Retirement Isn’t Boring, When You Live in an Active Adult Community

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If you are about to turn fifty-five years old, there’s a good chance you’re thinking about where to go and what to do when you retire.

Thousands of people just like you have already made the leap, and many of them are enjoying life in active adult community. On the beach, in the mountains, in the desert, wherever you have envisioned for your retirement, it’s waiting!

Irene A. Hammond is a veteran real estate agent who prides herself on helping people find the perfect place to retire. She answers the questions you have been pondering and brings up other details for consideration. Get the answers to questions such as:

  • Is an active adult community right for me?
  • What are the benefits of a large or a small community?
  • Is it easy to make new friends in these communities?
  • Should I purchase a new build or purchase a resale home?
  • What is Estate Planning?

She also explains how you can be younger than 55 and still live in an active adult community, any fees you should know about, when is the best time to visit one of the communities, and common activities. Attorney Leanne B. Martin has written a bonus chapter on estate planning, trusts and wills.

Here is the guidance you need to enjoy the lifestyle you crave, with the active adult community insights in Retirement Isn’t Boring

Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch

Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch is located to the north west of the greater Phoenix Valley of the Sun in the town of Wickenburg.  Wickenburg is a true western town known for being the Roping Capital of Arizona and maybe even the country.  It has a year round population of 7000 doubling in the winter months.

Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch offers open land behind or abutting approximately 90% of the homesites. If your looking for beautiful mountain views you have come to the right location.  Due to the hillier terrain  they have terraced most of the community offering fabulous views of the surrounding mountains for not just a few but the majority of homes.

Like the other Trilogy communities, Wickenburg Ranch is a resort community.  With the Alvea Spa, Big Wick and Li’l Wick golf, 20 miles of trails the 40,000 square foot indoor and outdoor clubhouse and much more.  One of the unique elements of the community is the Solstice Park,  sunken sitting area to enhance the dark night skies of Wickenburg with a state of the art digital telescope for ultimate star gazing.

This Trilogy community is part of Shea homes Active Lifestyle Communities, not age restrictive.  Families are welcome to live in this community.  There has been discussion about the builder doing a section of the community as strictly 55+ but at this time it hasn’t been established.

Great news, as of January 2018 Wickenburg Ranch is opening a 55+ neighborhood. This section of the community will be age restrictive, while the remainder of the community will be open for anyone looking to enjoy the views and lifestyle.

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Trilogy at Verde River

Tegava 1Trilogy at Verde River, originaly the Vista Verde development was to be the third of the “Verdes”. It was sold in 2014, in its’ infant stage, as growth had stalled during the real estate downturn. The golf course was renamed The Tegavah Course, inspired by the Yavapai word for “Gathering Place”.   Shea builders are the buyers and Trilogy is their main Active Adult Community product. Trilogy at Verde River started selling in late 2015, the main clubhouse will break ground in 2016.  The facilities and homes, according to real estate rumors, are going to exceed anything Shea has previously built. The setting alone will contribute to deserving that accolade.  As the newest active adult community in the north-east valley in decades, it will be highly publicized.  On a recent drive-by we saw lots of activity.   If you would like to be kept current on this community, let us know.

 

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This community is now building homes.
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Tegavah Golf

SaddleBrooke One and Two

dreamstime_l_15579174.jpgSaddleBrooke is one community with two HOAs. The two were separated in 1994 and have slightly different rules and governance.

SaddleBrooke One has an HOA which has been turned over to the residents to operate. The three golf courses, Tucson, SaddleBrooke and Catalina are totally private with play limited to residents of SaddleBrooke One, Two, the Ranch and their guests.  SaddleBrooke Two is expected to be turned over to the residents in 2015 or 2016 when totally built out by Robson.     Saddlebrooke One has 2059 homes while SaddleBrooke Two presently has 2700 homes with 3,200 expected at completion.

SaddleBrooke One and Two currently share all of their amenities.    The security is maintained by the communities in the form of traffic patrols for autos and golf carts on the private roads connecting the areas. The Security Patrol also provides home checks for absentee residents.

With the incomparable Tucson weather, the magnificent mountain views and the desert color it is easy to sit and just enjoy your resort retirement, but there is so very much to do that you may have to ration your time to be sure of some time to sit and enjoy!

Each of the clubhouses host so many clubs and activities that when you are not playing golf, or using one of the 21 tennis courts, the many Pickleball courts or the 8 indoor and outdoor swimming pools you will want to do something different every day of the month. Each of the fitness centers have full activity calendars.  Enjoy dining and a sunset or a quick lunch between activities, you have 3 restaurants and 3 grills to pick from.  This is resort style retirement at its’ ultimate.

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Rancho El Dorado

Couples Dancing Together At A NightclubRancho El Dorado You enter Rancho El Dorado through a dramatic tree lined entrance. This desert oasis comes complete with lakes, parks, picnic ramadas as well as a Championship Golf Course, The Duke. It has a state of the art exercise facility, lighted tennis courts and basketball courts. The playground is divided into two sections with large equipment that promises hours of fun for big kids and a pint-sized playground for the little tykes.    Picnic table and barbeque grills are scattered throughout the grounds of the recreation center. There is a lap pool as well as a larger pool.  There is a splash pad for kids cooling off and play time.

