Sun City - Sun City, AZ

Quick Facts

  • Price Range: Below $100k - Low $1Ms
  • Home Types: Single-Family, Attached, Condos
  • Number of Homes: 28257
  • New / Resale: Resale Homes Only
  • Age Restrictions: 55+
  • Gated: No
  • Construction Dates: 1960 - 2016
  • Builders: Del Webb, HBE, Ryerson, K Hovnanian Homes, NA
  • Activity director: Yes
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Sun City Arizona was not only the first 55+ community in Arizona, but also the first in the country. Del Webb started Sun City Arizona in 1960 and it now has over 28,000 homes, eight golf courses, and countless amenities and social clubs. Del Webb's Sun City is renowned for its incredible home values, low property taxes, and minimal association fees. Homes in Sun City feature a variety of styles and interior designs making it ideal for buyers looking for plenty of choices.

Homebuyers hoping to find homes for sale in Sun City, AZ will have a lot to look forward to.

Sun City Amenities

Residents of Sun City have access to a wide selection of amenities. The community boasts one of the highest rates of golf holes per capita of any active adult community in the country. Although it has been a favorite destination for golf enthusiasts, there are many exciting attractions for non-golfers as well. There are seven recreation centers in Sun City 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, AZ is home to 30 churches, a synagogue, social hall, grand ballroom, performing arts theater, two libraries, and an on-site hospital.

The Sun City grounds are rich with amenities that cater to those who want to stay active. Residents can take advantage of miles of trails or stay active 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 family when they come to visit.

Sun City Homes & Real Estate

Multiple builders have had a hand in developing Sun City. The community is home to over 28,000 homes in a variety of styles. Many of the homes have been remodeled and now incorporate designs that include open floor plans, modern kitchens, and desirable finishes. Sun City floors come in over one hundred models offered by Del Webb throughout the 18-year construction. Buyers can select from single-family and attached homes. The many home styles and prices accommodate buyers of almost any budget looking for homes for sale in Sun City, AZ.

There are many low-maintenance attached homes throughout Sun City. These homes come as garden condos, duplexes, quads, patio homes, villas, and more. They range from less than 1,000 to over 2,000 square feet. These Sun City homes vary in different sizes that range from studio to three-bedroom floor plans and include garage parking or a carport.

Single-family homes throughout Sun City were designed for active adults as ranch-style residences. Many floor plans have been developed throughout the years and they range in size and style. On average, single-family homes in Sun City are between 946 and 2,137 square feet. Most homes feature two to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and an attached one- or two-car garage.

Sun City Lifestyle

There are an estimated 200 clubs and interest groups represented. Regardless of residents' interests, they are likely to find neighbors with similar hobbies. In addition to the many clubs and interest groups, Sun City Arizona also hosts an exciting lineup of fun activities that include fitness classes, continuing education, parties and organized trips to area attractions.

Sun City, AZ Area

Sun City Arizona is situated 16 miles northwest of Downtown Phoenix. This ideal location in Sun City, AZ puts residents close to daily convinces and local attractions.

Members of Sun City are never far from what they may need. Grocery stores such as Safeway, Fry's Food and Drug, and Albertsons are all just a few minutes away. Pharmacy needs can be met at Walgreens and CVS, both of which are less than two miles away from many homes.

Del Webb's Sun City is also to several health care providers including Banner Health Center and Sunrise Medical Center.

When Sun City homeowners are looking for dining and entertainment options they can travel along Grand Avenue and West Bell Road, which are both home to a variety of restaurants, bars, and retailers. Additional attractions in the Sun City, AZ area include Challenger Space Center, West Valley Art Museum, Wildlife World Zoo, and Lake Pleasant.

Sun City residents looking to explore the outdoors have plenty of options close to home. Parks and greenspaces such as Rio Vista Community Park, Desert Amethyst Park, and Pioneer Community Park can all be reached within 15 minutes. Sun City golfers can tee off at courses like Grandview Golf Course, Desert Mirage Golf & Practice Center, and Coyote Lakes Golf Club.

