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PebbleCreek

3639 Clubhouse Dr., Goodyear, Arizona 85395

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Large 55+ Community of PebbleCreek Outside of Phoenix Has Single Level Homes, Two Golf Courses, Tennis Courts, Restaurants, a Lifelong Learning Program and Mountain Views

Tucked between the White Tank Mountains and downtown Phoenix in sunny southern Arizona, PebbleCreek is a Robson Community that stretches across 2,300 manicured acres. It began in the early-1990s and at final buildout should include almost 6,400 single story, single family homes and patio homes. The community is still primarily for people age 55+, but PebbleCreek's HOA now has an exception for renters who are age 40 and better.

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Two country clubs are at the heart of PebbleCreek. Eagle's Nest encompasses 47,000 square feet and has a grand ballroom, a library, a fitness center and a restaurant. The Tuscany Country Club features a large aquatics complex, a dance studio, a theater, tennis courts, as well as a full service restaurant and bar. Each club's attendant golf course makes PebbleCreek one of the top golf communities in the Southwest (and one of Forbes' top retirement communities). The Eagle's Nest course has 18 holes, seven lakes and mountain views. The Tuscany course has 27 holes and was designed by golf architect Dick Bailey. Both courses have a fully stocked pro shop.

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PebbleCreek's Creative Arts Center supports a variety of studios, some dedicated to woodworking, others to stained glass and ceramics. Model trains, quilting, and performance theater are just a few of the popular clubs. Award-winning Lifelong Learning at Pebblecreek offers lectures, classes and trips in and around the Phoenix area.

The community is gated and regularly patrolled, ensuring a sense of security. North PebbleCreek Parkway is the main artery through the development. Neighborhoods are on either side of it, with homes close together on winding streets and cul de sacs. Many residences have a pond or golf course view. Landscaping consists of palm trees, bushes, cacti, decorative rocks and short trees.

The newest homes in PebbleCreek are low maintenance attached homes that range in size from 1,404 to 1,863 square feet. Most of these models have two bedrooms, two baths and a garage. Older single-family homes have two to five bedrooms, garages and two to three baths. All residences are Mediterranean-style with a neutral colored exterior and a tile roof.

Prices begin in the low-$200,000s and reach into the $800,000s. The HOA fee is around $200 per month. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change.

Goodyear started out as a cotton farm for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber company in 1917. Today, it is a rapidly expanding bedroom community in Phoenix's West Valley. The city has been noted for its "livability" and is a pleasant place with a fresh newness about it. Luke Air Force Base, the largest fighter pilot training facility in the world, is one mile north of town.

Abrazo Health West Valley Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a Primary Stroke Center.

Summer temperatures reach into the low-100s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The shines 300 days a year, and the area receives eight inches of rain on average per year.

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Visit www.robson.com/communities/pebblecreek for more information. Go to tinyurl.com/lkfnxbl for more listings.

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Arizona:

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.

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Stats:

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

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Are 55+ Communities Really "Retirement" Communities?

Many people who live in age-restricted communities (usually for people age 55+) are still gainfully employed. So why would they live in what is considered a "retirement" community? Why not continue to live in a standard neighborhood? People still employed choose age-restricted communities for the same reasons as people who are retired do: the safety, amenities and sense of community that one can provide. And whether employed or not, once the kids are grown, it is sometimes nice to live in a neighborhood where small children do not congregate.

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