Best 55+ Communities in Arizona
As active, 55+ baby boomers close in on retirement (if they’re not already there), the quest to find their perfect lifestyle community becomes more focused. If you’re among that demographic and happen to be looking for a warm year-round climate coupled with gorgeous landscapes and plenty of stimulating activities, it’s tough to beat the Grand Canyon State.
There’s certainly no shortage of fantastic Arizona retirement communities, so in an effort to narrow down your search, we’ve compiled this list of what we think are some of the best 55+ communities in Arizona.
Homeowners at Encanterra® gain access to an array of resort amenities that solidify it as one of the best active retirement communities in Arizona. Its award-winning desert golf course designed by PGA Tour legend Tom Lehman is complemented by La Casa— the 60,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style clubhouse and recreation center. It’s there you’ll enjoy private tennis, fitness and spa facilities, three swimming pools, four restaurants, a large outdoor amphitheater and a full suite of resort services. And that’s not all! The Algarve is another impressive clubhouse in the community with more amenities that include a demonstration kitchen, artisan studio, indoor and outdoor concert area, eight pickleball courts, and bocce ball.
K. Hovnanian's® Four Seasons at Wickenburg Ranch is a 55+ community in Wickenburg, AZ. Located one hour from Phoenix, this Arizona active adult community offers resort-style amenities, championship golf, and single-family new homes in a scenic desert setting. Active lifestyle-oriented amenities for seniors include a fitness center, full-service spa, swimming pool, stargazing and yoga park, dog park, walking and biking trails, and a sports complex with tennis, pickleball, bocce, and more. Golfers of all skill levels enjoy 18 holes of golf on the Big Wick Golf Course and more casual games of golf on the 9-hole par 3 Li’l Wick course.
Trilogy® at Wickenburg Ranch is a new Arizona golf and resort community in the high Sonoran Desert about an hour northwest of Phoenix. This active lifestyle resort community in the historic mining and ranching town (once dubbed the “Dude Ranch Capital of the World”) offers select age-restricted neighborhoods, instantly making it one of the best 55+ communities in Arizona. Wickenburg Ranch includes a scenic desert golf course and a resort club with a spacious full-service clubhouse and an active program of outdoor activities and social events throughout the year.
Among the best retirement communities near Scottsdale, K. Hovnanian’s ® Four Seasons at Ventana Lakes is a 55 plus community in Peoria, Arizona. Designed for active adults, there are multiple community centers with amenities and activities including a library, card & game rooms, billiards, ping-pong tables, bingo, performing arts, and dances. Outdoor recreational facilities include swimming pools, tennis & pickleball courts, catch and release fishing lakes, walking & biking trails, bocce ball, shuffleboard, and more.
Awarded Arizona’s #1 Active Adult Community by Ranking Arizona, this gated golf community sits just northwest of Phoenix in the foothills of Peoria. Undoubtedly among the best 55+ communities in Arizona, Trilogy® at Vistancia® features an established golf and resort club surrounded by ample open space and a network of recreational trails throughout the development. Leading the list of club amenities is a championship desert golf course, two spacious clubhouses, a demonstration kitchen, tennis and fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an artisan studio, and a full-service spa.
Tucked away in a mountain setting overlooking The Valley of the Sun, Victory at Verrado is a 55+ active adult community located just 25 miles from Phoenix. Leading experts in food, health, fitness, and education were consulted in designing amenities that coalesce to form one of the best active retirement communities in Arizona. Residents are treated to a restaurant that uses fresh local ingredients from the Chef’s Garden, cooking classes at the teaching kitchen, a cliffside vineyard with tastings and lectures, fitness center with racquet sports pavilion and swimming pools, a spa, extensive trail systems, and two golf courses.