Thinking about retiring in Phoenix?


Retirement in Phoenix is a dream for thousands of baby boomers who look forward to the warm winters and plentiful recreation offered in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Since World War II Phoenix has enjoyed some of the fastest growth in the U.S. Along with all the popular resort destinations like Scottsdale, it seems like dozens of former farming towns have become popular centers for active adult and 55+ communities. In fact there are so many communities in the Phoenix area that your challenge is to narrow down your selection to a manageable few.

Phoenix itself is very large and you could easily find a nice retirement community within the city limits. But when you add in towns like Peoria, Buckeye, Chandler, Paradise Valley, and Glendale - the choices are overwhelming. Rest assured, there are neighborhoods and communities available for every budget - for retirees looking to live in a mobile home development to billionaires looking for the upmost in privacy and luxury amenities.

Whatever your dream, this website will provide you with the useful real estate resources to help your Phoenix retirement dream become a reality.


Retirement in Phoenix

Unlike a lot of communities, most retirees to Phoenix will move here from a different state. Warm winters and a lack of humidity are obviously a big attraction. Some people find relief from their allergies in Phoenix. Other factors include plentiful recreation opportunities like golf, tennis, swimming, and hiking. For many people with grandchildren, having a Phoenix retirement home could be a magnet that will attract grandchildren and friends. On the downside, Phoenix is a sprawling community where a car is usually essential. Traffic and a future water problem are negatives to a Phoenix retirement.


Cost of Living

The cost of living in Phoenix is generally a bit less than in many other places, especially the northeast or California. The National Association of Realtors reports that the median selling of a home in Phoenix was $131,100 in the 2nd quarter of 2009 - some $43,000 lower than the national median and about half what prices were in 2006. One reason for these low prices is that like a lot of Arizona communities, real estate has been very hard hit by overbuilding and foreclosures. Bargains are available in nice communities. See our Arizona tax page for information about whether or not Phoenix is a tax-friendly place for retirement.


Best Retirement Places in and around Phoenix

One of Phoenix's top retirement towns is Chandler. Mesa is a college town and also offers a wonderful retirement lifestyle. Use this link to find more of the best retirement towns in Phoenix.


Natural Attractions

TThe Phoenix area has any number of mountains (the Superstitions), rivers, and parks for outdoor recreation. Golf is particularly outstanding with hundreds of courses to choose from. Winters are much warmer than in the northeast, although not quite as warm as south Arizona. Average January temperature is in the low 50's(F.). Summers are hot and dry; temperatures in the 110's are common


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