Explore Retirement Communities in Arizona

If you are currently looking for retirement communities homes for sale in Arizona, you are not alone. Many seniors from all over the U.S. and Canada are choosing to retire in Arizona and buy a home. It’s estimated that over 17% of the state’s population is 65 or older and there are over a hundred age-restricted communities throughout the “Grand Canyon State”. With 80 degree winters, excellent shopping opportunities, exciting local culture and attractions, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, and world-renowned golf courses, it's no wonder that seniors flock to retirement communities in Arizona, and why the state is often included on the top 10 list of retirement destinations.   


Arizona’s desert climate includes winter temperatures similar to summer temperatures throughout the rest of the U.S., but with no humidity. Retirees can enjoy over 310 days of warm weather and sunshine per year in southern Arizona, which includes Phoenix and the surrounding East Valley.

Health and Wellness

Many seniors choose to retire here for health and wellness and for the regions’ dryer climate and desert vegetation, especially for seniors with allergies, asthma, or arthritis. Not to mention that many retirement communities in Arizona offer modern fitness centers, swimming pools, tennis & pickleball, walking & hiking trails, and various sports facilities, which can help keep you physically active and healthy. 


One of the most important factors for many active adults is the availability and accessibility of quality health care. And with so many seniors living in Arizona, the healthcare here needs to be top-notch, and it is. Scottsdale is home to the Mayo Clinic, which is nationally ranked in 8 specialties and ranked first in the United States in U.S. News & World Report's 2019–20 Best Hospitals. Banner Health System is also a nationally ranked hospital system in Arizona with locations throughout the state including the Phoenix East Valley communities of Chandler and Gilbert.  

Cost of Living &Tax Breaks

When it comes to the cost of living in Arizona, housing expenses in the Greater Phoenix area are 5% lower than the national average and utility prices are 4% lower than the national average. Transportation expenses like bus fares and gas prices are 8% lower than the national average. Phoenix grocery prices are about 3% lower than the national average and healthcare in Phoenix is 2% lower than the national average. Retiring in Arizona also brings major tax breaks. Arizona doesn’t tax social security income and there is no gift, estate, or inheritance tax as well. This can be very beneficial for seniors living off of their savings.


Of course one of the biggest reasons why seniors love retiring in Arizona is the abundance of golf courses and the greater Phoenix area is known for having some of the best golf clubs in the world. Scottsdale alone has over 50 golf courses, and there are over 200 golf courses in the Phoenix metro area.


From high-end malls to quaint one-of-a-kind boutiques, shopping in the greater Phoenix area accommodates every taste and budget. Retirees in Arizona enjoy easy and convenient access to whatever type of shopping they want when they want it. From Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix to Scottsdale’s Fashion Square mall to Chandler Fashion Center, you can find high fashion at every turn. For good deals on designer brands, head out to Arizona Mills, an indoor, climate-controlled outlet mall in Tempe, or Phoenix Premium Outlets in Chandler, offering dozens of name brands. And for a more eclectic shopping experience be sure to head to Old Town Scottsdale.

Professional Sports

For sports fans, the Phoenix area provides a wide variety of professional sports & events such as the Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) /Chase FieldPhoenix Suns (NBA)Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)ASU Sun Devil FootballASU Cardinals FootballPhoenix International Raceway (NASCAR)Turf Paradise (Thoroughbred Racing)Waste Management Phoenix Open, and The Cactus League Spring Training Baseball.

The Takeaway

From year-round warm weather and sunshine to tax breaks and affordable living to award-winning golf courses, professional sports, and outstanding retirement communities, there are so many reasons why you should consider retirement in Arizona, especially in the greater Phoenix area. In order to find the best retirement communities real estate in Arizona, buyers will want to enlist the services of a qualified real estate agent. 

Partner with Cathy Carter, The Best REALTOR® in Arizona 

Cathy Carter has over 25 years of experience helping her clients find the best retirement communities homes for sale in Arizona. With a focus on the Phoenix East Valley, Cathy is very familiar with the different retirement communities in the region and has all the information and resources to help you find the perfect home for your lifestyle and needs.  

When you partner with Cathy, she will protect your best interests, advocate for you, negotiate on your behalf, and do whatever it takes to ensure the best results possible. To find out more about retirement communities real estate in Arizona, please give the Best REALTOR® in Arizona - Cathy Carter a call today at (480) 459-8488 or get in touch with her by email

RE/MAX Cathy Carter Real Estate & Luxury Homes
Professional REALTOR,® ABR, CRS, CDPE
RE/MAX Alliance Group
725 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 111
Gilbert, AZ. 85233
Email or Call: 480‑459‑8488
Toll-Free: 800-519-5578

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