GREEN VALLEY, Arizona...
Green Valley is located along the western side of the Santa Cruz River. Continental is to the east of Green Valley, on the other side of the river.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Green Valley has a total area of 26.3 square miles.
Green Valley is twenty-five miles south of Tucson and 40 miles north of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Surrounded by copper mines, and near the hiking and birding areas of the Santa Rita Mountains, Green Valley is an unincorporated retirement community composed of 59 Homeowner Associations.
Green Valley Arizona, is located in Pima County, is primarily an Active Adult retirement community. Most neighborhoods are age-restricted to those containing one family member 55 years or older, with no one under the age of 18 yrs old residing in the home full-time. The median age is 72 years of age.
The town of Green Valley was developed with active retirement in mind. Green Valley Recreation, Inc. is a non-profit organization serving the adult retirement community of Green Valley, Arizona which is located 25 miles south of Tucson on I-19. Green Valley Recreation owns and operates one Member Services Center and thirteen Recreation Centers with a total property value of over $18 million. Our mission: “To provide recreational, social and leisure education opportunities that enhance the quality of our members’ lives”. Green Valley Recreation provides many services and activities to a private membership base of over 13,300 households (an estimated 27,000 individuals). Hundreds of volunteers assist a dedicated staff to help operate year-round programs for both active and passive adult lifestyles.
In addition to Green Valley Recreation, there are currently 59 Homeowner Associations. This is often confusing to some of the new arrivals. Homeowner Associations are based on the neighborhood of the home. By residing in a particular neighborhood, if there is an HOA (Homeowners Association) for that neighborhood, you are a member of that HOA. Not all homes in Green Valley have Green Valley Recreation memberships available on them. So, when you are looking for a home in Green Valley, the first consideration is if you want to be a part of Green Valley Recreation, or not. There are people who opt for both, membership and non-membership. for a variety of reasons.
As you would expect in any retirement based town, golfing is HUGE. Imagine stepping out of your front door in Green Valley, Arizona and being able to play golf year-round. Known as the "golf capital", Green Valley has 7 golf courses just minutes from anywhere in Green Valley and 2 others that are a short distance away. Best of all, 6 of the 9 are open to the public and all offer incredible deals on green fees during the off season.
In Green Valley, you will often hear the term "Snowbirds". These are the winter visitors and winter residents that "fly south" for the winter. From November through March, sometimes earlier or later depending on the weather in the rest of the Nation, the population of Green Valley just about doubles. Many come from states such as: Minnesota, Montana, Illinois, New York, Wisconsin and Michigan; to name a few. Visitors and Residents are always connecting with people from "back home" here in Green Valley. There are many clubs based on the state you moved from. Green Valley is well equipped to handle the increase in all that comes with the influx of so many people. Many businesses are dependent upon the increased population. Often in the housing market, you will hear "in-season" or "out-of-season". Being in or out of season, has a huge effect on the amount of homes available, the price of homes and almost every factor that goes into the housing market in Green Valley. This is NOT the case for the surrounding areas. Every year, it seems we have more and more year-around residents, choosing to live in paradise rather than just visit.
Information courtesy of: GVR, Wikipedia and Vicki L. Watson