If you’re searching for an ideal place to retire, consider buying in an Arizona retirement community. Several communities in Arizona were recently listed in the 50 Best Master Planned Retirement Communities in the US. Both Phoenix, AZ and Tucson, AZ have some great retirement communities with wonderful amenities.  Both cities are also home to major universities, so you’ll find a wide variety of cultural and educational experiences to enjoy during retirement. Although the temperatures in Tucson can range a bit lower, the beautiful Arizona weather appeals to many looking for the perfect retirement location. 

Affordable real estate is one more reason to choose an Arizona retirement community. Even with a low price, you still get lots of great amenities. These master planned retirement communities are meant to be just that, places where you can be a part of a real community designed for active adults. Recreation opportunities abound, with championship golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools and fitness facilities. These 55+ communities have homes in many sizes and styles, to suit a variety of budgets and tastes. You can even find homes with a guest cottage or casita, to give you extra space for hobbies or to welcome out of town visitors. People from all over the world choose to retire in Arizona because it has so much to offer.  

Sunset on the golf course.
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So Much to Do, So Little Time in Phoenix Arizona

As Arizona's biggest city and capital, the sprawling Phoenix area offers many things people look for in a big city. Arizona State University is located nearby, along with Sky Harbor International Airport. With the Arizona Cardinals NFL team, NBA's Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks professional baseball team and a professional hockey team called the Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix residents can enjoy professional sporting events all year long. Museums and state parks provide so many opportunities to learn about the area's history, local artists and natural wonders.

Located just outside Phoenix, Pebble Creek offers luxury country club living, with beautiful lakes and gorgeous landscaping, the community feels a world away from the big city. The Tuscany Country Club clubhouse complex includes a Performing Arts Theater, Creative Arts Center, Sports and Aquatic Complex and sports courts. At the Eagle’s Nest Country Club, residents can enjoy the clubhouse, pool, lap pool, whirlpools, fitness center, tennis complex, softball field and meeting rooms. Pebble Creek courses include the Eagle’s Nest Golf Club which features an 18 hole course or the 27 hole Tuscany Falls Golf Club. Toscana’s Restaurant and Lounge serves casual meals and drinks.

Between Phoenix and Tucson, you’ll find  the community of Robson Ranch, an oasis in the desert. It's located in the Eloy/Casa Grande area of Arizona between Phoenix & Tucson. The Robson Ranch Country Club offers a Sports and Aquatics Center and Creative Arts Center, as well as a restaurant. Residents can enjoy tennis, pickleball, basketball or socializing with their dogs and other owners at the dog park. Golf is available at the palm tree studded, semi-private Robson Ranch Golf Course. Residents enjoy seeing their neighbors and meeting at a casual dining spot called the Robson Ranch Grill.

A traquil spot in Downtown Phoenix.
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Find a Tucson, Arizona Retirement Community with the Amenities You Want Most

Surrounded by several moutain ranges, the natural beauty of Tucson can be hard to match. The University of Arizona. Cultural and family activities. Those missing colder weather can take the short drive to the top of Mount Lemmon, which receives snow in the winter. The city is home to one of the country's cutting edge research hospitals, the University of Arizona Medical Center. Four popular master planned retirement communities in Tucson offer unique options for residents to enjoy. Visit Quail Creek, The Preserve, Saddlebrooke or Saddlebrooke Ranch to find one that's perfect for your active 55+ lifestyle. These communities are much more than subdivisions filled with homes. They're filled with people who all want to get to know their neighbors and enjoy the many amenities and activities available.

Amenities at The Preserve Clubhouse Complex include: a beautiful outdoor pool, lighted tennis courts, fitness center and attractively decorated rooms for meetings and community activities. You’ll also enjoy playing golf on the community’s semi-private course, designed by Dick Bailey. The Preserve restaurant features an outdoor patio where you can dine while enjoying spectacular views of the Santa Catalina mountains.

Located just 20 minutes north of Tucson, Saddlebrooke residents enjoy the activities offered in their community. The Mountainview Country Club sits in the center of it all with a luxurious clubhouse, pools, tennis courts, fitness center and a Creative Arts Center. The DesertView Sports Club and Performing Arts Theater features an indoor theater with regular events, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, fitness center and softball field. The semi-private Mountain View Golf Course offers beautiful mountain views and excellent golf. For casual dining, enjoy a meal at the Mesquite Grill. Dexter’s Place gets high marks from dog lover’s. The dog park features separate play areas for large and small dogs.

Only a few miles from Saddlebrooke, you’ll find Saddlebrooke Ranch. Enjoy outdoor pools, a fitness room, pool tables and a tennis complex at La Hacienda Club. Enjoy golf on the 18-hole Saddlebrooke Ranch course. 250 desert trees planted on the course create unique golf experience. A bistro serves breakfast and lunch, 7 days a week. Or meet your friends an neighbors while enjoying food, drinks and fun at The Shack.

You’ll find Quail Creek located south of Tucson with the Santa Rita Mountains offering a spectacular backdrop. The centerpiece of the Quail Creek Country Club is the Madera Clubhouse. Residents enjoy pools and spas, tennis, bocce ball courts, a ballroom, creative arts and technology center, fitness center and a dog park. The Golf Club at Quail Creek features a gorgeous 27 hole course framed by mountain views. Quail Creek Grill and Lounge serves casual meals and drinks.

The rugged beauty of the mountains just outside Tucson.

You Won't Want to Sit Around at These 55+ Retirement Communities in Arizona

If you’re looking to park yourself in a rocking chair when you retire, these active adult communities might not be for you. You’ll be amazed at the array of activities taking place these Arizona 55+ communities. You might find your life after retirement to be busier and more fulfilling than it was when you were working. Whether you decide to join the Pebble Creek Singles Club, the SaddleBrooke Bingo Club or Quail Creek’s Neighborhood Watch Committee, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you busy, active and involved.

Consider retiring in Arizona. These great communities are designed to bring people together and provide locations and support for people to be involved in their community, while offering amenities to make life more fun. The beautiful natural surroundings of Phoenix and Tucson are unlike those you’ll find almost anywhere else in the world. Combined with great year round weather and affordable homes, deciding to retire in Arizona just might be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.

Learn more about the beautiful city of Tucson, including the rich history and interesting attractions to visit: Tucson Arizona - Interesting Facts and Features.

Water aerobics is the perfect way to exercise in the Arizona heat.
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