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Chandler AZ

Making Snowbird Plans? Chase the Sun to Chandler Arizona

The 55+ set loves the Arizona lifestyle, and who can blame them? With cities like Chandler making it easy to settle in and spend more time out on the course, relaxing poolside or taking advantage of its robust job market, snowbirds, and full-time residents agree there’s no better place to jumpstart their next chapter. Just 20 minutes from Sky Harbor International, and  Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airports, and 22 miles outside the Valley of the Sun, Chandler is the suburb named one of Arizona’s best by Niche.com, and has been a resounding favorite with a  growing number of technology, and manufacturing enterprises. Progressive, and brimming with activity, Chandler is all about having everything at arm’s reach.

Established in 1912 by veterinarian Alexander John Chandler after purchasing an 18,000-acre piece of land known as Chandler Ranch, agriculture played a key role in the city’s burgeoning economy. Not straying too far from its homegrown roots with events like the Chandler Ostrich  Festival paying homage to over a century of ranching history, Chandler has quickly grown into a high-tech Silicon Valley of sorts – home to business giants like PayPal, and Intel Corporation.  Not ready to call it quits, many baby boomers relocate to cities like this long before they plan to retire not just for the endless recreation, but also for the opportunity to launch new careers or explore entrepreneurship.

Sonoran Desert

Arizona’s Wild West is Alive and Kicking

Wickenburg – Chasing gold since 1863, and channeling the old west into the modern generation. Cowboys, rodeos, kicking up dust on horseback – the gold rush might be over but if you’re ready to trade your sneakers in for Spurs, this town’s got a saddle with your name all over it. Less than an hour from the Valley of the Sun, near the banks of the Hassayampa River, few places let you explore authentic mining remnants by day, and watch a world-class dance performance by night. Open spaces with room to roam, downtown streets straight from a John Wayne movie set, welcome to the “Dude Ranch Capital of the World.”

A glimpse into Arizona’s prosperous mining past, Vulture City, and abandoned Vulture Mine, is a glimpse into Wickenburg’s boom-town history. Tucked amidst the spectacular Sonoran Desert landscape, the spirit of the American West comes alive as you wander through the restored cabin of Henry Wickenburg, and Assay House – once a thriving business hub. From shopping along Frontier Street, and historic walking tours, to the Del Webb Center for the Performing Arts rolling out an exciting schedule of events, Wickenburg is anything but a tumbleweed scattered ghost town. The city’s economy flourished when the Santa Fe Railroad came to town, and visitors can learn more about Wickenburg’s rough and tumble glory days at the Old Santa Fe Rail Depot- turned visitor center.

Arizona Phoenix

Sun City and Beyond Phoenix is Still Topping the Charts

Over 300 days of sun, a new golf course to try every week, and silhouettes of ancient saguaros at dusk, sometimes diamonds are found in the middle of the desert— as in Phoenix Arizona, the birthplace of the country’s first ever active adult community, Sun City, and one of the trendiest destinations to ever hit the retirement scene. Named the Valley of the Sun, (leave your umbrella at home) and in the top most affordable cities to retire according to CBS News, this high energy city is ultra modern with state-of-the-art medical facilities, major sports, and entertainment venues, and has a winter climate that will make you the envy of your east-coast friends.

Aside from occasional monsoons which seem to dissipate as quickly as they roll in, year-round sunny days are why thousands of snowbirds leave their turtlenecks behind and flock to Arizona’s capital. Even during the dead of winter, temperatures hover around 60-70 degrees – shorts weather for the rest of the country, and idyllic for participating in an endless number of outdoor activities. From hiking Camelback Mountain, paddle-boarding through the Salt River, to cruising around downtown on a rental bike, and horseback riding through South Mountain Park’s winding trails (also the largest municipal park in the world), metro Phoenix has quite the adventurous side.

Escape To The Sonoran Desert

Are you looking for the perfect springtime getaway? While boomers love their poolside margaritas, and spray tans, as much as the next vacationer, they also don’t want to be wading through dense crowds of college students to enjoy some much needed down time. Luckily, popular spring break destinations like South Beach, and Cancun aren’t the only places to thaw out, and leave winter behind. If more than 300 days of sun, exciting nightlife, and off-roading through sand dunes sounds like your idea of a good time, there’s no better place to shed your winter layers than in Yuma, Arizona.

When you’re looking forward to blue skies, and eternal warmth, Yuma is your golden ticket. This southwestern oasis is the land of endless sunshine, historic sites, and offers a multitude of outdoor activities you won’t need your snow boots to enjoy. Water recreation isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of visiting the desert, but with the mighty Colorado River flowing through the heart of the city, this geographically blessed part of the state is made to be explored one waterfront view at a time. The West Wetland offers the best riverbank seat in the house to relax with a fishing reel in hand, or witness wildlife in it’s natural habitat, but for something a little more adventurous, the river is the perfect setting for taking a day trip in a canoe, a kayak, or maybe a pair of waterskis.

