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Best Places to Live & Retire in Arizona

Probably one of the only places where you can always plan on perfect weather, Arizona, also known as the "Grand Canyon State" is known for its warm summers and very mild winters.

Year round, you can enjoy hiking or mountain biking, downhill skiing or viewing the desert sky; there is an outdoor recreation activity for everyone!  If you are considering retiring to, or moving to Arizona, we can help you ready yourself to experience the unique culture that awaits you in Arizona.

Ideal-Living offers a free comprehensive service that begins with helping you find your Ideal Lifestyle. Until you know how you want to live, you can’t know where you want to live. We offer a wide array of tools to help you get answers to the questions that are keeping you from moving to your ideal destination.

Find the best retirement communities in Arizona. This includes gated communities, lake communities, mountain communities, and, of course, golf communities. We can help you gain all this information as well as talk with representatives from the top retirement and resort communities in Arizona.

Arizona is considered one of the most tax-friendly states for retirees, in fact it is one of Kiplinger's 10 most tax-friendly states. The tax benefits of living in Arizona include:

No tax on prescription drugs

Property tax breaks for seniors

No tax on social security income

Retirement income exempt up to $2,500 per person, per year

No inheritance or estate tax

Our free Digital Retirement Guide, Ideal-Living Magazine and e-Newsletter offer an abundance of information on which states, towns and cities are the best for retirees, vacationers and second-home buyers, including much information about the great state of Arizona. If you are looking to retire or relocate to any of the picturesque spots within the state, you’ll find the information you need from Ideal-Living. Our Digital Ideal-Living Magazine includes numerous articles such as the top travel destinations, tips on selling your home, and how to make the most of your retirement.

Homes Built for Comfort and Entertainment

Single-family, one-story homes are the norm in active adult communities. They can be customized to each household’s needs. Homes usually offer layouts and features that are standard in modern homes. Generally, master suites are complete with a spacious closet and an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in tub. Newer homes also include office spaces for working seniors.

Houses in these neighborhoods are made for entertaining. Open living spaces, large patios, and screened porches make for ideal social gatherings. Visiting friends and family can stay overnight in the guest bedrooms.

Landscaping maintenance is often provided for all residents.

Elevated Amenities for Residents

While many active adult communities operate independently, some are located within larger master-planned residential developments. Both types of communities offer exclusive amenities such as pools and clubhouses.

Workout facilities deliver classes and programs that cater to all fitness levels. Low-impact aerobics and yoga are some of the most popular programs offered.

Those who would rather be outdoors can take advantage of walking trails, parks, and picnic areas. Pickleball courts, tennis courts, and lawns for croquet and softball games are available for athletic residents to use.

Active adult communities may also include services that cannot be found in regular neighborhoods. Residents can walk to onsite restaurants, golf courses, and water features like lakes or ponds. For those who want services to come to them, hair stylists and physical therapists may be available on-call.

Hubs and Clubs for Various Interests

Activity directors help new residents connect with their neighbors. They organize clubs for community members of various interests such as gardening, cooking, and woodworking.

Residents can keep sharp by attending academic classes and visiting lectures in the community centers. Live concerts and film screenings will appeal to those who love performance arts.

Community service clubs are popular, too. Neighbors can organize charities, drives, and other public service events for the community at large.

Idyllic Communities in Ideal Locations

The best active adult communities are located near town or city landmarks. Hospitals and healthcare facilities, for example, are situated nearby. Residents have easy access to physicians and dentists that specialize in senior wellness.

Prospective residents should choose a community that best fits their lifestyle. Some neighborhoods are only a short walk or ride away from bustling city centers. Others are closer to quieter, small-town shops.

Sample Communities to Discover

Palmas Del Sol East Active 55+ Community in Apache Junction AZ

Palmas Del Sol East

Apache Junction, AZ

Palmas Del Sol East is an age-55+ community for retirees and active adults who want a carefree lifestyle in the year-round Arizona sunshine.

