October 18th, 2008 by Michael Oliver
As one can imagine with Tucson AZ’s incredible climate we have a lot of people that purchase second homes and even more that decide to retire here. In Tucson AZ Age Restricted Communities/Neighborhoods, 55+ Communities, and even 45+ Communities are spread all over the Tucson valley. These types of neighborhoods provide residents to be able to be “Active Adults”. These communities have age restrictions meaning that one or both residents must be above a certain age (typically 55) to be allowed to reside in the community. Most neighborhoods have very large community centers that offer large pools, fitness equipment, workout areas, spas, game rooms, etc.. I have personally seen a lot of these clubhouses and to say the least they are very nice, most are in excess of 50,000sqft. Active Adult communities (Also referred to as 55+ Communities, Age Restricted Neighborhoods, etc) are available all over the Tucson area. Some of the most popular reside in the city of Green Valley. (25 Minutes south of Tucson) Some individual neighborhoods that are some of the most popular include Sonora at Rancho Sahuarita, Rancho Resort, Quail Creek, Sunflower at Continental Ranch, Bel Air Ranch Est, Outpost Estates II, Continental Ranch Sunflower, Sun City Vistoso, Heritage Highlands At Red Hawk, Saddlebrooke, Heritage Highlands, Canoa Ridge, Quail Creek, Rancho Vistoso, Valley Ranch Garrison Ad, Rancho Del Lago, Casas Del Oro Norte, La Joya Verde, Green Valley Fairways 3, Sonora At Rancho Sahuarita, Legends at Santa Rita Springs, San Ignacio Golf Estates, Las Campanas, Greens At Santa Rita Springs, Green Valley CC Est, Canoa Seca, Portillo Hills Place, Green Valley Country Club Estates
Most of the homes within these communities range in price from $150,000-$500,000. Active Adult Communities are in high demand even with the general real estate market being sluggish. In Tucson we are still seeing a lot of retirees or those that are about to retire within the 5 years and looking to make a purchase now while prices are much lower then years past. Some homebuilders either specialize in Active Adult Neighborhoods or have a large percentage of their business involved with it. Robson Homes is a Active Adult Community specialist they primarily only build Active Adult Communities within the Tucson region,. Robson Homes are responsible for building the very popular Saddlebrooke on the NW side of Tucson in Catalina Arizona, and Quail Creek in Sahuarita. Two other builders that have a foot in the Active Adult Development business is Meritage Homes and Pulte Homes, both have built several large scale communities for Active Adults in the past. Del Webb which is the largest Active Adult homebuilder/ developer in the nation is owned 100% by Pulte Homes making Pulte Homes the default leader in the Active Adult Community developments across the nation.