Residents of Sun City hoping to visits metropolitan areas are in luck as Phoenix is just over 30 minutes away. When it comes to long-distance travel, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is about 30 miles away.

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Sun City Amenities

The following amenities are available to Sun City residents:

  • Clubhouse/Amenity Center
  • Golf Course
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Aerobics & Dance Studio
  • Indoor Walking Track
  • Card Room
  • Ceramics Studio
  • Arts & Crafts Studio
  • Lapidary Studio
  • Stained Glass Studio
  • Woodworking Shop
  • Ballroom
  • Performance/Movie Theater
  • Computers
  • Library
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Walking & Biking Trails
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball Courts
  • Bocce Ball Courts
  • Shuffleboard Courts
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Softball/Baseball Field
  • Lawn Bowling
  • Lakes - Fishing Lakes
  • Outdoor Amphitheater
  • Parks & Natural Space
  • Table Tennis
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Golf Practice Facilities/Putting Green
  • Picnic Area
  • On-site Retail
  • Hospital
  • Worship Centers
  • Multi-Purpose/Meeting Rooms
  • Spa

Sun City Clubs, Groups, Activities & Classes

There are plenty of activities available in Sun City. Here is a sample of some of the clubs, activities and classes offered here.

  • 500 Club
  • Aerobics
  • Apple Macintosh Computer Club
  • Aqua Fitness
  • Armchair Photo Explorers
  • Artistic Stained Glass
  • Artistic Weavers & Fiber Artists Club
  • Artists at the Lake
  • Backgammon Club of Sun City
  • Bell Ceramics
  • Bell Crafts
  • Bell Lapidary
  • Bell Lawn Bowls
  • Bell Metal Club
  • Bell Shuffleboard
  • Bell Silvercraft
  • Bell Stitchers
  • Bell Tea Dance
  • Bell Woodworking
  • Best Friends Dog Club
  • Bocce
  • Book in Hand Club
  • Bunco Broncos
  • Camera Guild
  • Canasta
  • Card Sharks Bridge
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Chess Club
  • China Painters Cupboard
  • China Painting
  • Computer Club of Sun City
  • Conservation & Sportsmen Club
  • Country Dance Club
  • Creative Quilters
  • Dance For Fitness
  • Euchre
  • Fairway Ceramics & Porcelain
  • Fairway Sterling and Stones
  • Fairway Woodworking
  • Fairway/Mountain View Lawn Bowls
  • Friday Afternoon Bridge
  • Friendship Quilters, Fabric Artists
  • Garden Club
  • Gourmet Social Club
  • Grand Slam Bridge
  • Grandmothers and Friends
  • Handbell Ringers
  • Handi-Capables
  • Handweavers & Spinners Guild
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Kachina Bridge
  • Knitters
  • Ladies Exercise
  • Lakeview Ceramics & Porcelain
  • Lakeview Lawn Bowls
  • Lakeview Woodworking
  • Leathercraft
  • Lifelong Learning Club
  • Mahjong
  • Marinette Clay Corner
  • Men's Club
  • Mini-Golf Club
  • Mixed Cards
  • Mixed Cribbage
  • Monday Nite Pinochle Club
  • Needle Arts & Crafts
  • New England Club
  • Newcomer Hospitality
  • NextGen Club
  • Oakmont Ceramics
  • Oakmont Lapidary & Silvercraft
  • Oakmont Lawn Bowls
  • One Partner Bridge
  • Outdoor Shuffleboard Club
  • Palo Verde Artists
  • Piano Club
  • Pickleball Club
  • Pinochle
  • RV Club
  • Racquetball Club of Sun City
  • Readers Ensemble
  • Rhythm Ramblers
  • Rockhounds
  • Rockin' Thru the Years
  • Saguaro Bridge
  • Saturday Pinochle
  • Senior Softball Club
  • Sew 'N Sew
  • Silver Stones
  • Six Shooter Horseshoes
  • So Grand Exercise
  • Spanish Club
  • Stamp Club
  • Stretch & Slim
  • Sun City Ballroom Dance Club
  • Sun City Billiards
  • Sun City Calligraphy Society
  • Sun City Carvers
  • Sun City Choraliers
  • Sun City Clay Club
  • Sun City Concert Band
  • Sun City Democrats
  • Sun City Duplicate Bridge
  • Sun City Lawn Bowls (USLBA)
  • Sun City Line Dance Club
  • Sun City Model Railroad Club
  • Sun City Players Community Theater
  • Sun City Poms
  • Sun City Republican Club
  • Sun City Singles Dance Club
  • Sun City Singles Social Club
  • Sun City Squares
  • Sun City Women's Social Club
  • Sundial Crafts
  • Sundial Dance Club
  • Sundial Shuffleboard Club
  • Swim Club
  • Table Tennis Club
  • Tennis Club
  • Thursday Afternoon Bridge
  • Tip Top Dance Club
  • Ukulele Club
  • Water Volleyball
  • Wednesday Afternoon Bridge
  • Women's Chorus

