In a recent review of 55places’ pageviews from January 2018 until now, there were some clear winners for communities in Arizona. With amenity-rich environments, a large selection of homes, and convenient locations, it’s no surprise why these communities are currently generating buzz. Below we’re exploring the five most popular active adult communities that Arizona has to offer.
1. Sun City - Sun City
Sun City was the first age-restricted active adult community in the United States, and it still holds its position as one of the most popular. Developed from 1960 through 1978, Sun City is now home to over 27,000 residences, including single-family homes, attached homes, and low-maintenance condos. It's also great for active adults on a budget, with homes for sale for below $100k.
One of the most attractive aspects of Sun City is the fact that it is completely self-contained and has an unbeatable lineup of amenities. With on-site restaurants, places of worship, libraries, and a hospital, it’s easy to live a low-maintenance lifestyle. In terms of recreation and activities, Sun City offers an exceptional experience. The community boasts 11 golf courses, many resort-style swimming pools and spas, fishing lakes, fitness centers, and plenty more.
2. Sun City Grand - Surprise
Sun City Grand offers a similar lifestyle to the original Sun City, but on a smaller scale. It’s a great option for those seeking a self-contained community in a quieter environment. Developed between 1996 and 2005, Sun City Grand now consists of 9,802 residences. Homes include condos, attached homes, and single-family homes coming in around 50 different floor plans. This community is restricted to those aged 45 and up.
Like the original Sun City, Sun City Grand offers many on-site conveniences, including a continuing education center, coffee shop, library, a luxurious day spa, and more. There are also plenty of options for keeping residents social and active, such as four championship golf courses, trails for walking and biking, tennis courts, an outdoor amphitheater, and resort-style swimming pools.
3. Sun City Festival - Buckeye
The third Del Webb development on our top-five list is Sun City Festival in Buckeye. This 45+ community is home to 7,200 single-family residences. Development started in 2006 and is ongoing, making Sun City Festival an attractive option for those seeking modern floor plans.
Residents of Sun City Festival are served by the 31,000 square-foot Sage Recreation Center. This impressive recreation center has a high-end fitness center, grand ballroom, meeting room, and the Arizona State University Lifelong Learning Academy. The amenities continue outdoors with a resort-style pool and spa, lap pool, tennis courts, volleyball court, parks and natural spaces, and more. With its newly constructed homes and modern amenities, Sun City Festival offers a vibrant lifestyle.
4. PebbleCreek - Goodyear
PebbleCreek is a 45+ gated community that is ideally located about 20 miles away from Downtown Phoenix. Upon completion, this welcoming community will be home to 6,200 single-family and attached homes. Development started in 1994 but is ongoing, so homebuyers can find a great selection of both new and resale homes.
The 47,000 square-foot Eagle’s Nest Country Club serves as the social and activity center of PebbleCreek. It has a restaurant, top-notch fitness center, grand ballroom, and a library. There is also a separate Creative Arts Center where residents can hone their talents through stained glass, ceramics, woodworking, and more. Additional amenities include a resort-style pool and spa, indoor lap pool, two acclaimed golf courses, and miles of walking and biking trails.
5. Sun City West - Sun City West
Sun City West offers a low-maintenance, amenity-rich lifestyle for active adults aged 55 and up. This community is home to 16,900 residences, including single-family and attached homes. With prices that begin below $100k, these homes are suitable for a wide range of budgets.
The golf-cart-legal streets of Sun City West make it easy to run errands throughout the community. Sun City West has plenty of on-site conveniences, including restaurants, grocery stores, banks, post offices, churches, and even a hospital. The community also boasts four recreation centers, offering amenities such as fitness centers, swimming pools, a 300-person theater, sports facilities, a bowling center, and more.