Sun City West re-opens golf courses

Golf opens Monday; other facilities remain closed

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West reminds residents that although five golf courses will open on Monday, the other facilities including chartered clubs remain closed.

Stardust, Grandview, Echo Mesa, Trail Ridge and Deer Valley will open to residents on Monday. Pebblebrook and Desert Trails remain closed until fall for overseeding and maintenance. Social distancing restrictions will be in place at the five courses on Monday; the courses will remain closed to the public with the exception of registered public players.

There has been some confusion that chartered clubs will reopen as well on Monday. That is not the case. The Rec Centers is working on a Recovery and Reopening Plan for its other facilities. However, reopening even under the plan with restrictions in place, will follow the federal “Opening Up America Again” approach, which requires a downward trajectory of Covid cases over a 14-day period.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced a testing blitz, which aims to test 10,000 to 20,000 Arizonans every Saturday for three consecutive weeks, beginning Saturday, May 2. “We can expect to see our numbers increase after that date,” said RCSCW General Manager Bill Schwind. “But that doesn’t explain the leap in cases we saw last weekend before the blitz began.”

Sun City West’s zip code saw a jump from “6-10” cases on April 26 to 45 on April 27. There are 47 reported as of today. There is a reported 4-7 day lag time between testing and reporting, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services website.

Of particular concern is the impact Covid-19 has on those 65 and older, particularly those with a chronic condition. According to Maricopa County, people who are at least 65 and have a chronic condition account for: 43 percent of all cases in the county; 73 percent of the hospitalizations; 77 percent of the ICU admissions; and 98 percent of those who have died.

The Rec Centers will release its Recovery and Reopening Plan as soon as possible. In the meantime, please check suncitywest.com for further announcements, and the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Data Dashboard at azdhs.gov for the latest case information.

Sun City Festival’s Second Clubhouse Reveal

The Sun City Festival community is about to open their Saguaro Recreation Center this spring. Here is a sneak peak at this georgious new amenity.

In addition Sun City Festival will be complete with renovating their former Sales Center into community recreation space. This will greatly increase the available spaces for activities and clubs.

Ready to check out this beautiful new community. Give me a call!

New Build Bargains

It is that time of year again. Summer sunshine turns a little cooler, the leaves start changing (up north) and people begin to come south to Arizona.

It is also that time of year when the builders are coming to the end of their fiscal year. That is a good thing for you!

Builders, always are building homes in anticipation that you may not want to wait 6 or 7 months to move into your new home. Earlier this year started building homes knowing the principle “Built it and they will come”.

There are currently lots of Spec Homes / Quick Move In Homes / Designer Homes – whatever you call them lots are waiting for you. Since it also is the end of their fiscal year, the builders are incentivized to get them sold. That means better value and bargains for you.

This is the best time of the year to purchase a brand new home. If you are looking for a new home, and don’t have the burning desire to pick out all of the design elements. Or you would really like to enjoy living in your new Arizona home this year. This is the time for you!

Call me, let us schedule a visit and together we will find you a beautiful new construction home that you can enjoy this winter!

New Trend in the 55+ Communities

There is a new trend happening in the 55+ communities.

Del Webb, the leader in building and creating the unique 55+, Active Adult lifestyle communities has always acquired a large parcel of land and over time built the homes, activities centers, more homes, additional activities facilities and more homes. Sun City West for example, the largest of the age restrictive communities in the greater Phoenix area, has 17,000 homes, It truly is a city. Del Webb started construction of the community in 1978 and completed the last homes in 1997 almost 20 years later.

As additional builders came into the Active Adult Community arena they too acquired large parcels of land and over time built all the homes within that community themselves; Shea Homes and most of their Trilogy Communities for example.

The new trend is to have one initial investor who created the Homeowners Association, establishes the community as a 55+, and then sells off sections to be built by many different builders.

This will have the community completed much faster. With 3 or 4 different builders all actively constructing homes, the number of homes completed increases exponentially.

This method has been the norm for many Master Planned Communities all over the Valley. It has only been a trend for the Active Adult Communities in the past 5 years.

There are benefits to the home buyer.

  • Neighborhood construction for a shorter time once you move in.
  • Diversity of floor plans and exterior elevations
  • Variety of price points
  • Social groups, clubs, and activities develop quickly

Identifying a disadvantage of this new trend: an Active Adult Community floor plan is not just a single level home. Builders new to the market have to recreate their floor plans to effectively provide the style of home this unique homebuyer is looking for.

I would classify the Active Adult floor plan as one with luxury features; wider halls, high ceilings, large master suites, gourmet kitchens, open great room, with a split plan for the guest room. The 55+ buyer looking at a 1700 square foot homes is not looking for the same thing as the first time homebuyer looking at the same sized house.

Enjoy the diversity and options available to you in these new trending communities, but also remember to consider the design and layout of the homes.

If you need help navigating all these communities, I am here for you.

Celebrate thru the Decades this Summer in Sun City Grand

Get your Groove on with a 60’s party on July 23rd. Dust off your Disco Dudds for a 70’s party on Aug 13th. Get ready for a 70’s Rock concert with Rock Me Gently on August 21st. Finnish off the summer with an 80’s party (date to be released)

Check out the flyer and get your tickets now!

Sun City Festival Update

So what’s next?  In late June we hope to introduce a new neighborhood just west of the Dog Park and another 18-lot neighborhood near the Sage Center, just to the west of the old models.  Then in July we hope to open our second neighborhood in Phase II near the White Tank Mountains, abutting State Land parcels to the east and south.  There will be some very nice home sites along the perimeter of this area with unobstructed mountain views.  As soon as I receive more details I’ll be passing them along. 

We have a GREAT selection of inventory homes, priced from $263,000.  Of these, 11 are Move-In Ready, carrying incentives of up to $39,000.  My three-page summary sheet is attached and if you’d like to share photos of these homes, CLICK HERE  and then on the “See Quick Move-Ins” tab.  Only four of our former model homes remain to be sold…the Haven, Pursuit, Serenity and Journey are priced from $396,000 to $601,000 with some nice lake and mountain views.

Incentives for June include a $10,000 Design Center credit and 3% of the home’s base price ($6,200-$12,300) as a cash-buyer discount or closing cost incentive if your client finances with Pulte Mortgage.

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