Sun City: Arizona’s Original Retirement Destination


Known as the first modern 55+ active adult community in the country, Sun City has a prime location near Phoenix, Arizona. This Del Webb development opened in 1960 and was the first of many Sun City communities now found throughout the country. Today, the original Sun City boasts over 27,000 homes and an exciting line-up of resort-style amenities.

Del Webb opened Sun City on New Year’s Day in 1960 and it was an instant success, with over 100,000 visitors touring the community in the first weekend alone. Development was completed in 1978, with 27,492 homes, 11 golf courses, 19 shopping areas, recreation centers, swimming pools, sports courts and much more.

While Sun City is older than many active adult communities in the Phoenix area, retirees are drawn to its well-established grounds, resort-style amenities, affordable homes, and prime location.

Home Styles

When it comes to homes, Sun City’s diverse line-up features both attached and single-family designs in dozens of floor plans. Home sizes range from just 689 to over 2,100 square feet. Attached homes typically include one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and one to two-and-a-half-car garages.

Single-family homes are a bit larger, commonly featuring two or three bedrooms, one to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a one or two-car garage. While homes were originally built between 1960 and 1978, many homeowners have since remodeled and upgraded.

This has created an even more diverse range of available resale homes, with designs that appeal to many different active adult homebuyers. With appealing homes, fabulous amenities and a prime Phoenix area location, it’s easy to see why the original Sun City continues to be popular with many active adult retirees.



Social and recreational activities are spread across a variety of amenity centers, while shopping centers provide a number of convenient services. Sun City residents can enjoy fitness centers with state-of-the-art fitness cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, aerobics and dance studios, indoor walking tracks, spas, and swimming pools.

Numerous hobby and game rooms feature billiards halls, card rooms, arts and crafts studios, and even a bowling alley. There are meeting rooms for special-interest groups, restaurants for on-site dining, libraries, computer centers, and 31 places of worship. Sun City is even home to the Boswell Hospital.

For daily entertainment, spacious ballrooms, auditoriums, and social halls provide plenty of space for parties, shows, and other community activities. Residents can also enjoy shows and events in Sun City’s Performing Arts Theater and Sun Bowl Amphitheatre.

Outdoor amenities feature swimming pools, sports courts, fishing lakes, picnic areas, parks, and walking trails. While soaking up the Arizona sunshine, residents can enjoy activities like tennis, pickleball, bocce ball, shuffleboard, softball, horseshoes, and mini golf. Resident golfers can also make use of 11 golf courses, including three private, and eight public clubs.

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