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Living a Gated Community Lifestyle in Sun City, Arizona

Sun City was the first successful active adult community in the world, and certainly the most famous. Not all of this community is gated, although the security is good enough in this sprawling community you might feel like it is. Some condo sections are gated.  Sun City is located in Peoria, Arizona - about 15 miles northwest of Phoenix. It has an endless amount of amenities and activities.  Sun City is the second largest active community in the world with 48,000 residents. It was founded by Del Webb in 1960.  Every conceivable activity - 7 recreation centers, 8 golf courses, 3 country clubs, 2 bowling centers, Sun Bowl, and Viewpoint Lake.

Where to Retire in Sun City and Home Prices

Sun City has many different neighborhoods to live in with homes at different price points.
The Zillow Home Value Index for Sun City in mid-2022 was $309,934, up almost 30% over the past year.

What Is Special about Sun City

Sun City claims that it is the first planned active retirement community. This community is huge and has something for everyone, with an amazing array of facilities and amenities. Residents pay no school taxes.

What Is Not Special about Sun City

There is an active volunteer HOA (Home Owners Association) with rules and regulations to protect the experience. There is  a general rule of thumb that the age of the residents in an active adult community corresponds to the age of the facility - since Sun City is the original active retirement community it is not a surprise that the median age is 74.

Climate and Physical Environment

There are endless neighborhoods laid out around man-made lakes and golf courses. Sun City is in the Arizona  desert with hills in the background, mountains not far away. Winters are generally warm, although it can occasionally get chilly for a few days. Summers are brutally hot.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Sun City has endless entertainment possibilities, particularly with the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in nearby Wickenburg.  And if you exhaust those, you can go into Phoenix which has all the cultural resources of the major city it is.


Crime here is relatively low.

Medical Facilities

The Banner  Boswell Hospital & Medical Center, located in the center of Sun City, offers physicians in all specialties with emphasis on heart, orthopedic & geriatric medicine.


Golf carts are a preferred method of transportation in Sun City. The Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is just a short trip away.  Sun City is not considered a walkable community.

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