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Dolce Vida

3301 S. Goldfield Rd., Apache Junction, Arizona 85119

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55+ Manufactured Home Community Outside of Phoenix Has Palm Trees, a Mediterranean-Style Clubhouse, a Zero-Entry Pool and Many Homes That Look Site Built

The 55+ manufactured home community of Dolce Vida is outside of Phoenix in southern Arizona and minutes from US 60 and the Apache Trail. It is a casual place with palm trees and mountain views.

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Although the homes are not site-built, they look site-built when homeowners take the option of upgrading from a standard vinyl exterior and composition roof to a sand colored stucco exterior and a red tile roof. The model homes, rentals, and resales range in size from about 946 square feet to 1,533 square feet. Most of these two bedroom houses come with a garage, appliances, walk-in closets, low-E windows, and desert landscaping. Open floor plans help residents merge indoor living with the outdoors.

Prices start in the $70s and peak in the low-$200,000s. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change. Although there are no HOA or club fees, residents do lease the land on which the house sits. Lot rents help pay for maintenance and amenities.

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One small pet per dwelling is welcome. Other pets are considered on a case by case basis.

Dolce Vitas's large Mediterranean-style clubhouse has a library, a billiards room, a craft studio, a movie theater, an expansive ballroom, and an exercise room with state-of-the-art cardio equipment. This gated community also has an outdoor ocean-entry swimming pool, spas, a putting green, an amphitheater, and courts for tennis, bocce ball, and shuffleboard.

Neighbors get together for performing arts trips, community service projects, football games, and casino outings. Groups and classes include bible study, ceramics, scrapbooking, and mahjongg.

The greater Apache Junction area has an aquatics center and an active adult center. The town hosts the Lost Dutchman Days, concerts in the parks, and the Festival of the Superstitions. The nearby Lost Dutchman State Park offers camping, biking, and guided walks. For fishermen, Canyon Lake and Roosevelt Lake are easy day trips.

Mountain Vista Medical Center is accredited by DNV Healthcare.

Summer temperatures are in the 90s and low-100s. Winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, Apache Junction receives about 12 inches of rain per year.

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Visit www.dolce-vita-az.com for more information.

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Arizona:

On February 14, 1912, Arizona became the 48th state to join the Union. In the southwestern region of the United States, it borders New Mexico to the east, Utah to the north, Nevada and California to the west and Mexico to the south. The Cactus Wren is the state's bird, and the Saguaro Blossom is the state flower. The capital and largest city is Phoenix.

Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, one of the nation's oldest national parks, and the Hoover Dam. It covers 113,000 square miles, making it the nation's 6th largest state. However, only a small portion of the land, about 15%, is privately owned. The rest of Arizona belongs to national parks, state parks and Native American reservations.

Interestingly, the majority of Arizonans - everyone except those in the Navajo Nation - do not observe Daylight Savings Time.

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Stats:

Population - 6,931,030 

Persons 65 years old and over - 17%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 86% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27% 

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 31% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 58% 

Median household income - $50,225 

Median home value - $167,500 

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Why Choose a 55+ Community?

Most people who choose to live in a 55+ development are looking for a sense of community with other people of similar backgrounds. Many of these developments are gated and guarded, adding to a sense of security. Often the homes are low maintenance or "lock and leave," giving owners the freedom to do things other than mow the lawn, shovel the snow or replace the roof. The biggest draw is often the amenities, ranging from lavish clubhouses to activity directors and championship golf courses, making some developments akin to country club living (or summer camp for adults). While 55+ communities are not for everyone, they continue to be a popular choice for many people.

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