When you picture an active adult community in your mind’s eye, what do you see? If you’re at all familiar with the West Valley portion of Greater Metropolitan Phoenix, you most likely are imagining the white walls of the Sun Cities – the original Sun City and the later Sun City West, both located northwest of Phoenix along U.S. 60. Many of the homes are older, some as much as 40-plus years old in Sun City, and the few fences provide little privacy.
Westbrook Village, located in what once was north Peoria but now poses as the middle of the city thanks to expansion to Lake Pleasant, offers a decidedly different alternative. For starters the homes are newer, all having been built during the 1980s. But the residents of Westbrook Village also are active participants in the surrounding community outside the neighborhood’s borders. Located a mere two miles from the Arrowhead Towne Center and three miles from the Peoria Sports Complex (as well as 20 minutes from Lake Pleasant), Westbrook Village incorporates the best of suburban living while maintaining a separate, community feel.
Housing options in Westbrook Village range from the casitas – condos and townhouses, some lining the community’s two golf courses – to single-family homes ranging from 1,400 square feet to well over 2,000 square feet. Garages equipped with charging stations for the ubiquitous street-legal golf carts are a common feature. And the vast majority of the area’s single-family homes feature backyard fencing for additional privacy.
From an amenities standpoint, Westbrook Village compares well to the Sun Cities to its immediate west.
The Lakes Recreation Center includes a Wood Shop Annex, Lapidary Room, Pottery Room, Billiards Room, Computer Room and an Aerobics Room. The Lakes center also feature a heated spa, a large veranda and a nearly-Olympic size pool with a separate lap section for those looking to squeeze in their daily workout.
Tennis courts and horseshoe pits also are available, not at the Lakes Recreation Center itself but across from the center near the Golf Course.
The Vistas Recreation Center includes a Ceramics Room, Stained Glass Shop, Needle Arts Seweing Room and a multi-purpose room that doubles as the location for dance classes and clubs and table tennis. The center also boasts equipped exercise rooms and, like the Lakes center, has a near-Olympic sized pool with a spa and large veranda. Tennis courts and Bocce Ball lanes also are available at the Vistas Center.
There also is a Fine Arts and Learning studio complete with a photography lab, art studio, book and video library and the local Maricopa County Sheriff Posse’s station.
It wouldn’t be an active adult community without golf and Westbrook Village has two golf courses, the Lakes and the Vistas. And there are numerous other golfing options across the Northwest Valley as well.
Best of all, Westbrook Village features some of the lowest age restrictions in the Valley of the Sun, with residency possible for those ages 40 and above compared to 55-plus across most of Phoenix’s other active adult communities.