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From Lizard Acres to Lush Oasis
Sun City West is an unincorporated community within the Northwest Valley of Maricopa County. The community includes some 17,000 homes and about 30,000 residents. Sun City West is age-restricted, and at least one resident in each household must be at least 55 years old. The community is a self-contained and self-governed community.
The Association offers more than $125 million worth of amenities: seven golf courses, four recreation centers, a state-of-the-art 30-lane bowling center, a recently renovated 40,000-volume private library, a retail arts and crafts store, more than 100 chartered clubs, shopping, places of worship, and a nationally ranked hospital and much, much more. The community offers everything for the active adult 55 and older.
The unparalleled success of the Del Webb Corporation’s first master-planned community for active adults – Sun City – led to its beginning a new community in 1978 in the desert two miles to the west – Sun City West. Looking at the desolate desert, an early rancher declared, “This country isn’t fit for raising anything but lizards.”
John Meeker, president of the Del E. Webb Development Company, had a different vision for the land. He saw a new, larger community with facilities unmatched elsewhere. At its core, an “Emerald Valley” would be the focal point as the “largest golf course development project in Arizona history got underway”. Adjacent to it would be a recreation center, “the largest private facility for recreational and creative activities in Arizona.”
In less than a quarter century the desert yielded to Meeker’s vision. By 1997, 31,000 people had come from the 50 states, Canada and other countries to make Sun City West their home. With construction completed in Sun City West the Webb Corporation opened nearby Sun City Grand.
Sun City West is the premier retirement golf community in Arizona.
For an annual fee of less than $400 per person, residents have the use of the following samples of Sun City West amenities:
- Fitness Centers
- Miniature Golf
- 4 Recreation Complexes
- Pickle ball
- A Softball Players Dream
- 30-lane Bowling Alley
- 7 Golf Courses
- Club Memberships
- Readily-available medical care and full service drug stores
- Outdoor concerts
- Regional Parks nearby
- Close to Luke AFB
Consider your interests and then compare the amenities and conveniences offered by Sun City West with any other community. It is easy to understand why the Webb people have said, “There’ll never be another Sun City West!” Land prices and desire for little debt means most developers cannot afford the millions of dollars that the Webb Corporation put into the Sun City West recreational amenities. Few communities have the population base needed to make such amenities so affordable!