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Living a Golf Lifestyle in Casa Grande, Arizona

Casa Grande is a town in Arizona where it is easy to find a place to play golf.   Mission Royale is an active community that is big on golf and Francisco Grande is a hotel resort with golf. The population is 41,000 and the location is almost half way to Tucson from Phoenix. Casa Grande is home to many retirees and snowbirds.  Most of the town infrastructure is new with chain stores and big box stores a big part of the landscape.

Where to Retire in Casa Grande and Home Prices

Many of the 55+ people in Casa Grande tend to live in the active adult communities spread out around the outskirts of the town (see link at top right). Most of those are gated communities and have amenities like golf courses. 

Fueled by overbuilding and foreclosures, average home prices in Casa Grande nose dived in the 2008 recession. Many developments in progress were left abandoned. However by late 2014 city.data.com reported the median sale price of a home had recovered to about $125,000.  By mid-2018, Zillow reported the median home value was $162,900.  Homes in some of the nicer developments will be higher than that.

What is special about Casa Grande

This part of southern Arizona is a little less overdeveloped than the Phoenix region. Casa Grande has a mix of  old Arizona and modern buildings;  the shopping is very good; the desert and the mountains are beautiful;  the famous Hohokam Indian Ruins are 20 miles to the northeast; Casa Grande was home to a collective farm society which was part of the New Deal; the Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort was the former spring training camp of the San Francisco Giants.

What is not special about Casa Grande

Casa Grande has just about everything to offer, it doesn't have a Costco or a large variety of chain restaurants. 

Climate and Physical Environment

Casa Grande is halfway between Tucson and Phoenix in southern Arizona. The normal high temperature in January is 65 with a normal low of 38. The normal July high temperature is 105 with a low of 78. Casa Grande averages 10" of rain per year.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Musuem of Casa Grande offers wonderful insight on the history of the community.  Casa Grande Main Street hosts regular activities, including car shows, art, and preformances. The Casa Grande Public Library is a 16,000 sq.ft. facility with 75,000 volumes.

Crime

The crime rate in Casa Grande is double the national average, but that is due to progressive reporting. The policies the police chief in Casa Grande set in place were agressive, but that would be my preference anyways. A large number of the arrests are for domestic issues. I feel safe in Casa Grande. 

Medical facilities

Banner Casa Grande Medical Center is a full hospital and serves the residents of Casa Grande.

  • Opened in 1984
  • Patient beds: 177
  • Number of Employees: 780
  • Medical staff:  200
You will also find a wide variety of doctors and medical facilities thoughout Casa Grande including many specialties. 

Transportation

Casa Grande Municipal Airport is on the west side of town and services small planes and annually hosts the very popular Cactus Fly-In.  Like most communities in Arizona, Casa Grande is mainly car dependent for running most errands with some neighborhoods having better walkability.

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