Top spots for retirees

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Address: 852 Cottonwood Circle
Price: $297,539
Square feet: 1,867
Price per square foot: $159

If you're looking for amazing weather, low taxes and an average cost of living, Albuquerque is your city, according to Forbes. Tucked in the Del Webb at Alegria community, this luxurious new-construction single-story home is the most expensive on our list. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and boasts an open design. The kitchen has a center island, ceramic tile floors, granite countertops, raised cabinets and upgraded appliances. You'll find a fireplace in the great room and a master bedroom with two closets and a garden tub.

The gated community offers a number of niceties, including a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, a putting green and an exercise room. There's even a computer lab. But the bocce ball courts are something you won't find in other communities in our lineup. The community is located in Bernalillo, which is part of the Albuquerque metropolitan statistical area and about 15 to 20 minutes from downtown. Association fees are $122 per month.

Del Webb at Alegria; 866-322-7248