas north of Tucson, such as Oro Valley, Oracle, and Marana.
Here are just some of the communities in the Tucson area where you can find a home for under $300k.
Low $300s - High $800s
Saddlebrooke Ranch is the largest active adult community in the Tucson area, with 5,400 single-family homes for the 40+ age group. It’s out in the desert with no neighbors, and it's ten miles from the small town of Oracle. Downtown Tucson is a 50-minute drive away, but there are plenty of activities to enjoy in the area.
Amenities include the 18-hole SaddleBrooke Ranch Golf Club which has a driving range and a pro shop. Pickleball fans will appreciate the 24 courts, and there are also tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a choice of eating places, a fitness center, and plenty of arts and crafts studios.
The smallest models are 1,404 square feet while the largest homes have over 3,000 square feet. For $300k, you can find a home with 1,500 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.
High $100s - High $900s
Saddlebrooke is an active adult community with a 40+ age restriction and 4,589 attached and single-family homes. It’s located on the edge of Oro Valley, butting right up against the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains and giving the community a dramatic backdrop. Getting to Downtown Tucson means a 50-minute drive past the 5,500-acre Catalina State Park, home to about 5,000 giant saguaro cacti and 150 species of birds. The park entrance is only 15 minutes from Saddlebrooke.
Saddlebrooke’s own amenities are impressive, including its two 18-hole golf courses: MountainView Golf Club and The Preserve Golf Club. They each have a driving range and a pro shop, and the Preserve has a putting area too. The MountainView Country Club has a 28,500-square-foot clubhouse, a bistro, a fitness center, arts and crafts studios, two outdoor pools, tennis courts, and rooms for yoga, aerobics, and dance.
Models range from 1,335 to 3,485 square feet with two to five bedrooms. For $300k, you can find a home with about 2,100 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.
Low $200s - Mid $400s
Sun City Oro Valley has 2,488 homes for the 45+ active adult, and it’s a 15-minute drive from the center of Oro Valley. The outdoor activities of Catalina State Park are only four miles away, with Downtown Tucson being a 40-minute drive away.
One of the community's many amenities, the 18-hole The Views Golf Club at Oro Valley attracts many residents. There's also a dedicated Artisan Center, purely for arts and crafts, while another building has an art studio and a photography studio. There’s also a fitness center, two outdoor pools, mini golf, an auditorium, and courts for tennis, bocce ball, pickleball, and racquetball.
The numerous models start at just over 1,000 square feet through to 2,665 square feet, and for a budget of $300k, you can find about 1,400 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.
High $100s - High $400s
Marana is a sprawling town approaching 50,000 people, and it's a 25-minute drive north of Downtown Tucson, mostly along Interstate 10. The Highlands at Dove Mountain is about 20 minutes east of the town center, so it’s easy to drive into the city for any needs. This is a gated community with 1,400 homes for the 50+ active adult.
Amenities here include an 18-hole golf course with a driving range, a pro shop, and a restaurant. The community also has another bar and grill, a fitness center, arts and crafts studios, an aerobics/dance studio, a pool and spa, pickleball courts, and four illuminated tennis courts.
Models here offer between 1,111 and 2,461 square feet of space. For a budget of $300k, you can find up to about 1,700 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.
Low $200s - High $300s
Another small town with about 10,000 people, Vail is southeast of Tucson and home to De Webb at Rancho Del Lago. This Del Webb community is an easy 30-minute drive from Downtown Tucson along I-10. It’s a gated community for the 50+ active adult, and it has 522 single-family homes.
Its amenities include the 18-hole del Lago Golf Club, an 18-hole putting green, a fitness center, a ballroom, an aerobics/dance studio, two outdoor pools, and courts for tennis, pickleball, bocce ball, and racquetball.
The smallest models here are 1,212 square feet, and the largest are 2,823 square feet. For $300k, you can find a home with about 2,000 square feet, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.