Tempe is home to Arizona State University, a swelling downtown and bevy of economic development projects. It also is a top spot to move for retirement.
That’s according to Where To Retire magazine, which features Tempe as one of eight cities highlighted for their downtown living in its latest issue, reports KTAR.com.
The publication, which helps Americans decide where to relocate for retirement, cites downtown Tempe’s cultural cachet including the Arizona Artisans Collective Grotto Gallery and the Marquee Theatre, as well as restaurants and other entertainment options, ASU’s presence and, of course, light rail access.
The magazine also highlights ASU’s under-construction Mirabella project. That’s a $167 million, 20-story senior housing project with 252 independent-living apartments, 11 assisted-living apartments, 20 memory-care suite and 21 skilled nursing units. Residents will be able take ASU classes and attend other university programs and events.
Greater Phoenix has long been a popular destination for retirees, as the region is home to one of the original retirement communities, Sun City, and dozens of other so-called active-adult developments.
Developers around the Valley also have been planning additional senior housing projects as people are living longer and demand for such facilities increases.