Your someday could be sooner than you think.

As the world gradually recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, many are returning to the workplace. But for a certain segment of the population, the adjustment to the new normal is having the opposite effect. According to a recent article on, “about 2.7 million Americans age 55 or older are contemplating retirement years earlier than they’d imagined…”

There are many reasons for this relatively sudden change of plans for so many. Rising home and stock share values, combined with a new “live-life-to-the-fullest” mindset, are encouraging an early exit from the daily grind of corporate America. 

Arizona or bust.

Where are they going? Many are moving from places like California and relocating to sunny Arizona. In fact, based on a survey published on, the Grand Canyon state was the seventh most popular relocation destination during the pandemic. And why not? If there was ever a location designed for recreation, relaxation and living the proverbial good life, it’s this one.

With its cooler winters, moderate annual rainfall, low overall pollen count and world-famous desert landscapes, this is the ultimate playground for anyone who loves the outdoors. Whether you’re into golf, tennis, hiking, biking, or just sitting on the porch watching the sunset, it’s available year-round in a place that averages 300 sunny days a year. 

The growing appeal of Wickenburg Ranch.

Whether you fit into the group described above or not, we have a recommendation for a particular place you may want to call home: Wickenburg Ranch. Many call it the quintessential active adult community because that’s exactly what it is. Located just over an hour northwest of Phoenix and at an elevation that reduces the summertime highs by about 10 degrees from the metro area, this is a great place to visit, let alone live.

And coming here, they are—in record numbers. In fact, in the last year and a half, Wickenburg Ranch has seen its biggest home sales numbers since the former ranch reopened its doors as one of the region’s most popular master planned golf communities in 2015. 

Come home to a better house.

At Wickenburg, the homes aren’t just exceptional. They’re award-winning. Case in point: Shea Home’s Latigo model just won gold at the recently announced 2021 Gold Nugget Awards. And the same attention to design and detail can be found in every house in the community. 

New residents can choose from a wide range of models from multiple builders—each crafted to simultaneously elevate your lifestyle while reducing your environmental impact. These homes complement their striking desert surroundings perfectly with floorplans that run from 1,342 to 3,249 square feet. 

Looking for a little more elbow room? Wickenburg’s Outlaw neighborhood offers the same quality and beauty on oversized homesites. Bottom line: Whatever feels like home to you is available in spades at Wickenburg Ranch.

An active lifestyle community—emphasis on the active part. 

If you’re looking for a place to sit back, relax and admire the scenery, you won’t be disappointed with Wickenburg Ranch. Here, views of the fairways and surrounding desert landscape can make you stop and stare. But everything else here will have the opposite effect on you and anyone who comes here.

For starters, golf runs through everything here. Big Wick, Wickenburg’s championship, par-71 course, offers challenge and fun to golfers of all skill levels. In fact, Golf Advisor named it “Number 1 of the Top 25 U.S. Courses Rated by Conditions.” And if you’re in the mood for a less serious game, our Li’l Wick 9-hole option. At the center of it all – enjoy the Watering Hole for a drink and lite fare with friends. Here, flip-flops are perfect, the music is piped into every corner, and the enjoyment is non-stop.

But golf isn’t the only game in town. Wickenburg’s Courts and Sports Complex is home to four tennis courts, six pickleball courts, three bocce ball courts, and even Horseshoes. And if you want to admire the natural landscape more closely, the community’s Pioneer Trails offer 20 miles of interconnected walking, biking and hiking paths. 

Wellness is easy here.

From Zumba to Pilates, or just lifting some iron in the state-of-the-art cardio and weight training area, you will find everything you need or want at the Afturburn gym. The full-service Alvea Spa offers everything from massage to manis and pedis.

More places to gather and enjoy life.

For the socially inclined, Wickenburg has plenty of opportunities for residents to get together over any number of hobbies and passions. And the community’s 42,000-square-foot Golf and Social Club is home to many of them. Here, the like-minded gather to play cook games, cook, create art, knit and so much more.

The fun continues into mealtimes, and the community offers four restaurants to satisfy any appetite. Joining family and friends for Arizona-influenced cuisine and a wide range of beverages is a daily occurrence before or after a full day of recreation or relaxation. 

Someday could be sooner you think. And your Somewhere is Wickenburg Ranch.

Thinking about retiring sooner rather than later? You’re not alone—especially if you’re giving serious consideration to Wickenburg Ranch. Finding out is as easy as calling 855-878-4729 to schedule your visit.