Mona Lisa Village
7571 N. Mona Lisa Road, Tucson, Arizona 85742
Quiet, Gated 55+ Community of Mona Lisa Village in Sunny Tucson, Arizona Has Attractive Adobe-Style Town Homes
Tucson is one of the oldest continually inhabited areas in the nation and is a growing metropolis with a diverse population. It is in southern Arizona, with mountains all around, and it is the location of Mona Lisa Village, a small, gated 55+ town home development.
This quiet community was built from 2000 to 2004 and only has 100 homes. The attractive building exteriors are light colored adobe with painted trim. Each unit has one to two bedrooms, approximately 845 square feet to 1,050 square feet, a small private patio and a detached carport large enough for one car. There are no garages. The buildings are set at angles to one another so that the windows of one unit do not look directly into the windows of another unit. The grassy areas throughout the development are not expansive, but they are nicely maintained. Short trees and bushes adorn Xeriscaped areas.
Home prices start in the mid- to high-$100,000s. The HOA fee is $257 per month. Please check with a Realtor to verify these prices as they may change.
Amenities are limited to a small clubhouse with an outdoor pool and a spa. There is no golf course, marina or activities director, but residents do not seem to mind. Mona Lisa Village is really for people who want a nice, peaceful 55+ community without a lot of bells and whistles. A nice perk of living here, however, is that Foothills Mall, with 90 national retailers, is just a short walk from the front gates.
Tucson has a growing arts scene and is home to dozens of downtown art galleries, Ballet Arizona, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Jazz Society and the Arizona Theater Company. There are festivals, art walks and plenty of fun farmers' markets. Fourth Avenue is a nifty shopping venue, with cute boutiques and cafes, and it is the site of an annual street fair.
Residents also enjoy more than 100 parks and 35 golf courses in the immediate area. The SAGE Society (Study, Activity Growth and Enrichment) provides continuing learning-in-retirement experiences. Programs include discussion groups, study sessions, lectures with guest speakers, field trips and social events.
Seven hospitals are in the area, several of which are accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures are in the 90s and low-100s, and winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 11 inches of rain each year.
Mona Lisa does not have a dedicated website. Go to tinyurl.com/znoeeka for listings.
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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