Southern Arizona has been a popular retirement destination for active adults for many years because of its warm climate, reasonably priced homes, and outdoor recreation. This region offers numerous 55+ communities spread throughout its landscape and are mostly found in areas around Tucson and Green Valley. Retirees often flock to Southern Arizona because they want to stay close to family while living in an active adult community that provides the amenities and social environment they seek.
Fortunately, there are plenty of age-restricted neighborhoods nestled within master-planned communities in Southern Arizona that appeal to retirees who want to live close to their loved ones. Check out our list below to read about where to retire if you have family in Southern Arizona.
The Highlands at Dove Mountain is an active adult neighborhood nestled in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountains and is 25 miles northwest of Tucson. It’s also situated within the 6,200-acre Dove Mountain master-planned community. This gated 55+ section features a total of 1,400 single-family homes that were built between 1997 and 2007. Residents of The Highlands at Dove Mountain enjoy private amenities at the 29,000 square-foot clubhouse, which includes a restaurant, fitness center, hobby and craft rooms, outdoor pool, tennis and pickleball courts, and an 18-hole championship golf course. Active adults of this age-restricted neighborhood enjoy a vibrant and social atmosphere where they can share similar interests with other residents. They can take classes or join special interest groups like the book club, sculpture class, shooting club, or ladies bridge.
Del Webb began construction of its new 55+ community in 2014 within the master-planned development of Dove Mountain in Marana, AZ. Del Webb at Dove Mountain is an intimate age-restricted neighborhood that will host 600 single-family homes upon completion. Buyers can choose from a great lineup of low-maintenance home designs that feature open layouts, gourmet kitchens, elegant master suites, and inviting living areas. Residents of the 55+ section enjoy private amenities that include the Saguaro Recreation Center featuring a state-of-the-art fitness center, resort-style pool and spa, coffee bar, billiards, and sports courts. Homeowners will also have plenty of ways to stay active or find something fun to do thanks to all of the amenities and recreational facilities found at Dove Mountain’s Gallery Sports Club.
Sonora at Rancho Sahuarita is an active adult neighborhood within the Rancho Sahuarita master-planned development in Pima County. Residents of this age-restricted community enjoy two amenity centers: the exclusive clubhouse at Sonora at Rancho Sahuarita as well as all of the amenities in Rancho Sahuarita. The 55+ section offers a private 15,000 square-foot clubhouse that’s reserved for residents of the age-restricted neighborhood and features a fitness center, aerobics and dance studio, arts and crafts studio, ballroom, library, billiards, card room, outdoor pool and spa, sports courts, and horseshoe pits. Sonora at Rancho Sahuarita consists of just 428 residences available on a resale-only basis. Del Webb built these homes between 2004 and 2008 which come in a variety of sizes, styles, and price points. Residents enjoy low-maintenance living thanks to the established homeowners’ association fee that takes care of clubhouse upkeep, common areas, exterior home maintenance, and landscaping.
Rancho Resort is a 55-plus community located within the master-planned development of Rancho Sahuarita. Rancho Resort is made up of three age-restricted neighborhoods called The Courtyards, Madera Village, and Del Webb Las Brisas that make up 370 single-family homes of the active adult community. Residents have access to a private 20,000 square-foot clubhouse that is the central hub of physical activity and social recreation. The clubhouse provides resort-style amenities that include activity and game rooms, arts and crafts studio, a ballroom, computer lab, fitness center, outdoor pool, and bicycles. In addition to these amenities, homeowners also have access to The Village Green, which is located near the clubhouse and has additional outdoor amenities. Residents have nine acres of open spaces for outdoor recreation and relaxation like tennis, pickleball, bocce ball, and shuffleboard as well as horseshoe pits, a putting green, volleyball court, and picnic and grilling areas.
Del Webb at Rancho Del Lago is an active adult neighborhood within the Rancho Del Lago master-planned development in Vail, Arizona. K. Hovnanian was the original builder of Del Webb at Rancho Del Lago in 2008 until Del Webb purchased the community in 2009 and will complete construction of this active adult community. Upon completion, Del Webb at Rancho Del Lago will have a total of 522 single-family homes.
Homebuyers can choose from a wide selection of floor plans offered as resale by K. Hovnanian or new construction by Del Webb. Homes typically offer 1,200 to just over 2,800 square feet and have at least two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. Residents also have a rich lineup of world-class amenities in both Del Webb at Rancho Del Lago as well as in Rancho Del Lago. The private 14,000 square-foot clubhouse in the 55+ neighborhood is reserved for its residents and features a state-of-the-art fitness center, ballroom, hobby and game room, internet café, library, billiards, and demonstration kitchen. Outdoors, residents have even more recreational facilities like two pools, multiple sports courts, an 18-hole putting green, event lawn, and walking and biking trails. Residents can step outside of their age-restricted enclave and enjoy access to all of the amenities found in Rancho Del Lago’s master-planned development, which include an 18-hole golf course, nine lakes, tennis courts, restaurant, and pro shop.
The Springs at Santa Rita is a 55-plus community that’s part of Green Valley Recreation, which gives residents access to 13 different recreation centers spread throughout the area. The Santa Rita Social Center is a 30,000 square-foot recreation facility located within the gates of The Springs at Santa Rita. Residents can mingle, stay healthy, or relax with all of the resort-style amenities offered onsite. And if that’s not enough, homeowners can explore outside of the community’s gates and enjoy all of the amenities found at other recreation centers spread throughout Green Valley Recreation. With so many recreational facilities and amenities available, residents enjoy an active and social lifestyle in this age-restricted community.
This established active adult community was developed between 1996 and 2003 and consists of 442 homes. Homebuyers can find reasonably priced homes that come as attached or detached styles and offer approximately 850 to just over 1,600 square feet of living space. In addition to great amenities and affordable homes, The Springs at Santa Rita also provides a vibrant social atmosphere where adults can learn new hobbies or share similar interests with their neighbors. There are over 60 activities and clubs available in this active adult community that range from tennis and hiking to crafts and potluck dinners.