The Palmas Del Sol East Clubhouse offers resort-style amenities, plus meeting space for community clubs and lifelong-learning classes. There’s also a fireside lounge, game rooms, a library, and a full-time activities director. Healthy lifestyle facilities include a fully-equipped fitness center, heated pool and spa, tennis and pickleball courts, miles of walking and biking paths, and a fishing lagoon.

As a Thesman Community, Palmas Del Sol East features single-family homes that combine quality and affordability. Their custom-built “Palmas Homes” are energy-efficient designs with unique floor plans and low maintenance costs. A selection of completely remodeled and upgraded homes are available.

The nearby town of Apache Junction is just a short drive or complimentary shuttle bus ride away. You’ll find grocery markets, pharmacies, and medical services there, plus convenient shopping centers, golf courses, and other recreational amenities throughout the area. The cultural attractions, fine-dining restaurants, and world-class health care centers in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area are just to the west.

Request more information below to find out about the Arizona resort lifestyle at Palmas Del Sol East.

Also check out our other Thesman Communities:
Briarwood
Las Palmas
Las Palmas Grand
Las Vegas Meadows
Palmas Del Sol
Palmas Del Sol East
Sunrise Village
Village Green

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Victory at Verrado

Buckeye, AZ
Homes: $300K - $600K

Nestled in the foothills of Arizona’s White Tank Mountains, Victory at Verrado offers luxurious living amongst the rugged beauty of the Sonoran Desert. A short drive outside of Phoenix, Victory at Verrado invites you to join its vibrant and active 55+ community.

Perched high above the desert floor, the Victory Club is the hub of activity at Victory at Verrado. Community happenings, classes, and events make for a packed social calendar. For those focused on fitness, you’ll find a 7,000 square foot gym, a movement studio, lap pool, and yoga lawn. Once you’ve cooled down, unwind at the resort style pools, admire the professional grade art studio, or head to the full-service spa. Spend an afternoon at the Victory Vineyard, where you can take part in wine tastings, guest vintner dinners, wine making classes, and the annual Crush party. Close out your evening at The Vic Bar + Kitchen, a modern farm-to-table dining experience overlooking the desert valley and downtown Phoenix in the distance.

If you’re looking to spend the day on the green, you’ll have your choice of two Championship golf courses designed by Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman. Winding through the White Tank foothills, the courses offer a thrilling challenge and spectacular views.

At Victory at Verrado, there is a home that suits every style and need. The thoughtfully designed, single-level houses range widely in size; you can find a four-bedroom floorplan that allows for frequent visitors, or a two-bedroom duplex, perfect for those who seek the tranquility of their own space. The energy-efficient homes are available in a variety of architectural styles, from Craftsman bungalows to Mission style haciendas, lending each neighborhood a unique charm and character. Additionally, the incorporation of patios and courtyards allows homeowners to enjoy the mountain views and indoor-outdoor living Verrado is known for.

The bustling Main Street, abundance of parks and trails, and thriving community of greater Verrado allows you to enjoy all the charms of a small-town life for all ages, while the adults-only environment at Victory at Verrado allows you to escape and let loose.

Request more information to see what awaits you in the desert oasis of Victory at Verrado.

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Montesa Gold Canyon | Arizona Gated Communities | Swimming Pool

Montesa at Gold Canyon

Gold Canyon, AZ

Featuring views of the stunning Superstition Mountains, Montesa at Gold Canyon is the perfect place to stay active, make long-lasting friendships and enjoy the life you deserve. Much more than a place to live, Montesa offers a first-rate style of living, with resort amenities, a stunning natural landscape and premier homes.

Play pickle ball, bocce ball, shuffleboard and water volleyball with your new friends, exercise in our well-equipped fitness center, enjoy a game of billiards, or hit the tennis courts–there are so many ways to stay active. Our performing arts center and ballroom hosts a number of parties, dances, banquets and art classes for you to enjoy. On site professional management and activities staff are dedicated to ensure your satisfaction.

Montesa’s homes combine state-of-the-art design with the finest construction. And now with rooftop party decks there are more ways to take in the beauty of these tranquil surroundings. Fill out the form below to learn more about this exciting place to live.

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