Sun City Anthem Merrill Ranch Florence AZ

Sun City Anthem AZ, Merrill Ranch: Homes for Sale, Resales

Sun City Anthem Merrill Ranch

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch in Florence, Arizona is a 55+ retirement community located within the all-ages master planned community of Anthem at Merrill Ranch. Like the original Sun City, most Sun Cities are stand alone resort-style active adult communities, and are true destinations in and of themselves. But more and more, Sun Cities and other age-restricted communities are being folded into larger all-ages master plans.


At Sun City Anthem, the active adult community at Merrill Ranch, you can focus on your health, wellness and personal enrichment in a variety of creative ways. The amazing 48,000 sq.ft. Union Center for Wellness and Higher Learning offers indoor and outdoor resort style pools, clubs and classes, an outdoor putting green and the ASU Lifelong Learning Academy. This 3,100-acre resort-like community offers everything under the sun for today’s busy active adults.


The Del Webb division is building the Sun City section of Anthem at Merrill Ranch, and the Pulte division is building the all-ages sections. As a Sun City Anthem resident, you’ll enjoy your own private, exclusive amenities for the active adults only, while also having use of the many amenities at the all-ages community of Anthem at Merrill Ranch. Morning might call for a spirited game of tennis, while your afternoon is spent with the grandkids at Anthem’s Big Splash Water Park.


Sun City Anthem Amenities

Sun City Anthem offers numerous clubs and interest groups, too numerous to list here, and the number of clubs is constantly expanding. Check the HOA’s website for the current list of clubs and interest groups. You’re sure to find something that peaks your interests.


At Sun City Anthem you’ll enjoy:

  • Union Center: a beautiful 48,000 square foot recreation complex with numerous indoor and outdoor facilities.
  • ASU Lifelong Learning Academy: offered in partnership with Arizona State University, the Lifelong Learning Academy offers a mix of substantive coursework and casual programs. All coursework can be completed at the Union Center.
  • Sport Courts: Tennis courts, pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits.
  • Pools: An indoor lap pool and an elaborate resort-style outdoor pool complex with lounge pool and super-sized spa.
  • Indoor Walking Track: An indoor walking/jogging track circles the indoor pool, so you can walk any time of day or year in a safe, climate controlled environment.
  • Fitness Center: A spacious athletic club outfitted with the latest state-of-the-art computerized aerobics and strength training equipment.
    • Aerobics & Dance Studio, offers classes in yoga, Pilates, and aerobics
    • Fitness professionals available to assist you every step of the way
  • Arts & Crafts: Sun City Anthem offers every arts and crafts class imaginable.
  • Ballroom/auditorium: There are many community gatherings, dances and stage performances sponsored by the community.
  • Troon Golf: The 18-hole Troon-managed Poston Butte Golf Club is always in great condition.

Sun City Anthem Real Estate

Models just opened in 2006, so there is plenty of new home availability. If you don’t want to wait 6-7 months for new construction, you can purchase a resale home that is just a few years old.


All homes are single-level and range from 1099 sq. ft. – 2849 sq. ft. There are 14 models to choose from.


Base prices for new homes range from $145,000 to $260,000. Base prices do not include lot premiums, upgrades, design center options, etc. On average, most people will spend an additional 12% – 17% over “base price” for design options and lot premiums for their new home.


Sun City Anthem Golf

Poston Butte Golf Club at Anthem Merrill Ranch is an upscale daily fee, 18-hole championship golf course designed by Gary Panks and managed by Troon Golf. The course is always in great condition, and you’ll see thier much photographed, signature island green par three right at the entrance to Sun City Anthem.


Several annual passes and multi-play cards (“punch cards”) offering discounted rates are available for Sun City Anthem residents.


About the Merrill Ranch Area

Sun City Anthem is set in a remote area, just north of Historic Florence, where you’ll find a Main Street and quaint downtown. There is a small shopping center at the community entrance with a Safeway grocery store, gas station, bank, and some small restaurants and fast-food chains. The brand new Florence Hospital just opened in June 2012, and is right next to Anthem at Merrill Ranch. Franchise restaurants, malls, movie theaters and other big city conveniences are about 25 minutes away in Casa Grande or Gilbert.