Sun City Reviews (14)

Average Rating for this Community
5.0
5.0

My husband and I purchased our home a bit over a year ago. We are doing a total remodel and the house is looking great. Love our neighbors, exceptional people. The amenities are superb and there are so many different things (crafts, exercise, hobbies, activities and community outreach) to get involved in. This is an older, larger, well established community that has something for everyone. Many homes have been remodeled for those who do want the hassle but there are also homes that are available to do your own remodeling. The construction of these homes are solid. They are older, but retro is in. I can only say good things about this community.

5.0

My husband and I moved to Sun City from Denver almost three years ago. I really think it is the best retirement community in the valley. It has great amenities and is big enough that you do not feel you are living in a fishbowl. Baby Boomers are moving in and renovating the houses. New clubs are always being formed to meet the current interests and all the facilities are well maintained. I don't play golf but enjoy the beautiful scenic views they provide while biking around the neighborhood. It is not a gated community but it feels very safe. It has hiking clubs, biking clubs, volleyball etc. I guess what I am getting at is that if you are still active you will find plenty of things to do. If that is not your thing, don't worry, you will still find tons of other types of clubs to explore. Come visit, I don't think you will be disappointed and you may be pleasantly surprised.

5.0

just wanted to say what a wonderful job Teresa, our activity director is doing bringing in some wonderful entertainment at the Sun Bowl and Sundial. Keep up the good work, we all love it

5.0

By using 55 places.com I was able to search and find the "right house for me". This site was very easy to navigate and find excellent information on not only the homes, but everything else(rec centers,HOA's if any,safe neighborhoods etc.) Once I saw how easy the site was and how many properties they listed, I only used them. The one thing that does stand out is that there are "actual phones numbers" to contact agents that work these specific area's that actually call you back if you leave a message.

If I ever move again (hoping I don't have to) I will use this site again because it's easy,simple and just plain good to use.

Gregory Huss

5.0

I am thinking of moving to Sun City. What advice can you give to very active 55 singl,e female. I need to rent, not buy.

5.0

Sun City grows on you. When I moved to Arizona 10 years ago, I rented while looked around to decide where to buy. I dismissed Sun City at first because I thought everything and everyone was old. After all, the place opened in 1950.

Well, after almost a year of investigation, I ended up buying a home in Sun City because: It is very affordable; the homes, although built 30-50 years ago, are mainly upgraded and modern; the ammenities are excellent (including 11 golf courses and 7 rec centers)it's near to the 101 Freeway and only a half hour from Sky Harbor Airport; it's safe; the people are nice; there are restaurants, shopping, live theatre, movies, medical facilities (really whatever you could ever need) within a mile or two.

I could go on and on, but will end with the comment that now that I'm 10 years older, I like it even better and (guess what) people don't seem as old any more!

