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Sun City was the brainchild of renowned developer Del Webb; the grand opening was on New Year’s Day 1960. The premier retirement community began with five different Sun City homes for sale, a shopping center, recreation center, and a golf course. The opening weekend drew a massive crowd of 100,000 people, ten times what the developers expected. Obviously, Del Webb’s new retirement community met a need for active retirement that could be found nowhere else. Sun City real estate was hot!
The best place to start enjoying your retirement in Sun City is the Bell Recreation Center on 99th Ave. This is just one of the seven recreation centers, and it features pool tables, a 16 lane bowling alley, an indoor shuffleboard court, a huge gym, and even a cafe. The recreation centers are not just about exercise, however. Residents can also engage in many crafts, such as ceramics, woodworking, stained glass, and silversmithing. Finally, there's bocce ball, miniature golf, lawn bowling, shuffleboard, tennis, and racquetball.
Sun City is also a place to enjoy entertainment; the Sun Bowl Amphiteathtre hosts all types of performances and other events. It’s a lovely place to set up some lawn chairs and enjoy a night of music under the stars with friends and family.
One thing Sun City is famous for is the ability to go everywhere in your golf cart. The Union Hills Golf and Country Club are semi-private, 18-hole Greg Nash designed golf course blending seamlessly its the natural surroundings. This beautiful course provides challenges for all levels of ability. Union Hills also offers a clubhouse, The Del Grill and Cocktail Lounge, a fitness center, swimming pool, and off-track betting.
While Sun City real estate is well-known for its “rock lawns”, thus eliminating the need for lawn mowing. The rock lawns of Sun City eliminate the need to spend your weekends doing lawn care. This could very well be the best thing about Sun City real estate! You’ll also never have to shovel snow again; Sun City boasts nearly 300 days of sunshine every year.
The cost of living in Sun City is 8% lower than the rest of Arizona and the cost of Sun City homes for sale is 35% lower than the US average. That makes this desert oasis a good value for your retirement. With rock lawns, fabulous weather, plenty of recreation and golf, your time is completely free to do as you choose in beautiful Sun City.