4 places in Pinal County among top for retirement

Four Pinal County developments have made the list of the country’s 50 best master-planned communities as selected by Where to Retire magazine.

The magazine highlights the continuing evolution of active-adult and master-planned developments “into amenity-rich neighborhoods that foster a true sense of community.”

 The magazine says the list is the only one of its kind in the nation focusing on communities rather than locales and featuring first-person testimonials by residents. “The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States” is in the July/August issue.

The Pinal developments include Robson Ranch in Eloy, SaddleBrooke Ranch near Oracle, Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch in Florence and Dolce Vita in Apache Junction. Five other Arizona developments made the list, but no county had more listed than Pinal.

The selections in 16 states won their place in the top 50 by offering an array of amenities such as a full-time lifestyle director at CantaMia at Estrella in Arizona, a rooftop bar overlooking the lake at Cresswind at Lake Lanier in Georgia and skeet shooting or fly fishing at Cordillera Ranch in Texas, to mention a few.

Others offer festivals, farmers markets and workplaces inside the gates as well as dog parks, walking trails and equestrian facilities — options far beyond the traditional golf courses and swimming pools.

“More often than not, the retirees we interviewed praised the sense of community they felt within their neighborhood,” said Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller. “For these retirees, the perks of master-planned living are much more than the comfortable or inventive housing options and more than just a busy day of activities.”

The communities are not ranked, but rather profiled in alphabetical order by state.

Source:  http://tinyurl.com/qf22qg7

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