320 North 55th Place, Mesa, Arizona 85205
Well Established 55+ Community of Dreamland Villa is Outside of Phoenix in Southern Arizona and Has Single Story, Single Family Homes
Located in Mesa, outside of Phoenix in southern Arizona, Dreamland Villa is a large, established 55+ community with more than 2,700 single family homes neatly placed across 200 acres. The community was built from 1959 until the early-1970s, well before the concept of "master planned development" had taken hold, and it has 18 different neighborhoods.
A quiet, modest community, Dreamland's homes are all single story, with approximately 900 square feet to 2,200 square feet, two to three bedrooms and one to two baths. Residences sit close to one another, and they all look somewhat alike. Some homes have been updated, but many have not. Dwellings have either an attached carport or a single car garage. Streets have sidewalks, and all yards have landscaping that consists of a few bushes, maybe a palm tree, perhaps a wild looking cactus and lots of small rocks. Some homeowners have painted their rocks green to simulate a lawn.
Home prices start in the low-$100,000s. Check with a Realtor to verify these prices as they may change.
Dreamland Villa was originally established without an HOA. After a lengthy legal battle in the 2000s, it still does not have an HOA. It does, though, have the Dreamland Villa Community Club (DVCC). Joining the DVCC is voluntary but is required if a homeowner wants access to the community's amenities. These include two clubhouses, which between them have three swimming pools, hot tubs, a ceramics studio, an arts and crafts room, a cards room, a computer room, a woodworking shop, a library, a community theater, an amphitheater and more.
Dues-paying residents also enjoy a rich menu of activities, clubs and events that includes coffee socials, potluck dinners, sing-alongs, a book club, a singles club, a golf league, a water volleyball group, a walking group, a bowling league and many others. Annual DVCC dues are in the $200 range, but please verify this with the community or a real estate agent as dues rates may change. Owners also have to pay for Rural Metro Fire Protection.
Mesa is a sprawling suburb and Arizona's third largest city. It was settled by Mormon pioneers in the late-1800s, and thanks to an expansive canal system was an agricultural center for many years. Today, Mesa is primarily residential but home to ASU's Polytechnic Campus, the expansive Mesa Arts Center, the Arizona Museum of Natural History and the Mesa Historical Museum. Forty golf courses within a half an hour drive.
Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Gateway Medical Center are accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures are in the 90s and low-100s, and winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives seven inches of rain per year.
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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.
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
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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