On this map area, Sun City West is a triangular area bounded by the 303 freeway to the north, the 60 freeway and Bell Road to the west and south, and 117th Avenue to the east. Simply put, the tremendous success of the original Sun City led the builder Del Webb to start the community of Sun City West in 1978. Within 25 years, Del Webb transformed the huge swath of desert land to a lush oasis and golf course development, attracting tens of thousands of residents from all over the country.
Homes in Sun City West range from single-family homes to apartments. The majority of homes in Sun City West are single-family dwellings, which range between 920 square feet to more than 3,500 square feet, and can be found in golf course subdivisions or neighborhoods with neighborhood associations (which handle landscaping and other services). Duplexes are another option, featuring individually-owned side-by-side homes, from 1,200 square feet to more than 2,000 square feet in size. Garden apartments and condominiums are two more low-maintenance options in Sun City West, with complexes such as the Heritage Tradition, The Madison and Grandview Terrace offering both independent as well as assisted living communities.
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As with Sun City, one member of the household must be at least 55 years of age, and no one under the age of 19 may reside in Sun City West. Visiting children may stay a maximum of 90 days in one year. The community covenants and restrictions also require that all trees, grass and shrubs must be kept neatly trimmed and free of trash and weeds at all times, resulting in manicured and well-maintained neighborhoods. Sun City West also has a Visitors Center, which is staffed with over 100 volunteers who answer visitor inquiries and provide community tours, acting as a community resource for residents. Safety is paramount in Sun City West, with a volunteer Posse which patrols the streets every day of the year, acting as eyes and ears for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.
Golf is a popular amenity in Sun City West, with 7 recreation center golf courses and 2 public golf courses. Recreation centers are plentiful in Sun City West with four recreation complexes offering 4 different fitness facilities, 5 swimming pools (both indoor and outdoor), 2 racquetball courts and shuffleboard courts, and 16 tennis courts. Sun City West offers more fitness opportunities, with 3 walking tracks, as well as 21 pickle ball courts, 14 bocce ball courts, and 32 lawn bowling rinks. Sun City West also has 2 dog parks, perfect for dog lovers.
Other amenities outside of the community, but nearby are Arrowhead Mall, the Westgate Entertainment District, West Valley Art Museum, Challenger Space Center, Wildlife World Zoo, and Lake Pleasant. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the many options available at nearby Peoria Sports Complex as well as the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Lots in Sun City West are zoned by Surprise and available for commercial, residential or horse properties.