People who don’t mind the drive and rural location will enjoy virtually zero traffic, clean air, serene surroundings, low prices, and a chance to get in on the “ground floor” of what is shaping up to be a stunning community. Wherever Del Webb goes, growth follows, so it’s just a matter of time before the community has enough population to support more “big city” conveniences, and when the stores and restaurants start to arrive, prices will shoot up to reflect the increased demand.


The Town of Florence assesses a $3,700 infrastructure fee called a “CFD tax” that is levied against each lot at Anthem Merrill Ranch, including Sun City. A home purchaser can choose to pay the total of the CFD assessment at the time of purchase or the purchaser can choose to amortize the principal amount with interest over the course of 20 years. Most home buyers choose the latter, usually because of lesser initial costs or because they may have plans to sell the home within a few years.


When you purchase a home and the CFD has not been paid off, it can be a negotiable item, and you can ask the seller to pay it and remove the lien. Most sellers want the buyer to assume the balance owed on the assessment.


$332.43/qtrly HOA Fee
$240 One-time Transfer Fee
$730 One-time Capital Preservation Fee **
$.0025 of sale price One-time Community Enhancement Fee **
$520 Disclosure Fee
$3,700 Town of Florence CFD (infrastructure fee)
HOA Website
HOA Phone: 520-723-6610


Poston Butte Golf Club is an 18-hole facility managed by Troon Golf. The course is open to the public, but Anthem at Merrill Ranch residents have preferred rates and pass programs.


Per round rates vary by season and they have several annual and seasonal programs to choose from. There are restricted tee times during winter months for the “unlimited” passes. Check the golf course website for details. These are resident rates.


$3,000 Annual Pass, Unlimited Play – Single
$5,400 Annual Pass, Unlimited Play – Couple
$1,300 + daily fee Discount Pass – Single
$2,350 + daily fee Discount Pass – Couple
Golf Website:
Golf Phone: 520-723-1880


* Information is provided as a courtesy of Golf At 55 and is not guaranteed. Communities and golf courses may change their fees or offerings without notice. If you are interested in a particular community, please confirm current pricing and terms with the HOA or golf course directly.


** The “capital preservation” fee is very common at Arizona Active Adult communities, and is used to help build HOA reserves for maintaining and updating amenities and facilities. It is a one-time only fee, charged when you first purchase a home in the community. It is also sometimes referred to as a “community enhancement” fee or a “capital improvement” fee.

Sun City Festival Floorplans



Model Name Sq Ft Features Floorplan Link
Chateau 1,099 2BR / 2BA / 2G View Floorplan
Retreat 1,268 2BR / 2BA / 2G View Floorplan
Oasis 1,398 2BR / 2BA / 2G View Floorplan


Model Name Sq Ft Features Floorplan Link
Jubilance 1,373 2BR + den / 2BA / 2G View Floorplan
Inspiration 1,494 2BR + den / 2BA / 2G View Floorplan


Model Name Sq Ft Features Floorplan Link
Providence 1,612 2BR + den / 2BA / 2.5G View Floorplan
Cambridge 1,673 2BR + den / 2BA / 2G View Floorplan
Newport 1,816 2BR + den / 2BA / 2G View Floorplan


Model Name Sq Ft Features Floorplan Link
Arcadia 1,960 2BR + den / 2BA / 3G View Floorplan
Paramount 2.095 2BR + den / 2BA / 3G View Floorplan
Concord 2,323 2BR + den / 2BA / 3G View Floorplan


Model Name Sq Ft Features Floorplan Link
Manchester 2,428 3BR + den / 2.5BA / 2G View Floorplan
Lexington 2,528 2BR + den / 2.5BA / 3G View Floorplan
Regence 2,849 2BR + den / 2.5BA / 3G View Floorplan

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3925 N Sun City Blvd – Florence, AZ 85132


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Location: Florence, AZ
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# of Homes: 4,200
Years Built: 2006 – New
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