Del E. Webb - The Man Behind the Mega Retirement Communities

Every month or two my company send out a mailer to the Arizona Sun Cities called the Ken Meade Report.  This month our president, Steve Meade did an article about the founder of the Sun Cities, Del Webb.


Del Webb Corp. officials acknowledge they weren't the first to think of a retirement community, but  Del E. Webb IS the man that created the concept of the active retirement communities as we know them today.  Nobody else had done them on the scale he did when he came up with the concept of the original Sun City.

In the Ken Meade Report, Steve had multiple choice questions to see how much you might know about Del Webb.  From this article I learned that he had been a co-owner of the New York Yankees, that he was 6'4" tall, and that he was 75 years old when he died on the 4th of July, 1974.

After reading Steve's article, I realized I had never really looked into the history of the man that created the concept of the communities I sell real estate in.  So... I Googled him.

What an interesting life this man must have led.  His dream was to have been a professional ball player but typhoid fever sidelined those aspirations.  I also learned that World War II made him a rich man with defense contracts.

He became good friends with Howard Hughes and rubbed elbows with "Bugsy" Siegel in Nevada when he helped build him a casino.  Del Webb Corp. had gone public in 1960, and the purchase marked the first entry of a respected public stock corporation into Las Vegas gaming.  By 1978 the company was the largest gaming employer in Nevada, with some 7,000 workers.

I could go on and on but others before me, have done a much better job of it.  To read more about this interesting man, click on either of the above links.  I'm glad I did.

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If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in one of the Phoenix west valley active retirement golf communities, please call me or visit my website http://KathyAndersonRealtor.com. Here you will find information on homes for sale in Sun City Grand Surprise Arizona, resales in Corte Bella, Sun City Festival real estate, Arizona Traditions MLS listings, Trilogy at Vistancia and Sun City West, PLUS see a map of the Surprise AZ area retirement communities. Don't hesitate to call or email if you have questions.

Kathy Anderson, kathyandersonrealtor, kathyandersonrealtor.com, real estate & homes for sale in the Phoenix Arizona west valley retirement communities


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