Are you wondering what are the best 55+ communities in Mesa, AZ? Today we will compare 55+ communities in Mesa, AZ, including Leisure World, Mesa, AZ, Fountain of the Sun, and Sunland Village. We will compare the top three 55+ communities in East Valley, AZ.


  • Sunland Village

The first community is Sunland Village. It is a 55+ community in Mesa, AZ, just 1 mile north of the Superstition Freeway between Greenfield and Higley Roads. Sunland Village is one of the non-gated 55+ active adult communities. It has about 4000 year-round and seasonal residents. There are 2685 homes on approximately 700 acres.


It has three swimming pools, a jacuzzi, a whirlpool, tennis courts, pickleball courts, a golf course, hobby and craft rooms, and many chartered clubs and special interest groups. All with HOA fees of only $613/year. It has a restaurant on site.


Most are ranch-style homes that have block construction with composition shingle roofing. 2685 homes were built between 1974 and 1984. They range in type of dwellings from single-family detached homes to condominiums and townhouses. Homes currently range from $325,000 to $475,000. Recent sales range from $250,000 (for a condo) to $465,000, with the Median sales price of $355,000 for an average 1600 sf house. Just East of Sunland Village is Leisure World Mesa, Arizona. It is located on a Maricopa County island in Mesa, Arizona. It was established in 1973.

  • Leisure World

Leisure World is a guard-gated community with around-the-clock security. It has 2 professionally designed golf courses. One is Coyote Run, a championship 18-hole 6500-yard golf course. The other is Heron Lakes Golf Course, which is 4024 yards. The narrow tree-lined fairway can be challenging to all golfers. A restaurant is located on the Coyote Golf course called Rendezvous Café. It is open Monday – Friday 10-1:00. It has great food at great prices!


The 10,000 sf Fitness Center has lockers and showers, a sauna and steam room, a lounge, pool access, a personal trainer, and a massage. There are 3 ballrooms and even RV parking.

There are plenty of groups to get involved with, including a softball league, tennis with pros available, pickle ball courts, library, ceramics, lawn bowling, shuffleboard, 3 outdoor pools, lap pool, billiards, Zumba, TRX, computer labs, card and board games, wood shop, stain glass,  dancing, hiking, outside excursions, and travel, and their digital market place.


There are 958 acres with 2664 homes built from 1972 – 1994. Approximately 500 of these homes are condominiums. There are eight districts within the community. Each with its own HOA board. Those in the grassier areas have higher HOA fees. HOA fees for single-family detached homes are mostly $322/month. Condominium HOA fees are mostly around $569/month. There are Ranch-style homes with composition shingle roofing, Spanish-style homes with tile roofing, and Southwest-style homes with built-up (or flat) roofing. There are both attached and detached homes. Homes currently range from $270,000 – $700,000, with a median sales price of $455,000.

  • Fountain of the Sun

Then another mile east to the Fountain of the Sun community in East Mesa, about a mile north of the I-60 Freeway and a mile east of Power Road or ½ mile west of the 202 Freeway. This community has fun! There is so much going on all the time. And I have never seen a friendlier community.


It is a guard-gated community. Inside you will find their semi-private 18-hole executive golf course, a country club, and Birdies Bar and Grill. Activities include the fitness center, pool, spa, pickleball, batting cage, billiards, Bocce Ball, yoga, game room, ping pong, ceramics room, computer lab, crafts, quilting, panting, stained glass and planned activities, to name a few of the 50 activities. There is even a post office in the community. The HOA fee is very reasonable only $1145 for the entire year!

Fountain of the Sun was built on 582 acres that began in 1971 on what was originally a cotton farm. The original builder was UDC Homes. There are 2300 units. They range from single-family site-built homes to manufactured homes, townhouses, and condominiums.


Manufactured homes typically range from 1100-1900 and have a carport or garage. Townhouses are mostly 1000-1500 sf and have one or two bedrooms and an attached garage. Site-built homes are mostly 993 -2100 SF. They are mainly 2 or 3 bedrooms with an attached 2-car garage.

Townhouses and condominiums are one-bedroom, 1-bath 616 sf houses built in 1978 with a 1-car carport to a 2-bedroom 2-bath to a 1427 sf 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit built in 1985 with a 2-car garage.

Houses range from 2-4 bedroom homes 1200 sf to 2400 sf. There are Ranch-style homes and Spanish-style homes. Some have carports, others have garages, and some have private pools.

The price of housing varies, and if you have any additional questions, I can send you more detailed information, but here are some general pointers. Prices vary from $165,000 (for a manufactured home) to $480,000. The Median site-built house in Fountain of the Sun is $305,000.

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