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  • Quail Creek, Green Valley, Arizona Active Adult Living

    Posted Under: General Area in Green Valley, Home Buying in Green Valley  |  May 5, 2012 4:05 PM  |  2,582 views  |  No comments
    Quail Creek, Arizona active adultQuail Creek is a fabulous 55+ community in Green Valley, Arizona. While most active adult communities in Green Valley are part of the Green Valley Recreation collection, Quail Creek is not. Quail Creek is a unique 55+ community by Robson offering world class amenities and finely crafted homes. Plans for this private, gated community call for approximately 4,000 homes upon completion. Unlike most of the communities within Green Valley, Quail Creek is a private community offering residents exclusive access to its luxurious amenities.

    The location of Quail Creek is perfectly tucked away yet still just minutes from everyday conveniences. Miles of open spaces and charming pecan groves surround the community yet within ten minutes residents will find retail shops, restaurants, entertainment, outdoor recreation and more. Downtown Tucson is only 30 miles to the north.

    Homes at this Arizona active adult community are designed with luxury in mind. Features include finishes such as granite countertops, kitchen islands, built-in ovens, cultured marble showers and much more. Some homes even offer breathtaking views of the mountains or golf course. The ranch homes at Quail Creek range in size from nearly 1,400 to 3,200 square feet with prices ranging from the low $200’s to the low $600’s.  Today’s buyers can select from new construction options or resale homes.

    Amenities at this private AZ 55+ community are centered within and around the Madera Clubhouse. This hub of activity is home to numerous activity rooms for cards, ceramics, arts and crafts, a woodworking shop, a grand ballroom with a performance stage, a catering kitchen, bar and library.  To keep residents in great shape the Fitness Center offers a state-of-the-art cardio and weight room, an outdoor swimming pool with lap lanes and tennis courts. There are also bocce ball courts, a softball field and miles of trails for walking or bike riding.

    The Quail Creek Golf Club is another fantastic feature of Quail Creek. Beautifully designed to wind throughout the Sonoran desert this fabulous course of 27-holes offers breathtaking mountain vistas and challenging play for golfers of all levels. The Quail Creek Grill is a hot spot for a meal and drinks after a long day on the links.

    Quail Creek is a true active adult community with world-class amenities and an exciting social lifestyle. Whatever you enjoy you are likely to find friends with similar passions. There are plenty of special interest groups to join and wonderful opportunities to meet new people with like interests.

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  • Legends at Santa Rita Springs, Green Valley, Arizona

    Posted Under: General Area in Green Valley, Home Buying in Green Valley  |  April 20, 2012 6:05 PM  |  2,549 views  |  No comments
    The Legends at Santa Rita Springs, AZThe Legends at Santa Rita Springs is a gated, active adult community located in Green Valley, Arizona. Green Valley is a collection of over 12,000 age-restricted homes, which together are known as Green Valley Recreation (GVR). GVR is a non-profit organization in which residents enjoy access to the amenities at all Green Valley communities, no matter which community they live in. 

    The amenities of Green Valley are nearly never-ending. Spread across 13 recreation centers, there are numerous fitness centers, aerobics and dance studios, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, studios for arts and crafts, game and hobby rooms, woodworking shops, ballrooms, libraries and more. Outdoors the fun continues with miles of trails for walking or biking, fishing lakes and a huge collection of sports courts for tennis, bocce ball, pickleball, shuffleboard, basketball and more. Residents of The Legends at Santa Rita Springs are encouraged to utilize all of the fabulous amenities throughout the entire Green Valley Recreation collection.

    It’s easy to meet new people and make new friends with the endless array of amenities and activities offered throughout GVR. There are also over 60 special interest clubs catering to a wide range of interests and hobbies. Some of the most popular clubs include bocce ball, pickleball, bridge, canasta, poker, arts & crafts, ceramics, dancing, woodworking, chess and more. Golfers will enjoy discovering the 8 championship golf courses throughout Green Valley as well as the other golf courses in surrounding towns.

