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Living a Golf Lifestyle in Green Valley, Arizona

Green Valley is collection of active adult communities in extreme southern Arizona. Golf is a centerpiece of most of these developments, and indeed many people play a lot of golf - almost every day.  The Country Club of Green Valley is private, but there are several public courses available.

Where to Retire in Green Valley and Home Prices

There are several developments within Green Valley. In fact there are 59 different home owners associations. Most, but not all are age restricted. See the link at left for "Active Communities" to find out more.
According to, the median home value in Green Valley was $292,746 in mid-2022.

What Is Special about Green Valley

Green Valley offers good value for the money in terms of the housing and amenities offered. It also has a moderate winter climate, although periods of hard freeze can occur.  Because of its size the range of its activities and the range of people to meet is more extensive than most other active adult communities.  The non-profit Green Valley Recreation is quite extraordinary, operating 13 different recreation centers with golf courses, swimming pools, fitness centers, etc. It also provides many opportunities for the arts and entertainment. One of its attractions is that its facilities and programs allow people from different communities to mix.

What Is Not Special about Green Valley

More than 80% of Green Valley is age restricted, so if you don't meet the age requirements this may not be the place for you. Green Valley is below average in walkability when compared to other communities, though golf carts are legal to be driven in the street and are a common alternative to walking.

Climate and Physical Environment

Green Valley is in a basin below the Santa Rita Mountains located in the southwest United States.  The average year round temperature is 68.9 degrees Fahrenheit.  The area is known as a haven for snow birds during the winter months as a result of it's warmer temperatures.  The dry warmer climate is also a popular for those seeking relief from arthritis.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Green Valley has a modicum of entertainment.  Tucson and the U of A is just a short drive away with some excellent entertainment.  Number and variety of restaurants is somewhat limited near Green Valley.  Just south of Green Valley is Tubac which is known for it's art culture and fine shopping and dining. There are numerous state parks, national monuments, and wildlife museums in the area. The Arizona-Sonora Desert is not to be missed.


Green Valley had a total of 4 violent crimes and 534 property crimes last year which is far below the average for Arizona and the nation as a whole.  The area is primarily comprised of retirees with more than 80% of Green Valley being age restricted.  The general lack of a younger population spares Green Valley from the majority of "nuisance" type crimes, drugs and violent crimes commonly found in most cities.

Additionally the area has one of the largest Auxillary Sheriff patrol forces in the country with 122 volunteers,  mostly made up of retired law enforcement professionals.  This Auxillary Sherriff team put in an amount of hours last year equal to an additional 22 full time deputies patrolling the Green Valley area.

There is a common myth that the area is affected by crime from "illegal alien" traffic but crime data and reports simply don't support this claim.

Medical Facilities

While there are many medical offices and facilities in Green Valley, Tucson offers a number major hospitals along with the University of Arizona "teaching" hospital.


An Interstate 19 runs through the middle of the community. Tucson International Airport is 23 miles.  There is a some local bus service.

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