CantaMia, an Arizona Active Adult Community

I recently visited CantaMia and discovered this jewel in the Estrella Mtns

Sun City West, a video tour of the community

Sun City West was the second of the Del Webb “Sun Cities” to be built in the great Phoenix area.  It is still one of the largest communities with a variety of housing styles and options, 4 recreation centers, with the option for garden plots, the Saddle club offing horse stables, bowling alley, 7 golf courses, even the Del Webb Memorial Hospital.  Discover more at ArizonaActiveAdult.com

Sun City West, an Arizona Active Adult Community

Sun City Grand, a video tour of the community

Sun City Grand is one of the many Del Webb 55+ communities in the valley. The community offers a wide range in home sizes, as well as a condominium community with a few of it’s own amenities.  This golf course, active adult community has several pools, clubhouses, activities rooms, craft facilities, tennis courts, pickle ball and much more.  This video will give you a quick visual tour of the community.  For additional information call, email or check out our other website, ArizionaActiveAdult.com 

Solera at Johnson Ranch, an Active Adult Community–a video peek

Solera at Johnson Ranch is an active adult community located as part of the larger master planned community of Johnson Ranch located in Queen Creek, now San Tan Valley.  Take a look.

Trilogy at Encanterra, an Active Adult Community– a video peek

Trilogy at Encanterra is Shea homes newest active adult lifestyle community.  It shares the 60,000 sqft club house with the master planned Country Club community of Encanterra.  This unique community may be perfect for the Baby boomer who isn’t quite ready to be in a 55+ only community.

Westbrook Village, a lush oasis in the desert

1WestbrookVillage So many people in Arizona come from some other state.  Most of those states have a much greater annual rain levels that we do,  and so they are accustomed to greener, lusher environments.  Coming to the desert can be a bit of a shock.  With that said, there are some communities that are greener, and more lush than others.  The Active Adult community of Westbrook Village is one of those communities.2WestbrookVillage

The two 18 hole golf courses wind thru the community with green fairways coming right up to the edge of the properties.  There are 2 restaurants, 2 club houses with lots of activities and Westbrook Village is one of the few communities with  condos, patio homes and single family homes too.

3WestbrookVillageThe location is great too.  Just off the 101 Freeway in Peoria, it can’t be beat for getting to town, seeing one of the sports teams, or the airport.

So consider checking out the 55+ community of Westbrook Village!

 

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West Valley–303 freeway opening up

Connectivity is always a concern when choosing a location for your home.  Living in a 55+ community, your not looking at how long it takes to get to work, commuting being a thing of the past.  But easy access to the city, airport, and other things going on in the greater Valley of the Sun is always a good thing.

The 303 loop section from I17 connecting down to Bell Road is opening this week!

This makes access to Trilogy at Vistancia, Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Arizona Traditions, Corta Bella and more much nicer.

Now hop on the 303 and head north for freeway access to I17.  It comes in just south of Carefree Highway, making for faster access to the north and down to the rest of the city.

Introduction on how to use the home search feature on our websites

This video will give you a basic tutorial of the home search feature on our websites.

 

a House, a Home, a Community

There are lots of ‘houses’ on the market, and until you move in and make it yours it’s not a home… But a community is something special.

A community is where people come together. It may be because of where you live, what you like to do, things you are interested in and more.

This week I experienced community in my neighborhood. One of my neighbors had a serious accident. She is currently in the neurology ward at the hospital. Her family has come to town to sit by her side while she heals; and our neighborhood has come together to take care of feeding the family. It is a simple thing, providing a meal for others; it wasn’t just one person stepping up or volunteering to help. Everyone who knows her is helping.

Finding a house is easy. Having community is something that you have to participate in to have.

What is the story with 55+ how old do you really have to be?

What is the story with some of the 55 plus, Active Adult Communities allowing sales to people who are 45 and others being rigid on the 55+?

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in many things including age, of the lease or sale of residential property. One of the exceptions to this law is housing for “older persons”. In this usage, “Older Persons” refer to a person 55 years of age or older. The law has been added to, refined, altered and amended over the years. I am not a lawyer, but the way I have been updated on this is that in order to be exempt from the Fair Housing Act, a housing facility or community (defined as any dwelling or group of dwelling units governed by a common set of rules, regulations or restrictions) must have 80% of the occupied units occupied by at least one occupant who is 55 years of age or older. The facility must “publish and follow policies which support this exemption”. At one time the facility had to have “ significant facilities and services specifically designed to meet the physical or social needs of older persons.’’ That regulation has been changed and the facilities and services are no longer required.

This 80% also includes occupants who are present only part time (snowbirds) and rentals, it is not restricted to principal residences. The 20% remaining may be occupied by persons under 55. It is required that every 2 years the facility report to the government with accurate numbers, supported by a variety of identification methods, that they have met the 80% rule. This count is carefully monitored by the communities. To lose this exemption is major. The law governing the remaining 20% is not always clear and seems to be further regulated by the individual community rules. The law includes exemptions for heirs and caregivers and persons who maintain the community to be under 55. It is to fill this 20% that you see the 40+ and 45+ advertisements. Only a carefully monitored number under 55 can permitted to own or lease. The lower ages are most often seen in new construction where the percentage can be overseen more timely. Brand new construction must have at least 25% of the units occupied before the law kicks in so they have a bit of leeway to get their communities started.