    The Legends at Santa Rita Springs was built between 1999 and 2004 by Down Builders. There are 218 ranch homes in this gated 55+ community. The homes range in size from 1,200 to nearly 1,800 square feet with prices ranging from the high $100’s to the mid $300’s. Some of the activities popular with residents of The Legends include the Tuesday morning men’s coffee chat, potluck dinners, walking club, poker club, golf leagues, ladies luncheons, crafting days and more. Special events throughout the year encourage residents to enjoy an exciting active adult lifestyle complete with daytrips, holiday parties, pool parties and more.

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  • Green Valley Recreation, Green Valley, Arizona

    Posted Under: General Area in Green Valley, Quality of Life in Green Valley, Home Buying in Green Valley  |  January 8, 2012 10:48 AM  |  3,012 views  |  No comments
    Green Valley Recreation, Green Valley, Arizona 55+ CommunitiesGreen Valley Recreation is a massive collection of active adult communities designed for adults age 55 and better in Green Valley, Arizona. The town is comprised of over a dozen 55+ communities built by various home builders offering a wide variety of homes priced from below $100,000 to the mid $500’s.  In total there will be just over 12,300 homes in this amazing town dedicated to offering the ultimate in active adult living.

    GVR (Green Valley Recreation, Inc) is a unique organization offering residents access to a staggering collection of amenities including 13 recreation centers, 8 golf courses and a lifestyle second-to-none.  No matter which of the 55+ communities you reside in within Green Valley, as a Green Valley resident, you have access to the amenities at every single community. Some of the most popular communities within Green Valley include:

    Canoa Ranch : New construction, single-family homes from the high $100’s.
    Las Campanas:  New construction, single-family and attached homes from the mid $100’s.
    Traditions at Desert Creek: Resale, single-family homes from the mid $100’s.
    Sunrise Pointe: Resale, single-family and attached homes from the high $100’s.
    Legends at Santa Rita Springs:  Resale, single-family homes from the high $100’s.
    The Links at Santa Rita Springs:  Resale, single-family homes (pictured above) from the high $200’s.

    The list of amenities at Green Valley Arizona is simply amazing. The 13 recreation centers offer multiple fitness centers and swimming pools including 13 outdoor pools, countless studios for hobbies, crafts and games, woodworking shops, libraries, business centers, ballrooms and so much more. There are numerous sports courts dedicated to bocce ball, tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard and basketball as well as miles of trails for walking or biking. There are 8 golf courses, numerous restaurants and theaters too.

    In addition to the fantastic collection of amenities, residents also enjoy a vibrant lifestyle. There are over 60 clubs and special interest groups meeting on a regular basis. The activity calendar features multiple options every single day. There is always something happening at this exciting collection of Arizona active adult communities.

    With so many wonderful 55+ community real estate options and so many fabulous amenities, residents here enjoy living the ultimate active adult lifestyle.

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  • Continental Ranch Sunflower by Del Webb, Marana, Arizona Active Adult

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Marana  |  October 18, 2011 8:11 PM  |  2,953 views  |  1 comment
    Continental Ranch Sunflower, Arizona active adultWhile most Del Webb communities in Arizona are sprawling, resort-style communities, there are some smaller more intimate-sized options as well. With just 967 homes, Continental Ranch Sunflower by Del Webb is a premiere example of a 55+ community that’s a smaller size, yet still offers the world-famous Del Webb lifestyle complete with luxury amenities, a vibrant lifestyle and finely crafted homes.

    Continental Ranch Sunflower is located in Marana, Arizona just 15 northwest of Tucson.  Downtown Tucson is just 20 minutes from the community and Phoenix is easily accessible in less than two hours.  Residents enjoy convenient access to everyday conveniences, outdoor recreation, shopping, dining and more. Area mountain ranges offer wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities and the 1.78 million-acre Coronado National Forest is the perfect destination for nature lovers.

    The famous Del Webb lifestyle is in full swing at this popular 55+ community. Residents enjoy a wide variety of amenities including a private clubhouse and fitness complex. There is a fitness center, aerobics studio, hobby and craft rooms, a library and billiard tables. Outdoors there is a swimming pool, trails for walking or biking, tennis and bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits and a putting green.

