11 South Mission Parkway, Casa Grande, Arizona 85222
Between Phoenix and Tucson in Southern Arizona, Mission Royale is a 55+ Neighborhood with Single Family Homes, Swimming Pools, a Lovely Clubhouse and an 18 Hole Golf Course
Casa Grande is 45 minutes south of Phoenix and 55 minutes north of Tucson in southern Arizona and is the site of Mission Royale, a 55+ community that is part of a larger all ages development also named Mission Royale. Construction on the 55+ section by Meritage Homes began in 2003 and continues today. At final build out, the development should have nearly 1,300 single family homes.
All of the properties are single level and feature Mediterranean architecture. Floor plans range from 1,072 square feet with two bedrooms and two baths to nearly 2,500 square feet with three to four bedrooms and two baths. Each home has an attached garage, a recessed entry, a great room and a covered patio. New models have the option of solar panels to help reduce electricity costs. Neighborhood streets are wide, lined with sidewalks, and they meander at angles to one another. Xeriscaping - cacti, small bushes, short trees and decorative rocks - is standard in most yards.
Prices start in the high-$100,000s. Please verify this price with a Realtor as it is bound to change.
Homeowners in the 55+ neighborhood enjoy their own clubhouse, a beautiful facility with a restaurant, a fitness center, a billards room, a library, a ballroom and more. Resort-style swimming pools, tennis courts and pickleball courts await outside. At the center of the community is the Greg Nash-designed 18 hole golf course. Many homes have fairway views (and cost more than homes that do not).
Although Casa Grande is close to two sizeable cities, it has plenty of amenities of its own. The art museum has a sculpture garden and a busy schedule of workshops and classes, and the history museum sponsors a speakers series and special events. The downtown district has been revitalized and is the home of a farmers' market and "Art in the Alley," a night of music, food and art for sale in an alley every first Tuesday. The Promenade at Casa Grande has 75 stores and is conveniently just across the street from Mission Royale.
Casa Grande Regional Hospital is not accredited by the Joint Commission but is accredited by DNV Healthcare, Inc., a relatively new accreditation organization.
Summer temperatures reach 110 degrees, and winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 8 inches of rain each year.
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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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