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Brilliance in Every Direction.

Altura is a vibrant, 55+ age-restricted community located in the Rincon Valley in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains, just east of Tucson, near the Saguaro National Park East in Tucson, Arizona. The 169-acre, 251 home community is comprised of residents from Arizona and across the U.S. and world. Two-thirds of residents are full-time, and represent a wide range of professional backgrounds and interests with no intention of retiring from life.


The community was founded in the 1990s by former University of Arizona president, Henry Koffler and his development partner, Lloyd Lewis, who envisioned a community where residents could live harmoniously with the desert and remain invigorated through life-long learning, the arts and volunteer work.

Henry was aware of the problem of retiring professionals, who were engaged in active careers, and then suddenly faced a lack of no longer belonging or growing after retirement.

Henry believed a community designed to bring together individuals with intellectual curiosity in a stimulating environment would foster their continued involvement and personal growth. Koeffler also believed the availability of a wellness program and supportive health care would help residents enjoy a healthful lifestyle. The combination of these features would serve as a national model for creative and productive retirement.

Community Overview

Altura is home to the Academy Village Campus — a multi-building complex located at the heart of the community — which encompasses the Arizona Senior Academy (ASA), a newly upgraded Community Center, and the Academy Villas assisted living residences.

The Arizona Senior Academy is Southern Arizona’s premier adult education and outreach program affiliated with the University of Arizona and dedicated to promoting lifelong learning. Altura’s Community Center offers an upgraded gym, a community kitchen, a business center with access to the University of Arizona Library, a health and wellness center staffed by a registered nurse and certified nursing assistant, and much more.

The Academy Villas, located within the Altura community, offers the highest standard of around-the-clock care in a residential environment.

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A Dedicated HOA

The Academy Village Homeowners Association (AVHOA), representing the Altura Community, strives to preserve the architectural integrity of the community, maintain the common areas, protect property values, and manage the operation in accordance with federal, state and local laws. The AVHOA offers a number of amenities and services, and engages residents in social activities ranging from Super Bowl parties and Cinco de Mayo celebrations to Holiday Gift Markets and Toy Drives to support local military families.

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Affordable, Energy-Efficient Homes

Altura was intentionally designed from the ground up to harmonize with nature, preserve open space, and allow residents to enjoy unobstructed views from their homes and many vantage points.

Miramonte Homes offers five energy efficient floor plans at Altura, ranging from 1,295 to 2,264 square feet.

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The Developer & Home Builder

Dabdoub Acquisitions

Dabdoub Acquisitions, based in Southern Arizona and part of a family-owned real estate development business founded in the 1960s, specializes in the renovation and revitalization of historic sites in Southern Arizona. In addition to revitalizing Altura, the company is revitalizing more than a dozen redevelopment projects in Downtown Tucson, including nine historic buildings.

Miramonte Homes

Since 1996, Miramonte Homes has built more than 1,900 homes and is one of the largest, privately owned homebuilders in Arizona. The company has been named Builder of the Year multiple times over the past two decades by the Southern Arizona Home Builder’s Association.

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Photo Galleries

Since Tucson is in a “high” Sonoran desert, the desert plants are especially green during the Spring and Summer monsoon months. The photo galleries below give a glimpse, from cloud play around Rincon Peak, to acres of blooms in Saguaro National Park East, to some of the local wildlife that calls Tucson home.

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