    A unique feature of this charming Arizona active adult community is the one-of-a-kind golf course partially built into an old rock quarry.  When the neighboring rock quarry was abandoned in 2000, ten of the holes were relocated into the quarry and the remaining eight holes were reconfigured to create a golfing experience unlike any other with dramatic elevation changes.

    Residents also enjoy a nice variety of activities consistent with the world-famous Del Webb active adult lifestyle. There are numerous special interest clubs to discover, special events, classes, holiday parties, social gatherings, seminars and more. It’s easy to meet new people and make new friends in this tight-knit active adult community.

    The homes at Continental Ranch Sunflower were built between 1998 and 2002. Today the resale Del Webb homes available priced from the mid $100’s to the high $200’s.  Sizes range from 1,100 to nearly 2,000 square feet and feature either 2 or 3 bedrooms.

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  • Del Webb at Rancho Del Lago, Vail, Arizona Active Adult

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Vail  |  September 29, 2011 8:34 PM  |  2,993 views  |  No comments
    Del Webb at Rancho Del Lago, Arizona active adultDel Webb at Rancho Del Lago in Vail, Arizona is an age-restricted 50+ community offering attractively priced ranch homes from the mid $100’s. The community was originally started by K. Hovnanian in 2008 and was purchased by Del Webb in 2009. The location, just 20 miles southeast of Tucson, attracts residents in search of a private location away from the larger crowds.

    This particular community features Del Webb’s newest home designs built with the latest green features. A solar energy system is included in every home at Rancho Del Lago as well as over 20 energy saving features. Del Webb’s commitment to offering environmentally friendly features passes on savings to homeowners in their monthly energy bills as well as in potential tax credits. With attractive pricing from the mid $100’s to the low $300’s for these unique energy-efficient homes, it’s easy to see what makes community such a wonderful value.

    Del Webb Rancho Del Lago is planned for 522 homes upon completion. Buyers today can select from resale homes or new construction options. The green built homes are available as new construction. In total there are 12 single family floor plans throughout the community sized from 1,200 to over 2,800 square feet. All of the homes feature at least two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage with larger floor plans including additional rooms.

    Residents appreciate the privacy of this gated Arizona active adult community. Set within the larger master-planned community of Rancho Del Lago, residents of the age-restricted Del Webb community enjoy exclusive access to the wonderful Del Webb amenities plus all of the amenities in the larger Rancho Del Lago community which include an 18-hole golf course, nine lakes and miles of trails for walking and biking. The private Del Webb clubhouse features 14,000 square feet of fun. There is a state-of-the-art fitness center, aerobics and dance studio, arts and crafts studio, demonstration kitchen, grand ballroom and even an Internet café. Outdoor features include two swimming pools, sports courts, an event lawn plus an 18-hole putting green.

    With so many recreational amenities it’s easy to keep busy and meet new people. With the help of the full-time activities director, residents enjoy a vibrant social calendar and wonderful activities. There are numerous options to join special interest clubs, attend classes and daytrips, participate in seminars, volunteer, play sports, exercise and more. Residents are encouraged to make the most of the world-class amenities and enjoy as many activities as they’d like at this popular Del Webb community.

    For more information and photos of this and other AZ active adult retirement communitiesplease visit 55Places.com. To stay in touch with us please join our Facebook page by clicking the Facebook link below.

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  • Del Webb at Rancho Del Lago, Vail, Arizona Active Adult

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Vail  |  September 29, 2011 8:33 PM  |  2,792 views  |  No comments
    Del Webb at Rancho Del Lago, Arizona active adultDel Webb at Rancho Del Lago in Vail, Arizona is an age-restricted 50+ community offering attractively priced ranch homes from the mid $100’s. The community was originally started by K. Hovnanian in 2008 and was purchased by Del Webb in 2009. The location, just 20 miles southeast of Tucson, attracts residents in search of a private location away from the larger crowds.

