Independent Living, Assisted Living, Lifestyle Living!


As mentioned earlier, approximately 56 retirement communities are in the metro Phoenix area for men and women over the age of 55. Another one of those communities on the other side of the city sits a senior living community called Sun Lakes, Arizona. Actually, it is conveniently located and surrounded by Chandler, Gilbert, and Mesa Arizona, and about 22 miles east of the downtown Phoenix area. This lovely spot is called Renaissance and is a world-class independent, assisted community.

In case the reader of this article is a bit confused about independent, assisted and lifestyle living communities, here is a brief primer. This is a place where you can enjoy all the freedoms you can expect as well as those you have become used to without all the worries that are associated with traditional living. This type of active adult real estate living will make your life easier and more fulfilling as well as living in a luxuriously appointed residence. Everything from excellent meals, housekeeping and transportation is offered at the Renaissance.

A monthly fee includes the following:

  • 20 meals per month
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • A resort style pool
  • Fitness center
  • Library
  • Theater room
  • Schooling classes if desired
  • Activity rooms
  • Arts and crafts areas
  • All utilities – including cable TV
  • Organized group activities
  • (Note: phones are not included)

If you have been used to other types of lifestyle activities, Renaissance will be able to fulfill your needs. Other than many planned activities on and off site, you can join friends for any of these activities:

  • Bridge
  • Bingo
  • Cards
  • Skipbo
  • Yahtzee
  • Sit and be fit
  • Brief outings to stores and other locations
  • Restaurants and Casinos visits

Special Note For First-Time Phoenix Visitors

Homes in areas like Sun City are very affordable and many will offer over one hundred different floor plans. And if you plan to buy a home in this area, you can select a property from ranch style single-family homes, a patio home (duplexes)plus garden condos. If you are on a strict budget, this area is the place you should investigate.

Sun City, Arizona is located about 17 miles northwest of the downtown Phoenix area. When Del Webb began construction on Sun city, it was in the middle of the desert. That is not the case anymore. Within six or seven miles, residents can enjoy Major League baseball spring training, the Arrowhead Mall shopping center, the Challenger Space Center Museum, West Valley Area Museum, Wildlife World Zoo, Lake Pleasant and Arizona State University West. Finally, if you are a member of a club from another state, no problem. In the Sun City area there are an estimated 200 clubs and interest groups represented. They even have a “Volunteer” group of folks who are responsible for doing this and that around town.