Dolce Vita on top 50 best communities list

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Dolce Vita, 3301 S. Goldfield Road in Apache Junction, was one of nine Arizona master-planned communities listed in the country’s top 50 by Where to Retire magazine, according to a press release.

The magazine’s “The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States” is in the July/August issue, on newsstands, according to the release.

The selections in 16 states won their place in the top 50 by offering an array of amenities such as festivals, farmers markets and workplaces inside the gates, as well as dog parks, walking trails and equestrian facilities – options far beyond the traditional golf courses and swimming pools, according to the release.

“More often than not, the retirees we interviewed praised the sense of community they felt within their neighborhood,” Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller said in the release. “For these retirees, the perks of master-planned living are much more than the comfortable or inventive housing options, and more than just a busy day of activities. By participating in all that the community has to offer, they are finding like-minded people, building new lifestyles and establishing friendships, often with an unexpected ease.”

Nearly a year ago, Where to Retire editors began gathering and evaluating information on more than 100 communities across the nation. The chosen neighborhoods offer homes that vary in price, from manufactured homes starting in the $80,000s to site-built, single-family homes that begin in the $140,000s. Almost half the developments are active-adult communities, where residents must meet minimum age requirements. The communities are not ranked, but rather profiled in alphabetical order by state. Also, a two-page chart gives a snapshot of all 50 choices and a guide to their amenities, according to the release.
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