MesaEditor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 35th city on the list — Metairie, Louisiana. This week, we look at Mesa, Arizona, and found three great homes — all for less than $300,000.

“Mesa offers modest living, with a median rent below $900 and homes selling at around $150,000,” MoneyWise said. “This is suburban living in a dry climate, and having a swimming pool nearby is a must.”

“The city is known for being well-organized, with its grid of streets that are easy to understand and navigate,” this week’s entry added. “Nightlife is robust and healthcare resources are excellent. The Arizona Medical Training Institute is located in Mesa.”

TOWNHOME CLOSE TO EVERYTHING IN A GREAT COMMUNITY

Price: $182,000

For less than $200,000, this downsizer-friendly two-bedroom, two-bath townhome packs a lot of punch. It’s the beneficiary of an open floor plan and strategic placement of a large glass door that makes the whole great room feel huge. (more…)

PonderosaIf you’re of a certain age, or your parents or grandparents are of a certain age and were TV western aficionados, you can probably readily identify the theme song to “Bonanza” — as well as its iconic Ponderosa ranch, home to the Cartwright family.

But what many don’t know is that Lorne Greene, who played patriarch Ben Cartwright, loved the layout and design of the ranch-style (duh) home his alter ego lived in so much that he had a replica built for his own home, located in the Apache Country Club in Mesa, Arizona.

He and his wife, Nancy, lived in the home for several years, enjoying almost 325 feet of golf course frontage. (more…)