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Rancho El Dorado

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Sun City Festival

retired walking coupleSun City Festival Active Adult Community at Festival Ranch in Buckeye is located on the north-west corner of the White Tank Mountains. This new Del Webb/Pulte Community has a 31,000 sq ft Sage Recreation Center .   Every amenity imaginable including an ASU Lifelong Learning Academy is available in the community.   Del Webb/Pulte has long been known for the excellence of their activities for active adults in their many award winning 55+ communities. The community surrounds the Copper Canyon Golf Club, a Troon course that sports 4 sets of tees from 5200 to 6800 yards, a game for every level player.  The setting is quoted as being similar to that of the first Sun City, but with much more extensive experience in homebuilding and 55+ communities.

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Sun City Festival
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Sun City Festival, an Arizona Active Adult Community

 


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Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch

PotterSun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch in Florence is an active adult community with extensive amenities within the new Anthem at Merrill Ranch master plan community.  The master planned community combines  three separate communities.  The residents will have the choice of using their own 55+ age restricted facilities or those of the other, larger Merrill Ranch communities.   It is a great solution for adults who wish to be near their families, while still having the ability to  their leisure with other adults.  The sister Sun Cities in Surprise, Sun City, Sun City West and Sun City Grand are recognized as having superior facilities and amenities.  Sun City Anthem will be an equal of it’s other sisters.

Amenities that are exclusive to Sun City Anthem Residents are; Union Center for Wellness and Higher Learning, Clubs and classes for every interest, Activities Directors, Indoor walking track, Cyber cafe with wireless internet access, Revere Plaza amphitheater, ASU Lifelong Learning Academy, Multi-purpose rooms, Fitness center with aerobics and locker rooms, Indoor pool and spa, Outdoor resort-style pool and spa, Pickleball courts, Bocce ball courts and Horseshoe Lanes.

 

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Sun City Anthem Merrill Ranch
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Estrella Mountain Ranch

Senior couple in sports carEstrella Mountain Ranch is snugged into the foothills of the Sierra Estrella Mountains adjoining the Estrella Mountain Regional Park. It has 72 acres of lakes for sailing and fishing complete with a lakeside pavilion. It is about 20,000 acres and is zoned for 42,000 residential units in addition to its’ commercial services in support of the community. It is located in the city of Goodyear. It has 40 acres of parks, playgrounds, lighted tennis courts & basketball courts, swimming pools, an 18 hole golf course and 30 miles of walking paths plus an award winning elementary school. The building process began in 1990 and is expected to continue for several years. It is all single family homes with luxurious estate homes rimming the tops of the ridges.  Canta Mia, an Active Adult Community which began construction in 2010 is at the southern edge of the Estrella community.  

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Estrella Mountain Ranch

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PebbleCreek

Healthy senior women

PebbleCreek  is one of Robson’s Resort Communities.  Robson is listed in the top 100 builders and this community is on the list of the top 100 best master planned communities in the country.  The amenities fulfill all of your resort requirements.  Much of the resort lifestyle centers around the two 18 hole golf clubs, the Eagle’s Nest and Tuscany Falls. The clubhouses and recreation centers are beautifully equipped and offer a tremendous variety of activities, with more than 70 clubs directed at specific interests! There are restaurants ranging from elegant to coffee shops.  There are pools, courts, a performing arts theatre, a ballroom and many multi-purpose activity rooms.  The new Sports & Aquatics center has indoor and outdoor pool, pickle ball, tennis and a very well equipped fitness center.

Construction in this gated community began in 1994.  The build out will reach over 6000 homes.  At present there are just over 4000 homes completed. Robson is offering from a selection of 10 model homes. 

 

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Sundance

Mature woman painting in the park

Sundance located in Buckeye is a Master Planned Community. It was opened in 2002 and is expected to continue sales until it reaches its 7000 home build out. Located between the Estrella and White Tank Mountains its multiple builders have done a great job of designing an active adult community within a family oriented community. There is a network of trails linking the neighborhoods, community facilities and shopping centers. The Sundance Active Adult Community borders its public 18 hole golf course and has a full service country club and adjacent fitness center, swimming pool and tennis courts. The Active Adult community is smaller than some of the others in the Phoenix valley, but with the golf course ,2 swimming pools, spa, fitness center, pickle ball and bocce courts and lots of activity groups it compares quite well to the large communities.

The Active Adult Community of Sundance is presently being built by the Meritage builders and LGI Homes. There are more than a dozen different single level floor plans in the community, truly something for every taste with an emphasis on energy efficiency and affordability.  The community is located just south of I-10 approximately 6 miles west of the 303 loop. Between Sundance Active Adult Community and the 101 you will find a good assortment of restaurants and shopping. Since the opening in 2002 the growth in the area has been phenomenal and with the completion of the Rte 303, connectivity to major west valley activities is assured.

 

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