Energy Star Retirement Homes
Meritage Homes pride themselves for their energy efficient, 100% Energy Star certified homes. According to their estimates, homeowners can save as much as 80% on their utility costs. This can be an important factor to people who are worried about the cost of air conditioning in the Arizona desert.
In order to achieve these phenomenal savings, Meritage homes have Energy Star-Certified Appliances, water-efficient faucets and showerheads, Low-E coatings on vinyl windows to reduce energy loss, programmable thermostats, a minimum SEER 14 heating and air conditioning system, and Low-VOC paints and finishes (to reduce indoor air pollution)
Meritage Homes are also well-priced. When combined with the exceptional energy savings, many couples living on Social Security will find these homes are are quite affordable. In fact, Meritage frequently brings up their desire to turn renters into homeowners.
Active Adult Communities in Arizona by Meritage Home Builders
Currently, there are four active adult communities that Meritage has developed in Arizona. The homes in these communities are currently priced in the $145,000 to $235,000 price range.
Province in Maricopa, Arizona
Province is a guard gated community with 50 acres of lakes as well as greenbelts and a 32,000 square foot clubhouse with a library, ballroom and fitness center. There is also a 5,000 square foot heated resort style pool. Although there is no golf course inside the community, the Duke at Rancho El Dorado is just a short drive away.
Homes vary in size from 1214 to 2419 square feet, with prices ranging from $144,900 to $212,900. Of course, all the home prices quoted in this article are base prices. If you enjoy adding expensive upgrades to your home, you could actually spend a bit more. In addition, you will want to find out about the cost of your homeowner's dues. The amenities in these communities are charged to the residents in the form of a monthly HOA fee. You will need to take that into consideration when you are planning your budget.
Mission Royale in Casa Grande, Arizona
Like other Meritage Home communities, Mission Royale has a gorgeous recreation center with an exercise room, a billiards room, library, card rooms, and a ballroom. This community also has a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools and a spa.
The homes vary from 1214 to 2032 square feet, and the base prices of the homes range from $154,900 to $205,900. Like other Meritage homes, these houses are also specifically designed to be energy efficient.
While the home prices are moderate and the homes are designed to have low utility bills, the homeowner's dues in golf communities are typically higher than they are in neighborhoods that do not have a golf course. Make sure you know what your monthly dues will be. In addition, if you enjoy playing golf, find out if you will need to pay additional greens fees. These can add up if you play golf several times a week.
Sundance At Buckeye in Buckeye, Arizona
The lovely retirement community of Sundance also has outstanding amenities including golf, swimming, tennis courts, a clubhouse with card rooms, a ballroom and a fitness center. There are also pickle ball courts, a billiards room and numerous clubs and activities.
Despite the abundant amenities, the homes at Sundance are particularly affordable, with prices ranging from $157,900 to $191,900.
Potential residents will want to check out possible extra fees, including HOA dues and greens fees.
Las Campanas at Green Valley, Arizona
This community has several golf courses and swimming pools with spas. The community also offers three art exhibit galleries, racquetball courts, fitness centers, tennis courts, a woodworking shop, billiard rooms, meeting rooms, bocce ball courts, numerous clubs, and much more.
Home prices range from 1238 to 2287 square feet, with prices from $158,900 to $230,900.
Green Valley has been mentioned before on this blog as an area of Arizona that has had water shortages, although the community is aggressively working on a water reclamation plan and on some other potential solutions to try to alleviate the situation. However, you may want to read my blog post "Green Valley Arizona Retirement Communities" before you make a final decision on this community. Fortunately, if you still have concerns about water issues in Green Valley, there are other excellent Meritage Active Adult retirement communities in Arizona.
Again, make sure you are aware of the HOA dues and greens fees before you make a final decision on this, or any other, retirement community.
Sources for Information
Prices, square footage and amenities are based on figures given on the website for Meritage Homes. Get more information on all of these communities at: http://www.meritagehomes.com/search/active-adult-az/
If you are looking for more retirement information, check out the topics below. Each link below will connect you to a number of articles on that topic:
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Great Places for Boomers to Retire Overseas
Great Places to Retire in the United States
Health and Medical Topics for Baby Boomers
Money and Financial Planning for Retirement
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