The very first retirement community in the country was built here in Arizona in 1960 by the builder, Del Webb. Located 16 miles northwest of Phoenix between Peoria and Surprise, Sun City is an active adult retirement community restricted to residents age 55 and older. This community has continued to grow and thrive since its inception, with over 40,000 full and part-time residents. While Arizona now has dozens of retirement communities, Sun City still remains a popular choice thanks to its low property taxes, moderately priced homes, and its proximity to major freeways.Another benefit to living in Sun City is the extensive network of shopping, recreation and entertainment areas. Thanks to the golf-cart legal streets in Sun City, residents are able to navigate the neighborhoods with ease, to enjoy all of these amenities. One such amenity is golf, of course, as Sun City is home to more golf holes per capita of any active adult community in the United States, with 8 public and 3 private courses.Recreation centers abound in Sun City, with seven different centers offering fitness facilities, swimming pools (both indoor and outdoor), racquetball courts and a number of card and hobby rooms. Sun Citymakes it easy to maintain physical fitness with miles of walking trails as well as parks featuring pickleball, bocce ball, horseshoe, tennis and lawn bowling courts.Other amenities outside of the community, but nearby are Arrowhead Mall, the Westgate Entertainment District, West Valley Art Museum, Challenger Space Center, Wildlife World Zoo, and Lake Pleasant. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the many options available at nearby Peoria Sports Complex as well as the University of Phoenix Stadium.
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