Community Spotlight: Sun City Center in Florida’s Gulf Coast

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Sun City Center is a unique community close to Central Florida’s Gulf Coast. It’s an unincorporated area of Hillsborough County and operates without any government structure in place (it’s run by volunteers). This self-contained community which began in 1961 now includes 9,500 homes and tries to offer residents everything they need, from shopping to grocery stores, places of worship, and a hospital. There’s rarely a reason to leave and that’s the point.   

Fifty Years of Development

Del Webb was the first builder on the scene at Sun City Center, constructing homes for active adults between 1961 and 1972. After selling the remaining land, a number of different communities began to grow around the original neighborhood. A separate age-restricted community known as Kings Point was also created within Sun City Center.

Residents hoping to buy a home here can now choose from several different models and floor plans in a number of diverse campuses and communities. There are two-bedroom homes available as well as properties as large as four bedrooms, ranging from 1,500 square feet to over 3,000. It’s not uncommon to see over 100 homes for sale at any given time here.

Enjoying the Golf Cart Lifestyle

It’s not unusual to see a line of golf carts idling at the drive-thru window of the local McDonald’s here. Golf carts are the preferred method of transportation for Sun City Center residents. It’s an easy way to get to the clubhouse, the pool, or one of the pharmacies, and they actually have the right of way on the streets winding through the community. People take their golf carts to the local grocery stores and retail centers. You can shop for a golf cart or get yours repaired at one of the local dealers on site.

Amenities and Activities at Sun City Center

There aren’t many 55+ communities that can rival the amenities and activities offered by Sun City Center. This self-contained village offers everything you could need when it comes to fitness, education, and socializing. There are five clubhouses associated with each of the campuses in the community, each with their own pools, workout centers, tennis courts, and shuffleboard courts. The Kings Point clubhouses have a pottery studio, a theater, a library, and a floating fish dock. At the Renaissance Club, there’s a wine club, restaurants, and a wellness center. Residents can also use softball fields, volleyball courts, and dog parks.  

Activities are planned or available for residents to work into their own schedules. There’s a women’s club, an investment club, and a computer club, to name a few. Go birding with the on-site Audubon Society or take one of the many minibus trips to St. Petersburg or Tampa. Several times a week, residents can leave their cars (and golf carts) at home and take a shuttle to the mall in nearby Brandon.

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<h3>Desirable Central Florida Location</h3>
<p>Sun City Center is located fairly close to both Tampa and <a href=Sarasota. It’s right off I-75, which makes travel to the north and the south fairly easy. In Tampa, residents can enjoy the Tampa Museum of Art or watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play football. Sarasota offers a number of fine dining and great shopping opportunities, and don’t forget the beaches. Siesta Key has been named one of America’s best beaches.

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