Focus on Arizona
Sitting outside at dusk with a balmy summer wind, and spectacular sunset is precisely why Arizona draws people in to call this desert region home. Affordability, breathtaking scenery, and an abundance of activities, and recreation makes this the quintessential spot for senior living. Looking for another reason to move to the Grand Canyon State? The first active adult community in the country was developed in Sun City more than 50 years ago by Del Webb. Since then, Arizona's retirement living scene has blossomed to 296 communities and counting.
Arizona had a recorded population of 6.731 million in 2014 that continues to grow. This is a diverse state with a rich cultural history that includes Native American, and Spanish influence which can be seen in its architecture, and landscape. While the arid desert makes up the vast majority, major waterways such as the Colorado River, Gila River, and Lake Havasu offer plentiful outdoor recreation. Named one of sunniest states to live by U.S News and World Report, Arizona boasts well over 300 days of glorious sunshine. The state capital of Phoenix, and city of Scottsdale experience some serious summer highs with temps well over 100F on most days. Flagstaff, and Prescott are popular winter destinations for snow, and during the summer months to beat the heat.
Economically speaking, retirees have come to the right place. Arizona's housing market is affordable with average home prices around 201K, and there is no tax imposed on social security income. In fact Arizona is listed as one of the nation's tax friendliest states which is fantastic considering half of the country does not have this advantage. Cost of living in affluent Scottsdale will obviously be a bit higher than other cities, but considering the best of the best offered by the 55+ communities throughout the state, no one is at a disadvantage.
Arizona's outdoor sights are nothing short of magnificent. Watch the sun rise over the Grand Canyon, or see the rainbow hued rock formations of the Painted Desert, and you'll wonder how you lived anywhere else. Hikers can enjoy the miles of trails in Sedona amongst its red rocks, and stunning desert landscape. The desert's wildlife is something to behold. The two tailed swallowtail butterfly in the south, and Bighorn sheep, antelope, and mountain lion in the northern region, is evidence of the state's vast ecosystem. Golf is THE sport of Arizona especially for retirees. With over 70 championship courses, many of which are located within retirement communities, aficionados can play to their heart's content. Prickly pear jelly, and mesquite honey are to Arizona as gumbo is to New Orleans. The desert cacti aren't just for your viewing pleasure, but serve as the state's culinary inspiration as well! If a throwback to your Joan Baez days is what you're after, then check out the Tucson Folk Festival featuring oldies but goodies. City goers can enjoy night life, and entertainment in metro Phoenix. Why retire to Arizona? Why NOT? There is something for every taste, and it's truly the go to spot in the country for the baby boomer generation.
Solera Chandler by Del Webb
Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch by Shea Homes
Trilogy at Vistancia by Shea Homes
Del Web at Rancho Del Lago