Surprise commuters can use Bell Road straight through for one more week before the high-traffic stretch near Grand Avenue closes down for seven months. At 10 p.m. April 1, Bell shuts down to eastbound traffic after the intersection with Towne Center Drive/West Pointe Parkway and to westbound traffic at 134th Avenue. The Arizona Department of Transportation is shutting down this … Read More
Sun City Arizona was not only the first 55+ active adult community in Arizona, but also the first in the country. Del Webb started Sun City Arizona in 1960 and it now has over 26,000 homes, 11 golf courses and countless amenities and social clubs. It is renowned for its incredible home values, low property taxes and minimal association fees.
On New Year’s Day 1960 Del Webb’s Sun City Arizona opened their doors to the public. Years of anticipation led to an astonishing 100,000 visitors who toured the property in the first weekend. Del Webb went on to sell 400 homes in the first month and 2,000 in the first year making Sun City one of the most popular active adult communities in Arizona. Between 1960 and 1978, Del Webb continued to build a community that catered to the retirement dreams of thousands of Americans. Sun City Arizona is now home to 40,000 full and part-time residents.
Despite the construction of more newly established active adult communities in Arizona, Sun City Arizona remains a popular retirement destination. Preferred by buyers who want low property taxes, reasonably priced homes and mature landscaping in a good location near extensive shopping and close to the highway. These attributes, along with newly remodeled homes and recreation centers, make Sun City Arizona a value that cannot be ignored.
Del Webb pioneered the active adult concept with the notion that residents should be able to live in an entirely self-contained community with access to nearly every imaginable amenity. Residents of Sun City enjoy the community’s interconnectedness with the surrounding attractions. The golf-cart legal streets provide a convenient mode of transportation to the recreation and shopping centers within Sun City, AZ.
Sun City Amenities
Other active adult communities in Arizona model their amenities after Sun City Arizona. The community boasts one of the highest rates of golf holes per capita of any active adult community in the country. Although Sun City has been a favorite destination for golf enthusiasts, there are many exciting attractions for non-golfers as well. There are seven recreation centers that host a vast array of amenities including restaurants, fitness centers, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, indoor walking track, racquetball courts, woodworking shop and numerous hobby and card rooms.
In addition to the recreation centers, Sun City Arizona is home to 30 churches, a synagogue, social hall, grand ballroom, performing arts theater, two libraries and an on-site hospital.
The grounds of Sun City Arizona are an active adult playground rich with amenities that cater to physically active adults. On any day of the year, it is common to see residents walking on the miles of trails or socializing with friends on the pickleball, tennis, horseshoe, lawn bowling and bocce ball courts. Plus, the softball field and fishing lakes are a great place to take the grandkids when they come to visit.
Sun City Homes & Real Estate
Homes in Sun City Arizona are applauded for the affordability. As expected, homes built in the 1960’s and 70’s show their age and lack some of the modern features and floor plans favored by active adults. However, many of the homes have been remodeled and now incorporate designs that include open floor plans, modern kitchens and desirable finishes. There were over a hundred floor plans offered by Del Webb throughout the 18-year construction. Although, due to remodeling, many homes no longer retain the original floor plan as when the home was built. Buyers can select from ranch style single-family homes, patio homes (duplexes) and garden condos. The many home styles and prices accommodate buyers of almost any budget.
Sun City Lifestyle
There are an estimated 200 clubs and interest groups represented. Regardless of your passion, you are likely to find another like-minded group of residents who share similar interests. In addition to the many clubs and interest groups, Sun City hosts an exciting lineup of fun activities that include fitness classes, continuing education, parties and organized trips to area attractions.
Sun City Arizona is known as “The City of Volunteers” for its overwhelming sense of community organization and resident participation. The impeccably maintained grounds, well-manicured shrubs and trash free boulevards are attributed to the volunteerism of the residents. Association fees in Sun City are reasonable and property taxes are among the lowest in the country.
Sun City Arizona is situated 16 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix. While originally constructed in the middle of the desert, the explosive growth of the northwest valley has encapsulated Sun City with great shopping and many social and cultural attractions.
Within six miles, residents can enjoy the Arrowhead Mall, Challenger Space Center, West Valley Art Museum, Wildlife World Zoo, Arizona State University-West, Rio Salado College and Lake Pleasant. Plus, sports enthusiasts will enjoy the proximity to sporting venues hosting local teams such as the Cardinals (NFL), Coyotes (NHL) and several Major League Baseball spring training camps. Read less –