Best 5 Active Adult Communities If You Are Looking To Do Wood Working


A recent client was looking for a community with a full wood working shop available to use.  There are not that many.  I headed to my computer and started checking with each community. Many do have wood carving clubs, but only a few are large enough and chose to do full wood working shops.

Here they are

Sun City Festival
Sun City Grand
Sun City West
Sun City
Westbrook Village

Del Webb has put woodworking shops into almost all of their “Sun City” communities – way to go Del Webb!

6 Best Arizona Active Adult Communities for Indoor Pools

Indoor Pool at Sun City Grand. Can you see people on the walking track upstairs?

If you like to swim for exercise, you probably don’t want to always do it outside in our blazing sun, or exit the pool with our cool mornings during the winter months.  Indoor pools allow for consistent temperatures of the air and water limiting the excuses and increasing your swim time.  For this best of list, I have included communities with Olympic sized pools, with a sloped walk in beach style entry and an exercise first lane.  Allowing for multiple swimmers lanes, and a fabulous pool for any injury recovery physical therapy as well.

You are primarily going to find indoor Olympic sized pools in larger communities.  Del Webb is the leader in this best of list.  Their new community Sun City Festival has an Olympic Lap Pool connected to the resort pool.  Maybe in the second Clubhouse there will be an Olympic indoor pool too.

North West Phoenix Valley

Sun City Grand_068The Cities of Surprise and Peoria as well as the community cities of Sun City and Sun City West

The north west’s largest city Surprise has long been the home of the earliest, largest and most well known of  Arizona’s active adult communities; the Del-Webb Sun City developments. It is also one of the homes of baseball’s spring training, an event that draws thousands of visitors each year. Sports fans love the new Cardinals Football Stadium and the new Coyotes Ice Hockey Arena. The NASCAR races at Phoenix International Raceway to the south are a big favorite. The area’s growth has been astounding, filling in state and farm land from the 101 freeway to the White Tank Mountains.

Of the many Master planned communities both adult and family oriented, our favorites are below.

 

Arizona Traditions

Arrowhead Ranch

The Sun Cities
Sun City
Sun City West
Sun City Grand
Corte Bella

Ventana Lakes

Vistancia
Trilogy at Vistancia

Westbrook Village

The Sun Cities

Sun City Festival 050There are now 6 Sun Cities in and around the Valley of the Sun.

The first Sun City by Del Webb was one of the first Active Adult Communities in Arizona.. His first community in AZ was built in Tucson in 1948.  Sun City in Surprise was opened in 1960.  It had 25,000 people show up for the opening weekend! With 11 golf courses and 7 swimming pools and a club for every activity you can imagine, it grew to 26,000 homes in the 18 years before it was completed. Due to their proximity to the freeways and Phoenix itself, as well as the super low real estate taxes many of the homes today are being remodeled and updated.

Sun City was so successful that additional land was purchased and Sun City West evolved.  It opened in 1978. Not quite the size of Sun City, but still boasting 9 golf courses and 6 pools. The expanded amenities and activities held the interest of the residents of its 17,000 homes.  

Del Web expanded the theme of Active Adult Living to include shopping, churches and restaurants and even a hospital within the boundaries of the development. One needs to have only a golf cart for transportation.  It took another 19 years, until 1997 for Del Webb to reach sell out of Sun City West. Sun City Festival 021

In 1996 construction began on Sun City Grand just to the west and south of Sun City West, with Grand Avenue (Rt. 60) being a divider.  This Active Adult Community was to have a greater range of home sizes.  It was smaller with only 10,000 homes, 5 pools and 3 golf courses.   The community was sold out in 2004.

Corte Bella was the last of the Sun Cities in the cluster forming the NW corner of the Phoenix Valley. It is considered part of Sun City West, although separated by walls.  It is an  upscale, private, gated golf course community with only 1600 homes and a single pool.  The last new home was sold in 2007.

Sun City Festival 015The 5th Sun City is Sun City Festival, located about 30 miles west of Surprise and the 4 preceding Del Webb communities.  It is just north and west of the White Tank Mountains.  Del Webb has perfected the art of Active Adult Communities and this is reputed to be their best yet.  Within a natural unspoiled desert environment, it is likened to the original Sun City 50 years ago. Sun City Festival will have 7200 homes, has one 18 hole golf course with another planned.  The amenities are superb and commercial development is certain to follow.  The project opened in 2006 and is expected to be built  out by 2016.  This Sun City combines the expertise of Pulte in their successful multigenerational communities and Del Webb’s superb active adult specialization.

This combination of multigenerational and active adult communities is a popular concept and allows families to be in close proximity to their retirees while having separate community amenities.  Del Webb and Pulte repeated this in the most recent development, Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch in Florence, about 55 miles southeast of central Phoenix.  This community opened in 2006 and is expected to reach build out by 2014.

 

Check out: Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Grand, Corte Bella, Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch, and Sun City Festival

 

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Sun City West

Senior Male Golfer Playing Bunker Shot On Golf CourseSun City West is the second of the Sun Cities in the NW corner of the Phoenix Valley.  Construction and homes sales began in 1978 as the first Sun City sold out.  It took until 1997 for Sun City West to complete their build-out.   The community boundaries are Bell Rd to the south, Grand Avenue to the east and El Mirage to the west.  The new state road 303 curves around the northern boundary. Most of Sun City West is excluded from the Maricopa School Districts, and therefore enjoys lower real estate tax.   The lower real estate taxes combined with the low maintenance fees make Sun City West a very desirable location for the retiring active adults on a fixed income. The financial incentive plus the tremendous number of clubs and activities and of course the opportunity to play 9 golf courses all combine to create another extremely desirable 55+ retirement location.  The variety of single level home styles, patio homes, and condos offer a wide range of home pricing. Within the community the streets are approved for driving your golf carts and you will find shopping, churches, and banks, drug stores, grocery stores and the Del Webb hospital. 

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