Located about 12 miles northeast of Phoenix, Scottsdale offers seniors year-round sunshine, low humidity and more than 30 parks for relaxing in the scenic desertscape. The city loves its art and claims a public art collection of nearly 1,100 pieces, and there’s always something stimulating happening at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Scottsdale is home to a sizable senior population, with 23.4% of its estimated 255,310 residents aged 65 and older. Seniors don’t pay state income tax on Social Security benefits in the Grand Canyon State, and there’s no estate or inheritance tax. Individuals looking for support with the activities of daily living find 60 assisted living facilities (ALFs) in Scottsdale with 100 more nearby. The average cost of an ALF in Scottsdale is $3,463 per month, and this list reviews 10 communities that stand out.
11415 N. 114th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
This premier retirement community offers independent and assisted living at its scenic location within the McDowell Mountains. The furnishings are opulent and the architecture grand, whether you’re dining in the Casablanca restaurant or enjoying happy hour in Josephine’s Piano Lounge. Seniors live in beautifully appointed apartment homes with full-size kitchens featuring luxurious granite countertops and an in-unit washer and dryer. Assisted living residents have access to daily programming filled with unique activities that facilitate creative exploration, learning and physical fitness.
Brookdale North Scottsdale
15436 North 64th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Part of the nationwide Brookdale Senior Living network, the North Scottsdale community offers assisted living and memory care through the Life Skills Program. Assisted living residents enjoy all-day dining with 12 from-scratch menu items and three entrees that alternate daily. Accommodations range from cozy studios to spacious two-bedroom apartments, and pets are welcome in two secured courtyards. On-site amenities include a theater, ice cream parlor, library, and arts and crafts studio. The community uses a daily check-in system and an emergency response system in each room for extra peace of mind. Brookdale North Scottsdale makes our top 10 list for its devoted staff that consistently receives high marks for delivering an exceptional level of care.
Sunrise of Scottsdale
7370 East Gold Dust Ave.
Scottsdale AZ 85258
An attractive three-story facility located in a quiet neighborhood close to downtown Scottsdale, this Sunrise community provides assisted living and memory care. Sunrise’s signature DCMs (Designated Care Managers) get to know an individual’s preferences while assisting with dining services, activities and housekeeping. On-site comforts include a beauty salon, sitting parlors, outdoor patios and lush gardens. Meals are served restaurant-style per the Sunrise Signature Dining experience that features a gourmet selection of favorites made from scratch using fresh and local seasonal ingredients.
Atria Park of Sierra Pointe
14500 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
A Spanish stucco exterior sets a calm, dignified tone for this independent and assisted living community, which offers seniors a luxurious lifestyle and resort-style surroundings. Along with sweeping mountain views, residents enjoy an easy walk to nearby shopping, banking and dining. This Atraia Senior Living community is the largest licensed ALF in the area, with 216 units and a license for 250 residents. Atria’s signature Engage Life program uses residents’ interests to create a monthly calendar of more than 200 events to entertain, educate and inspire. Residents can enjoy the community’s chef-prepared cuisine with gracious tableside service at the formal Pinnacle Restaurant, grab a light snack at the Camelback Bistro Lounge or have any meal of the day delivered to their door.
Vi at Sliverstone
23005 North 74th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Seniors hoping to age in place in gracious style find abundant amenities and a continuum of care at Vi’s location in the Sonoran Desert. This Life Plan Community offers residents independent living, assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing should the need arise. A few of the exceptional features at this resort-like community include a Wellness Center staffed by licensed nurses, a fitness center with a personal trainer and a heated salt-filtered indoor pool. An on-site 18-hole championship putting green and paved walking paths ensure that active seniors find their workout of choice within easy reach.
8300 E. McDowell Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
With architectural styling that resembles a high-end hotel, McDowell Village provides Scottsdale seniors with sophisticated independent and assisted living options. Meandering walking paths lead you through the vibrant landscape of blooming desert plants and towering palms to the sundeck of the swimming pool. Spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments feature an emergency call system for added security. A personal trainer at the state-of-the-art fitness center is happy to create individualized workouts, and the activities calendar is packed with cultural outings, live music and other fun adventures. MBKuisine, the community’s signature dining experience, provides all-day dining in the form of family-style meals in the open kitchen. Special culinary events include a Monthly Signature Brunch and Weekly Action Stations serving made-to-order pasta and custom omelets. McDowell Village makes our list for the enriching and uplifting lifestyle provided in a beautiful environment.
Belmont Village Scottsdale
13850 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
This spacious Frank Lloyd Wright-style community offers assisted living and award-winning memory care. The campus is surrounded by numerous restaurants, shops and entertainment venues and is a short drive from world-class health care facilities including Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Mayo Hospital. Seniors enjoy the mild climate with alfresco patio dining and lounging on the garden terrace. An outdoor heated pool and a professionally supervised fitness center promote physical activity. Belmont’s signature enrichment programs include the Whole Brain Fitness program, the MBA (Mind-Body Awareness) Club and Circle of Friends, a structured program for residents with early-to-moderate memory loss.
9185 E. Desert Cove Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Conveniently located in the heart of Scottsdale, this Blue Harbor Senior Living community gives its assisted living residents easy access to big-city attractions and world-class medical centers in nearby Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. The 115-bed Desert Flower community also provides memory care in the signature Illuminations program. Assisted living residents are paired with Tailored Preferences Coordinators who ensure that services are customized for each resident’s unique needs. An assessment upon entry lets residents choose how they spend each day, taking into account dining, activities, housekeeping and personal care preferences.
The Springs of Scottsdale
3212 North Miller Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
With a simple month-to-month lease, The Springs gives seniors a maintenance-free lifestyle in the heart of downtown Scottsdale. Feeling more like a full-service resort than a retirement community, the campus houses both independent and assisted living residents in spacious apartments with private balconies. The luxurious property features beautifully landscaped walking paths, a putting green and a large swimming pool. A full-time Activity Director coordinates a robust schedule of programs, classes, events and outings to keep residents busy.
Scottsdale Village Square
2620 N. 68th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
This award-winning Pacifica Senior Living community located in the Old Town area is an oasis of comfort for those seeking independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing services. The peaceful neighborhood-style community provides a continuum of care on a tranquil campus with lush lawns, an expansive courtyard and a resort-style swimming pool. Residents live in pet-friendly apartments with a front porch for relaxing outside. We included this facility in our top 10 due to the highly skilled, committed care team, many of whom have been employed at Scottsdale Village Square for 15-20 years.
Is Scottsdale the Right Choice for You?
The retiree-welcoming suburb of Scottsdale is a short drive to Phoenix when you’re craving a cultural event such as a concert at the Phoenix Symphony or Orpheum Theatre. But golfers don’t have to leave Scottsdale to find championship greens, since the city claims more than 200 golf courses. An abundance of top-notch health care facilities in the region puts high-quality medical care within quick reach, making Scottsdale a great option for sun-loving seniors who value independence and freedom of choice.