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When is Best Time to Buy Arizona Home?

When is the best time of year to buy a Arizona home in a 55 plus Retirement Community? The quick political answer: As soon you find a home that fits the majority of your needs: budget, community/location,  life style, upgrades, etc… To get the best value when buying a 2nd home — please read on….

Arizona Snow Birds

Where do our snow birds come from? Most of the home buyers that I work with, are seasonal residents. These buyers are typically from Canada, Midwest, North East or North West. They are buying second homes and living in them 3-6 months out of the year.

In my personal experience, Minnesota seems to represent the largest number of seasonal residents. Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, North & South Dakota, Wisconsin also, make up a large part of our seasonal population.

In recent years we have seen a growing trend of senior buyers making Arizona their primary residence. I call this “reverse living”. With the increasing number of retiring Baby Boomers, home prices are once again rising. In an effort to forgo the expense of two homes, buyers buy their primary home in Arizona and then take the motor home up north during our hot months (June, July, August, September). Many are downsizing to smaller homes  or condos in their original home states.

Our winter residents start migrating south by the middle of October. Several of these early arrivals, will fly home for ThanksGiving and/or Christmas and return again around the first of the year. The colder and more miserable the weather is up north, the longer these seasonal residents will stay. Around easter or the week before, they start returning home, by May 1st just about all of them are gone.

Buy Arizona Home – Spring / Summer / Fall

Planning a summer home buying trip to Arizona (3-5 days), can save you thousands($$$) on your second / year around home in an AZ 55 plus community. In my opinion May 1st through November 1st, is the best time to buy a home in a Retirement Community. In the winter time, the increased number of buyers tend to create a buying frenzy, driving prices above asking price. The homes with the most updates, tend to sell the first day on the market.

Once the temps reach 1oo+ degrees — the home buying market is wide open! If buying an estate home, by mid summer the families in charge of selling the home, are usually getting tired of paying the on going expenses (HOA fees, property taxes, utilities, yard up keep etc..) and are ready to negotiate a quick sale.

The only negative with buying a home in the summer months, there are fewer homes to choose from.

Bank Owned Homes

Bank owned homes for the most part, are a thing of the past. Pre 2008, retirement communities saw very few fore-closures. Since November 2013 (lowest point) the Arizona Real estate market has returned to normal. Most communities continue to see 3-5% annual price increase.

Probate / Estate Homes

If finding a Arizona home is more about finding a great deal(potential investment)… Probate / Estate homes in my opinion, are some of the lowest priced homes on the market. Other homes to consider are; court ordered sale, and seller relocated sale. These types of listings tend to have the most motivated sellers. Not all of the homes in the link below are in 55+ communities.

Probate / Estate  / Court Ordered / Relocating

Fixer Upper Homes

Are you handy or good at facilitating home remodeling? If so, finding a home that needs updating can be some of the lowest priced homes on the market. Most seasonal buyers want to buy homes that are move in ready.

Jarl Kubat of West USA Realty | Arizona Retirement Communites specializes in selling homes in 55+ communities throughout Arizona. Jarl works as a buyers agent – working to get the buyer the best possible price, terms and conditions. He can be reached at 480-710-6326

Note: All of the 55+ Retirement Communities in the Phoenix metro area, can be found to the left side of your page.

Arizona 55 Plus Gated Communities

Arizona 55 plus gated communities

Arizona 55 plus Gated Communities

Arizona 55 plus Gated Communities

The list below, features thirty five gated communities in Arizona. These communities are scattered throughout the Greater Phoenix Metro Area. There are guard gated and non guard gated communities. Most of them are 55 plus. The largest communities offer numerous amenities including: billiards, golf, lapidary, pickle ball, social events, swimming, tennis, wood shop, etc…

All of the communities in the links below can be found to your left. These links have the most up to date listing information, community features, and Community HOA fees. Come back often, as the listings can change daily!


Jarl Kubat Arizona's 55 Plus Community Specialist

Jarl Kubat

Contact Jarl Today!  (480-710-6326) for a showing appointment and/or questions about any of the Arizona 55 plus communities listed below.

 


Arizona 55+ Community Specialist


Gated Communities Arizona TraditionsArizona Traditions – Surprise, AZ. 85374

Arizona Traditions a 55 plus guard gated community. Community offers 18 hole golf course. DR Horton built 1700+ single family homes from 1996 – 2012.

Community Info / Homes For Sale


Barclay Village - Mesa, Arizona

Barclay Village – Mesa, AZ

Barclay Village a 55 plus gated patio home community. Sixty-five patio homes were built by New Sun Homes from 2003 – 2009. Community has a heated swimming pool with limited amenities.

