Sunset view of the Arizona desert with Saguaro cacti and mountains in the background

Budget-minded active adults will find a lot to love in Southern Arizona.

In Southern Arizona, the active adult with $300k to spend has a variety of options when it comes to homebuying. The two main decisions to make are whether you want to live in a large or a small community and whether you want to live nearer to the desert and mountains or closer to the amenities of Tucson, the region’s largest city.

SaddleBrookeTucson, AZ

High $100s - High $900s

SaddleBrooke is one of the larger active adult communities in Southern Arizona, with 4,589 attached and single-family homes as well as a 40+ age restriction. Although the mailing address is Tucson, SaddleBrooke is actually on the very northeastern edge of the city limits in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Downtown Tucson is a 40-minute drive away. 

Those mountains provide a backdrop for the community’s best amenities: its two 18-hole golf courses. They both also have driving ranges and pro shops, and one has a putting area as well. In addition to the golf courses, there’s also the MountainView Country Club, which provides a bistro; a library; a fitness center; studios for arts and crafts; rooms for aerobics, dance, and yoga; two outdoor pools; and tennis courts. Also, there’s the separate DesertView Sports Club and Performing Arts Theater with a second fitness center, more rooms for dance/yoga/aerobics, an outdoor lap pool, and facilities for tennis, softball, basketball, volleyball, and badminton. 

The smallest models provide 1,335 square feet of living space, while the largest homes offer 3,485 square feet. These models feature three to four bedrooms plus a den, two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and a three-car garage. With a budget of $300k, you can expect to find a home anywhere between 1,800 and 2,400 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

Learn more information about SaddleBrooke here.

Quail CreekGreen Valley, AZ

High $100s - High $500s

Quail Creek is a gated community for the 40+ active adult with 4,000 homes that will appeal more to those who enjoy the small-town feel. It’s in Green Valley, a town of about 25,000 people, and it's a 30-minute drive south of Downtown Tucson. Quail Creek is about a 15-minute drive from the center of Green Valley, and ten minutes from the nearest shopping center with stores like Walmart and Walgreens.

One of the major attractions here is the Quail Creek Golf Club, which has 27 holes, practice facilities, and a pro shop. There’s also a separate clubhouse with a ballroom. The Anza Athletic Club provides residents with a fitness center; a pool; a spa; rooms for yoga, dance, and aerobics; and courts for bocce ball and tennis. This community also has a Creative Arts and Technology Center with several arts and crafts studios and a computer lab.

The smallest homes here offer 1,286 square feet, and there are a number of models available, through to the largest at 2,695 square feet with two bedrooms, a den, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a two- or three-car garage. A similarly-sized model with a different configuration has three bedrooms and a den. For your budget of $300k, you can find a home with 1,600-1,800 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

Learn more information about Quail Creek here.

Sun City Oro ValleyOro Valley, AZ

High $100s - High $300s

Sun City Oro Valley is a 45+ active adult community with 2,488 attached and single-family homes. It’s in Oro Valley, a town of about 45,000 people, and it's a 30-minute drive north of Downtown Tucson. It’s on the edge of the urban area with picturesque views of the nearby Santa Catalina Mountains.

The community has numerous amenities, including the 18-hole Views Golf Club, which also has a driving range, a café, horseshoe pits, and a basketball court. The community’s Artisan Center provides several studios for practicing arts and crafts, while other amenities include a fitness center, two outdoor pools, an auditorium, a dance studio, eight tennis courts, and other sports facilities including pickleball. 

Models start at 1,035 square feet, and these have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. There are several dozen models available, through to the largest at 2,665 square feet with three bedrooms, a den, three bathrooms, and a two-and-a-half-car garage. For around $300k, you should be able to find a home with 1,600-1,700 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

Learn more information about Sun City Oro Valley here.

The Highlands at Dove MountainMarana, AZ

High $100s - High $400s

The Highlands at Dove Mountain is a gated community for the 50+ active adult with 1,400 single-family homes. It’s located in Marana, a fast-growing town of about 45,000 people, and it's about a 30-minute drive north of Downtown Tucson. Surrounded by desert and mountains, the community is actually a 20-minute drive east of the center of Marana.

The community has many amenities, including an 18-hole golf course, a 29,000-square-foot clubhouse, a ballroom, a fitness center, arts and crafts studios, an aerobics and dance studio, a library, a heated pool and spa, four lighted tennis courts, and facilities for pickleball and other sports.

Models start at 1,111 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The largest homes are 2,461 square feet, and these add a den to the configuration. Other models offer less square-footage but provide up to four bedrooms and a three-car garage. For a budget of $300k, buyers can find 1,500-1,700 square feet, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

Learn more information about The Highlands at Dove Mountain here.