Active Lifestyle

What Boomers Are Loving About Scottsdale

January 29, 2018 • Fenny Peiffer

scenic drive through sedona arizona in twilight

Scottsdale, Arizona has long been one of the country’s most popular destinations for snowbirds, and retirees known for its endless sunshine, upscale amenities, and year-round recreation. Fodor’s, Livability, and the Huffington Post have all given this Sonoran Desert oasis gold stars for retirement living which isn’t surprising considering the climate has no off season, and more than forty 55+ communities have made Scottsdale their location of choice. Home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home of Taliesin West, and historic landmarks including Old Town, and Papago POW Escape Monument, the city has a vibrant energy that boomers find irresistible.

Superior Golf -When it comes to golf destinations Scottsdale takes tee time to a utopian level. With over 200 challenging courses, and Arizona’s stunning desert landscape in the backdrop, golf is more than just a game, it’s a lifestyle. Over a dozen of these nationally recognized courses were ranked the nation’s best by Golf Digest, from the Tom Fazio designed Estancia Club boasting spectacular Pinnacle Peak Mountain views, to the breathtaking scenery of Troon North Golf Club. Golf devotees may have a hard time deciding which course to choose first, but with 330 days of sun, nobody needs to take a rain check.

Outdoor Living-From hikers, and runners to hardcore mountain bikers, watching the sky turn to blush at sunrise is what outdoor enthusiasts love about this area. Whether they’re trekking through the tranquil habitat of McDowell Sonoran Preserve, tubing or kayaking along the Salt River, or wandering through Desert Botanical Garden, the dry desert heat doesn’t stop anyone from lacing up their hiking boots, and setting out to experience Arizona’s abundant natural wonders.

Arts & Entertainment-Set apart from the congestion of nearby Phoenix, Scottsdale is a thriving community all its own. High end, and Old West come together to create a diverse shopping, and sightseeing experience from the rough and tumble of historic Old Town, to the sophistication of 250 retailers, and restaurants found at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Active adults can take part in exciting local events including a weekly Art Walk, and peruse a variety of galleries including the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Real Estate Options-Scottsdale’s reputation for affluent living is seen throughout the city, but active retirees can find a variety of home options to fit their budget from apartments to opulent estates, with an array of 55+ communities to choose from including Overture Kierland, and Treviso by Toll Brothers. Accessibility to everyday amenities, and a tax friendly economy offers boomers a sustainable lifestyle whether it’s just for the season, or year-round.

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