Best Arizona Active Adult Communities for Bicycling

retired couple riding bikes

I noticed a few themes in the book Younger Next Year… one being STAY ACTIVE.

Not the P90X active, rather get moving and stay moving.

A bike ride is a great way to get your heart pumping.  In the Active Adult Communities, you will see lots of people headed up to the recreation center on their bikes, many of the communities have bicycle paths in and around the community as well.  Making the 55+ communities a great place to get on your bike and get moving.

A few of the Best communities with additional bike paths and trails close by…

Trilogy at Vistancia in Peoria has bicycle friendly streets and the Discovery Trail a 3.5 mile paved nature trail system meandering thru the Master Planned  Community of Vistancia.

Heritage Village IV in Scottsdale is close to the Camelback Walk, a paved multi use path along the parks and golf courses in Scottsdale.

The City of Gilbert is utilizing the natural washes for bicycle and walking paths, and are easily accessed from Trilogy at Power Ranch.

Trilogy at Verde River   Rio Verde and Tonto Verde  are right around the corner from McDowell Mountain Regional Park, where 15 miles of mountain bike trails await, trails are marked for beginner up to expert.  This is a popular location for mountain bike racing too!

MountainBrook Village in Gold Canyon is close to several different mountain bike trails, most with some hilly terrain.

Trilogy at Vistancia
Heritage Village IV
Trilogy at Power Ranch
Trilogy at Verde River
Rio Verde and Tonto Verde
MountainBrook Village

The Best Arizona Active Adult Communities with Mountain Views

Views from Trilogy at Verde River

There is something more than majestic to mountain views.  They draw us to them like any aspect of nature.  They help us stay calm, focused and centered.  It is not surprising that people love a home that has a beautiful view of the Mountains.

The challenge is building homes on a hillside is much costlier than building on flat land.

Most of the Phoenix area Valley of the Sun is flat as well.  We do have Mountains surrounding the city.   Where will you have the best chance of having magnificent Mountain Views?  In the communities closest to the biggest mountains.

The most significant mountains in the area are to the north and east of Phoenix; Tonto National Forrest, and Superstition Mountains.  There are a few other notable mountains scattered around as well.

In the northeast, the views of Tonto Nationa Forrest and McDowell Mountains from Rio Verde, Tonto Verde and Trilogy at Verde River are truly spectacular. Then I would head to Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch, the terraced lots have created amazing views from many of the home sites.  Heading out to Gold Canyon the views of the Superstitions are awesome at Mountain Brook Village.  Next on my list would be to the north of Tucson the SaddleBrook Communities with views of the Catalina’s.

This next group have fewer homes with mountain views, but views are available.  I then would go to Canta Mia next to the Estrella Mountain Regional Park, and Sun City Festival with views of the White Tank Mountains.  Lastly I include Solera at Jonson Ranch located next to the San Tan Mountains.

Rio Verde & Tonto Verde
Trilogy at Verde River
Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch
Mountain Brook Village
SaddleBrook Communities
Canta Mia
Sun City Festival
Solera at Jonson Ranch

The Verdes: Tonto Verde, Rio Verde and Vista Verde

3 Active Adult Ladies in the pool

Tonto Verde and Rio Verde are exceptionally beautiful communities to the north of Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, accessible by either route. Known as “The Verdes” they are nestled northeast of the McDowell Mountains.  The McDowell Regional Park forms the west boundary, to the south is the McDowell Indian Community and the east and north adjoin the 2.9 million acre Tonto National Forest. This is an outdoorsman or woman’s retirement dream. Hiking trails abound, horse stables are numerous and the views are of mountains and forests. These master planned adult communities offer a wide range of custom designed homes and lot sizes in a magnificent setting, with a lifestyle as unique as their setting.  Tonto Verde’s 18 hole putting course and the course itself are extraordinary.  The Verde’s beautiful clubhouses are designed for both indoor and outdoor enjoyment, maximizing views and sunsets from outdoor terraces. Rio Verde’s 17,000 sq ft clubhouse features a pub area, an enlarged grill and terrace area in a casual atmosphere.  A separate dining area offers cuisine in a more formal setting. The Tennis Club has six courts, two are lighted, a year round pro and a pro shop. Each Verde has a large pool with lap lanes, fitness center, and assorted multipurpose rooms.

The third community of “The Verdes” was to be Vista Verde.  In its’ early development during the real estate turn-down, it was sold.  The golf course was renamed Tegavah which is the Yavapai word for “Gathering Place” and was then sold a second time to Shea Builders.  The Shea Active Adult Community trademark is their “Trilogy” communities.  Be on the lookout in 2015 and 2016 for Trilogy at Tegavah !  It will be the first Active Adult Community to be built in the North East Valley in many years and will be well publicized.  Contact us for information as we have it.

 

 

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