Community Features / Homes For Sale


Welcome to CantaMia Estrella a Arizona 55 Plus communityCantaMia – Goodyear, AZ. 85338

CantaMia is a 55+ Guard Gated community. Community offers 72 acre’s of lakes (boating / fishing) & a 29,000 sq/ft community center. 1700+ homes planned by AV Homes 2010 – present.

Homes For Sale / Community Features


IMG_0425Carriage Manor – Mesa, AZ. 85208

Carriage Manor Resort is a 55 plus gated  manufactured home community. There are 911 lots – Residents own the land (deeded lots). Community is guard gated and offers numerous amenities.

Community Features / Homes For Sale


Arizona Retirement Community

Corte Bella – Sun City West, AZ 85375

Corte Bella is a 45+ Guard Gated Community. This resort style community offers country club golf with numerous sporting and social activities. There were 1,650 homes built by Del Webb from 2003 – 2007. 

Homes For Sale / Community Features


Welcome to Fountain of The Sun

Fountain of The Sun – Mesa, AZ. 85208

A 55 plus Guard Gated Retirement community. Fountain of the Sun is Just Jarl’s #6 pick for Mesa Retirement Communities.  3000+ homes were constructed from 1972 – 1987

Homes For Sale / Community Information


Golden Keys - Scottsdale, Arizona

Golden Keys – Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Golden keys located in the heart of Scottsdale is a 55+ Gated Community patio home community. Del Trailor built 180 garden condos in 1964. This is a small community, with limited amenities. Community has a heated swimming pool.

Homes For Sale / Community Info.


Welcome to Happy Trails Resort an Arizona 55 Plus Community

Happy Trails Resort – Surprise, AZ

Happy Trails Resort a 55 plus guard gated community. Community offers 18 hole golf course, sporting & social activities. There are 2,000+ manufactured home & RV lots.

Community Info / Homes For Sale


Welcome to Hearthstone Villas 55 Plus Community

Hearthstone Villas – Mesa, AZ 85208

Hearthstone Villas is a Mesa 55 plus gated community. True  North Homes built 60 garden condos from 1997 – 1999. Community has a heated swimming pool with limited amenities.

Community Features / Homes For Sale


Welcome to Leisure World

Leisure World – Mesa, AZ. 85206

A 55 plus Guard Gated Retirement community. Leisure World is JustJarl’s #5 pick for Mesa Retirement Communities. 2600+ homes were built from 1972- 1994.

LW Community Info.


Welcome to Lone Tree Chandler 55 plus communities

Lone Tree – Chandler, AZ. 85249

Lone Tree is the newest 55 plus gated community in Chandler. Construction started in 2015 – present. A total of 72 single family homes are built by Pulte.

Community Info. / Homes For Sale


Meridian Manor 55 plus Gated CommunityMeridian Manor – Apache Junction AZ 

Meridian Manor is a 55+ gated community. Community was built between between 1996 -2012. There were total 443 single family and manufactured homes built.  Residents have limited craft, sporting and social activities.

Homes For Sale / Community Amenities


Mountain bridge Resort Style Community

Mountain Bridge – Mesa, AZ 85207

Mountain Bridge is a beautiful resort style community with numerous amenities (it is not 55+). There 9 separate gated communities. Blandford Homes is currently building 1350+ homes 2010 – present.

Community Features / Homes For Sale


Welcome to Eagles Nest PebbleCreek

Eagles Nest PebbleCreek – Goodyear, AZ 

Eagles Nest was the original Pebblecreek Luxury Community. Robson Home started building this 55+ gated community in in 1993. Over 6,200 homes will have been built when Tuscany Falls is Completed.

Homes For Sale / Community Features


Welcome to Tuscany Falls PebbleCreek in Goodyear AZ

Tuscany Falls PebbleCreek – Goodyear AZ

Tuscany Falls is the newest section of Pebblecrek. Robson Homes designed this second to none, resort style community. Tuscany Falls and Eagles Nest will have a combined 6,200 homes upon completion.

Home For Sale / Community Amenities


IMG_0417Parklinks at Alta Mesa – Mesa, AZ

Parklinks at Alta Mesa is a 55 plus gated community. Parklinks homes built 85 patio homes from 1993 – 1998. Community has a heated swimming pool with limited amenities

Community Features / Homes For Sale


Welcome to Province 55+ CommunityProvince – Maricopa, AZ

 

 

 

 


Red Mountain Villas - Apache Junction, Arizona

Red Mountain Villas – Mesa, AZ

Red Mountain Villas is a 55+ gated patio home community. There were 70 patio homes built from 1985 -2000. Community has a heated swimming pool with limited amenities.

