Category Archives: Phoenix: East Valley Communities

Ahwatukee Retirement Village Phoenix, AZ

$$ | Built: 1974-1987 | Gated: No

Located in the master-planned community of Ahwatukee Foothills, this retirement community is close to downtown Phoenix, restaurants, shopping and medical facilities and is surrounded by beautiful foothills views.

Apache Wells Mesa, AZ

$$ | Built: 1960-1987 | Gated: No

This 55+ community is comprised mostly of manufactured homes, but is undergoing a revitalization as more and more manufactured homes are replaced with regular “stick built” homes. Two gated towhome neighborhoods are also available.

Dreamland Villa Mesa, AZ

$ | Built: 1959-1973 | Gated: No

The very first 55+ community in Mesa, there are no HOA fees and recreation center fees are voluntary. This community works well for people who don’t mind an older house or minimal amenities, and want a very inexpensive home with very low carrying costs.

Encanterra by Trilogy San Tan Valley, AZ

$$$$ | Built: 2008–New | Gated: Yes

NOT age-restricted. For those seeking a true private country club lifestyle with all the perks and amenities of the finest country club living anywhere. Encanterra offers several onsite dining venues and the stunning clubhouse is sure to impress!.

Encore at Eastmark Mesa, AZ

$$$$ | Built: 2015–New | Gated: No

The newest 55+ community in Mesa, Encore is a very pretty, relatively smaller community with a modern vibe. It’s selling quickly because of the convenient “in-town” location and the easy access to freeways, shopping, dining & medical facilities.

Fountain of the Sun Mesa, AZ

$ | Built: 1974–1994 | Gated: Yes

This conveniently located gated community offers 24 hour security, friendly, down-to-earth residents, a wide variety of activities and amenities, and affordable living in manufactured homes, regular houses, patio homes and townhomes.

Leisure World Arizona Mesa, AZ

$$ | Built: 1974–1994 | Gated: Yes

Residents of this well-established community are within five minutes of a major mall, a major hospital, and convenient freeway access. The homes are older, but the ideal location and the Leisure World brand name make it a popular choice.

MountainBrook Village Gold Canyon, AZ

$$$ | Built: 1994–2002 | Gated: No

With stunning views of the majestic Superstition Mountains, a beautifully maintained championship golf course and great amenities, you might not want to ever leave the community. But if you do, Superstition Springs mall is just 15 minutes away.

Province Maricopa, AZ

$ | Built: 2004–New | Gated: Yes

With acres of lakes and lush grass, this scenic community is a true oasis in the desert. Province offers world class amenities, a stunning clubhouse, and a 24-hour guard gated community. The out-of-the-way location makes it very affordable.

Rio Verde Active Adult Rio Verde, AZ

$$$ | Built: 1975–2007 | Gated: No

About 30 minutes from Scottsdale, this quiet, rural location offers a private country club with two Lehman designed courses. The large custom homes are surrounded by the pristine desert of the Tonto Nat’l Forest, and stunning mountain views.

Scottsdale Shadows Scottsdale, AZ

$$$ | Built: 1974–1984 | Gated: Yes

This community of 6 & 7 story condos located in the heart of Scottsdale is NOT age-restricted, but it is a “senior favorite”. The complex offers 3 pools, tennis courts, lots of activities, and shuttle services to area shopping and medical facilities.

Solera Chandler Chandler, AZ

$$$$ | Built: 2001–2005 | Gated: Yes

Solera Chandler offers all of the amenities and activities you’d expect at a Del Webb 55+ community, but on a smaller, more intimate scale. Large enough for lots of clubs and activities, but small enough to get know lots of the friendly neighbors.

Solera at Johnson Ranch San Tan Valley

$$$ | Built: 2004–2008 | Gated: Yes

A very popular Del Webb community that is part of the greater master-planned community of Johnson Ranch. The remote location makes it more affordable, but for those who can use Mesa-Gateway Airport, Solera is only about 30 minutes away.

Springfield Resort Chandler, AZ

$$$$ | Built: 1997–2000 | Gated: Yes

A small Del Webb community located along “adult community row” on Riggs Rd in Chandler. Springfield offers nice amenities and this friendly, smaller community allows neighbors to get to know each other more easily.

Sun Lakes Arizona Sun Lakes, AZ

$$$ | Built: 1972–2005 | Gated: Mixed

A huge master-planned active adult community encompassing six square miles with 10,000 homes and more than 16,000 residents. Sun Lakes has five resident-only golf courses (2 regulation, 3 executive), and hundreds of clubs and activities.

SunBird Golf Resort Chandler, AZ

$$$ | Built: 1987–1998 | Gated: Yes

This community works well for active adults 55+ who want a small home on a small lot, or who like the energy & feel of a mobile home community, but don’t want a land lease fee. SunBird has a huge 43,000 sq.ft. clubhouse and the residents are very active!

Sunland Village Mesa, AZ

$ | Built: 1975–1984 | Gated: No

Inexpensive homes, low HOA fees, nice amenities and very close to shopping, dining, medical facilities and everything you need makes this a very popular community for people who don’t mind buying a home that is a little older.

Sunland Village East Mesa, AZ

$$ | Built: 1985–2001 | Gated: No

Ideally located in the newer “East” Mesa area, Sunland Village East has easy freeway access and is just a couple miles from Superstition Springs Mall. The community offers great facilities and amenities with very low HOA fees.

Sunland Springs Village Mesa, AZ

$$$$ | Built: 1998-New | Gated: No

New homes are available in this ideally located East Mesa community. Sunland Springs Village offers fabulous mountain views, great amenities, enjoys low HOA fees, is close to major shopping and dining venues, and has easy freeway access.

Terravita Country Club Scottsdale, AZ

$$$$$ | Built: 1994-1998 | Gated: Yes

Retirees looking for a 55+ golf retirement community in Scottsdale are often disappointed to learn there aren’t any, but Terravita comes closest. It has great amenities and social activities, and is a terrific option for an active golf retirement lifestyle in Scottsdale.