Uncovering the Magic of Sedona

You’ll hear about people traveling from place to place in the pursuit of self-enlightenment, but wherever their road may lead, the red rocks of Sedona should undoubtedly be a stop along the way.  It’s one of those travel experiences that people can’t stop talking about and whether they were looking for a spiritual awakening, or a panoramic, ends of the earth kind of adventure, there’s a mystical energy about Sedona that makes everyone catch their breath. Maybe it’s the way the majestic monoliths stand in stark contrast to the blue sky, or how the ghosts of an ancient civilization are eternally etched into the sandstone, but whatever draws people to this mysteriously beautiful place, it’s an experience they’ll never forget.

Chiseled by the forces of nature, Sedona’s rust-hued towers are quite possibly the most magnificent, geologic wonders of the world.  Surrounded by the Verde Valley, and flowing waters of Oak Creek Canyon, this jewel of the Southwest is located about 2 hours from the Grand Canyon, and 45 minutes from Flagstaff. Sedona encompasses 1.8 million acres of national forests, and more than 300 miles of trails for wherever your journey takes you, whether it’s channeling magnetic vortex energy, or peering over the edge of Cathedral Rock.

What Boomers Are Loving About Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona has long been one of the country’s most popular destinations for snowbirds, and retirees known for its endless sunshine, upscale amenities, and year-round recreation. Fodor’s, Livability, and the Huffington Post have all given this Sonoran Desert oasis gold stars for retirement living which isn’t surprising considering the climate has no off season, and more than forty 55+ communities have made Scottsdale their location of choice. Home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home of Taliesin West, and historic landmarks including Old Town, and Papago POW Escape Monument, the city has a vibrant energy that boomers find irresistible.

Superior Golf -When it comes to golf destinations Scottsdale takes tee time to a utopian level. With over 200 challenging courses, and Arizona’s stunning desert landscape in the backdrop, golf is more than just a game, it’s a lifestyle. Over a dozen of these nationally recognized courses were ranked the nation’s best by Golf Digest, from the Tom Fazio designed Estancia Club boasting spectacular Pinnacle Peak Mountain views, to the breathtaking scenery of Troon North Golf Club. Golf devotees may have a hard time deciding which course to choose first, but with 330 days of sun, nobody needs to take a rain check.

Ring In the New Year With an Encore

If you’re ready for a fresh start where the sun shines all year long, and lifelong friendships are made, AV Home’s newest 55+ community of Encore might be the perfect fit. Nestled within the beautiful master-planned community of Eastmark, this age-restricted enclave has everything active adults could ever dream up right at home. Located east of Phoenix in Mesa, Arizona, seasonal snowbirds, and year-round residents will find an all-inclusive resort style community designed to leave a lasting impression.

Construction of Encore began in 2015 with the goal of 973 homes upon completion. Earning nine awards from the National Association of Home Builders, AV Home’s commitment to excellence is evident from the moment you walk in the door. Encore features a four series design concept the Composer, Director, Producer, and Executive collections each featuring beautiful floor-plans starting in the $200’s, and boasting generous square footage. Low maintenance landscaping compliments Arizona’s desert climate, and options for Spanish-Colonial, Tuscan, Craftsman, and ranch style exteriors cater to every taste. Today’s 55 or better homebuyers desire homes that are built to evolve with them, and these modern, yet classic layouts feature age-friendly innovations that blend seamlessly into the overall design and offer timeless finishes. Flex spaces provide convenient functionality as home offices, or hobby areas, and spacious great rooms, and open kitchens are the ideal setting to host gatherings

skyventure arizona

This Extreme Sport Takes Boomers to New Heights

The term “second youth” is more than just a buzzword that defines the baby boomer generation. These go-getters have spent decades planning for what they’d consider the best years of their lives, and there’s no limit to what they’re dreaming up. Reinventing their parent’s retirement is what they do best, and today’s boomers are taking on everything from advanced degrees to skydiving? Yes, hardcore sports may not be for the faint of heart, but older adults are proving that the sky’s the limit.

If making the leap into the wild blue yonder with a parachute in tow sounds a bit too extreme, companies like SkyVenture Arizona are taking the adventure inside.  For anyone wanting to learn, or craving the adrenaline boost without braving the real thing, indoor skydiving venues are a fantastic way to experience this type of extreme sport while in a controlled environment. Whether someone is a first-timer or an experienced flyer, places like SkyVenture cater to all levels of expertise offering specialized coaching from basic maneuvers to advanced aerial skills.