Sun City Grand
Sun City Grand – Surprise AZ: Real Estate & Homes for Sale
You’ll find the Sun City Grand 55+ retirement community about 18 miles northwest of Phoenix, in the city of Surprise, Arizona. This active adult community encompasses 9,552 homes and 252 condo units, on over 4,000 acres. Living at Sun City Grand is like living in a small village, with the advantage of being surrounded by the city of Surprise and all of the shopping, dining, and other conveniences that only big cities can offer.
Following the success of Sun City and Sun City West, and moving still farther west along Bell Rd, Sun City Grand opened in October 1996 and sold out in 2006. The Arizona boom years of 2005 and 2006 brought a huge influx of investors that created a housing shortage and helped Sun City Grand sell out in record time, and with record appreciation in home values.
Sun City Grand is currently allowing residents aged 45 or better to purchase homes in the community. Federal guidelines for adult communities allow up to 20% of the households to have primary residents under the age of 55, and they are at 2%. They will close off the 45 year old buyers when the percentage reaches 15%, so as not to jeopardize their HUD status as an age-restricted community.
Sun City Grand Recreation Centers
Sun City Grand has virtually every amenity you can image – and usually several so things don’t get too crowded. Just to name a few: large recreational complexes, complete with Olympic size pools; spas; tennis courts; golf courses; on-site restaurants, a fine arts learning center, and much more too numerous to mention. There are plenty of classes and community activities as well.
Sun City Grand has so many amenities and activities that it would be impossible to list them all here. Check the HOA’s website for a full list of the hundreds of clubs and activities. You’re sure to find something that attracts your interest.
The Village Center is the main “hub” of Sun City Grand. This large complex has beautiful greens that are surrounded by:
- Sonoran Plaza – contains a 9,100 sq ft ballroom, meeting and crafts rooms
- Chaparral Plaza – a “Student Union” type facility that contains the ASU Lifelong Learning Academy classrooms, computer lab, Cyper Café, and billiards room
- Adobe Spa & Fitness Center – indoor and outdoor pools and spas, exercise facilities, and indoor walking track
Cimarron Center – day spa, outdoor lounge and lap pools, saunas, and exercise facilities
Palm Center – contains meeting and card rooms, sewing rooms, and Sun City Grand’s own television station, TV22
Sun City Grand Real Estate
Single Family Dwellings: These comprise the majority of homes and are from1,085-Sq.ft. to more than 3,800-sq.ft. with large lots, small lots, golf course lots and some homes in neighborhood associations which handle landscaping and other services for a nominal monthly fee.
La Solana: One and two bedroom condos from 427 to 1,021 sq.ft. La Solana has its own pool and clubhouse, but residents also have access to all of the great amenities at all of the Sun City Grand recreation centers.
Sun City Grand Golf
All of the courses are public and offer preferred membership programs that provide discounts, preferred tee time booking, and the ability to use your own golf cart instead of paying cart fees. The courses are open to non-residents, but Sun City Grand residents pay lower fees, even without membership passes.
Each course books its own tee times, but rates and memberships are the same for all of them.
About the Surprise Area
Sun City Grand is located on Bell Rd, in Surprise, Arizona. I refer to this stretch of Bell Rd as “Retirement Row,” because you’ll find the 55+ retirement communities of Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Village, Sun City Grand, Arizona Traditions, and Sun City Festival, all in a straight line traveling west on Bell Rd from Peoria to Buckeye.
The town of Surprise is located in the far northwest part of the Greater Phoenix area and has always been difficult because it has not had good freeway access, but all of that is changing as the new Loop 303 freeway is being built. Once completed, it will make this part of the city much more accessible, and downtown Phoenix should be just a 30-40 minute drive from almost any Surprise community.
You’ll find all of your favorite stores and restaurants within a 5-10 minute drive of Sun City Grand.
HOA INFO *
|$1,217/year||Sun City Grand HOA fee – paid by all residents|
|$100||One-time Transfer Fee (buyer)|
|$130||One-time Disclosure Fee (seller)|
|$1,217||One-time Capital Preservation Fee **|
|$162 – $316/month||La Solana Condos, Add’l HOA Fee (depends on unit “tier”)|
|$400||Additional transfer fee|
|$324-$632||Add’l One-time Capital Pres Fee, 2X HOA fee **|
|La Solana HOA:||www.lasolanahoa.com|
|La Solana HOA:||602-437-4777 x157|
GOLF INFO *
Sun City Grand has four regulation golf courses managed by the HOA.
Per round rates vary by season and they have several annual and seasonal programs to choose from. These are the annual pass rates.
|$3,455||Premium Pass – per person, unlimited play|
|$1,375||Annual Pass – per person, +$20 per round|
|Golf Website:||Golf Rates|
* 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 Grand
|# of Homes:||9,802|
|Years Built:||1996 – 2005|