Many active adult homebuyers look for energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly homes. Del Webb, the country’s leading builder of active adult communities, continues to meet these needs with innovations such as its Green-built homes offered at two Arizona communities: Sun City Festival and Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch.
Eco-Friendly Home Features
There are many exciting features available in these eco-friendly Del Webb homes, but one feature that is sure to stand out to potential homebuyers is the standard addition of solar panel systems.
According to Bobbie Provencher, a sales representative for Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch, “Currently, all new homes that are being built in Sun City will have the 1.8 kW solar system included in the price of the home. There is also an option to purchase upgraded systems, and buyers are eligible for the US tax credits, too.”
Some of the other standard features on Sun City Festival and Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch’s new homes include tankless gas hot water heaters, vinyl low-E “Cool Ray” dual pane windows, 14-SEER air condition systems, and efficient forced-air gas furnaces.
Provencher goes on to say that, “Sun City homes have the lowest HERS ratings of any new homes being built and this is all included in the base price, adding even more to the value of our homes in this incredible Del Webb community.”
For home buyers interested in Green homes, the HERS rating is an important indicator of energy efficiency. The term “HERS rating” refers to a standard Home Energy Rating System. Simply put, a home earns a lower HERS rating by being more energy efficient.
Del Webb’s Green-built homes with standard features earn a HERS rating between 50 and 40, which lets homeowners save up to 60% on their energy bills. By upgrading home features, Green built homes can achieve a HERS rating as low as 21, which translates up to about 80% in savings.
As a Phoenix real estate expert who frequently works within the Sun City Festival community, Jay Otlewski finds that clients who buy new homes tend to pursue green technology more than the people purchasing resale homes. He tells us, “More clients are asking about energy efficiency in their new homes this year. Perhaps because of the rising gas prices, but also because of environmental issues.”
Sun City Festival Amenities
However, Del Webb’s new Green-built homes are not the only reason homebuyers continue to choose Sun City Festival and Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch. Each of these popular Arizona communities offer a wide range of amenities that support active adult lifestyles.
At Sun City Festival in Buckeye, resort-style activities are centered around the 31,000-square-foot Sage Recreation Center. Residents enjoy many on-site amenities including championship golf, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, hobby and game rooms, arts and crafts studios, a computer lab, and an outdoor amphitheater. Multiple sports courts let residents participate in games like tennis, pickleball, basketball, volleyball, bocce ball, and softball.
Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch Amenities
In Florence, Arizona, Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch provides many of these same resort-style amenities, as well as an ASU Lifelong Learning Academy. As part of the larger Merrill Ranch master-planned community, Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch offers community residents access to its own amenities as well as many additional features within Merrill Ranch. A few of these extra features include a rock climbing wall, a skate park, a water park, and six soccer fields.
Whether choosing to buy a home within Sun City Festival or Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch, active adults who are relocating to Arizona will be happy to find energy savings in their new Green-built Del Webb homes.