Happy Birthday Sun City-55 years young!

Sun City comes of age gracefully!

Sun City at 55 years old is now old enough to live in the community of it’s name sake as one person living there must be 55 or older.  This is also true for the children of the original home owners.  They too are now old enough to live in Sun City and many do.  As the oldest retirement community Sun City is reinventing itself by embracing solar, updating the recreation centers and adding clubs & activities sort after by retiring boomers of today. One example is pickle ball where the new courts are considered very desirable by the new generation of retirees.

When Sun City was first built by Del Webb the experts said it would fail but instead it flourished along with other Phoenix active adult retirement communities to follow like Sun City West and Sun City Grand. In fact, active adult communities are more popular than ever with new ones being developed recently especially here in the Phoenix area.

Back then the jingles to advertise Sun City were very different from today’s advertising. An article compliments of CBS News had a wonderful comment from a viewer silverandgold2.

“I was just a kid growing up in Phoenix when Sun City first opened. They ran a lot of commercials on television then which was mostly in black and white. I still remember the sung jingle that they used with them. It said: “Wake up and live in Sun City, Mr. Senior Citizen in the prime of your life, Mr. Senior Citizen and wife.”

Here is a link to the CBS News article about Sun City turning 55 years young, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sun-city-comes-of-age/

Sun City is the first, largest and oldest Active Adult Retirement Community. Sun City has the most amenities of  any senior community to date with 7 recreation centers, 7 pools and 11 golf courses.  It is also one of the most affordable for multiple reasons:

1. Due to the size of the community about 41,500 residence there is a very low recreation fee of $462 per lot.
2. There are no school taxes in Sun City so real estate taxes are low.
3. Homes are older with many home buying choices from apartment style condos to single family homes. Prices for homes for sale in Sun City are affordable starting at around $40k going all the way up to close to a million for estate and horse property homes. With over 300 floor plans in Sun City there is a home for just about everyone.

If you are considering a retirement community Sun City is certainly one to explore.

Sun City- Hope to wish you happy birthday when you turn 100 years old.

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