has grown quickly since it’s founding in 1861. It
is currently the 5th largest city in America with 1.6 million
people. Phoenix city living is a great option for the senior
who wants to live in a warm yet dry climate and still have
all the amenities that the big city offers.
Recent high rises like 44 Monroe, while
a remnant of the real estate crash, offer the senior wanting
to live near cultural attractions and the action of the
Phoenix Retirement Housing Options:
In Phoenix AZ there are unique housing options which include
condos, apartments for rent, high rises, retirement communities,
lofts, co-ops, luxury condominiums, top end townhouses and
other housing for over 55 boomers and seniors.
- Phoenix Lofts & Phoenix High Rise Condos. Urban living
in Phoenix is diverse, exciting and convenient. From Phoenix
high rise towers in Phoenix Downtown, Phoenix Midtown and
the Biltmore to architecturally interesting lofts and condos
in small established neighborhoods. Most are close to hip
and cool restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, premium shopping,
entertainment, and in some cases the light rail. Urban enthusiasts
enjoy convenience, a sense of community and seem to have
more time to do what they enjoy.
Phoenix is the place where creative people
come to do extraordinary things. It is the commerce and
cultural capital of Arizona, representing an urban hub of
performing arts venues, unique restaurants, museums, educational
opportunities and diverse residential options. If you’re
looking for a truly enriching environment, come to Downtown
Phoenix and see what all the buzz is about.
Commons Condominiums are conveniently located
within walking distance to the Phoenix Light Rail.These
luxuriously appointed condominiums are just minutes away
from downtown Phoenix and are across from the Phoenix Country
Club. Downtown Phoenix is the urban heart of Arizona. Vibrant.
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Many consider the Phoenix Arizona area to
be among the best retirement cities in the U.S. Here are
some other reasons to choose living in Phoenix.
Among the advantages you can expect with
urban post-retirement communities in Phoenix AZ:
Social Opportunities in Phoenix
The Newcomers Club Arizona (www.newcomersclub.com/AZ)
is a local group dedicated to helping men and women develop
friendships in the local area.
Since Phoenix is a rapidly growing city
with many people having relocated in recent years, the Newcomers
Club is great for the recent retiree to “plug in”
to the local community.
Since Phoenix is also one of the largest
cities in America, there are also a plethora of social activities
such as networking groups and hobby clubs that are available
Public Transportation in Phoenix
The Valley Metro is the organization that
runs the public transit system in the Phoenix metro area.
Started in 1985, it has steadily grown through local sales
taxes and now includes “light rail” which started
in 2008. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is
nearby. METRO light rail is a great way to get to work,
school, shopping and events in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa.
Light rail connects seamlessly with the bus system - your
transit pass is good for both.
Hop on a bus to another district, go for
dinner, and jump on a return bus back. You won’t have
to deal with traffic and can enjoy your evening stress-free!
Access to Medical Services in Phoenix AZ
Phoenix is a retirement mecca due to the
warm/dry weather and plenty of golf courses. This means
that the medical facilities are used to dealing with health
issues of seniors.
The University of Arizona’s Medical
School is located in Phoenix so this guarantees that there
are specialists available for virtually any need. There’s
also a branch of the world-famous Mayo Clinic which has
424 doctors and with just under 5,000 regular staff members.
Access to Local Phoenix Businesses
Since Phoenix has mushroomed in size, there
are a number of different service providers that can be
used. If you enter “Phoenix Errand Service”
into Google you can find people who can do errands for you
if you’re too busy having fun.
No matter what, if you live in a high rise
downtown there are going to be grocery stores, dry cleaners,
restaurants, and other local businesses that you can get
most of your needs satisfied in.
Restaurants in Phoenix
The Chuckbox (www.thechuckbox.com) in Tempe
is a highly rated lower ticket dining destination that has
a simple menu consisting of delicious char-broiled hamburgers
For a more expensive dining option, Scottsdale
offers the Metro Brasserie and Bar, a fine country French
cooking establishment. Their website can be found at www.metrosouthbridge.com
For more restaurants check out Urbanspoon
Fitness Phoenix Style
Since Phoenix is so hot and dry, exercising
outdoors, especially during the summer can be dangerous.
Either way, as long as you stay hydrated, exercising is
a great way to stay energized. Uncommon in many communities
are the vast opportunities to go rock climbing that Phoenix
offers. If you’ve never been before, you can visit
an indoor rock climbing facility where you can learn before
hitting the rocks.
Hiking is also a pleasurable fitness activity
with all the mountains and parks that surround the city.
You can visit some of Phoenix’s parks like South Mountain
Park, Papago Park, or Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area.
Continuing Education - Phoenix
Phoenix is home to Arizona State University
whose main campus is located in the suburb of Tempe. There
are continuing education courses, lectures, and seminars
but one of the unique opportunities is mentoring current
students who are learning the field that you retired in.
This way you can impact the future workforce while still
keeping your skills sharp. ASU Downtown Campus and UA College
Clubs, activities, and auditing courses
are all ways to learn things without spending a fortune.
Cultural Attractions in Phoenix
The Heard Museum (www.heard.org) is one
of Phoenix’s first cultural attractions and was founded
in 1929. It has one of the largest collections of American
Indian Arts and Culture. It has 10 exhibition galleries,
free guided tours, an outdoor sculpture garden, and a well-decorated
Desert Botanical Gardens- full of desert
plants with many rare species, this is one of only 44 certified
botanical gardens in the United States.
Scottsdale Art Walk- Scottsdale has over
100 art galleries and every Thursday night from 7-9pm there
are special exhibits that you can visit as you walk all
All these activities are just scratching
the service of the cultural attractions of the Southwest.
Overall, Phoenix is a great place for the
active retiree who wants big city living, warm weather without
humidity, and a wide variety of activities that can’t
be replicated anywhere else. Since Phoenix grows rapidly
over time this makes living in Phoenix a never boring experience
since there is always new stuff to do!