I have been selling ahwatukee for 25 years . I moved here from Long Island. I was just VOTED BEST AGENT in the Ahwatukee Foothills tribune news (again). I am your neighbirhood expert.
Have you looked into Sun Lakes? It's an active adult community minimum 80% 55+ and up to 20% 40+. I live and work in the community and love it there! Just another option for you. Good luck and let me know if I can be of any assistance!
Retirement at 55? in this economy? Way to go Larry !
The area around the Ahwatukee / Phoenix Country Club is very nice, great location. I think you have a great plan.
All the Homes linked below are in Adult communitys 45 / 55 plus.
Here is a current link to homes in the Ahwatukee that are for sale...about 50 homes
You can expand your search in to the Mesa area here.. about 400 homes
And here are some homes in Chandler about 80
As you can see there are a lot to choose from.
Keep in mind some of these communitys will allow you to move in at 45, and some have huge HOA fee`s and crazy rules..
Let me know if I can help