Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch is a 55+ community in Florence, Arizona. This active adult community is situated southeast of the San Tan Mountains and about an hour from Phoenix. Residents of the Sun City age-restricted neighborhood enjoy exclusive use of a private clubhouse plus access to the Merrill Ranch master-planned amenities. The grounds of Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch are dotted with open spaces, scenic views, and miles of walking and biking trails. Homebuyers are attracted to Anthem at Merrill Ranch's single-family homes and carefree lifestyle. Owning a low-maintenance home allows for more time to get to know your new neighbors. Several clubs, classes, and activities are offered throughout the year, providing many ways to keep busy both socially and physically.

Homebuyers looking for homes for sale in Florence, AZ have plenty of options to choose from at Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch.

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch Amenities

Residents of Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch have a vast array of world-class amenities to take advantage of. Within the private Sun City 55+ section of Merrill Ranch, homeowners enjoy an 48,000 square-foot clubhouse featuring a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, a restaurant and cyber cafe, ballroom, and a variety of hobby and game rooms.

The 18-hole 7,300 yard Poston-Butte Golf Course designed by Gary Panks and managed by Troon Golf winds throughout the community. Memorable par three holes featuring island greens, stacked stone walls, and bunkers stretching from tee to green captivate players of all skill levels.

In addition to tennis, bocce ball, and horseshoe courts, Anthem at Merrill Ranch has the added benefit of being a part of the larger Merrill Ranch master planned community. Some of Sun City's most active residents are regulars on the Merrill Ranch basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, and rock climbing wall. Plus, the massive Merrill Ranch water park is a big hit when family comes to visit.

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch Homes & Real Estate

Del Webb began construction of Sun City at Merrill Ranch in 2006 and plans to offer 3,800 homes upon completion. The builder offers 22 single-family floor plans that range from 1,100 to over 2,800 square feet. These homes feature one to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Some homes also offer den spaces and half bathrooms. 

Buyers can choose from homes that offer courtyards, front porches, and casitas. The homes in Sun City Merrill Ranch are favored by people who want new or nearly new construction with the latest desirable upgrades and modern floor plans. Homebuyers can select from both new construction and a selection of resale homes.

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch Lifestyle

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch has a full-time activities coordinator who is continually providing an exciting lineup of entertaining activities, classes, and events to ensure homeowners enjoy a socially active and physically engaging lifestyle. Sun City is also committed to continuing education and has instituted an ASU Lifelong Learning Academy that provides residents the opportunity to partake in continuing education classes without leaving the community.

Florence, AZ Area

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch is located in the town of Florence, AZ. Although Florence is more secluded there are everyday convinces close to home and local attractions can be reached within a short drive.

Residents can find daily necessities at stores such as Safeway, Walmart, and Fry's Food and Drug are just a few minutes away. Pharmacies like Walgreens are less than 20 minutes away. 

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch is also close to several health care providers, including Florence Hospital, Mountain Vista Medical Center, and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. 

When homeowners are looking for dining and entertainment options they can head to downtown Florence which is home to several restaurants, cafes, and bars. Additional attractions in the area include the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Butterfly Wonderland, and Arizona Falls. 

Golfers can enjoy courses like Golf Club at Johnson Ranch and Las Colinas Golf Club. Nearby state parks such as Lost Dutchman State Park, San Tan Mountain Regional Park are ideal places for hiking and outdoor enthusiasts.

Those who want to visit metropolitan areas can drive just over an hour to cities such as Phoenix and Scottsdale. When it comes to long-distance travel, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is 56 miles away. 

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Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch Amenities

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

  • Clubhouse/Amenity Center
  • Golf Course
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Aerobics & Dance Studio
  • Indoor Walking Track
  • Hobby & Game Room
  • Card Room
  • Ceramics Studio
  • Arts & Crafts Studio
  • Ballroom
  • Computers
  • Library
  • Walking & Biking Trails
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball Courts
  • Bocce Ball Courts
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Softball/Baseball Field
  • Basketball Court
  • Volleyball Court
  • Lakes - Fishing Lakes
  • Outdoor Amphitheater
  • Playground for Grandkids
  • Continuing Education Center
  • Spin Bike Studio
  • Soccer Fields
  • Water Park
  • Skate Park
  • Demonstration Kitchen
  • Golf Practice Facilities/Putting Green
  • Picnic Area
  • Rock Climbing Wall

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch Clubs, Groups, Activities & Classes

