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The Academy Village/Altura

13701 East Langtry Lane, Tucson, Arizona 85747

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Inviting 55+ Community of The Academy Village/Altura Boasts Southwestern-Style Single Family Homes, Town Homes and a Wide Array of Cultural and Educational Opportunities

The Academy Village/Altura began in 2000 and is a 55+ community located on 168 acres just east of Tucson in southern Arizona. It has a distinctly Southwestern flavor and will have 264 homes and about 400 residents when build out is completed. The original builder, Doucette Homes, Inc., is still constructing some houses, but Miramonte Homes is the primary builder now.

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Well designed with a respect for the land, the community has single family homes arranged in clusters of four, as well as town homes with just four to six units per building. The single family homes have 1,680 to 2,675 square feet, and the town homes have 934 to 1,443 square feet. Nearly half of the development is open space peppered with cacti, desert willow, prickly pear, yucca and creosote bushes. Desert wildlife is always close at hand.

All dwellings boast modern adobe and/or Territorial architecture with interior design elements that may include rounded corners, arched doorways and tile floors. Each dwelling has a private patio and some have a casita. Most have desert and mountain views. Twenty percent of homes are powered by solar enery.

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Prices begin in the mid-$100,000s. The monthly HOA fee is $190. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change. Long term rentals are also available, although they start at around $75 or $80 per night.

Altura's residents enjoy a long list of amenities. In fact, some of these are the reason that people retire here. At the top of the list is the Arizona Senior Academy (ASA), an on-site, non-profit organization that emphasizes cultural and educational involvement within the community. Open to anyone age 60 or better for $75 per month, it presents weekly concerts, symposiums, movies, lectures, classes, group discussions, field trips, courses and more. The University of Arizona's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) holds many of its classes at the ASA as well.

The ASA is complemented by the HOA (AVHOA), which, in addition to providing trash removal and general maintenance, offers a variety of programs and amenities at the Community Center. Here homeowners enjoy fitness classes, a solar heated swimming pool, a spa, a library and tennis courts. A dog park, a weekly newsletter, free wireless internet throughout community buildings, happy hours, potlucks, holiday parties and restaurant outings into Tucson further enhance daily life. A golf course is just five minutes away.

In addition to the ASA and the HOA, the Academy Services Corporation (ASC) provides a wellness program. It is a fee-based system that offers personalized services such as blood pressure monitoring, wound care, review of test results and more. The Village/Altura also has a 9,000 square foot assisted living facility called Academy Villas.

Tucson is just a seven minute drive to the west and has been receiving accolades for its growing arts and cultural scene. More than 200 arts groups, 35 downtown art galleries, Ballet Arizona, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Jazz Society and the Arizona Theater Company are the reasons why. World-class spas, casinos, University of Arizona athletics and 30 museums provide further ways to stay active and involved.

The city has seven hospitals. One of them, the University of Arizona Medical Center, has won numerous national awards and is nationally ranked in geriatric care, cardiology and heart surgery. It is accredited by the Joint Commission and accepts Medicaid and Medicare patients.

July's average high temperature is 100 degrees, and January's average high temperature is 52 degrees. On average, the area receives 11 inches of rain per year.

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Visit www.theacademyvillage.com for more information. Go to tinyurl.com/znkjot2 for extra listings.

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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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Are 55+ Communities Really "Retirement" Communities?

Many people who live in age-restricted communities (usually for people age 55+) are still gainfully employed. So why would they live in what is considered a "retirement" community? Why not continue to live in a standard neighborhood? People still employed choose age-restricted communities for the same reasons as people who are retired do: the safety, amenities and sense of community that one can provide. And whether employed or not, once the kids are grown, it is sometimes nice to live in a neighborhood where small children do not congregate.

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