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If you’re an active, independent older adult looking for senior housing in Phoenix, senior citizen apartments in Phoenix might be the right fit. Apartments for seniors typically don’t include personal care services, but may offer amenities, activities, and maintenance for a stress-free, social lifestyle.
A Place for Mom can help older adults navigate how to apply for senior housing in Phoenix and consider their options. With 12 senior rentals in Phoenix, AZ, we can help you find the right apartment for your budget and lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for upscale Phoenix 55-plus apartments or low-income senior apartments for rent in Phoenix, A Place for Mom can simplify your search.
We are also serving Senior Apartments facilities in surrounding neighborhoods like Biltmore, Grand and Ahwatukee.
You may also consider nearby communities such as Glendale, El Mirage or Paradise Valley.
Types of care available in Phoenix, AZ
2802 East Juniper Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Arizona Desert Falls is where your family is our family. We specialize in providing the best care available for those individuals on a fixed income or budget. We encourage you to visit our facebook page @azdesertfallsassistedliving to see pictures of different events we have put on for our...
Great place and take very good care of our father. Great food and staff and outstanding price for our father that does not have a lot of money. Very clean and communicates with us very well if any issues...
302 E. Maryland Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Paradise Living Centers opened its newly built North Central Phoenix group home in April 2016. This is the second location for Paradise Living Centers, which is a locally owned and operated. Featuring 10 - bedroom and private bath suites and spacious living spaces for residents to enjoy.
On [date removed] My wife and I were given the seemingly impossible task of finding a place for dad. We were lost at sea! [name removed] became our guiding light and heroically stepped up and showed us how...
7460 N Zanjero Blvd, Glendale, AZ 85305
Mera Westgate is a resort-style, 55 and older active adult community in Glendale, Arizona, a northern suburb of Phoenix. This brand new senior community brings a maintenance-free lifestyle opportunity for Phoenix adults who are ready to live actively and without the everyday stresses of owning a...
Living here at Mera Westgate is awesome! There are so many amenities here. The office staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. This is a large complex and believe it or not they know everyone's first...
11645 N 25th Pl, Phoenix, AZ 85028
Award winning independent living community in Paradise Valley! Located off a quiet street, right behind Arizona Christian University, is a small village of seniors who live together in a welcoming and nurturing environment, full of fruit trees, mature landscaping and beautiful grounds Family...
My brother and I moved our mother into Paradise Village Senior Living in 2012. My mother and father were married at the ages of 18 and 19, living their whole life together. When my father passed, it was...
7971 N. 53rd Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301
If a reasonable price and a quiet ambiance of an all-adult community appeals to you, then consider Lifestyles of Glendale your new home. Imagine an entire community that caters to those mature enough to appreciate a life of leisure and young enough to enjoy the many social activities planned...
My sister is safe there. It's convenient to places where she needs to go. For instance, when she thought she locked herself up they came right up. They come up and help her out. It's independent...
7750 West Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85035
Open Early 2024 > Affordable Apartments for Adults 55 Years and Older!Casa Azure participates in the affordable housing program where income limits apply. Our community is exclusively for residents 55 years and older.Experience a higher quality lifestyle in a community centered around active...
909 East Northern Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85020
Ask someone to name five really fun things and retirement community will almost certainly not be on the list. Which got us to thinking. Why shouldn't a retirement community be fun? With no pesky job to get in the way, retired folks have the time to pursue anything their hearts desire. That sounds...
Everything is going well for my husband and I here at this community. It is a good looking community. The staff have kind and helpful. There are many activities for us to choose from. The food is nice, we...
11645 N 25th PL, Phoenix, AZ 85028
6238 N 63rd Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301
17120 N 51st Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308
Amberlin Arrowhead isn’t your average 55 plus apartment community. Within our beautiful architecture and landscaped courtyards, we create opportunities for shared experiences and meaningful connections among our residents. If you’re ready to take part in a vibrant senior community of other active...
