Dreamland Villa Retirement Community

"Dreamland Villa" is a 55+ age-restricted subdivision following the statutes and rules of Maricopa County and HUD.  In 1958 the Farnsworth Family started residential construction, with development extending until 1979. The Dreamland Villa Subdivision continues to be located in a Maricopa County (Arizona) island surrounded by the City of Mesa, Arizona. Dreamland Vila is unique in the State of Arizona since construction and sales of its homes occurred before the State of Arizona had any statutes pertaining to Planned Communities or Homeowners Associations (HOA). “Dreamland Villa Community Club” was chartered as a non-profit organization in 1961. In 2017, the name was changed to Dreamland Villa Retirement Community (DVRC). The seven-member Board, through its committees and staff, conducts the day-to-day business. DVRC is not an HOA. It is a non-profit corporation committed to offering events, activities and facilities for the enjoyment of the residents and maintaining Dreamland Villa's status as a 55+ age-restricted community.

 

The facilities consist of two separate complexes, the library and a nature trail walk. The Read Hall complex houses the business office, a meeting room that will accommodate up to 150 persons, rooms for most of the indoor activities, and various outdoor activities including two pools and a spa.  The Farnsworth Hall complex includes a large auditorium with a full stage, a kitchen facility, an exterior band shell and various outdoor activities, including a swimming pool and spa. It is used for larger events such as entertainment programs, art shows, book/bake sales, pancake breakfasts, pot luck dinners and jam sessions.  Other amenities/activities/clubs include:

Fitness Room, Game Room, Library, Card Bingo, Ladies Bunco, Coffee Socials

Quilting Club, Computer Club, Singles Club, Book Club, Pickle Ball, Bocce Ball,

Art Room, Woodshop, Lapidary, Ceramics, Fused Glass, Tai Chi, Line Dancing,

Bridge, Cribbage, Euchre, Pinochle, Poker, Whist, "500" and Texas Hold-Em

Desert Walking Group, Hiking Group, Bowling, Ladies and Men’s Golf Leagues

 

The Maricopa County Zoning Restrictions, as well as the Deed Restrictions for each property, state:

Each dwelling unit, if occupied, shall be occupied by at least one person not less than 55 years of age and no person 18 years of age or under shall reside in any dwelling unit for a period of time exceeding 90 days.  Part of DVRC’s mission has been the preservation of the Maricopa County 55+ Senior Citizen Zoning Overlay – which has arguably had a great impact on preserving property values as well as keeping the community a pleasant place to look at and live in.

DVRC requests that all residents who wish the subdivision to remain a 55+ community, to please consider paying the membership fees.  Paying the fees allows the residents access to the many amenities and clubs available in the community. It allows members to vote at the annual election of the Board of Directors and a vote at the annual General Membership meeting. Members also receive a voice in DVRC by attending Board meetings and signing up for the open forum held directly after the meetings. Fees also support DVRC’s ongoing compliance with the statutes governing the 55+ subdivision. Should the Dreamland Villa Subdivision lose its Maricopa County Zoning for the Senior Citizen Overlay District, the Subdivision would become a multi-aged/multi-generational community. The one-time Transfer Fee of $400 (per household), one-time Escrow Response Fee of $50 (per household) and/or Annual Fees of $175 (per person) are not mandatory.  The Annual Recurring Fee of $175.00 per resident is WAIVED for up to two residents for 2019 with the payment of the $400.00 Transfer Fee.

[Information provided courtesy of Dreamland Villa Retirement Community (DVRC) www.dreamlandvilla.org]