Community Features / Homes For Sale


Welcome to Robson Ranch 55 plus community

Robson Ranch – Eloy, AZ

 

 

 

 


Welcome to Solera 55 plus community in Chandler ArizonaSolera – Chandler, AZ. 85249

Solera a 55 plus gated community designed by Del Webb. A total of 1,149 single family homes were constructed from 2001 – 2005. Community offers residents a resort like feel with numerous amenities.

Community Info. / Homes For Sale


Arizona Retirement Community

Solera – San Tan Valley, AZ

 

 

 

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Springfield 55+ gated CommunitySpringfield – Chandler, AZ 85249

Springfield a 55 plus gated community designed by Pulte Homes. A total of 725 single family homes were constructed from 1996 – 2000. Community offers residents numerous craft, sporting and social activities.

Community Information / Homes For Sale


Arizona Retirement CommunitySunBird – Chandler, AZ. 85249

SunBird a 55 plus gated community designed by Robson. There were 1631 Single family and some manufactured homes constructed from 1988 – 1998.

Community Info. / Homes For Sale


Sun Village - 55 Plus Community

Sun Village – Surprise, AZ

Sun Village a 55 plus guard gated community. There are  numerous amenities including a 54 par 18 hole golf course912 single family homes & 470 condominiums were constructed from 1985 -1995

Community Info. / Homes For Sale


Ironwood Sun Lakes 55+ gated communityIron Oaks Country Club – Sun Lakes, AZ

Ironwood a 40 plus guard gated community designed byRobson Homes. A total of 734 single family homes were constructed from 1987 – 2001. Community offers residents numerous sporting & social activities.

Community Info. / Homes For Sale


Arizona Retirement Community

Oakwood Country Club – Sun Lakes, AZ

Oakwood a Sun Lakes 40 plus gated community designed by Robson Homes. A total of 3,285 residences were constructed from 19994 – 2006. Community offers residents numerous craft, sporting and social activities.

Community Info. / Homes For Sale


Palo Verde Country Club - Community Tour (19)Palo Verde Country Club – Sun Lakes, AZ

Palo Verde a 40 plus gated community designed by Robson Homes. There were 1,073 Single family homes constructed from 1983 – 1996. Community offers residents numerous craft, sporting and social activities.

Community Info. / Homes For Sale


Trilogy at EncanterraTrilogy at Encanterra  – San Tan Valley, AZ

Trilogy at Encanterra offers residents 55 plus and non 55+homes also including : 60,000 sq/ft club house, bar / restaurant championship golf, fitness center, gated community, pickle ball, swimming, tennis, etc… 1705 homes planned 2008 – present.

Community Info. / Homes For Sale


Trilogy at Power Ranch 55 plus gated communityTrilogy  At Power Ranch – Gilbert, AZ

Trilogy at Powers Ranch is an AZ 55 community offering residents; 670 acre community, club house, bar / restaurant championship golf, 2,300 sq/ft fitness center, gated community, pickle ball, swimming, tennis, gorgeous mountain views, etc… 2035 homes constructed 1999 -2008

Community Info. / Homes For Sale


Arizona Retirement CommunityTrilogy At Vistancia – Peoria, AZ

Trilogy at Vistancia is an AZ 55 community offering residents: 1,000 acre community, 35,000 sq/ft club house, bar / restaurant, championship golf, fitness center, gated community, pickle ball, swimming, tennis, etc… 2450 homes planned 2004 – present.

Community Info. / Homes For Sale


Welcome to Trilogy Verde RiverTrilogy at Verde River – Rio Verde, AZ

Trilogy at Verde River offers residents: 25,000 sq/ft club house, bar / restaurant, championship golf, fitness center, gated community, pickle ball, swimming, tennis, gorgeous mountain views, etc… 1285 homes planned 2015 – present.

Community Info. / Homes For Sale


Welcome to Tuscany VillasTuscany Villas – Mesa, AZ 85215

Tuscany Villas is a beautiful gated town house community (it is not 55+).  There were 300+ units built 2007 – 2012. Blandford Homes finished the community. Community offers heated swimming pool with limited amenities.

Community Features / Homes For Sale


Verde Groves Arizona Retirement Community

Verde Groves – Mesa, AZ. 85206

Verde Groves is a 55 plus gated patio home community. Beautiful community with limited craft, social and sporting activities. There were 210 homes built by Hughe’s development from 1993 – 2003.

Community Information


Jarl Kubat Arizona's 55 plus community specialist

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Contact Jarl Today!  (480-710-6326) for a showing appointment and/or questions about any of the  communities listed above.

Arizona 55+ Community Specialist