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Old 09-26-2014, 06:42 PM
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We are considering retiring in the tucson area. We currently live in phoenix but we are concerned about the air quality.

We want an active adult community but want the option to participate in activities outside our community.

Questions - green valley recreation seems to require a deed restriction. Is this available to residents in the active adult communities such as quail creek? Should we be concerned about signing a restriction if one is not already in place?

We play pickleball and bridge and enjoy hiking. I do pottery and would like as much access as possible to a studio. Also - i would prefer cone 10 firing but would at least want cone 5 available. Any suggestions on good communities for us?

we would prefer privacy walls in the backyard and prefer gas cooking. We would also want our own hot tub and a three car garage.

hoa fees and activity fees - differences between robson and del webb.

any and all help is really appreciated.
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Old 09-26-2014, 08:08 PM
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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You might want to look into the Robson communities SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch, north of Oro Valley. SB Ranch is newer and the residents tend to be a bit younger although people are active and energetic at the original SB, too. SB Ranch has a fantastic art facility set up for painting, sculpture, pottery, stained glass work, and even sewing. I've never been in any of the houses at the original and golf-centric SaddleBrooke, but I've toured homes at SB Ranch (on the other side of Route 77). They are gorgeous, single-family places on decent-sized lots that are quite private. I don't remember seeing a three-car garage, but there are a lot of two-car garages with an additional space for a golf cart (which is how most of the residents get around the huge complex). Some people even have their own pools, in spite of the fact that the community pools are resort-style, so I'm sure a hot tub would be no problem.

La Hacienda Club: Tucson, AZ | SaddleBrooke Ranch Active Adult Luxury Retirement Communities
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:53 PM
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Location: Florida
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I live just 2 miles south of Oro Valley, and I have a friend that lives near SB in Catalina. SB area is just beautiful and it is so green. At least right now it is from all the rain. I love all the rolling hills with the mountain views. It seems so uncrowded and quiet whenever I visit in that area. Yet it is still close to Tucson, though the lack of fwy's nearby, can make it a drive to get anywhere. That's another story. I seem to always be in or near OV itself. I think it is very scenic also, but I can't say I feel comfortable in that community. It just doesn't feel all that friendly to me, vs other areas of Tucson I have been in.
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