400 West Circulo Del Paladin, Green Valley, Arizona 85614
Established Low Key 55+ Community of Casa Paloma in Green Valley, Arizona Has Reasonably Priced Town Homes and Endless Array of Amenities
About 40 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border and about 25 miles south of downtown Tucson in southern Arizona, Green Valley is an unincorporated community that is very popular with retirees. In fact, nearly everyone who lives here is age 45 or better, with a large majority of residents age 65 or better. Many 55+ communities are here. One of these is Casa Paloma, a modest, established development with town homes for sale.
Casa Paloma was built in the late-1970s, and it is actually comprised of two HOA communities, Casa Paloma I and Casa Paloma II. They sit across La Canada Drive from one another but are essentially one development. Casa Paloma I has 256 homes, and Casa Paloma II has 383 homes. All of the residences are single story. Exterior modifications have been made over the years, so homes are similar but not exact. Most have a sandstone stucco facade, but some have painted brick. Some homes have a short retaining wall in front while others have wrought iron gates. One dwelling may have a carport supported by red bricks, while another home's carport may be supported by poles. Another residence may only have a short driveway. Windows may be rectangular or arched.
Interiors range from very simple to upgraded with tile floors, stainless steel appliances, marble coutertops and a large fireplace. Most homes have living space between 1,000 and 1,500 square feet, with two bedrooms and two baths. Landscaping is comprised of rocks, cacti and small bushes.
Prices start in the low-$100,000s. Please check with a Realtor to verify this as prices may change.
One of the reasons that people enjoy living here is Green Valley Recreation (GVR). This organization manages the extensive amenities for Green Valley's 55+ communities. When Casa Paloma homeowners pay GVR's membership fee, they then have access to its 13 recreation centers located throughout Green Valley.
They also enjoy dozens of clubs, hobby shops, classes, trips, concerts and volunteer groups. Nearly everyone who lives in Green Valley (and everyone who lives in Casa Paloma) is a member of GVR, which creates a sense of community between 55+ developments. Within Casa Paloma itself, recreation facilities include a clubhouse, a swimming pool and a spa.
The initial GVR membership fee in 2019 was $2,427, and the annual household fee was $493. For people who buy a house with an existing GRV membership, there is a property acquisition fee of $2,616. Fees will probably increase in 2020. Other fees may apply as well.
Green Valley Hospital has 50 beds. It is accredited by DNV-GL, a relatively new accreditation organization, and it accepts Medicare patients.
The surrounding landscape is pretty and very green indeed, with the jagged Santa Rita Mountains looming in the distance. Outside of town, nearby Madera Canyon is one of the top spots in the nation for bird watching. Patagonia Lake, Arivaca Lake and Pena Blanca Lake are small lakes within an hour's drive.
Summer temperatures reach the high-90s and sometimes low-100s, with winter temperatures in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 14 inches of rain each year.
Visit www.casapaloma1.org or www.casapaloma2.org for more information. Visit tinyurl.com/qlsmyvd to see homes for sale (scroll to the bottom of the page).
On February 14, 1912, Arizona became the 48th state to join the Union. In the southwestern region of the United States, it borders New Mexico to the east, Utah to the north, Nevada and California to the west and Mexico to the south. The Cactus Wren is the state's bird, and the Saguaro Blossom is the state flower. The capital and largest city is Phoenix.
Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, one of the nation's oldest national parks, and the Hoover Dam. It covers 113,000 square miles, making it the nation's 6th largest state. However, only a small portion of the land, about 15%, is privately owned. The rest of Arizona belongs to national parks, state parks and Native American reservations.
Interestingly, the majority of Arizonans - everyone except those in the Navajo Nation - do not observe Daylight Savings Time.
Population - 6,931,030
Persons 65 years old and over - 17%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 86%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 31%
White persons, not Hispanic - 58%
Median household income - $50,225
Median home value - $167,500
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Why Choose a 55+ Community?
Most people who choose to live in a 55+ development are looking for a sense of community with other people of similar backgrounds. Many of these developments are gated and guarded, adding to a sense of security. Often the homes are low maintenance or "lock and leave," giving owners the freedom to do things other than mow the lawn, shovel the snow or replace the roof. The biggest draw is often the amenities, ranging from lavish clubhouses to activity directors and championship golf courses, making some developments akin to country club living (or summer camp for adults). While 55+ communities are not for everyone, they continue to be a popular choice for many people.
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