Situated at the base of the White Tank Mountains in Buckeye, Arizona is Sun City Festival. This 45+ active adult community’s location makes it attractive for those seeking a relaxing lifestyle outside of the city. Although Sun City Festival is nestled in the remote Arizona desert about 30 miles away from downtown Phoenix, its resort-style amenities are enough to keep residents active and social. Below we’re taking a closer look at what makes Sun City Festival such a desirable community in the Phoenix area.
Modern, Reasonably Priced Homes
This Del Webb community began development in 2006 and is ongoing, so residents can expect newer constructions with energy efficient designs and modern touches, such as stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. There are 7,200 new and resale single-family homes available, and they are priced between the low $200s to the high $500s.
These homes are available in 22 unique floor plan designs, ranging in size from 1,100 to 2,800 square feet. Exterior styles include Spanish, European, Ranch, and Tuscan designs with high-end details. Most homes in Sun City Festival include at least two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a spacious garage with room for at least two cars.
HOA fees are $124 monthly, with an additional fee of $15 for cable services. These fees include maintenance of common areas and access to Sun City Festival’s rich assortment of amenities.
Resort-Style Amenities and an Active Social Atmosphere
Sun City Festival’s 31,000 square-foot recreation center offers an active, social lifestyle for residents. Called the Sage Recreation Center, this central social hub has an immense outdoor pool with waterfalls, a spa, and a high-end fitness center with aerobics and other classes.
For those looking to enjoy a little friendly competition, the community has pickleball, tennis, basketball, volleyball, bocce ball, horseshoes, and a putting green. The 18-hole Copper Canyon Golf Club is another popular attraction for residents. Active adults who prefer creative hobbies will feel right at home at the community’s 9,000 square-foot crafts studio, which offers a full wood shop, glass arts, ceramics, and pottery studios.
Sun City Festival caters to a wide range of interests, and with their monthly lifestyle events – including dances, street fairs, and pool parties – there is no shortage of options to keep active and stay social. Sun City Festival also has a full-time activities director to ensure residents always stay informed about what’s going on in their community and know when their favorite clubs are meeting.
Homeowners here can also take advantage of the Arizona State University Lifelong Learning Academy, which gives residents the opportunity to enrich themselves with a diverse curriculum taught by ASU professors. Classes include literature, foreign languages, financial planning, and more.
When residents want to relax with a bite to eat, they head to Indigo Bar & Grille, which is housed in the on-site Copper Canyon Golf Club. This restaurant is a popular choice among residents, and it includes a delicious menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items.
Notable Local Sights and Attractions
Sun City Festival is located in Buckeye, AZ, which is less than an hour’s drive from downtown Phoenix, making it perfect for day trips into the city. Its beautiful desert location makes it attractive for residents who love the outdoors. And because the community is about 1,600 feet above the valley floor, it enjoys cooler summers and cleaner air.
The community itself has many walking and biking trails, as well as parks and naturals spaces, but the scenic White Tank Mountains are also a short drive away. White Tank Mountain Regional Park offers biking, camping, horseback riding, stargazing, and more.
When residents need to run errands, the neighboring town of Surprise, AZ is just 10 miles away. Surprise is a bustling little city where many of Sun City Festival’s residents head to go grocery shopping, visit the beauty salon, take care of business at the bank, and more.
For those who miss the amenities and entertainment of the city, downtown Phoenix is just 30 miles away. Phoenix’s urban center offers access to diverse culture, a thriving live music scene, award-winning restaurants, and an eclectic art community.
Located where Arizona’s desert meets the mountains, Sun City Festival offers a tranquil, but social lifestyle for active adults aged 45+. With its easy access to downtown Phoenix and nearby Surprise, AZ, residents enjoy that shopping spots and big-city attractions are just a short drive away.