Sun City Festival Buckeye, AZ
26501 W Desert Vista Blvd – Buckeye, AZ 85396
Sun City Festival Overview
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. The community will have about 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 as the community continues to grow quickly. Check the HOA’s website for the current list of clubs and interest groups. You’re sure to find something that peaks your interests.
Top Features of Sun City Festival:
- 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.
- Arts & Crafts: Sun City Festival unveiled their $1.2 million, 8,700 sq.ft. wood shop 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
All homes are single-level with a huge variety of sizes and features to choose from.
Models just opened in 2005, 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. Base prices for new homes range 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.
The Town of Buckeye assesses a flat $3,500 infrastructure fee called a “CFD tax” (CFD stands for “Community Facilities District”) on each lot at Festival Ranch, including Sun City. A home buyer can choose to pay off the total of the CFD assessment at the time of purchase and save about $400 year on taxes, or you 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
Sun City Festival Golf
Copper Canyon Golf Club is an 18-hole facility managed by Troon Golf. The course is open to the public, but Festival Ranch residents have preferred rates and pass programs. An additional 18 holes is planned for future development.
The course is open to the public, but Festival Ranch residents have preferred rates and pass programs.
Annual passes do no include the “daily fee”, which is based on the season of play, generally somewhere between $10-$35 per person per round, regardless of whether you use a club cart or your own cart. Check the golf course website for details under “annual passes” for details and fees.
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 substantially lower than comparable homes at PebbleCreek in Goodyear, or Trilogy at Vistancia in Peoria, which both have lots of nearby conveniences. But, 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.