I love it here! I've been researching 55+ communities for several years and feel very confident that I chose the best. I wanted a community that was built by Del Webb, not Pulte Homes who bought them out. There's a difference in quality and management. The amenities are beautiful and very well-kept, and there are so many clubs and activities to choose from. I love that the facilities are open until 11 PM because I still work full-time and can only use them in the evening. I just turned 55 so am on the young end of the spectrum, but feel very comfortable (and safe) here. My home is absolutely lovely and the people have been more than friendly. I invite other 50-somethings and early 60-somethings to consider Sun City Palm Desert.
Wonderful community but the problem is the Sun City people who man the Lifestyle Enhancement Committee (LEC) and the Architectural Committee. They are people who like having power and by and large they are very hard to work with. We have had outdoor wall art up for seven years than all of the sudden they tell you to take it down it isn't to code. We did a remodel and the person we were forced to get approval from was like the Soup Nazi from Jerry Seinfeld. If you don't mind dealing with community associations that are not easy to deal with than Sun City is a great community.
Sun City PD. has around 5,000 homes, which allows the community to be gated, and properly cared for with relatively modest HOA fees. The 2 golf courses plus many pools and other activities, means everyone is able to find an outlet to enjoy. It is handy to shopping, and there is easy access to basics on a golf cart that is street legal.
The homes were built from 1992 to 2002 , but have large rooms, and good sized lots to allow for privacy, but still be close to neighbours. People looking for a second home or retirement in a secure area should check out the community web site and download the community news letter to see what it's all about.
This community is really top-notch. I like the fact that it's all homes, no condos or townhomes here. It's better for resale value. My wife and I moved in about a year ago and got a really great deal for a very nice home under $200,000. I've already noticed prices are starting to go up so I'm glad we bought when we did.