Some personalities are suited to this place; some are not. We owned a place there from 2012-16, and I'm very glad we sold and moved to Indian Wells.
Pros: Well maintained common areas, good security, some good clubs, some very nice residents
Cons: Frequent sand storms; had to remove sand yearly. Remote location necessitates long drives to shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. On-site Boulevards restaurant mediocre. HOA-LEC rules very rigid and controlling; many ways to get in trouble from taking your garbage cans out too early the night before, hanging decorative tile on the front of your house, to leaving your garage door open too long. Grand-kid unfriendly; no kids under 4 allowed in pools; only 1 pool open to kids 4-18. Although it is a 55 and over community, the average age is way way above that. Be very careful when being a pedestrian or bicyclist; there are people still driving there that shouldn't be. Repetitive cookie cutter architecture with pretentious facades, jammed on 7,000 sq ft lots with crushed rock (only in HOA approved colors haha!).
Nice community, just moved 3 months ago, (May 2017). neighbors are very friendly and helpful , price for this area is great and as a big community, always we may find things we don't agree with it.
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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.