Arizona is famous for two things: getting lots of sun and being a great place to retire. Of course, all that sun is why so many active seniors like to call Phoenix home. Whatever your favorite activity, there’s plenty of great weather to enjoy it. In this post, we look at seven of the best active adult communities in Phoenix, AZ. Each community is less than an hour from downtown Phoenix, meaning you’re only a short drive from world-class shopping, dining, live sports, and more. That is, if you can ever pull yourself away from the fun at home!

Arizona Traditions by D.R. Horton

Just northwest of Phoenix, in the town of Surprise, you find Arizona Traditions. With only 1,768 homes, this is one of the valley’s smaller adult communities, but it boasts the same incredible amenities you find in communities twice its size.

The fun starts with the 20,400 square foot clubhouse. It’s here that residents find a ballroom that holds 700, state-of-the-art fitness center, library, and arts and crafts studios. In addition, Arizona Tradition has three pools, trails for biking and walking, a softball field, and courts for bocce ball, tennis, shuffleboard, and pickleball. When it’s time to relax, enjoy cocktails at the Arizona Traditions Bar.

Homes range from 1,105 to 2,391 square feet. Prices start in the high $100s.

PebbleCreek, a Robson Community

PebbleCreek is the luxury retirement community in Goodyear, Arizona.

The incredible amenities at PebbleCreek include numerous dining options to satisfy any appetite. You also get the Tuscany Sports & Aquatic Complex, teeming with sports courts, fitness center, and indoor/outdoor aquatic areas. The Tuscany Clubhouse is home to a ballroom and auditorium, performing arts theater, library, lounge, and banquet hall. This just scratches the surface of the offerings you find at PebbleCreek.

Home prices range from the high $200s to the $800s.

CantaMia at Estrella

Another active adult community in Goodyear, CantaMia at Estrella offers fantastic amenities in the picturesque surroundings of the Sierra Estrella Mountains.

This gated community includes over 500 acres of parks and open greenspace, including 72 acres of lakes for fishing and boating and over 20 miles of trails for walking, hiking, and biking. There’s more outdoor fun at the Nicklaus Design golf course and resort-style pools. And, at the heart of CantaMia, you find the 29,000 square foot Village Center.

Floorplans range from 1,220 to 2,600 square feet, with prices starting in the low $200s.

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch by Del Webb

An hour east of Phoenix, in peaceful Florence, you find Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch. At this active adult community, there’s always something fun going on. The 48,000 square foot Union Center offers a wide array of classes from pottery to fitness. You can play 18 holes at the Poston Butte Golf Club, swim a few laps at the beach-entry pool, and enjoy a great cup of coffee at the Wi-Fi Café or a full meal at the Anthem Grille.

Prices start in the low $200s, with multiple floorplan options and your choice of two to four bedrooms.

Sunland Springs Village by Farnsworth

East of Phoenix you’ll find Mesa, home to the Sunland Springs Village, a member of the Farnsworth Development family.

Amenities include a 13,000 square foot auditorium with state-of-the-art fitness center, resort-style pool, spa, bocce ball, tennis courts, horseshoes, pickleball, basketball, shuffleboard, volleyball, and more. If you have a favorite hobby – or want to learn one – you’ll love the arts and crafts rooms, woodworking shop, and billiards and card rooms. If you enjoy RVing, you’ll appreciate the onsite storage facility for your motor home, 5th wheel, or travel trailer.

Models range from 1,064 to 2,328 square feet, with prices from the high $100s.

Trilogy at Power Ranch by Shea Homes

Trilogy at Power Ranch is one of the Valley’s premier communities. Located in beautiful Gilbert, Trilogy was named one of the best places to live by “Forbes Magazine.”

This resort-style community teems with incredible amenities. Residents enjoy two swimming pools with spas, a complete fitness center, four tennis courts, computer lab with cybercafé, and a community clubhouse where there’s always multiple activities to choose from. If you’re feeling sporty, there’s horseshoe pits, bocce courts, pickleball courts, and pool tables. Are crafts more your style? Dive into quilting, stained glass, ceramics, scrapbooking, and more.

This is an established community, meaning the homes for sale change periodically. Expect to pay anywhere from the mid $200s to the high $400s.

Westbrook Village by UDC

The west valley is home to gorgeous Peoria and the master-planned active adult community Westbrook. Truly embracing the concept of community, Westbrook Village has over 70 charter clubs. Head over to the Fine Arts & Learning Center to take a class or perfect your skills, work up a sweat at the fully-equipped fitness center, swim a few laps, read a book at the library, or play a round of golf.

Westbrook also offers residents plenty of opportunities to volunteer. Go on a ride-along with the Sheriff’s Posse, work with local vets, and more. At the end of the day, you can relax at one of the community’s full-service restaurants.

With over 40 neighborhoods and everything from condos to golf course properties, there’s a home for every budget at Westbrook.