View of a golf fairway and pond at sunset in Sun City Shadow Hills, located in Indio, California

California boasts five beautiful Sun City communities, each with its own character.

Sun City Communities have been in high demand since 1960 when the original Sun City 55+ community opened in Arizona. Since then, active adults have come to know the Sun City name for their well-built, low-maintenance homes, world-class amenities, and attention to detail.

Sun City raised the standard of active adult living, and it’s no wonder homes in these communities sell quickly. California boasts five beautiful Sun City communities, each with its own character. All of them, however, offer the high-quality features one would expect from this renowned name. Read on to discover more about the five Sun City communities located in sunny California.         

Sun City Lincoln Hills - Lincoln, CA

Mid $300s - Mid $1Ms

A bush garden and pathway in front of a clubhouse in Sun City Lincoln Hills, located in Lincoln, California

Sun City Lincoln Hills is one of the best-selling active adult communities in the country.

As one of the best-selling active adult communities in the country, Sun City Lincoln Hills boasts a ton of choices when it comes to the pricing, style, and size of homes. This sprawling community of 6,783 attached and single-family homes is located in the upscale Sacramento suburb of Lincoln.

This 55+ community was developed by renowned builder Del Webb from 1999 to 2008. Attached homes are available in two-story buildings with upper- and lower-level units. Floor plans range from 917 to 1,519 square feet with one or two bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two bathrooms, and one-car garages. Single-family floor plans range from 901 to 3,068 square feet, with one to four bedrooms, one to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached garage.

The staggering amount of amenities offered at Sun City Lincoln Hills is a huge draw for homebuyers looking for fun, fitness, relaxation, and socializing. At the heart of the community is the 68,000-square-foot recreational center, Orchard Creek Lodge. Here, residents can take advantage of an indoor pool, two outdoor pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor walking track, numerous activity rooms, and a 15,000-square-foot ballroom with an entertainment stage. There’s also an onsite spa, restaurant and bar, cafe, and a whopping 11 community parks. Golfers will appreciate the 36-holes of championship golf on well-manicured fairways surrounded by pine, oak, and redwood trees.

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Sun City Palm Desert - Palm Desert, CA

High $300s - Low $1Ms 

Distant view of golfers on a course near a pond in Sun City Palm Desert, California

Sun City Palm Desert is home to two 18-hole championship golf courses.

Sun City Palm Desert is a sprawling oasis set in the heart of Coachella Valley in Southern California. This roughly 5,000-home community offers both attached and single-family homes in a huge array of floor plans and prices, so there’s sure to be a home here that fits everyone’s wants and needs. With two 18-hole championship golf courses and a huge number of amenities, this gated community attracts buyers looking for a both a beautiful home and ample opportunity to stay active.

Homes at Sun City Palm Desert range from under 1,000 to over 3,200 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages. Many of these well-designed homes boast golf cart storage and sweeping views of the nearby mountains.

As one of the premier golf destinations in the world, Palm Desert is a golfer’s delight with over 200 golf courses in the surrounding area. Closer to home, two 18-hole championship golf courses at Mountain Vista Golf Club attract golfers of all skill levels. Other exciting amenities include three well-equipped clubhouses, multiple exercise rooms, swimming pools, restaurants, and golf pro shops. Residents also have access to an 18-hole putting course, two fenced dog parks, miles of walking and jogging paths, and much more.

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Sun City Shadow Hills - Indio, CA

Mid $300s - High $800s

Shadow Hills Golf Course and pond backing up to a mountain range, located in Indio, California

This gated 55+ community is a favorite among active adults looking for a great location and the amenities to match.

Another Coachella Valley Sun City community, Sun City Shadow Hills offers constant warm, sunny weather, along with spacious single-family homes in a range of prices and styles. Located within a short drive to Palm Springs, this gated 55+ community is a favorite among active adults looking for a great location and the amenities to match.

Models in this 3,400-home community range from 1,099 to just under 3,000 square feet. Over 30 floor plans are offered, giving buyers plenty of options from two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, golf cart space, multiple-car garages, and high-end finishes.

This friendly community employs a full-time activities director who plans outings, events, parties, and more, so there’s always something fun to do both onsite and off. Two large clubhouses are home to fitness centers, tennis and bocce courts, outdoor swimming pools, and cafes. There’s also plenty opportunity to golf at the onsite Shadow Hills Golf Course, which offers 18-holes of golf and an additional par-3 course for shorter games.

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Sun City Roseville - Roseville, CA

Mid $400s - Low $800s 

Several rows of colorful flowers in front of the driveway for the clubhouse in Sun City Roseville, California

As the central hub of the community, Timber Creek Recreation Lodge features 52,000 square feet of amenities.

Located 20 miles northeast of Sacramento, Sun City Roseville is a 3,110-home 55+ community welcoming new residents. This neighborhood of single-family homes is tucked away in the upper-class suburb of Roseville, just a short drive to the excitement of Sacramento, and just under a two-hour drive from outdoor activities at Lake Tahoe.

Homes in this high-demand community range from 878 to over 2,600 square feet and feature one to three bedrooms, one to three bathrooms, and attached one- to three-car garages. These low-maintenance homes all single-story and were thoughtfully designed with modern features from 1995 to 2000.

As the central hub of the community, Timber Creek Recreation Lodge features 52,000 square feet of amenities, including a fitness center, indoor lap pool, grand ballroom, billiards rooms, hobby studios, and much more. Outdoors, residents can stay active on the six lighted tennis courts, six lighted bocce ball courts, a pickleball court, and a half basketball court. Golfers can take delight in the 27-holes course offered at Sun City Roseville, comprised of the 6,510-yard, 18-hole Timber Creek course and the 9-hole Sierra Pines course.

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Sun City Apple Valley - Apple Valley, CA

Mid $200s - Mid $700s 

Boulders on a mountain in the sunlight, located in Apple Valley, California

Sun City Apple Valley boasts well-designed homes and a sunny, desert local.

With just 1,700 single-family homes, Sun City Apple Valley is on the smaller side—by Sun City standards, that is. Regardless, this tight-knit community is big on amenities, with golf courses, an indoor walking track, and not one, but two dog parks. It also boasts well-designed homes at fantastic prices, and a sunny, desert local in charming Apple Valley. 

Del Webb began construction of this community in 2004. Floor plans are sized from 1,099 to just 2,340 square feet, with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages. These single-level, ranch-style homes feature low-maintenance landscaping and contemporary designs, some with additional golf cart space, too.

That golf cart space comes in handy when playing the 27-hole Ashwood Golf Course. Other standout amenities include the 22,000-square-foot Aspen Clubhouse and the 8,000-square-foot Mariposa Lodge, which are both chock-full of exciting offerings fitness centers, dance studios, and more.

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