5.0

We bought our house in 1999, before we were old enough to live here, and remodeled our 1960s home. When I retired at age 52 in 2000, we were snowbirds for the first 6 years, but found the constant packing/unpacking for 5 months (and long 3200 mile road trip) to be a drag--things we needed were always in the other place! AND we missed all the activities we did in Sun City, and the wonderful friends we had made here. There is something for everyone here, and if you hear anyone say they are bored--it is definitely their own fault. The photos on this website did not show the newly built Pickleball pavilion that we have here--only a few outdoor courts. We have a total of 27 pickleball courts here in Sun City. There are 8 undercover/lighted courts and 16 lighted outdoor courts at the Pavilion at the Marinette Rec Center, PLUS 7 more lighted outdoor courts at the Mountain View Rec Center. Major tournaments are held at Marinette throughout the year.

The article also neglected to mention the fact that there IS new house building going on in Sun City. 142 new homes are being built and there are 3 models for interested people to view. However, this will be the last of new building to happen as there is no more space.

Being from rural Maine, Sun City is a dream come true for us, as we love all the theater, museums and other cultural events which are all within an easy drive in any direction! And just a quick 1-2 hour drive North lets you see snow if you really miss it!

There is nothing outdated about Sun City, except people's old misconceptions. We may be the oldest 55+ retirement community in the country, but also the best! Del Webb was a genius and our volunteer Board of Directors makes sure that our city stays up to date and financially sound--unlike many other communities that tried to follow in Del Webb's footsteps!

5.0

It's been six years since my last critique of the community, and in that time, Sun City has invested 40 million dollars in our remarkable amenity package. Of course our biggest challenge is the perception because we were the first, we are the most outdated.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Knowing we are the oldest (Jan, 1960) has been the driving force for the original Sun City to act in ways most would never expect or consider. Drive through the community and as you pass by the 7 recreation centers and 8 golf courses, you will note the investment in solar panels. But they don't sit atop buildings, we built structures over our ample parking spaces to provide shade as well as cutting our utility costs dramatically. Residents love them and just what you wouldn't expect from the first age-restricted community.

As impressive as they are, it barely scratches the surface of the bigger picture Sun City. We raise 6 to 8 million dollars per year for our preservation and improvement fund (PIF), and it all comes from buyers at the point of sale of a Sun City property. Started in 1999, by 2025, we will have generated well over 100 million dollars to update, remodel or rebuild our amenities.

It doesn't stop there, as buyers over the last 15 years have been remodeling homes at a record pace. Sun City homes were built from 1960-1978. They had great bones and with almost every interior wall being removable, they are tailor made for creating the open concept living sought by so many boomers. For anyone with a vision of what they want, being able to buy right and fix up a property with their own stamp on it is pure joy.

While we are talking about housing, we have it all; literally. Del Webb called it his "6 modes of living," and it is one of the reasons Sun City is so unique. From single family homes, garden court units, patio homes, doubles, quads and apartments, we have it all. Often i read about how newer developments are out of many boomers price range, buyers can still find options under 100K. And for those with bigger budgets, we have homes on our two man-made lakes that top out around $500,000. With 27,000 rooftops, there truly is something for everyone in Sun City.

It wouldn't be right to end this without touching on the Sun City way of life. Last night we attended a free concert for residents at the Sun Bowl. This gorgeous grass amphitheater packed 8,000 happy people in for a Bob Seeger tribute show. It was the kickoff of our Sunday night concert series, which is starting after an incredible indoor concerts at the Sun Dial auditorium where we average 1500 ticket buyers to some of the best entertainment in the West Valley.

That's just one aspect of what Sun City is all about and why most coming here are amazed. We have 130 plus clubs that run the gamut of things to do. Our new pickleball pavilion leaves visitors for the many tournaments we host drooling. Three years ago we spent 150K to create a long term fish habitat program so residents could enjoy year round fishing, and the addition of 4 paddle boats have spiked interest in the spectacular area around View Point lake.

As always, i tend to ramble on, but when it comes to Sun City, there's never enough time to cover just how special it is. From music ( a dozen different options to preform or just listen), to sports, to crafts, to the more cerebral things like our own Life Long Learning club, the options are endless.

