Sun City Festival

Sun City Festival AZ: Homes for Sale, New Homes, Resales

Sun City Festival

Sun City Festival Ranch, opened for sales in 2005 and will be another huge Del Webb 55+ golf retirement community offering an incredible range of amenities, with a strong emphasis on health, wellness, and personal enrichment. Here you’ll find resort-style living and everything that you have come to expect from a Sun City. Younger “active adults” ages 45 or better will be happy to learn that you can purchase a new home here (resales have to be 55+).


Sun City Festival is part of the master-planned community of Festival Ranch, located about 10 miles west of Surprise, and about 25 miles northwest of Phoenix.- tucked right up against the beautiful White Tank Mountains.


Winner of the 2009 “Best Active Adult Community in the Country” by the National Association of Homebuilders, upon completion, Sun City Festival will have 7,200 homesites on 3,100 acres of the 10,000-acre Festival Ranch development, and approximately 9,000 active adult residents. It will contain three community centers, and 36 holes of golf.


Currently the Del Webb division is building the Sun City section of Festival Ranch, and the Pulte division is building the all-ages sections. The Sun City amenities are exclusively for the active adult residents and are not open to the “all ages” community.


Sun City Festival Amenities

Sun City Festival 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 Festival you’ll enjoy:

  • Sage Recreation Center: a beautiful 31,000 square foot recreation complex with numerous indoor and outdoor facilities. Two more recreation centers are planned for future development, although there is no scheduled date for completion. The second recreation center will include an outdoor and indoor pool and an indoor walking track.
  • 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 Sage Center.
  • Sport Courts: Tennis courts, pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, basketball court, and beach volleyball.
  • Pools: An elaborate resort-style pool complex with lap pool for exercising, a lounge pool with resistance walk circle, as well as a huge spa.
  • 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 Festival unveiled their $1.2 million, 8,700 sq.ft. woodshop and crafts studio in April 2011. Here you’ll find sewing, quilting, jewelry design, and more.
  • Ballroom/auditorium: There are many community gatherings, dances and stage performances sponsored by the community.
  • Dining: Sun City Festival residents enjoy the convenience of two dining options within the community.
    • Cyber Café – offers light snacks and coffee during the day.
    • Indigo Grill at Copper Canyon Golf Club – a full service restaurant and bar where you can enjoy a menu with all of your favorites.
  • Softball: Softball leagues compete among the area active adult communities
  • Troon Golf: The 18-hole Troon-managed Copper Canyon Golf Club is always in great condition. Another 18 holes is planned for future development.

Sun City Festival 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 $317,000. Base prices do not include lot premiums, upgrades, design center options, etc., but most models do include upgraded cabinets, tile in “wet areas”, granite countertops, and covered patios.


On average, most people end up spending an additional 12% – 17% over “base price” for design options and lot premiums for their new home.


Sun City Festival Golf

Copper Canyon Golf Club at Festival Ranch is an upscale daily fee, 18-hole championship golf course designed by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley and managed by Troon Golf. Another 18 holes will be constructed in the future.


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


About the Festival Ranch Area

Taking the 12 mile drive out Bell Road across nothing but scenic and rugged desert feels like you’re leaving the world behind and arriving at your new life. Once you arrive it’s so beautiful and well developed, you tend to forget how you got there. People who don’t mind the drive will enjoy virtually zero traffic, clean air, serene surroundings, beautiful mountain views, low prices, and a chance to get in on the “ground floor” of what is shaping up to be a stunning community.


There is a small “mini-market” at the community entrance for convenience items. Regular grocery stores and franchise restaurants are about 15 minutes away in Surprise, so it’ll take some extra planning for the weekly grocery shopping, and a little extra travel time to see a movie or go out to dinner.


In return for the lack of conveniences, the prices are low – about $19.38 per sq.ft. less than a comparable home at PebbleCreek in Goodyear, which has lots of nearby conveniences. On an average 1,700 sq.ft. house, that’ll save you around $32,800. It’s just a matter of time before the community has enough population to support conveniences, and when the stores start to arrive, prices will shoot up to reflect the increased demand.


The Town of Buckeye assesses a $3,700 infrastructure fee called a “CFD tax” that is levied against each lot at Sun City Festival. 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.


$366.72/qtrly HOA Fee
$275 One-time Transfer Fee
$.0025 of sale price One-time Capital Preservation Fee **
$3,700 Town of Buckeye CFD Tax (infrastructure fee)
HOA Website
HOA Phone: 602-957-9191


Copper Canyon Golf Club is an 18-hole facility managed by Troon Golf. The course is open to the public, but Festival residents have preferred rates and pass programs.


Per round rates vary by season and they have several annual and seasonal programs to choose from. These are resident rates.


$1,600 + daily fee Single, Annual Pass
$2,950 + daily fee Couple, Annual Pass
$1,560 Winter Flex Pass – 35 rounds
$500 Summer Flex Pass – 20 rounds
Golf Website:
Golf Phone: 928-252-6783


* 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
Liberty 1,099 2BR / 2BA / 2G View Floorplan
Freedom 1,268 2BR / 2BA / 2G View Floorplan
Triumph 1,398 2BR / 2BA / 2G View Floorplan


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


Model Name Sq Ft Features Floorplan Link
Gala 1,612 2BR + den / 2BA / 2.5G View Floorplan
Celebration 1,673 2BR + den / 2BA / 2G View Floorplan
Jamboree 1,816 2BR + den / 2BA / 2G View Floorplan


Model Name Sq Ft Features Floorplan Link
Jubilee 1,960 2BR + den / 2BA / 3G View Floorplan
Destiny 2.075 2BR + den / 2BA / 3G View Floorplan
Fiesta 2,323 2BR + den / 2BA / 3G View Floorplan


Model Name Sq Ft Features Floorplan Link
Veranda 2,450 3BR + den / 2.5BA / 3G View Floorplan
Parada 2,528 2BR + den / 2.5BA / 3G View Floorplan
Regale 2,849 2BR + den / 2.5BA / 3G View Floorplan

Sage Recreation Center

26501 W Desert Vista Blvd – Buckeye, AZ 85396


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Location: Buckeye, AZ
Gated: No
# of Homes: 7,200
Years Built: 2006 – New
New Homes: Yes

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