Guide to the Best Places to Retire in Arizona
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.
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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
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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
Designed for retirees and other active adults, Palmas Del Sol is an age-55+ community for those who want affordable luxury living in one of Arizona’s most popular destinations.
Palmas Del Sol has been developed by Thesman Communities and features single-family homes that need only a minimum of exterior and interior maintenance. All of the residences are designed with energy efficient air conditioning systems and appliances in a variety of floor plans with custom accents.
The 12,000-square-foot Palmas Del Sol Clubhouse is the heart of the community’s resort lifestyle. The heated pool and spa, complete fitness center with Yoga and Zumba classes, and sports courts for tennis, pickleball and basketball are among the healthy exercise facilities. There are also walking and biking paths with stops at the pet park and putting green along the way. A community activities director organizes interest clubs, lifelong-learning courses, dances, dinners, and special holiday events.
In the nearby city of Mesa, Palmas Del Sol residents have convenient access to shopping centers, restaurants, theaters, and top-rated medical services. The location just a short drive from the Phoenix/Scottsdale area means that all of the region’s world-class golf courses, natural attractions, and vibrant nightlife are among your year-round entertainment options.
Request more information below and discover the sunny Arizona lifestyle at Palmas Del Sol.
Enjoy a tranquil lifestyle at Santanilla, a single-family home community in Gilbert, AZ. You and your loved ones will appreciate a spacious house with up to 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and up to 3,982 sq. ft. We also offer an optional 4-car garage for added storage space. You’ll be conveniently close to nearby outdoor recreation and entertainment like pickleball, an aquatic center, Fat Cats entertainment venue, and more.
Designed With You In Mind
· Extra Suite and Extra Suite+ additions allow you to personalize your space for multi-generational living, extended-stay guests, or an au pair
· Every one of our home designs features 4-5 bedrooms, plus a Flex Room which can be used for a home office, gym, playroom, your personal oasis, or whatever else your heart desires
· Our optional 4-car garage allows for extra space, whether it’s for another car, storage, equipment, or a workshop
· Oversized homesites are excellent for outdoor entertaining
· Grab a bite at one of the many different dining options nearby
· Spend the day at the golf course with friends
· Shop ‘til you drop at San Tan Village
· Hike or bike through San Tan Mountain Regional Park
· Schedule a play date at Mansel Carter Park and Gilbert Regional Park
· Conveniently close to Hunt Hwy, AZ – Loop 202, and Hwy 87
· Plenty of major employers located within proximity
Fun Amenities & Entertainment
· Local parks with sports courts and field (tennis, racquetball, pickleball, baseball, soccer)
· Boutique shops and fine dining options nearby
· Catch a movie at San Tan Village and around Ellsworth Loop
· Horseshoe Park Equestrian Center on Riggs
· Fat Cats entertainment venue
· Charlotte Patterson Elementary
· Willie & Coy Payne Junior High
· Basha High School offers AP and STEM classes
· ASU’s Polytechnic campus
· Central Arizona College
· Chandler Gilbert Community College
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