Del Webb's Sun City Arizona is turning 50!!! Get ready for the celebration!

So much has changed since Del Webb broke ground on the original Sun City, a community that would forever change people's idea of how retirement living should be. At the time, Sun City was an oasis out in the middle of the AZ desert with nothing around for miles.

What Del Webb was exceptional at, was creating the vision. Before breaking ground on the first home he made sure people saw the dream, capturing spectacular views and giving people resort-style living. Club houses and golf courses were strategically planned out and put into place so the future residents knew what to expect the day they moved into their new home. While he wasn't the one to create the concept, he IS the one who created the benchmark of success other builders hope to obtain.

"Del Webb's Sun City was created with a very simple premise: Retirement should be about staying active, involved, and engaged. His vision was (by providing amenities like golf, bowling, tennis and dozens of other sports) residents could hang onto their youth. Now, 50 years later, Sun City and that vision for a better retirement have survived the test of time. Sporting activities are still at the core of the community's success." Excerpt from RSCS publication Sun Views.

Sun City is turning 50 and the year long festivities begin with the Grand Opening Ceremony on December 9th, 2009. Stay up on the planned activities by visiting the Sun City Visitors Center website and the Recreation Centers of Sun City website.


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 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,, real estate & homes for sale in the Phoenix Arizona west valley retirement communities

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Comment balloon 4 commentsKathy Anderson • August 30 2009 12:01PM


Wow, 50 years.  I can remember as a teenager, when they first opened.  Del Webb (now Pulte homes) was way ahead of their time.

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) over 9 years ago

Edward & Celia - Thank you for your observation!  Yes, it's hard to believe it's been 50 years.  It's amazing to think of all the changes that have taken place in that time-frame.

Posted by Kathy Anderson, Arizona Retirement Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand (HomeSmart) over 9 years ago

And Sun City was NOT the first retirement community either.

Youngtown is five years older.



Posted by Bil Munsil over 9 years ago

You are absolutely right Bil.  The Sun City communities though are probably some of the best known.

Posted by Kathy Anderson, Arizona Retirement Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand (HomeSmart) over 9 years ago

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