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

  • Biggest Losers Weight Loss
  • Bingo
  • Bocce Social Group
  • Bridge
  • Bunco
  • Ceramics Club
  • Circuit Training
  • Complete Fitness
  • Cooking Club
  • Core Conditioning
  • Cycling Group
  • Genealogy
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Get Your Walk On Walking
  • Glass Fusion
  • Gourmet Food Group
  • Hand and Foot Time Games
  • Hiking Club
  • Investment Group
  • Jewely Making
  • Ladies Golf Group
  • Ladies Nine Hole
  • Ladies Putt and Pour
  • Line Dancing
  • Mah Jongg
  • Men's Golf Group
  • Mexican Train Tile Games
  • Neighborhood Watch Group
  • PickleBall Group
  • Pilates
  • Pinochle
  • Poker Club
  • Pottery Group
  • Red Hats
  • Security Group
  • Sip and Savor Wine Group
  • Spin
  • Stained Glass/Mosaic Group
  • Sun City Piece Makers Quilting
  • Swim Aerobics
  • Weight Watchers
  • X-treme Team Adventure
  • Yappy Hour (Pet Group)
  • Yoga
  • Zumba

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch Reviews (7)

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Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch is the hidden jewel of the desert in Arizona. The community is experiencing rapid growth with a mix of year around residents like us and seasonal residents. The primary reason we built in this community was the golf course. Poston Butte is beautiful year round and challenging. There are Couples, Ladies and Men's groups so getting involved is not a problem. It might seen like you are located far from everything, but that is not true. There is very little traffic, but we have everything we need at the entrance to our community. We have driven more miles on our golf cart than on our car. We Love It Here! Away from the hustle and bustle of metro Phoenix or Tucson. We are about half way between both, so we have choices when we want to go to the city. New Models will be opening this month.


I moved here two years ago from Northern Pa. It was the best move I've ever made, wish I would have done it sooner. I love my home, my neighbors are the greatest, the people that operate the facility are kind and helpful. It's quiet, but lots of things to do. Not to big that we get lost. Weather is just heavenly, sky at night unbelievable. People all help each other here. This was a God send to me. Last year my husband died of lung cancer, my dear friends, neighbors and other widows helped me pull thru. The prices are just right, HOA not over the moon!!! Clean, clean, and clean. HOA people keep up with all of us following the rules!!! I love that, no crappy stuff on the house, in the streets, etc. I loved being close to my neighbors, feel safe. They just constructed a doggie park..absolutely the greatest. And all the beautiful cactus, we all have them, and when they start to bloom, I'm surely in heaven. Thank you Del Webb for my beautiful spot at Merrill Ranch!!!!!


We spent our first year as a snowbird Nov-April, simply loved being there. The people are so friendly, there are many activities of which the gym, which I never went to one previously was my favorite. So many machines, even managed to lose 20 lbs. It is a social club, you see some of the same residents every day, miss them if they are not there. The hot tub is wonderful for all those aches and pains. They have barbecues, 2-3 day trips to Vegas and California. You can be as busy as you want to be. The lot we have is 11000 sq ft, wonderfully landscaped, 600 sq ft patio and a firepit. We have already started to pack to drive back in November, can't wait to see our new Canadian and new American friends. I can't say enough about Anthem, it was the right decision for us and I am sure would be for anyone.


After searching two years for our retirement dream, we found our perfect fit at Merrill Ranch. We love the open spaces, inclusion of parks and green belts throughout the community, the quality of the home construction and community center, and the neighbors and staff we have met are wonderful. We are looking forward to this next adventure in life!


I am thrilled with everything about Sun City Anthem! My husband and I moved here to be closer to our son and his family who live at Merrill Ranch. It's so nice to be so close to them and have all these wonderful amenities. I enjoy taking my grandkids to the watermark at Merrill Ranch and playing in the parks. It's really the best of both worlds having our family so close but also having such a great group of new friends and so many fun activities at Sun City.


The only thing I do not like here is the close proximity to your neighbors. The homes are pretty close together, just like the rest of AZ. I can hear my neighbors talk on the phone if I am outside. I have been here 5 winters as a snowbird, and it is very nice. Everything I need is within bike riding distance. The grounds and Community Center are kept immaculate. It is not a problem to drive a few miles to get to bigger stores, and they are improving the only road here...Hunt Highway. If you like a place with no traffic and no hustle and bustle, you will love it here. They have wide streets with sidewalks and street lights...some developments do not have this! HOA fees are about $120 a month. Garbage pickup is about $20 a month. Electricity and gas are reasonable...but watch out for the water! $70+ a month regardless how much you use. Overall, it is a great place but the lots need to be bigger for more privacy. The HOA is pretty picky about what you can and cannot do to the outside area of your home.


First off, we generally enjoy the lifestyle in this community. We have made many friends and the amenities are top-notch. It is a great place to live. I would give the community 4.0 stars.
However, one thing to consider when researching 55+ communities, in addition to the lifestyle, is the builder. In this case, the builder is Pulte. If considering this community, I would advise you to buy a resale house rather than a new construction. The new houses being thrown up as quickly as possible are no match for existing houses built five or more years ago. It's a shame that the construction is so shoddy, since this really is a nice community in most other respects.

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