3940 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85009
620 N 2nd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Washer/DryerDishwasherWood Style Plank FlooringMicrowaveUpgraded Counter Tops and Plumbing FixturesMonthly activities and services include:Peer SupportAid with Dial-A-Ride transportationBlood Pressure ScreeningsHealth & Wellness ClassesCommunity Potlucks and much more...Downtown Amenities:First...
According to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data from 2022, the average cost of senior apartments in Phoenix is $1,815. This number reflects what senior apartment residents in Phoenix actually paid for one month of rent in a one-bedroom apartment and includes the cost of fees and any add-on services or amenities. This puts the cost for Phoenix senior apartments near the national average.
The story of Phoenix senior apartment costs is complex. With an increasing population looking for affordable apartments, demand has consistently outpaced supply, causing prices to go up. But despite fluctuating prices, the demand for senior apartments in Phoenix continues to rise, causing city and state leaders to prioritize affordable senior apartments. Waiting lists for these affordable senior apartments can be up to a few years, but more and more are being built to help meet the demand.
Both the federal government and local Arizona and Phoenix governments have affordable housing programs for seniors. Most of these programs require occupants to be over 62 years old and have income under a certain threshold. Rent is usually 30%-40% of the resident’s adjusted income.
For example, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — also known as HUD — runs the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program, which subsidizes senior apartments in Phoenix. To be eligible, the occupant must be 62 or older and be very low-income as defined by the HUD. In Phoenix, this means you need to make under $30,950 a year as a single person, which means monthly rent wouldn’t exceed $1,032.
The city of Phoenix also maintains the Senior and Disabled Housing Program, which provides studio and one-bedroom apartments. To qualify, seniors need to be over 62 or disabled and meet low-income requirements.
For people over 55 looking for luxury apartments, the demand is not as high, and there are far more options available. However, the price, especially in suburbs like Paradise Valley, is usually above $1,700 for a one-bedroom and can exceed $5,000 a month or more for spacious apartments in the most luxurious communities. With this price comes exceptional amenities like in-house spas, resort-level pools, gyms, proximity to golf courses, dog parks, and state-of-the-art appliances and design features.
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Most people pay for their senior apartments using private funds. Because people living in senior apartments don’t need assisted-living-level care or medical care, fees associated with senior apartments aren’t usually covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
Many seniors moving into senior apartments have sold a home and can use this liquid equity to fund their new apartment. Other private ways to fund senior living are:
Because senior apartments do not provide daily assistance or health care, their requirements mirror regulations for other apartment communities. Most senior apartments in Phoenix are either 55+ or 62+. According to the Fair Housing Act, to count as a 55+ community, at least 80% of the apartments need to have at least one resident over 55. Apartments that are 62+ are more restrictive, as 100% of the residents must be 62+.
Like other apartments, senior apartments usually cover maintenance and repairs. However, most senior apartments don’t include utilities in the monthly fee. According to the Arizona Residential Landlord & Tenant Act, landlords are required to do the following:
Tenants are required to do the following:
One final note: In Arizona, there isn’t a state agency that enforces the Arizona Residential Landlord & Tenant Act, so any disputes are considered private.
Phoenix senior apartments don’t have any special regulations regarding COVID-19 like assisted living, memory care, and nursing home communities do. Residents of senior apartments and employees should follow state and city guidelines when it comes to mitigating COVID-19. Through the Arizona Together program, Arizona recommends that residents mask when feeling ill and test for COVID-19 regularly.
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Phoenix has a long history as a senior living hot spot, attracting people over 55 because of the consistently warm weather, strong economy, solid health care system, and laid-back culture. Of the 1,624,569 people living in Phoenix, 28% are over 50. Because of the demand, Phoenix has one of the highest concentrations of senior living options across a wide range of prices in the country. At the end of the day, most people can find a good senior living option for them in Phoenix.
Senior apartments are a gateway to senior living and have very few differences from regular apartments. In fact, some can also house people under 55 if the community meets a threshold of seniors living in each unit. Senior apartments differ from each other in the same ways other apartments do. Some may be identical to traditional apartments, aside from the senior residents. Others may have senior-friendly design features, like lowered cabinets and elevators in each building. Some may have few amenities, while others may have resort-style pools and spas, game rooms, and on-staff concierge and activity coordinators.
