SunBird Golf Resort Chandler, AZ
SunBird Golf Resort Overview
SunBird residents truly embrace the concept of “active adult living” – this is a very active and vibrant, golf retirement community! Residents here are very actively involved in all of the community’s clubs and activities, so there are always people coming and going at the 43,000 sq.ft. clubhouse/recreation center.
Some History about SunBird
SunBird Golf Resort originally opened in 1987 and was planned as a mobile home community where residents own their own lot, so all of the home sites were subdivided into very small lot sizes in anticipation of mobile home placements. In 1988, the developer lost the community through foreclosure to a St. Louis based savings and loan (remember all of those S&L scandals of the 1980s!).
Robson Communities was in the process of developing the much larger community of Sun Lakes just three miles west of SunBird, and in 1989 SBG Development Company (AKA Robson Communities) rescued SunBird from foreclosure and designed several models of small, regular “stick built” homes that would fit on the tiny lots.
With a new series of homes and the construction and marketing expertise of the Robson companies, SunBird was relaunched in 1990. During the first six months of operation, 165 homes were sold, making it the highest volume project in the southeast Phoenix area at the time. By 1998, the community was sold-out with more than 1,600 homes completed.
The heart of the community is the huge three-story, 43,000 sq.ft. clubhouse and recreation center, where you’ll always find people involved in various clubs and activities. Here are some of the top amenities and activities at SunBird:
- Sport Courts: Tennis Courts, Pickleball Courts, Shuffleboard Courts, Basketball Courts, Horseshoe Pits
- Pools: Pool and spa at the main clubhouse, and another pool located within the community.
- Fitness Center: Equipped with modern aerobics and strength training equipment
- Arts & Crafts: Numerous crafts and workshops: sewing, quilting, lapidary, pottery, and more
- Game & Recreation Rooms: Billiards Room, Card Rooms, Library
- Ballroom/auditorium: There are many community gatherings, dances and showtime performances sponsored by the community.
- Dining: A full-service restaurant is located in the clubhouse and serves breakfast and lunch daily.
- Post Office: SunBird residents enjoy the convenience of their very own post office located within the community.
With so many active residents, there are tons of different clubs and interest groups, and the community’s activities and events calendar is always very busy as well. With so much going on all the time, you’ll have no trouble finding something that you want to take advantage of or participate in.
SunBird Real Estate
SunBird was originally planned to accommodate mobile homes, so virtually all of the lots are tiny, mostly plus or minus 3,000 sq.ft. Because of the small lots, most of the homes are quite small as well, so this very active, 55+ golf community is ideal for retirees looking for just a small home on a small, low-maintenance lot.
Manufactured homes here generally range from a 650 sq.ft. 1BR / 1BA unit up to a 950 sq.ft. 2BR / 2BA unit. You own the land, so there are never any land-lease fees associated with mobile homes at SunBird Golf Resort.
Regular houses are mostly 2BR / 2BA homes. The smallest floor plan is 908 sq.ft. and the largest floor plan built at SunBird is 2,250 sq.ft.
Most homes for sale at have been well-maintained by the owners, but will reflect the styles and finishes of the homes built during the 1990s, so buyers sometimes want to do a little updating and modernizing.
Considering this is a guard-gated community with its own golf course, a 43,000 sq.ft. clubhouse, and loads of amenities, their HOA fee is surprisingly low – less than $1000/year!
The SunBird Golf Club is a semi-private, 18 hole, 4,384 yard par 66 course that is owned and operated by the SunBird Golf Resort HOA. The golf club allows residents to purchase memberships and enjoy reduced golf fees, discounts in the pro shop and establish voting privileges. There are men’s and ladies golf groups.
The golf course is open to the public with daily green fees and also has annual unlimited play passes and “punch card” multi-round passes available for both residents and the general public.
About the South Chandler Area
The SunBird active adult community is located on Riggs Rd, in the southernmost part of Chandler, Arizona. At Easy Life Group, we refer to this section of Chandler as “Retirement Row,” because along Riggs Rd you’ll find the 55+ retirement communities of Sun Lakes, Springfield Resort, SunBird Golf Resort, and Solera Chandler all within about a five-mile span of each other.
The southern part of the new Loop 202 freeway is approximately 5-7 minutes north of Riggs Rd. The Loop 202 freeway has made this section of the city very accessible, and now downtown Phoenix or Scottsdale is just a short 20-30 minute drive from almost any Chandler community.
In southern Chandler you’ll find all of your favorite stores and restaurants within a 5-10 minute drive, and a two major shopping malls, the Chandler Fashion Square mall and the San Tan Village mall, are both just a short distance away for anything and everything you could possibly need or want.
SunBird Homes for Sale
HOA Contacts & Info
Considering this is a guard-gated community with its own golf course, a 43,000 SqFt clubhouse, and loads of amenities, their HOA fee is surprisingly low – less than $1000/year!
- HOA Website: www.sunbirdhoa.com
- HOA Phone: 480-802-4901
SunBird Golf Course
The SunBird golf course is an 18 hole par 66 “executive” course that is owned and operated by the SunBird Golf Resort HOA. The course is open to the public, which helps the HOA manage the cost of maintenance, but you’ll find most of the people on the course live in the community.
They offer a range of annual or shorter-term “flex” passes to suit both full-time and part-time residents.
- Golf Website: www.sunbirdgolf.com
- Golf Phone: 480-883-0820
SunBird Golf Resort
6250 S SunBird Blvd – Chandler, AZ 85249