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Province

20930 Province Pkwy., Maricopa, Arizona 85138

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Friendly Resort-Like 55+ Community of Province is South of Phoenix and Boasts Single Family Homes, Town Homes, a Tuscan-Themed Clubhouse, 50 Acres of Water and Nicely Landscaped Green Spaces

Province is a gated, resort-like 55+ community roughly 32 miles south of Phoenix in southern Arizona. Engle Homes began the development in 2004 but filed for banckrupty in 2008. Meritage Homes bought the community and is now the primary builder. Eventually, 2,200 single family homes and town homes will be here.

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The development has a variety of neighborhoods, and floor plans range from 1,150 square feet to more than 2,830 square feet with two to four bedrooms and two to three and a half baths. Homes boast Mediterranean-style architecure, single-story living and an attached garage (extensions available). Some properties back to a canal. Yard landscaping consists of rocks, bushes, cacti and short trees. Interior features include granite counter tops, bay windows and open floor plans. Some properties have a theater, a solar system, a golf cart garage and other upgrades.

Prices begin at around $200,000. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change.

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Province's exteriors are just as appealing as its interiors. Mountains loom in the distance. Trails and walkways lead from private spaces to common areas. Fifty acres of ponds, canals and waterfalls pepper 125 acres of nicely landscapes parks, creating a calming, pretty tableau.

The heart and soul of Province is the attractive 32,000 square foot clubhouse. It is nearly surrounded by water and has a Tuscan theme. Inside, a game room, a billiards room, an arts studio, a ceramics studio, a dance studio, a computer lab, a library, a fitness center, a swimming pool and more greet residents. Outside, another swimming pool, tennis courts, a basketball court, bocce ball courts, fishing ponds, a putting green and walking trails await. Duke at Rancho El Dorado, an 18 hole golf course, is just across the street.

Residents are a friendly bunch, and social groups include a wine and food group, an aviation group, a quilting group, an RV group, a travel group and many others. Activities include classes, card games, potlucks and more.

Maricopa Integrated Health System is accredited by DNV, a relatively new accreditation organization.

This area has very hot summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures are in the 90s and low-100s. Winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, Maricopa receives about 12 inches of rain per year

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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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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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