Sun City Arizona Sun City, AZ
Sun City Arizona Overview
When it was created, it was 30 miles from Phoenix, and in the middle of nowhere! The only amenities were the stores and conveniences in the community itself. Now, the Phoenix area has expanded, and Sun City finds itself right in the middle of the fast-growing areas of Surprise and Peoria.
This first Sun City in the country opened six model homes on Jan 1, 1960 and was an instant and overwhelming success. Thousands lined Grand Ave waiting to get in, and by the end of the first weekend alone more than 100,000 people had toured the models and 237 homes were sold (with an average price of about $10,500).
Sun City continued to receive favorable and widespread media attention, and the outdoor Greek theater (later replaced by the Sun Bowl) hosted such big-name stars as Lawrence Welk, Rich Little, Rosemary Clooney, Guy Lombardo, and Bob Hope. Sun City now boasts more than 27,000 homes and more than 43,000 residents.
Before the opening of Sun City, Arizona, only wealthy people bought “retirement homes”. Sun City brought affordable resort-living retirement to middle-class Americans and launched a whole new housing market – active adult communities. Del Webb has since gone on to create numerous “Sun Cities” throughout Arizona, and throughout the country. The other “Sun Cities” in the Phoenix area, in order of construction are: Sun City West, Sun City Grand, Sun City Festival, and Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch.
Sun City Recreation Centers
Sun City has seven recreation centers and so many amenities and activities that it would be impossible to list them all here. Check the HOA’s websites for a full list of the hundreds of clubs and activities. As a Sun City resident, you can participate in any club or activity and utilize the facilities of any of the seven recreation centers. You’re sure to find something that attracts your interest.
- Bell Recreation Center
- Fairway Recreation Center
- Lakeview Recreation Center
- Marinette Recreation Center
- Mountain View Recreation Center
- Oakmont Recreation Center
- Sundial Recreation Center
Between all of the centers, these are some of the amenities you’ll find:
- 2 Bowling Alleys
- Miniature Golf
- Boating & Fishing
- Billiards & Pool
- Indoor & Outdoor Pools
- Lawn Bowling
- Ping Pong
- Racquet Ball & Hand Ball
- Over 130 charter clubs
Sun City Real Estate
Single Family Dwellings: These comprise the majority of homes and are from 920-Sq.ft. to more than 3,500-sq.ft. with large lots, small lots, golf course lots and some homes in neighborhood associations which handle landscaping and other services for a monthly fee.
- Duplexes: Side-by-side units, each individually owned and from 1,200 to more than 2,000-sq.ft.
- Garden Apartments: Several units attached in a row that range from 700 to 1,400-sq. ft.
- Additional Options: El Dorado offers luxurious condos in a three-story building complete with fine dining.
Most homes for sale at Sun City have been well-maintained by the owners, but will reflect the styles and finishes of the homes built during the 1960s and 1970’s, so buyers sometimes will want to do a little updating and modernizing.
Sun City Golf
The Sun City Recreation Centers maintain eight golf courses. These include five regulation-length courses and three executive-length (Par 60) courses.
Three private country clubs with regulation-length golf courses are available within the community: Palmbrook Country Club, Sun City Country Club, and Union Hills Country Club.
- Lakes West
- North Course
- South Course
- Lakes East
- Quail Run
- Sun City
- Union Hills
About the Sun City Area
Sun City is located on Bell Rd, in Sun City, Arizona. At Easy Life Group, we 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.
When it was created, Sun City was 30 miles from Phoenix, and in the middle of nowhere! Now, the Phoenix area has expanded, and Sun City finds itself right in the middle of the fast-growing areas of Surprise and Peoria. Before the Loop 101 freeway was built, Sun City could only be accessed by surface streets, but all that changed when the Looop 101 was completed. Now Scottsdale or downtown Phoenix should be just a 35-45 minute drive from almost any Sun City neighborhood.
You’ll find lots of stores and restaurants within a 5-10 minute drive of any Sun City neighborhood.
Sun City Arizona Homes for Sale
HOA Contacts & Info
There are no HOA fees for regular houses, but all residents of Sun City must pay a mandatory annual fee to the Recreation Centers of Sun City (RCSC) to support the cost of running & maintaining all of the amenities. The rec center fee is less than $500/year per person.
The various townhomes have their own sub-associations and fees vary by neighborhood.
Sun City Arizona Golf Courses
Per round rates vary by season, but Sun City Arizona has some of the most inexpensive golf you can get. Golfers who are at least 45 years old are also welcome to golf at the Sun City courses and can also purchase annual passes.
Rates and annual passes for both RCSC residents and non-residents are very affordable, and are good at all eight courses (3 executive, 5 regulation) that are managed by the HOA.
- Golf Courses: General Golf Course Info
- Sun City Rates & Passes: RCSC Resident & Non Resident Golf Fees
- Golf Club Phone: 623-876-3053
Non HOA Courses
Sun City also has three additional “country clubs” that are managed independently from the HOA and are not included as part of the annual golf passes:
Sun City Arizona Visitors Center
10626 W Thunderbird Blvd – Sun City, AZ 85351