17221 N. Citrus Road, Surprise, Arizona 85374
Outside of Phoenix in Southern Arizona, 55+ Arizona Traditions Features Mediterranean-Style Homes, an 18 Hole Golf Course, a Lovely Clubhouse, Swimming Pools, a Stained Glass Studio, a Woodworking Shop and More
Southern Arizona has dozens of 55+ communities, some large and some more intimate. Gated Arizona Traditions in Surprise, on the outskirts of Phoenix, fits in the middle with 1,768 single family homes. D.R. Horton built the community from the late-1990s to 2013.
All properties have Mediterranean-style architecture with a tan colored exterior and an orange tile roof. All are single story with two to three bedrooms, two baths, between approximately 1,100 square feet to 2,400 square feet and an attached garage. Homes do not have a lawn but rather decorative rocks, bushes, small trees and taller palm trees. Residences are fairly close together along streets that are lined with sidewalks. Homeowners on the western edge of the community enjoy desert and White Tank Mountain views.
Prices begin in the high-$100,000s and top out in the $300,000s. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are subject to change.
The 18 hole golf course is at the heart of Arizona Traditions. Players enjoy its challenging rolling terrain, mature trees and undulating greens. Other amenities include a lovely 24,000 square foot clubhouse with a ballroom, a sewing studio, a stained glass studio, a woodworking shop, a restaurant, a bar and more. Outside, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, pickelball courts, biking trails, an Olympic size swimming pool and a resort style swimming pool await.
Homeowners are not allowed to park vehicles on the street, giving the community a sleek, uncluttered appearance. Garage doors must be kept closed, and noise is restricted between 10:00 p.m and 7:00 a.m. Each home can have up to three pets.
Surprise is a boom town, growing by a whopping 1,700% in the last couple of decades. Expectations are that the city's population may rival that of Phoenix's within 10 to 20 years. Residents enjoy eight golf courses and four recreation centers and talk about how well-maintained the city is. According to some surveys, nine out of 10 residents are happy that they live here.
Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, a 335-bed facility, is just five miles away in Sun City West and accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer daytime temperatures often exceed 100 degrees. Winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The area gets nine inches of rain per year, on average, and humidity is practically non-existent.
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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
Are 55+ Communities Really "Retirement" Communities?
Many people who live in age-restricted developments (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.
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