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5 Affordable Tucson Communities for Boomers Looking to Downsize

According to, not only do boomers downsize to a smaller home for convenience, they also want to live in a smaller home in order to reduce expenses in retirement. Luckily, Tucson is home to several active adult communities that offer condos or attached homes at reasonable prices. So if you’re looking to downsize in retirement, check out these five affordable 55+ communities offering the biggest bang for your buck.

La Cholla Hills

La Cholla Hills is a small-sized active adult community with just 389 homes. Townhomes feature ranch-inspired architectural styles, with some including modern updates. Homes range in size from 742 to 2,132 square feet with prices between the low $100s and the mid $300s. Thanks to its prime location and affordable home prices in Tucson, retirees flock to this low-maintenance community with resort-style amenities. Some of the on-site amenities include a clubhouse, two heated outdoor pools and spas, three tennis and shuffleboard courts, and bocce ball and pickleball courts. Across the street, golfers will enjoy the world-class golf at Omni Tucson National Resort. Also, residents are also close to Foothills Mall in Northwest Tucson and just a short drive from Midtown, where there’s a variety of eateries.

La Cholla Hills community pool center


Nestled against the Santa Catalina Mountains, Saddlebrooke offers mountain views as well as charming small-sized residences, perfect for the downsizing boomer. This active adult community will host a total of 4,589 homes upon build out. Don’t let the word “luxury” dissuade you. Saddlebrooke’s inventory of condos, attached villas, and patio homes can be found in the high $100s as well as larger estates priced in the high $900s. In addition to affordable villas, residents have numerous amenities and recreational facilities throughout Saddlebrook. On-site amenities include a 28,500-square-foot Mountain View clubhouse, a fully-equipped fitness center with massage treatment rooms, and a 25-yard lap pool. The clubhouse hosts events like potlucks, bingo nights, and dances, as well as activities like sewing, quilting, pottery, and other creative arts. When not taking advantage of the tennis or bocce ball courts, residents can play a round at one of the two 18-hole golf courses.

Mona Lisa Village

Mona Lisa Village’s location and home prices are what make this a popular age-restricted community in Tucson. With just 100 attached homes, Mona Lisa Village provides retirees with a close-knit community setting along with affordable homes priced in the low $100s. The smaller homes appeal to downsizing active adults and range in size from 843 to 1,047 square feet. The townhomes have charming front yards that mirror the manicured grounds, and many homes have been remodeled with updated interiors. Smaller yards can be elaborate or simplified for minimal upkeep and citrus trees can be found throughout the neighborhood. Residents can gather at the community’s clubhouse where they’ll enjoy an exercise room and outdoor pool and spa. This tranquil community also puts residents within walking distance of nearby shops and dining options.

La Cholla Hills golf course


Located at the base of the Rincon Mountains, Altura promotes an active lifestyle while offering affordable attached homes. Homebuyers can choose from three floorplans ranging in size from 934 to 1,443 square feet with prices starting in the low $100s. These attached townhomes offer low-maintenance living and private patios. Upon completion, Altura will host just 240 homes. Homebuyers will also have on-site amenities including a community center featuring a fitness center, lounge, card room, restaurant, and pilates studio. Outdoors, residents can enjoy scenic hiking trails, a heated outdoor pool, and a lighted tennis court. In addition to recreational facilities, residents also have access to Arizona Senior Academy, a multi-building complex in the center of the community where residents can enjoy concerts, lectures, and cultural programs. Somewhat removed from the hub of Tucson, residents are close to Interstate 10, providing 20-minute access to the heart of the city.

Northridge Estates

A quaint community of just 84 homes, Northridge Estates offers homebuyers reasonably priced attached homes ranging in size from 1,345 to just over 2,000 square feet. Single-level townhomes range in a variety of architectural styles from contemporary to ranch-style with prices starting in the mid $100s. A small clubhouse is used for social events and casual gatherings. Residents stay active by using the outdoor pool and two shuffleboard courts, while trendy shopping at St. Phillips Plaza and dining at the popular El Coral are just minutes from their doorstep. 

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