Generally, there are two types of senior apartments in Phoenix: luxury and low-income.
Luxury apartments are designed to make the resident’s life as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, offering on-site amenities and events, as well as high-end design touches within each apartment. In-unit laundry, sparkling pools, and fitness centers are usually just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to amenities offered by luxury senior apartments in Phoenix. Some have concierge services and activity coordinators who plan weekly fitness classes and social events.
Many of the luxury senior apartments are newer builds, especially compared to the low-income options. These luxury apartments are often quite expensive, with one-bedroom apartments starting around $1,800 and sometimes exceeding $5,000. While this seems expensive, these prices reflect the average costs of all luxury rentals in Phoenix. Within Phoenix, luxury apartments are being built quickly, especially in suburbs like Paradise Valley and Scottsdale, and there is often no waiting list or a very short one.
Low-income senior apartments fill a real need in Phoenix. Because of the very strong demand for low-income senior apartments in Phoenix, waiting lists can be a year or more. While considered low-income, these senior apartments may still have some of the amenities found in other senior apartments, like BBQ and picnic areas, computer labs, and on-site laundry. The biggest differences between low-income and luxury apartments are often aesthetics and location. Low-income senior apartments tend to be older and have fewer design touches.
These subsidized apartments are usually funded through the federal Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program or the local Phoenix Senior and Disabled Housing Program. Both require income cut-offs, and both cap rent at 30%-40% of a resident’s income.
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Phoenix has an excellent health care system for seniors, with many of the local hospitals ranked in geriatrics and other specialties.
The Phoenix branch of the Mayo Clinic is ranked No. 13 in the nation for geriatric care according to U.S. News and World Report, and it also ranks for 10 other specialties.
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is nationally ranked for its geriatric, neurology, and neurosurgery departments.
Because Phoenix is sprawled out and not dense, most residents use a car to get around. The Valley Metro Transit System is the regional public transportation system, and it operates throughout the city. Residents over 65 years old can receive reduced fare after filling out an application on the Valley Metro website. Wait times for the Valley Metro can exceed 20 minutes.
Dial-a-Ride is another option for seniors with disabilities to get transportation to and from appointments. To use Dial-a-Ride, participants must meet the criteria in the Americans for Disability Act, which generally means an individual must have a disability that limits their ability to perform daily activities by themselves.
Based on public data about Phoenix’s infrastructure, WalkScore has given it the following scores, each out of 100:
Phoenix’s cheerful weather lends itself to plenty of outdoor activities for active adults. Phoenix is a desert landscape, so a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden is a top attraction for out-of-towners and locals alike. With towering cacti and glorious desert blooms, it’s not to be missed. Residents and visitors can enjoy year-round golfing at the many prestigious golf courses, such as Papago Golf Course.
For fans of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, his personal home, Taliesin West, is open for tours and hosts many artistic exhibitions and programs. Phoenix and the surrounding suburbs also play host to multiple casinos, and the largest is Talking Stick Resort. This resort acts as a luxury hotel, a renowned museum for Native American art, a theater, and a casino with over 100,000 square feet of game space. Some local casinos also offer a shuttle service for seniors in Phoenix and surrounding areas.
Phoenix also has a spa culture, with affordable options and luxury treatments. Many of these spas offer comprehensive packages, including fine dining, golf courses, saunas, pools, wellness treatments, and massages. Many local spas offer discounted rates for AAA members.
Local sports teams no longer offer senior discounts, but senior fans can still enjoy watching their favorite teams at the Footprint Center or at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. And, Phoenix’s tasty and ever-developing food scene is tracked by Eater Phoenix. Southwestern cuisine, Mexican food, and steakhouses are popular culinary options. With never-ending city attractions and natural beauty, Phoenix will continue to be a popular destination.
Mera City Center, Mera Westgate and Sage Mesa are the top-rated Senior Apartments facilities near Phoenix, AZ. These Senior Apartments facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.
The average cost of Senior Apartments in Phoenix is 1,324 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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