Bordering mountain ranges and with many recreational spots within its borders, Cave Creek lives up to its motto: “Where the Wild West Lives”. Whether you are looking for shopping, a guided hike, or golfing, there is a lot of fun to be had just a few miles north of Phoenix. Cave Creek is also a great place to make a home for those looking for suburbs with a rural feel with a view of the mountains. The population is well above 5,000 and is home to both retirees and families.
Home to the Carefree Desert Gardens and with nearby fine dining, Carefree also pays homage to the Old West with a recreation of a frontier town. Carefree is a common destination for day trips for Phoenix metropolitan residents who enjoying taking a stroll downtown or visiting during Carefree’s frequent cultural or holiday festivals. The Sears-Kay Ruin is a nearby historical place to visit. Real estate is highly valued within Carefree, with many upscale homes within its limits.
One of the largest cities of the Phoenix metropolitan area by population and land area, Scottsdale has something for everyone. For visitors, it has some of the Valley’s finest accommodations and shopping centers, and Scottsdale also has many nearby hiking destinations. For residents, Scottsdale has public transportation, an active real estate market. Scottsdale also hosts many boutique shops and business headquarters.
Located south of Chandler with access to the Chandler Mall, Downtown Chandler, and nearby casinos, Sun Lakes is a master-planned adult community with several country clubs and many gated communities. Billed as a hotspot for retirees, Sun Lakes is a prime location for those wishing to live the resort lifestyle. For those wishing to stay active, Sun Lakes has many walking trails and is close to the Tonto National Forest and the Superstition Mountains.
One of the very first adult communities in the United States, Sun City was created for the benefit of those who wish to live a leisurely lifestyle in their golden years. This has resulted in the retiree population taking up a large percentage of the over 30,000 residents of Sun City. With eight golf courses, many adult communities, and with events planned frequently, Sun City is an ideal retirement destination for the active adult.
One of the older developed communities of Arizona, Peoria has a long history and is home to commercial, residential, and industrial developments. Old Town Peoria is one of the many places where you can see preserved historical buildings from the city’s past. Peoria welcomed spring training teams as early as the 1970s, and Peoria now hosts two teams at their sports complex. More recently, Peoria has begun welcoming more retirees. Peoria has access to many mountain trails and national parks.
Wittmann, originally named Nadaburg, is a town in the northwestern boundary of Phoenix’s metropolitan area. Located along the historic and busy US Route 60, it was originally founded along the transcontinental railroad. It now lies between Sun City West and Morristown. Its name encompasses an interesting story, as it was changed to honor the man (Mr. Wittmann) who promised to dam the nearby Hassayampa river for water, but never did. The town sued him, but the name stuck.
Chandler is a large city of over 500,000 in the southwest Phoenix metropolitan area, with a vibrant downtown district and a large shopping mall. Chandler has an arts center and has many public parks and museums. Several large technology companies have opened factories within Chandler. A railway museum pays homage to the city’s past and the city still sees railroad traffic. Chandler has a diverse population of many ethnicities and ages. Veterans Oasis Park is an outdoor recreation spot.