Southern Arizona 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

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About Southern Arizona


Retirement Living in Southern Arizona


Also known as the “Gadsen” or “Baja Arizona” (which means “Lower Arizona”), Southern Arizona boasts of its many stunning natural wonders which feature vast deserts, rich flora and fauna and protected wildlife. Here, active adult homebuyers can experience complete modern city entertainment and amenities which is why it’s one of the Top Retirement Destinations in Arizona.


Furthermore, moving down south to the other towns, they’ll experience the historic Wild West with wide deserts, abundant saguaro cactuses, native animals plus the old traditional establishments like the saloon, etc.


Because of the warm, desert climate, many retirees are drawn to this region. And most of the Retirement Communities are found near Tucson, Green Valley and Sierra Vista. These age-restricted neighborhoods feature a range of first-class amenities plus a variety of housing options which includes condominiums, townhouses or single-family homes.


Southern Arizona Climate and Geography is Ideal for Active Retirement


Southern Arizona is well-known for its desert climate. This means hot summers and mild winters. The coolest months would be in November to February while halfway through February, the temperature starts to get warm with a cool breeze in the evening.


Southern Arizona is bounded by various counties and cities located south of the Gila River like the Cochise County, the Pima County and Santa Cruz County. Cities include Tucson, Yuma, Sierra Vista and so on. This region also has a couple of mountain ranges which includes the Chiricahua Mountains, the Huachuca Mountains and the Santa Ritas.


Southern Arizona offers Plenty of Recreation, Culture and Entertainment for Active Adults


Active Adult Communities in Southern Arizona feature a variety of on-site amenities, which residents can enjoy all throughout the year thanks to the mostly sunny weather in this region. Most of these age-restricted communities are scattered in different counties, cities and towns here.


Each city and town in Southern Arizona has their own unique culture and natural or man-made attractions. Starting off with Tucson, which is the largest city in this area. Thanks to the warm, desert climate, retirees can enjoy a lot of outdoor activities here like hiking, biking, camping, fishing, boating and so on. Sightseeing is also one popular leisure activity since this region has several National Monuments and nature preserves along with some amazing archaeological sites.


To mention a few tourist attractions, there’s the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Though it’s referred to as a museum, this place actually looks more like a zoo since you need to spend most of your time outdoors looking at wildlife and native animals like prairie dogs, coyotes and mountain lions.


The Saguaro National Park showcases the iconic southwestern landscape. In the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, you can go hiking, swimming or picnicking. Retirees can ride the Sabino Canyon Tram if they don’t feel like walking too much.


Now going to other cities, in Bisbee you’ll find amazing Victorian architecture, art galleries and antique shops. In Sierra Vista, you can go hiking and sightseeing. It’s truly a nature lover’s paradise.


If you want to experience the old Wild West vibe then come to Tombstone. This place is a popular tourist spot where the streets are lined with old saloons, shops and gift stores.


Unbelievable as it may sound, but you can also go skiing here in Southern Arizona. That’s because some of the mountain ranges here are high, cold and wet enough in the wintertime to provide alpine skiing at regular ski resorts. So who says you can’t enjoy winter sports in Arizona?


Cost of Living and Taxes to Consider when Retiring to Southern Arizona


Active adults who are living in Retirement Communities in Tucson and Green Valley are able to enjoy Arizona’s lower cost of living and growing economy. Specifically, here in Southern Arizona, an abundant lineup of jobs are available for active adults who’re still not ready to retire. These fields include scientific research, technical and aerospace industries.


Most of the 55+ Neighborhoods in Southern Arizona are located in urban, suburban, rural or hillside areas and features world-class amenities and affordable housing options that’ll fit any kind of lifestyle.


Southern Arizona Healthcare for those in Retirement


Residents living in one of the 55+ Communities in Southern Arizona can get premium health care and treatment at the University of Arizona Medical Center – it’s one of the hospitals which is nationally ranked for geriatrics and EENT specialties.


Overall, Southern Arizona has 21 different hospitals and medical centers plus specialized facilities which cater to the active adult population.


Aside from this, there are also various hospitals in Tucson like the Tucson Medical Center and Veteran’s Hospital and the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson. While in Yuma there’s the Yuma Regional Medical Center, Hospital Santa Margarita and the Hospital General San Luis Rio Colorado. Going a bit south to Sierra Vista you’ll find the Hospital General De Zona Con Medicina Familiar, Hospital de Sol, Holy Cross Hospital and the Raymond W Bliss Army Health Center.