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Retire in Sun City Arizona

Updated on February 27, 2013

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Sun City Arizona


Sun City Arizona


Country Club Retirement in Your Price Range

You can retire and live in Sun City Arizona year around or you can be come a seasonal winter visitor, Snow Bird. Whatever you choose, there is a home within your price range from apartments to condos, duplexes and individual homes.

The whole community is designed to be a Day Camp for Grown-Ups. I say that because of all the things that there are to do within Sun City Arizona. Add to that the fact that you go home to your own place each night, and you get the best of Day Camp and home living!

If you are bored in Sun City Arizona you have only yourself to blame!

Seven Recreational Centers

Indoor and outdoor swim pools

Bowling Alleys

Fitness Centers


Jogging/Walking Tracks










Billiard Tables

Now let’s make a partial list of the clubs and entertainment available in Sun City Arizona:

Dances of all kinds from Tea Dances to Rock’N’Roll and Line Dancing

Concert Band

Stamp Club

Sewing Clubs

Spanish Club


Computer Clubs

Ceramics and Porcelain


Political Clubs

NextGen (younger retirees club)

Hatha Yoga


Gourmet Club

Walking Clubs

Tai Chi

Card clubs (Bridge, Canasta, etc!)

Model Train Club

Jewelry Crafting Club

Photography Club

Painting Club

Conservation and Sportsman’s Club

Calligraphy Club

Men’s Club




There are special events to include tours and musical presentations. Sun City residents may take a tour of everything from Rocky Point Mexico to the Mount Rushmore Memorials that leave right from Sun City Arizona. The tours are multi night tours and day tours.

The Sunday night Sun Bowl free concert series is a particular favorite. Sit under the stars and listen to some wonderful musicians all for free!

Virtually every weekend has an event centered around Arts, Sports, and Entertainment. And yes, they are free for residents!

Great Restaurants

Restaurants for every taste.
Restaurants for every taste. | Source

Premier Shopping and Restaurants and Sports Facilities

Sun City Arizona is bordered by one of the best shopping and dining sites in Phoenix Arizona. The Arrowhead Bell area has a major shopping center and hundreds of restaurants (literally!)

Cactus League Baseball includes stadiums just a stone’s throw away.

Surprise Stadium home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers

Peoria Sports Complex home of the Sand Diego Padres, and Seattle Mariners

Maryvale Baseball Park home of the Milwaukee Brewers

Also in the Greater Phoenix area you will find other Cactus League teams such as; Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, and Los Angeles Angels.

Many people that visit here as Snow Birds also work at the stadiums during the Cactus League Season! This is a fun job for them!

Golf Courses Galore!

1950's Golf Carts
1950's Golf Carts | Source


Sun City is surrounded with seven gloriously well maintained and beautiful golf courses. There are tournaments and associations for all types of golfers.

The world famous Ping Manufacturing Factory is just a few miles east of Sun City. The golfer may take a tour at the Ping site and order a special set of clubs.

In February and March 2013 alone there are many sessions with Golf Professionals held at the various Golf Clubs.

Yes, Golf Carts are legal on Sun City Arizona Streets and Roads. This community is a fore runner in environmental sensitive transportation within the local road system. Many people own a regular gas vehicle and an electric (or gas) golf cart for trips within the community such as golfing or grocery shopping!

1960's Pink Kitchen


A Bit of Sun City Arizona History

In the 1960's Del Webb partnered with James Boswell to bring about an adult community for retirees over the age of 50 years. The plan was to provide for an active adult community filled with community centers, golf courses, shopping centers, churches, excellent medical care, single family homes, duplexes, and apartments. The area would cover 4,280 acres and have an estimated population of 33,000.

Mind you, this was a new idea and there were plenty of people who said this new idea of an adult retirement community would never work. After all, don’t old people just want to sit around and compare ailments in between showing off pictures of their grand children? No, they do not.

People lined up to purchase the first bungalow style houses. Over 100,000 attended the opening weekend event! In fact, 1,300 homes were sold the first year. The three year goal was to sell 1,700 homes! Retirement in the sunshine where activity and fun were the headliners appealed to thousands of people.

Citrus Harvest

You too may pick your morning citrus every day!
You too may pick your morning citrus every day! | Source

You are invited!

The community succeeded far beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. It is alive, vibrant and welcoming!

There are homes for rent (as well as for sale) in the area so you can try out the Sun City experience. We came for a visit and moved here lock stock and barrel!

The 2000 census places 38,309 people in Sun City Arizona. Police and street maintenance are provided as is fire service and all utilities. The area is not incorporated. There is a yearly (reasonable) fee for the recreational centers. Fees are as low as $350 a year on a sliding scale upwards. The fees are based on the type of home and the age of home that you purchase. The fee will be listed in the real estate information.

The residents are all ‘from somewhere else’ and are looking for new friends! So, join us!

Sun City Arizona A Desert Oasis for Retirees


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      NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Hi Poetryman~ Thanks for reading the article. Glad you found somewhere you like too! Oh, thanks for the kind words too!

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      poetryman6969 4 years ago

      The company would be good but prefer the weather and water in Florida.

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      NMLady 5 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Thanks carol7777. We can tolerate the heat just fine so, here we are year around!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      You did a fabulous job on this and Sun City is magnificent...I remember when it was in early days and watched the huge expansion. It is a perfect place to live and enjoy favorite things. Other than intense heat..I lived in Phx for 20 years ...and you just have to live indoors..however there are so many nice things to do inside..and the winters are perfect. Voting up and pinning.