The main factor in picking these communities was how quickly you could ride out of the city traffic, and get into some delightful small, and scenic roads. That means most of these communities are on the outer edges of the city.
Communities out to the east Mountainbrook Village, Sunland Springs Village and Encore at Eastmark are so close to the Superstition Mountains it won’t be long before your itching to get out on the open road.
Headed across the Valley and over to the north west, I think Sun City Festival, Sun City Grand, Arizona Traditions, and Trilogy at Vistancia will give you an opportunity to head out on the 60 toward Wickenburg or around the White Tank Mountains to go exploring.
While mentioning Wickenburg, I have to add in Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch. You are already out of the ‘big city’ and you can head out on the open road in any direction without Phoenix’s highways.