Mesa in Arizona is an increasingly popular choice for active adults. There are more 55+ and active adult communities in Mesa than in the cities around Phoenix. With a budget of $250k, there are several communities to choose from.
With a population of half a million, Mesa is the third-largest city in the state after Phoenix and Tucson. It's part of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and is about a 30-minute drive east of central Phoenix. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is only a 20-minute drive from the center of Mesa, which also has its own Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport used by Allegiant Air.
One major advantage of Mesa's location is it's proximity to the great outdoors. Active adults can drive just 30 minutes east on Highway 60 to leave the city behind and enjoy the recreational opportunities in the surrounding mountains and lakes. Given the Central Arizona climate, these are available most of the year.
High $100s - High $200s
Dreamland Villa is one of the larger active adult communities in Mesa with homes under $250k. It has 2,732 single-family homes with a 55+ age restriction. It's a 20-minute drive east of downtown Mesa, making it further from Phoenix but closer to outdoor recreation. The 3,648-acre Usery Mountain Regional Park, for example, is a 15-minute drive away.
Residents enjoy the community's amenities at two activity centers which, between them, offer three outdoor pools, an exercise room, indoor and outdoor theaters, a restaurant, arts and crafts studios, a library, a computer room, meeting rooms for social groups, and facilities for bocce ball, pickleball, shuffleboard, table tennis, and billiards.
Models range from 942 to 1,910 square feet with two to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and a carport or garage. For a budget of $250k, retirees can find homes up to 1,400 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.
High $100s - High $400s
Leisure World is a gated community for the 45+ active adult with 2,664 condos, attached homes, and single-family homes. It's a 20-minute drive east of downtown Mesa and only five minutes from the Superstition Springs Center, a major shopping mall with restaurants, banks, a cinema complex, and other facilities.
Leisure World will appeal to golfers as it has two 18-hole courses: Coyote Run and Heron Lakes. These courses also have a driving range, practice greens, four putting greens, three practice bunkers, and a pitch and putt practice area as well as a resident golf pro. Other amenities at Leisure World include a 10,000-square-foot fitness center, an aerobics studio, arts and crafts studios, three ballrooms, dozens of social groups, three outdoor pools, six tennis courts, and facilities for pickleball, bocce ball, shuffleboard, and basketball.
Models range from condos just over 1,000 square feet to single-family homes over 3,000 square feet. For $250k, retirees can find a 1,600-square-foot home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.
Mid $100s - High $300s
Sunland Village East has 2,437 attached and single-family homes for the 55+ active adult. It's a 20-minute drive east of downtown Mesa and less than ten minutes from the large Superstition Springs Center with stores like Best Buy, Target, and a Walmart Superstore. The Usery Mountain Regional Park is also a 20-minute drive away.
Amenities include the 18-hole Sunland Village East Golf Course, which also has a driving range and pro shop. Other community amenities include a family sports bar and grill, six lighted tennis courts, and facilities for bocce ball, shuffleboard, and softball. In addition, there are plenty of ways to socialize at two community centers with two outdoor pools, a fitness center, an exercise room, arts and crafts studios, and a library.
The smallest models at Sunland Village East are 1,000-square-feet attached homes with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The largest models are 2,000-square-foot single-family homes with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and a two- or two-and-a-half-car garage. For $250k, retirees can find 1,300-square-foot homes with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a one- or two-car garage.
Below $100k - Mid $200s
Fountain of the Sun is a gated community for the 55+ active adult. The community's 2,296 homes are a mix of attached, manufactured, and single-family homes. It's a 20-minute drive east of downtown Mesa and about 15 minutes from the Usery Mountain Regional Park. Additionally, the sports facilities at the Red Mountain District Park are less than ten minutes away.
Residents can join the semi-private Fountain of the Sun Country Club, which has seasonal packages for snowbirds. This 18-hole course also has a pro shop, putting green, practice bunker, practice tee, a resident pro, and a restaurant and bar. All residents have access to the community's main clubhouse with a heated outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, arts and crafts studio, a post office, library, meeting rooms, and facilities for pickleball and shuffleboard.
The smallest models are just under 1,000 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached garage or carport. The largest models are 2,100-square-foot single-family homes with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a two-car garage. For a budget of $250k in this Mesa community, active adults can find homes up to 1,800 square feet with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.