On this map area, Sun City is bounded by Deer Valley Road to the north, 117th Avenue to the west, Olive Avenue to the south and 91st Avenue to the east. The very first retirement community in the country was built here in Arizona in 1960 by the builder, Del Webb. Located 16 miles northwest of Phoenix between Peoria and Surprise, Sun City is known as an active adult retirement community restricted to residents age 55 and older. This community has continued to grow and thrive since its inception, with over 40,000 full and part-time residents. While Arizona now has dozens of retirement communities, Sun City still remains a popular choice thanks to its low property taxes, moderately priced homes, and its proximity to major freeways.
The homes in Sun City primarily were built in the 1960’s and 70’s, and some may lack some floor plans and modern features favored by active adults. Del Webb offered over one hundred floor plans when Sun City was built. Of course many of these homes have been remodeled and updated, reflecting more current tastes, resulting in a wide range of pricing. Community association fees in Sun City are quite reasonable and property taxes are among the lowest in the country.
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A wide range of homes can be found in Sun City, from ranch style single-family homes to patio homes and garden condos. Single-family homes in Sun City range between 946 and 2,137 square feet, on average. Most homes feature two to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and an attached one or two-car garage. Other options are attached homes, such as duplexes, patio homes, and villas. These low-maintenance options are between less than 1,000 to just over 2,000 square feet, and range from studio to three-bedroom floor plans, and generally include parking via a garage or a carport.
Lots in this area are zoned and ideal for small commercial builders or investors.
Sun City is known as “The City of Volunteers” due to its innate sense of community and participation by its residents. This community spirit is most evident in its carefully manicured and maintained green spaces and grounds. Visitors to this community marvel at its picture-perfect neighborhoods with beautiful yards and litter-free thru ways and streets.
Amenities: Sun City also has an extensive network of shopping, recreation and entertainment areas. Thanks to the golf-cart legal streets in Sun City, residents are able to navigate the neighborhoods with ease, to enjoy all of these amenities. One such amenity is golf, of course, as Sun City is home to more golf holes per capita of any active adult community in the United States, with 8 public and 3 private courses. Recreation centers are plentiful in Sun City, with seven different centers offering fitness facilities, swimming pools (both indoor and outdoor), racquetball courts and a number of card and hobby rooms. Sun City makes it easy to maintain physical fitness with miles of walking trails as well as parks featuring pickleball, bocce ball, horseshoe, tennis and lawn bowling courts.
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.