Phoenix, Ahwatukee Foothills, Retirement Village, Adult Active, 55+, Driving Tour
Hi! I am Allen Henderson the broker at Henderson Real Estate in the Phoenix Urban Village of Ahwatukee-Foothills.
Are you thinking about buying a home in the Ahwatukee Retirement Village, 55+ Active Adult Community? Let me tell you why Ahwatukee Retirement Village is a great place to live.
I love the Phoenix Urban Village of Ahwatukee-Foothills.
I love its world-class master-planned communities and I love sharing these exceptional communities with folks who are just getting to know Ahwatukee or “Tukee” as it affectionately called.
Today, I am going to take you on a driving tour of the beautiful Ahwatukee Retirement Village, 55+ Active Adult Community, and give you a short history of how the Ahwatukee Retirement Village was created out of open desert and cotton fields.
The Ahwatukee Retirement Village, 55+ Age Restricted Community has 1,686 properties that were built between 1974 and 1987. The mid-size homes are located inside the Warner Elliot loop and along the western border of the former Lakes Golf Course.
This Active Adult community was designed with beautiful curving streets, lined with attractive and well-maintained homes. A majority of the homes are single-level and most have easy to maintain yards. The community is warm and inviting and a very enjoyable, attractive and active, place to live. The average price of a property in the 55+, Adult Active Community is in the $270.’s.
Most of the properties in the Ahwatukee Retirement Village are now approaching 50 years old. As you can imagine, many can use renovations and upgrades. These properties present the new owners with wonderful opportunities to create the home of their dreams in the desert.
Many of the properties come with all the renovations and upgrades tastefully completed, and with all of the bells and whistles already installed. This beauty is located very close to the Community Center. It is a great example of the potential that homes in the Ahwatukee Retirement Village hold for their new buyers. There is something for everyone in the 55+, Adult, Active community. In the late summer of 2020, properties in the Ahwatukee Retirement Village range in price from $185,000. to the low $390,000.’s.
The Ahwatukee Community Center is the hub of community activities, with a beautiful pool, meeting rooms, and lots of activities and events. Golf is a primary activity here.
The Ahwatukee Mercado at Elliot and 48th St. is anchored by a Safeway and has shops and restaurants to meet the needs of the local residents. I was raised in Canada and I can tell you, the fish and chips at the Irish Hare Pub in the Mercado is some of the best anywhere.
Click the link above my head to check out the video I shot for Heidi Hamor the proprietor of the Irish Hare Pub.
Across 48th to the East is another shopping district anchored by an EOS Fitness and Millie’s Hallmark. Millie’s Hallmark is one of the oldest business in Ahwatukee and dates back to the inception of Ahwatukee. Millie used to stand in the front window of her shop and look all the way to Camelback Mountain. Those days are long gone and sadly, so is Millie, but her store and legacy remain.
To the south of the village, down 48th street, there is a Basha’s store, an Ace Hardware a Veterinary clinic. Nello’s has some really great deep dish pizza. D’Amico’s across the street features delicious Italian specialties in a refined environment.
If you have watched this far, you might be interested in my top reasons why I love living in Ahwatukee. I will leave a link at the end of the video. Take a look. You will be glad you did.
The Ahwatukee Retirement Village wasn’t always this delightful, oasis in the sun. It was open desert and cotton fields.
In the early 1970’s, Randall Presley was a California developer who came to Arizona with a plan to develop a 55+, retirement communities, in the desert around Phoenix. He purchased a parcel of 2,080 acres that was the former Ahwatukee and lightning Ranches. The plans were announced in 1971.
Mr. Presely anchored his new community around a state of the art golf course and an upscale community center. Mr. Presley hired A.Wayne to design the master plan for the community.
At the time that Presley homes started development, much of what we now know as Ahwatukee-Foothills was open desert. The Kyrene farming community lay to the immediate south of the new retirement community and the International Harvester proving ground lay to the west.
However, with the development of the Ahwatukee retirement community, everything was about to change. Mountain Park Ranch, Lakewood, The Foothills and Foothills Club West would soon rise from the desert.
Again, I am Allen Henderson. I hope you enjoyed the quick introduction to the Ahwatukee Retirement Village, 55+ Active Adult Community.
If you want more information about buying or listing a property in Ahwatukee Retirement Village, 55+ Active Adult Community or any Ahwatukee-Foothills community or if you have any real estate related questions, please feel free to call or text me at 480-392-2090.
Also, if you are interested in the history of Ahwatukee, be sure to click the link at the end of the video to go to our Ahwatukee History Project for into the lives of the people who lived here, played here and had the vision to make Ahwatukee what it is today.
The historical date in this video was based on the book Phoenix’s Ahwatukee Foothills which was written by my friend Marty Gibson.
If you would like an in-depth look at the history of Ahwatukee, I highly recommend Marty’s books.
If you are looking for a property in the Ahwatukee Retirement Village, 55+ Active Adult Community, feel free to use our free Ahwatukee Retirement Village, Homes Search below.
It includes accurate, up to the minute Ahwatukee Retirement Village, real estate listing information at all price points.
Thank you for watching and make it a great day!
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Henderson Real Estate
*Ahwatukee Foothills is the official name of an Urban Village in Phoenix. Ahwatukee Foothills lies south of South Mountain and South Mountain Park. “Ahwatukee Foothills” is comprised of zip codes 85044, 85045 and 85048. Some confusion occurs when some folks refer to Old Ahwatukee as “Ahwatukee” and “Ahwatukee Foothills” as a separate entity. So, for clarity, when we use the term “Ahwatukee” we are referring to the entire area designated “Ahwatukee Foothills,” including (85044, 85045, and 85048) unless otherwise noted.