I cannot end this without perhaps our most endearing quality... we are affordable. Our yearly lost assessment is under $500 ($41 per month). We have no local school taxes, so we average about $800 per year. Golf cars are street legal, and there is roughly 10,00 of them here (making for very cheep transportation). Our streets are wider than every other age restricted community and our lots are bigger as well. We are a great value, and we are a community built on having great values. We aren't the newest, biggest or shinny-est, but pound for pound you will not find a better value for your retirement dollar.

No matter where you end up buying, you owe it to yourself to try Sun City. It has been the gold standard for every community that came after us. If nothing else we will give you an idea of what you are looking for as a benchmark on your expectations for your place in the sun.

5.0

We came out in the summer of 2014.Not knowing anything about Sun City, we spent a weekend. We looked at just a few places and knew it was the place for us. We purchased a home. And never looked back. There is so much to do here. If you do not use the ammines. Then that is on you, because there is so much to do. So many clubs, shows, activities to do. We feel blessed to have found our little home.

5.0

I just closed on my home in Sun City. The properties and amenities are well-maintained, with a cool retro vibe that just works. People are friendly and actively pursuing old and new interests. In deciding whether to return to Arizona from overseas or find a new locale in the U.S., Sun City was my choice as a young (56) baby boomer. I love it and highly recommend it. 55 Places was the best site to handle my questions about Sun City.

5.0

We are very happy to be hear in Sun City. There is so much to do, and see. Living here year round will be a daily treat.

Thank you,

Jeff & Janina

5.0

We love our home in Sun City. The neighborhood is neat and well taken care of. We're happy with all of the activities we can participate in, and with all of the available ammenities.

5.0

Almost any resident of Sun City can (and will if given a chance) give you a long dissertation about the virtues of living here. We all seem to love the active lifestyle, the many amenities, and the fact that all of our neghbors are pretty much the same as us in terms of age and interests.

That being said, however, the best way to get a feel for Sun City living is to stay here for awhile, as the previous reviewer did. Rent here for a few months in the Winter, purchase a privilege card that gives you access to the wonderful recreation centers and join clubs that have similar interests as you. It is very inexpensive to do this. Or, if you are a golfer, get involved in the golfing activities. Park your RV in our excellent, secure, and inexpensive RV storage facility. Stable your horse in the Sun City stable. Man we have it all!

If you do what I have suggested above, I can almost guarantee you that you will want to spend your retirement years living here.

5.0

Great to see this review system in place. One of the first things we learned about Sun City was there was a sense of sharing and caring that we hadn't always found in non age restricted settings.

I am a frequent poster to the 55places website and find the articles interesting and the analysis of other communities fascinating. For example, a recent column was regarding "affordable" California communities.

Which is the perfect segue into living in the original Sun City AZ development. Affordable is a relative term and Sun City (in my opinion) is the best buy for the money. More amenities at the lowest cost imaginable. My wife and i pay $432 per year; we have 8 golf courses and 7 rec centers, all within reach on our golf cars which are street legal (electric by the way). Throw in the fact our 2700 sq ft home has property taxes at $1000 a year and we are truly an "affordable" place to live.

As long as I am gushing, let me tell you the rest of the story: While Sun City is a great value, more importantly are the values that have come from 50 years as a self governed community. We run ourselves with millions of hours per year given back by residents. We have a wonderful hospital within the walls and our medical services are extraordinary.

Perhaps the best of all worlds is that age in Sun City is immaterial. My folks lived here and I refused to come to Sun City because i didn't want to be with a bunch of "old people." At 49 I broke down and within 1 day of being here I called my wife back in Minnesota and said this is where we will retire; she started laughing at me. She visited 3 months later and found the same attachment.

At 51 we bought a place, rented it out in the winter months and at 55 retired and moved to Sun City permanently. We are baby boomers and i was a flaming workoholic (please note "was"). I have never once looked back as the community has afforded me the opportunity to be a part of something very special.

Come visit us, you will be as amazed as i was. Nice to know love at first sight is still out there eh?

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