Sun Lakes Arizona

Sun Lakes AZ: Real Estate & Homes for Sale

Sun Lakes

Located near Chandler Arizona, Sun Lakes is a master-planned 55+ golf retirement community for active adult living that that encompasses six square miles with more than 16,000 residents. The community is so large that the city of Chandler renamed this six-square mile section Sun Lakes so they would have their own address.


Sun Lakes was built by Robson Communities, who is also developing the Phoenix area 55+ retirement communities of PebbleCreek in Goodyear and Robson Ranch in Eloy.


Sun Lakes covers 3,520 acres, has three different Homeowners Associations, and is comprised of five different communities, all named for the golf club that the community is associated with.


The Sun Lakes Communities

Sun Lakes was built in three major phases, and each “phase” has its own Homeowners Association. Each HOA is an independent and separate entity, separate and apart from the other HOAs.


There are five golf club communities within the three HOAs, and each community has its own golf club, recreation center, and clubhouse. These are the three HOAs and the five communities, in the order that they were built:


HOA #1 – Sun Lakes 1

  • Sun Lakes 1: 1972-2002 – the original Sun Lakes Country Club is 2,139 mobile homes and traditional houses surrounding an executive golf course

HOA #2 – Cottonwood/Palo Verde

  • Cottonwood: 1979-1995 – a regulation golf course surrounded by 2,736 traditional houses and townhomes
  • Palo Verde: 1983-1996 – the first gated community in Sun Lakes is an executive golf course surrounded by 1,073 traditional houses.

HOA #3 – Iron/Oaks

  • Ironwood: 1987-2001 – a gated community of 734 houses surrounding a mid-length par 67 golf course
  • Oakwood: 1994-2006 – the last and most upscale of all of the Sun Lakes communities with 3,285 traditional houses and patio homes, offering 27 holes of golf and world-class resort facilities and amenities.

Sun Lakes Amenities

Sun Lakes has so many amenities and activities that it would be impossible to list them all here. Just a few of the things you’ll enjoy at Sun Lakes are:

  • Sport Courts: Numerous tennis courts, pickleball courts, shuffleboard courts, bocce ball courts, and horseshoe pits.
  • Pools: Each community has at least one pool and spa for residents.
  • Fitness Centers: Equipped with aerobics and strength training equipment at every clubhouse. Oakwood fitness club is a separate fee.
  • Arts & Crafts: Numerous crafts and workshops: sewing, woodworking, quilting, lapidary, pottery, and more
  • Game & Recreation Rooms: Billiards Room, Card Rooms, Libraries, Meeting Rooms
  • Ballrooms/auditorium: Several of the communities have ballrooms for gatherings, socials, dances and stage performances sponsored by the community.
  • Dining: Full-service restaurants are located at each of the golf clubs. Oakwood also has a poolside restaurant and a fine-dining restaurant that serves great Sunday brunches.
  • Duplicate Bridge: Regular competitive duplicate bridge games are held at Oakwood.
  • RV Storage: Storage of RVs, boats, trailers and cars at an inexpensive monthly rental fee.

Check the HOA’s websites for a full list of the hundreds of clubs and activities. As a Sun Lakes resident, you can participate in any club or activity, regardless of which HOA you belong to. You’re sure to find something that attracts your interest.


Sun Lakes Real Estate

Sun Lakes has many housing options including mobile homes, townhomes, and regular houses.


Mobile Homes: available in the older section, Sun Lakes 1. Most mobile homes will be in the 1973 – 1979 range, but some residents have replaced them over the years with newer models. Only the Sun Lakes 1 section has mobile homes available.


Townhomes: available in Cottonwood and Oakwood, offer a “lock and leave” maintenance free lifestyle. Cottonwood units will be built during the early 1980s, whereas the Oakwood units are built during the 1990s or early 2000s.


Traditional Houses: available in all of the Sun Lakes communities, offering a huge selection of sizes, age of home, and price ranges.


Most homes for sale, especially at the older Sun Lakes communities, have been well-maintained by the owners, but will reflect the styles and finishes that were popular when the homes were built. Buyers sometimes will want to do a little updating and modernizing.


