"Most of the residents are nice, although we have our fair share of sore heads." as one person puts it. Well said. This is really a great community that allows one to be as active or inactive as desired.
The golf community indeed has shifted part of the cost of golf to the non-golfers.
The first shift occurred in 2011 when the property taxes and insurance premiums on the golf courses were shifted to the general community. Under activity based cost accounting, which is the gold standard for cost accounting, costs should be rooted in the activity that drives them. Clearly, if there were no golf courses in Sun City, Texas, there would be no property taxes and insurance premiums associated with golf.
In 2017 it gets even better. The golf reserve fund, which has been a separate reserve fund since the community opened 20 years ago, will be combined with the HOA reserve fund. Based on the 2017 reserve fund budget, unless the Sun City Texas Board of Directors finds an offset, the HOA dues will increase by $50 to $60 per household. Again, the cost that properly belongs with golf operations will be shifted to the general population even though 70 per cent of the residents in Sun City Texas don't play golf.
I've lived here for 3 years now and truly love Sun City Georgetown. Home is not custom but the builder offered many ways to define the house to our tastes. I moved from the country with no restrictions to a highly controlled development, and quite honestly, don't have a problem with it. Drive through the community and you will appreciate the landscaping, exterior and common area rules which help keep it beautiful, and help us maintain and grow our property values. I am a golfer and contrary to what one reviewer said, the golf community has not shifted costs to non-golfers. Everyone gets what they pay for, and the non-golfers have the advantage of the beauty and increased property values due to SC Georgetown's draw as a golfing development. Your write up talks of biking trails - there are NONE here. Bikers must travel on the streets and that is a big negative. The newer sections, also, have very little green areas compared to older sections that were developed by Del Web, and there are almost no walking trails. One must (pretty much) get in one's car or golf cart and drive to a good place to walk with nature.
I have lived in Sun City Texas for roughly five years. It has its good points and its bad points.
On the plus side the community is safe, clean, and neat. There are activities for everyone in Sun City. The trick is not to get caught up in too many of them.
Most of the people who live in the community are middle class achievers who have retired here for a variety of reasons. A substantial portion of the residents are retired military personnel. Most of the residents are nice, although we have our fair share of sore heads. Politically the community is very conservative.
Sun City Texas is a golf community. It has three golf courses. The golfers, who make up approximately 25 to 30 per cent of the residents, dominate the homeowners association (HOA), although the developer has the final say because the community is still being built out.
The developer announced recently his intention to expand the community from 7,500 houses to approximately 10,000 houses. The developer will dominate the HOA until 95 per cent of the planned houses are sold. Every time the developer expands the community, he moves the goal posts in terms of when the residents will have control of the HOA that they are funding.
My house is perfect for a retiree. It is only the second house that I have owned, but the construction has been satisfactory. No major problems! However, two of my neighbors have had huge problems with their patios. Unfortunately, they did not realize they had a problem until it came time to sell their house. They would not pass inspection because of the patio problem. They had to spend thousands of dollars to have the patios repaired. The consensuses of opinions around the neighborhood by people seemingly in the know is the patios were installed improperly, and the city building inspectors did not catch the flaws. Not surprisingly the developer accepted no responsibility for the flaws. Its in the small print. And the developer is a small print company.
The HOA is the most heavy handed organization that I have every encountered. As noted the developer controls it. If the interests of the residents clash with the interests of the developer, the developer wins. Hands down! The governance process is a sham.
During the period that I have lived here the golfers have been able to shift a substantial amount of golf expenses to the general community. In other words, contrary to what I was told when I moved to Sun City, everyone is getting an opportunity to pay for the golf. But the developer - again he controls the board - is smart. The cost shifting travels just below the community radar scope. Most people don't even know that many of the golf costs have been shifted onto their backs. Most of the residents don't understand accounting or how to read the financial statements. Even worse, most the residents are apathetic. They just want to enjoy their retirement.
This is the first time that I have lived in an HOA community. It will be the last.
The community is beautiful, as are the people. However, everything is quite far away. The closest supermarket is a 15 minute drive from the homes in the new section. Also, allergies in Texas are horrific!!! (ask about "cedar fever").
Great community with every activity you can think of doing. They do a great job of helping new residents get integrated into activities of interest as well as meeting residents
This community is like living at a resort but even more friendly. Moving here was absolutely the best decision we could have made for retirement living.
The sales and closing processes went very well. Our house appears to be well built with all of the appointments we asked for. The community is just awesome and we can't wait to start using the many amenities. We purchased at a good time and, therefore, got the house for a really good price. We are settling in and so glad we chose to live the Sun City lifestyle. It is well worth the 1,500 mile move.
We've been enjoying SC Texas since 2008 and have loved every minute. We bought a resale home and it's been great. We have not had any major problems, just basic maintenance. Living here is really like being on vacation. There is so much to do and everything is planned for you. We love having so many options. Overall it is a great community.
Climate is wonderful, as are the amenities. Roads and topography are beautiful. People in Sun City AND the surrounding communities are almost always pleasant and well mannered... not usual in this time.
Homes are good quality when you consider that they are "volume-built" and NOT custom.
Development has an excellent financial foundation and so will offer long term stability, stable HOA costs and the ability to afford good upkeep for the common areas.
Only down side is that the image is that of a retirement community when it is really a resort!
Wow, Im a native Texasen, I love the Hill County, I have lived here for 6 years. Come from the Houston area,To sit on my back patio, you will see deers,turkeys, we have all kind of birds. In the morning the birds will sing to you, the turkey will walk right in your backyard plus the deers.
The view is beautiful, we have all that we need here.
the homebuilder is not up to my standard likeing, I think because they hire alot of workers that donot have the experence or work schooling to do the job.,lots of the mistakes are hidden.
With all that is said, this is the most beatifull place to lived, they have spend lots of time and money to make this place one of the best Sun-City place to lived. Come and see , we welcome you.