    This particular community features Del Webb’s newest home designs built with the latest green features. A solar energy system is included in every home at Rancho Del Lago as well as over 20 energy saving features. Del Webb’s commitment to offering environmentally friendly features passes on savings to homeowners in their monthly energy bills as well as in potential tax credits. With attractive pricing from the mid $100’s to the low $300’s for these unique energy-efficient homes, it’s easy to see what makes community such a wonderful value.

    Del Webb Rancho Del Lago is planned for 522 homes upon completion. Buyers today can select from resale homes or new construction options. The green built homes are available as new construction. In total there are 12 single family floor plans throughout the community sized from 1,200 to over 2,800 square feet. All of the homes feature at least two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage with larger floor plans including additional rooms.

    Residents appreciate the privacy of this gated Arizona active adult community. Set within the larger master-planned community of Rancho Del Lago, residents of the age-restricted Del Webb community enjoy exclusive access to the wonderful Del Webb amenities plus all of the amenities in the larger Rancho Del Lago community which include an 18-hole golf course, nine lakes and miles of trails for walking and biking. The private Del Webb clubhouse features 14,000 square feet of fun. There is a state-of-the-art fitness center, aerobics and dance studio, arts and crafts studio, demonstration kitchen, grand ballroom and even an Internet café. Outdoor features include two swimming pools, sports courts, an event lawn plus an 18-hole putting green.

    With so many recreational amenities it’s easy to keep busy and meet new people. With the help of the full-time activities director, residents enjoy a vibrant social calendar and wonderful activities. There are numerous options to join special interest clubs, attend classes and daytrips, participate in seminars, volunteer, play sports, exercise and more. Residents are encouraged to make the most of the world-class amenities and enjoy as many activities as they’d like at this popular Del Webb community.

    For more information and photos of this and other AZ active adult retirement communitiesplease visit 55Places.com. To stay in touch with us please join our Facebook page by clicking the Facebook link below.

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  • Casas Del Oro Norte and Casitas de Castilian, Tucson, Arizona

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Tucson  |  September 15, 2011 2:45 PM  |  3,065 views  |  No comments

    Tucson, Arizona active adult communitiesArizona retirees in search of smaller-scale active adult communities in Tucson will appreciate Casas Del Oro Norte and Casitas de Castilian. Both of these communities offer a much more intimate size than the typical resort-style Arizona active adult community.

     

    Casas Del Oro Norte (pictured left) is a small 55+ community of just 130 townhomes within the Omni Tucson National Golf Course and Spa. This private gated community boasts stunning golf course views and nicely updated homes. Although the community was built between 1969 and 1981, many of the resale homes have been renovated with the latest in modern home features such as granite countertops, hardwood flooring, updated appliances and more. There are seven attached townhome floor plans to choose from sized from 1,800 to nearly 3,200 square feet. All of the homes feature two or three bedrooms and prices range from the high $200’s to the mid $400’s.

     

    This Arizona active adult community is perfect for the homeowner who wants more privacy and less amenities. The main amenity highlight is the location within the Omni Tucson National Golf Course. This highly acclaimed course has been home to numerous PGA Tours and NCAA events. The community also offers two outdoor swimming pools and some park space. Residents can enjoy just relaxing by the pool or walking throughout the community with a private feeling of quiet serenity.

     

    Another option for active adult living in Tucson is Casitas de Castilian. This 55+ community features 120 attached townhomes with attractive pricing from under $100,000 to the low $300’s. The community was built between 1969 and 1974. The ideal location and attractive pricing is what makes this community a perfect fit for Arizona retirees in search of a value community featuring low maintenance living.

     

    Amenities at Casitas de Castilian include a small clubhouse, two outdoor swimming pools, a tennis court and 17 acres of park space. The homes range in size from 800 to over 2,600 square feet and most include a 1-car carport. The location is just minutes from the Tucson Mall, the Quail Valley Golf Course, downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona.

     

    Both of these smaller-scale Tucson 55+ communities offer a nice option in 55+ living other than the massive-sized communities so popular throughout Arizona. Retirees who don’t have the time or the desire to use countless amenities will appreciate the scaled down atmosphere of these communities, both of which offer attractively priced homes and ideal Tucson locations.

     

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