So you’re ready to start your life’s next chapter—but one big question remains. Where will your story take place? If you’d like to see sunshine, a laid-back lifestyle, and year-round golf and swimming in your future, you may want to look toward the southwest—and specifically at the beautiful state of Arizona.

Need a nudge to make the move? Here are six reasons to call Arizona home in 2018.

1. So Long, Snow Shovels.

Ask any Arizona transplant why they love living in the southwest, and you’re likely to hear the same thing again and again. The weather is unbeatable. Over 300 days of sunshine is good for the soul, and trading in snow shovels for flip flops is an instant mood lifter. With all that sunshine, the outdoor amenities at our Trilogy® communities get good use all year round—from resort-style pools and sports courts to golf courses and open-air restaurants like The Outpost and Eddy’s Poolside. And our homes feature outdoor living spaces that take full advantage of the incredible Arizona climate. Yes, summers are hot—but we don’t have the sticky, sweaty humidity of many other regions of the U.S. And when the summer sun sets, the temps drop and you can enjoy a perfect evening under the stars.

2. More Bang for Your Buck

You’ve worked hard, you’ve saved thoughtfully, and you’re ready make the move to your next great nest.  Why not make that hard-earned dollar go further? Arizona provides a relatively low cost of living in a number of areas—including housing. Here you’ll find gorgeous homes offered at competitive price points, making it all the more possible to make your dream home a reality. Take a look at some of the fabulous floorplans at Encanterra and Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch to see how you can live large in a home that fits your lifestyle and your budget. After all, you’re not just getting a gorgeous home—you’re getting incredible amenities, a packed social calendar, and awesome neighbors to share in your adventure.

3. Boundless Natural Beauty

Sure, you’ve stopped and smelled the roses—but have you ever paused to take in the beauty of a pristine desert scene? From soaring saguaros to petite prickly pear cactus to bright, blooming wildflowers—there’s nothing else quite like it. When you live at a Trilogy community in Arizona, you’re just a scenic drive away from the Grand Canyon, Sonoran Desert, Saguaro National Park, Kartchner Caverns, the red rocks of Sedona, and more. And if you really want to experience Arizona’s natural beauty at its best, simply look to the sky at the end of each day. The multi-hued oranges, pinks, and purples of southwest sunsets are out of this world.

4. Adventure Everywhere

With boundless natural beauty comes endless opportunities to get out and play. No matter where you are in Arizona, you’re never far from an outdoor adventure. Blaze a new mountain trail on your bike or take your four-legged friend on a morning hike. Meet your neighbors for a daily walk along miles of Trilogy walking and biking paths. Grab your paddleboard and head to one of Phoenix’s six greater lakes, or enjoy a laid-back float down the Salt River. No board? No problem. The Outfitter at Trilogy at Verde River is your hub for outdoor adventure! They’ve got you covered with paddleboards, kayaks, bikes, and more—including advice on where to explore. Whether you’re seeking a thrill or something more chill, there’s something for everyone in the Arizona outdoors.

5. Ahhhh, the Spas

Need a massage after that long bike ride? Could your post-hike toes use some extra love? Arizona has the art of pampering down to a science. From sumptuous day spas to renowned resorts like Canyon Ranch or Boulders Resort & Spa, you’ll find all the TLC you’ve been dreaming of in this southwest “spa country.” In fact, all four of our Trilogy communities in Arizona feature a spectacular day spa—Alvea Spa & Wellness—within their Resort Club. So when you make the move to EncanterraTrilogy at Verde River, Trilogy at Vistancia, or Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch, you can enjoy a day of indulgence without leaving your neighborhood. Your tired toes will thank you!

6. And Fine Wine, Too!

When you think of wine growing regions, does Arizona come to mind? If not, it’s time to discover the “new style” of wine that’s putting Arizona on the wine-country map. What makes Arizona wines so distinctively delicious? It has a lot to do with our incredible climate. Hot and sunny days that cool dramatically at night make for bold and flavorful fruit. Arizona is home to a number of popular wineries, and many are open for tastings, pairings, and more. The wineries along the Verde Valley Wine Trail are just a daytrip away from our Trilogy communities. Or, if you live at Encanterra you could stay close to home and join your neighbors for a wine tasting in The Vault. Either way you’ll get a good taste of the “new style” of wine that has everyone buzzing.

Reach out to a New Home Advisor at 800.685.6494 to check out the gorgeous homes and epic lifestyle that could be yours at one of our Trilogy communities in Arizona.

Sales: Shea Communities Marketing Company (AZ DRE #CO001121000); Construction: SHALC GC, INC. (AZ ROC# 291056). Trilogy at Vistancia, Trilogy at Encanterra and select neighborhoods at Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch and Trilogy at Verde River are intended for occupancy by at least one person 55 years or older, with certain exceptions for younger persons as provided by law and the governing covenants, conditions and restrictions. This is not an offer of real estate for sale, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, to residents of any state or province in which registration and other legal requirements have not been fulfilled. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. A PUBLIC REPORT IS AVAILABLE ON THE STATE REAL ESTATE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE. Trilogy at Verde River: Golf course is planned to be private. Owners must purchase a separate golf membership from the course owner. Equal Housing Opportunity.</