Sun Lakes Golf

Sun Lakes has five golf courses, all of which are owned and operated by their respective HOAs and are only open to Sun Lakes residents and their guests. There is no, or very limited, public play allowed on the courses.


Two regulation-length courses:

  • Cottonwood – an 18-hole par 72 course
  • Oakwood – a 27-hole par 72 regulation course (all three nines are par 36)

Two executive-length courses:

  • Sun Lakes Country Club – an 18-hole par 60 course
  • Palo Verde – an 18-hole par 62 course

One mid-length course:

  • Ironwood – an 18-hole par 67 course.

About the Sun Lakes Area

Sun Lakes is located minutes away from the Chandler Fashion Center Mall, and major high tech companies like Intel, in the fast growing Chandler area of the east valley. Just 20 minutes from Phoenix, Sun Lakes has convenient access to major routes and is minutes from I-10, routes 101 and 202. Nearby, Sun Lakes residents can find a public library, casinos featuring blackjack, poker, and slots, and attractions like Firebird International Raceway and Rawhide, an 1800’s old west town.


Most everyday conveniences like grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, casual dining, etc., are located right within the Sun Lakes area.


You’ll find all of your favorite stores and restaurants within a 5-10 minute drive of Sun Lakes.


Sun Lakes HOA #1 – Sun Lakes Country Club
$1,210/year HOA Fee
$1,210 One-Time Capital Preservation Fee **
$350 One-Time Transfer Fee
HOA Website:
HOA Phone: 480-895-9270
Sun Lakes HOA #2 – Cottonwood/Palo Verde
HOA fees are for Cottonwood OR Palo Verde. Residents of either community only pay one HOA Fee
$1,238/year HOA Fee – Cottonwood residents
$1,526/year HOA Fee – Palo Verde residents
$1,238 One-Time Capital Preservation Fee **
$350 One-Time Transfer Fee
HOA Website:
Cottonwood: 480-895-3550
Palo Verde: 480-895-1834
Sun Lakes HOA #3 – Ironwood/Oakwood (IronOaks)
$1,714/year HOA Fee
$1,714 One-Time Capital Preservation Fee **
$450 One-Time Transfer Fee
HOA Website:
Oakwood: 480-895-7275
Ironwood: 480-895-3275


Sun Lakes golf courses are for Sun Lakes residents and guests only. Any Sun Lakes residents can play at, or purchase annual or seasonal passes at any of the five courses, but residents within the course’s HOA get better rates. All rates are per person.


Sun Lakes Country Club
$950 Annual Pass – HOA #1 residents
$1,100 Annual Pass – non-residents
$270 10-Play Punch Card – HOA #1 residents
$280 10-Play Punch Card – non-residents
Sun Lakes CC: No Website
Golf Phone: 480-895-9274
Cottonwood/Palo Verde Courses
$1,725 Annual Pass – Cottonwood & Palo Verde/HOA #2 residents
$1,925 Annual Pass – Cottonwood & Palo Verde/non-residents
$1,525 Annual Pass – Cottonwood only/HOA #2 residents
$1,725 Annual Pass – Cottonwood only/non-residents
$1,225 Annual Pass – Palo Verde only/HOA #2 residents
$1,325 Annual Pass – Palo Verde only/non-residents
CW/PV Rates: Passes & Punch Card Rates
Golf Phone: 480-895-9449
Oakwood/Ironwood Courses
$2,377 Annual Pass – Oakwood & Ironwood/HOA #3 residents
$2,600 Annual Pass – Oakwood & Ironwood/non-residents
$2,067 Annual Pass – Ironwood only/HOA #3 residents
$2,300 Annual Pass – Ironwood only/non-residents
Golf Phone: 480-895-1159




* 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.

Oakwood Golf Club at Sun Lakes

24215 S Oakwood Blvd – Sun Lakes, AZ 85248


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Location: Chandler, AZ
Gated: Mixed
# of Homes: 9,967
Years Built: 1972 – 2005
New Homes: No

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