Canoa Ranch - Green Valley, Arizona

Canoa Ranch Green Valley, AZ
Golf Course: Public Gated: Yes Pricing: Low - Moderate
Age Restricted: 55+ Num of Homes: 2,200 Yrs Built: 2001 - NEW
Types of Homes: Single Family Homes, Townhomes, Resort Condos

Situated 30 miles south of Tucson at the southern most tip of the famous retirement town of Green Valley, Canoa Ranch offers several age-restricted communities ideal for active retirees. Offering breathtaking views of the lovely Santa Rita Mountains, the unique town of Green Valley has become a cherished retirement mecca for thousands of homebuyers, and was named one of the top ten Best Places to Retire by "Where to Retire" magazine.

The 480 acre master-planned community of Canoa Ranch was launched in 2000 by Fairfield Homes and at build-out will have approximately 2,200 homes and 288 resort condos.

After opening their models at Canoa Ranch in 2000, Fairfield Homes sold the subdivision a year later to Monterey Homes, a premiere Scottsdale semi-custom homebuilder. Monterey Homes was subsequently bought out by Meritage Homes, who completed the original “Northwest” neighborhood in 2005, and continues to offer new construction in the newer phases of the Canoa Ranch development.

Within Canoa Ranch, you can find:

  • Canoa Northwest – the original premier gated community for active adults, featuring 301 single-family homes in the Southwest style. This community was completed in 2005 and has its own HOA.

  • New detached single family homes for retirees 55+ are available in the most recent phase of Canoa Ranch by Meritage Homes’ Active Adult division.

  • Fairfield Homes is also offering two new age-restricted communities: an intimate luxury towhome community of 40 units called the “Villas” and a luxury home community called the “Estates”. Both communities have fabulous mountain view lots available.

  • For resort-style living, the Wyndham Canoa Ranch Resort offers resort condos and townhouses. The resort is set on 52 acres, and features: 288 units (mostly two-bedroom condos), two championship golf courses, an upscale restaurant, a spa and fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool. Resort condo owners can place their units in the Wyndham rental program for extra income. Residents of the resort condos have full access to all of the fabulous amenities and services offered to guests at the Wyndham resort. These units are not age-restricted.


In Canoa Ranch, residents can take advantage of a recreation center that includes an indoor and outdoor pool, fitness center, hobby rooms, library, billiards and more.

Canoa Ranch is also part of Green Valley Recreation, so residents are not limited to the amenities within their own community. Residents have access to Green Valley Recreations’s 13 recreation centers featuring a vast array of amenities, including: Olympic-size pools, spas, meeting rooms, fitness centers, tennis courts, art rooms, clay studios, and more. The recreation center in Canoa Ranch is the newest of the 13 centers managed by Green Valley Recreation (GVR)

Green Valley Recreation Inc (GVR)

Green Valley Recreation, Inc. (GVR) is a non-profit organization serving the leisure and social needs of the adult retirement community of Green Valley, Arizona. Green Valley Recreation owns and operates one Member Services Center and 13 Recreation Centers. GVR provides many services and activities to a private membership base of over 12,500 age-restricted households. Hundreds of volunteers assist a dedicated staff to help operate year-round programs for both active and passive adult lifestyles.

With 13 recreation centers that include amenities such as fitness centers, ballrooms, hobby and craft areas, aerobics and dance studios, woodworking shops, multi-purpose meeting rooms, and hundreds of clubs and hobby groups, there’s always something to do. Outdoor activities include 13 swimming pools, fishing lakes, miles of walking and biking trails, tennis, pickleball, bocce ball, shuffleboard and basketball courts.

Real Estate

Both new construction and pre-owned resale homes are available for sale in Canoa Ranch.

Fairfield Homes began construction of Canoa Ranch in 2000. with superbly crafted homes equipped with desirable upgrades. Homes in Canoa Ranch offer features most requested by active adults, including expansive great rooms, gourmet kitchens and spa-like bathrooms. With new or resale homes, buyers can find options such as casitas, 3-car garages, granite countertops and energy efficient appliances.

Meritage Homes offers five models of detached single family homes in their newest neighborhood, with floorplans that range from 1,510 to 2,012 Sq.Ft.. Prices start at just under $200,000.

If you’re looking for new construction, Fairfield Homes also offers two new neighborhoods. The attached “Villas” luxury townhomes for easy maintenance-free living offers one floorplan of 1,652 Sq.Ft. and the “Estate” series of detached homes offers four models ranging from 1,725 to 2,568 Sq.Ft. Both neighborhoods by Fairfield Homes include many options and upgrades that most builders would charge extra for.

Prices start at just under $300,000 for the “Villas” and just over $300,000 for the “Estates.”

Both builders will charge a hefty premium for home sites offering the most scenic views of the mountains or golf course.


In Green Valley, golf enthusiasts are surrounded by great courses including two courses right at Canoa Ranch. Both courses are owned and operated by the same company, so if you are a frequent golfer, you can purchase an affordable annual unlimited play pass that is good at both courses.

Carved out of the desert landscapes at the base of the Santa Rita Mountains, both of these picturesque courses were carefully designed to impress even the most seasoned golfer.

Canoa Ranch Golf Course

Designed by acclaimed course architects Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley, Canoa Ranch Golf Course winds throughout the community. It is a great example of how the Southwestern desert can be transformed into a golfer's paradise without destroying the beauty of the surrounding native land. Canoa Ranch boasts dramatic elevation changes, strategic bunkering and spectacular views of Elephant Head. Five sets of tee boxes accommodate golfers of all skill levels

Torres Blancas Golf Course

Torres Blancas offers a championship course designed by Lee Trevino, Ocampo and Fernandez. Torres Blancas meanders through charming neighborhoods and breathtaking desert scenery. The par 72 course comes with 3 lakes, numerous sand traps and generous, undulating greens. Four sets of tees offer a challenge to golfers of all abilities.

About the Area

Green Valley has been named among the top 10 retirement destinations in the country by "Where to Retire" magazine and one of the top 10 healthy places to retire by "US News." The Green Valley area has over 300 retail stores and is only 30 minutes from Tucson. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the abundance of recreational opportunities in the area. The surrounding mountains are filled wth hiking and nature trails leading into picturesque canyons and ridges.

For basic necessities, residents can head over to the Green Valley Shopping Mall for things like groceries, books, craft supplies, and more. If you want something a little more unique, take a trip to the galleries and boutique stores 20 miles away in Tubac and Tumacacori.

Canoa Ranch is part of Green Valley Recreation which includes:

  • 13 Recreation centers
  • 8 Golf courses
  • 5 Fitness centers
  • 13 Heated pools
  • Ballrooms
  • Restaurants
  • 17 Tennis courts (9 lighted)
  • Sand volleyball court
  • 11 Billiard tables
  • Aerobics & dance studios
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Outdoor basketball court
  • Paddle tennis court
  • Ping-Pong
  • Bocce ball courts
  • 2 Racquetball courts
  • 52 Shuffleboard courts
  • Photography studio (dark room)
  • Ceramics studio
  • Computer labs
  • 3 Lapidary and silversmith studios
  • Woodworking shop
  • Arts & crafts studios
  • 24 Meeting rooms
  • Walking & biking trails
  • Fishing lakes
  • RV parking
  • Parks & open space
  • Picnic areas
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