This sprawling Phoenix bedroom community is Arizona's third largest city. It was settled by Mormon pioneers in the late-1800s and until the mid-1900s was an agricultural center, thanks to an expansive canal system.
Mesa is a sprawling Phoenix bedroom community and is to the southeast of that city's downtown in southern Arizona. It is also the site of Verde Groves, a gated 55+ patio home community that was constructed by Hughes Development from 1999 to 2004.
Just east of Phoenix and west of the McDowell Mountains in southcentral Arizona, upscale, cosmopolitan Scottsdale bustles with activity. Although it is technically a suburb of Phoenix, it has its own distinct identity and amenities, and it offers a richly textured quality of life.
A quiet 55+ town home and condominium community in Scottsdale, Arizona, Villa Monterey was built in the 1960s and has nearly 800 residences.
Known for it mystical red rock formations and seductive light, Sedona is a spiritual vortex with beautiful homes. It is also a great retirement spot!
Once a trail stop for Mexican conquistadors, Sierra Vista is located in the southeastern corner of Arizona, approximately 75 miles from Tucson. It is surrounded by rugged mountains and bills itself as the Hummingbird Capital of the World.
Artsy, dusty and understated, Tubac boasts art galleries, good restaurants, cobbled streets, interesting home styles and an unhurried pace. It is a great retirement spot!
Dating from the 1700s and later developed by Bing Crosby, Tubac Golf Resort has elegant homes, a golf course and grazing cattle.
A college town in a pretty setting, Tucson is affordable and diverse. Is it a great place to retire?
Sixty five miles northwest of Phoenix in southern Arizona, dusty, friendly Wickenburg sits on the banks of the Hassayampa River next to the Wickenburg Mountains. It is on the edge of the Sonoran Desert and was founded by a handful of gold miners, farmers and ranchers in the 1860s.
The Grand Canyon State was originally part of New Mexico. After the land was ceded to the U.S. in 1848, it became a separate territory. It did not enter the union until February 14, 1912. Copper was discovered in the area in 1848, and metals mining continues to be an important part of the economy. Cattle and tourism are two of the states other vital industries.
Although Arizona can be one of the hottest states in the union, air conditioning continues to bring more and more people to the urban areas. The Colorado Plateau spreads through Arizona from the north and is interspersed with remnants of the Rocky Mountains. The land flattens into desert near Phoenix. The Colorado River forms the state's western borders and snakes through the Grand Canyon.
Arizona is stubborn when it comes to time. It observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis.
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