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About Sun City

Sun City was opened January 1, 1960, with five home models, a shopping center, a recreation center, and a golf course. This was the first active retirement community in the United States.  It and its adjoining sister city, Sun City West. are both popular retirement communities with  snowbirds.  With more than 120 clubs, eight golf courses, seven recreation centers, two bowling centers, and the entire Valley of the Sun at your doorstep, life is truly abundant here. Hike, bike, ride, swim, spin, sew, dance, weave, sing, run, play…live and learn. There’s nothing you can’t do here.

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The opening weekend (January 1, 1960) drew 100,000 people, ten times more than expected.   A month before the grand opening, the development still did not have a name, however that was by design. The Webb Construction Company, to ramp up publicity, had sponsored a nationwide contest to name the community. An ad was placed in the Saturday Evening Post, awarding a new home to the winner.  Del Webb, the owner of Webb Construction Company was featured on the cover of the Time magazine on August 3, 1962. A five page article on Del Webb, his company and Sun City were in the magazine.   Photograph were by Bob McColley.

The retirement community was built on the site of the former ghost town of Marinette.  Developer Del E. Webb expanded Sun City over the years, and built other retirement communities in the Sun BeltSun City West was built in the late 1970s, Sun City Grand in the late 1990s, Sun City Anthem in 1999, and Sun City Festival in July 2006.   The community is well known to law students, as it is featured in the case Spur Industries v. Del E. Webb Development Co., 494 P.2d 700 (Ariz. 1972), commonly used in first-year property law courses to illustrate nuisance law.

Living in Sun City

What do you feel like doing today? Your options are wide open here. We believe opportunities should be limitless, choices should be endless, and life should be enjoyed to the fullest.  After all, you’ve probably spent most of your life hard at work. Now it’s time to play. Friendship, socializing, recreation, and fun were—and continue to be—the main staples of living here. It’s not unusual to meet second and even third generation residents; children and grandchildren of those original forerunners who have now settle here.

Schools, Health and Transportation

Since first opening in 1970, Boswell Hospital has added services and facilities to better serve the region’s needs. In 2008, Banner Boswell Hospital finished an extensive multi-million dollar expansion to improve medical and healthcare services to Sun City, Arizona and the surrounding area and Banner now ranks in the Top 100 Hospitals nationwide. The healthcare amenities available to Sun City, Arizona are some of the best available in the nation.


Parks and Recreation

Discover just how active your “life of leisure” can be. With swimming pools, sport courts, exercise studios and social halls, each recreation center buzzes with activities and amenities. Marinette, Bell, Sundial, Lakeview, Oakmont Fairway, and Mountain View Centers just to name a few. We also have two bowling centers where you can play to your heart’s content, Sun Bowl, an open-air amphitheater for concerts and performances, and the natural beauty of the American Southwest all around you to hike, ride, photograph, sightsee, and simply enjoy. Can’t forget golf, low cardholder fees get you into eight fabulous courses with over 1,100 acres of golf, all within six square miles. That means you can play a different course every day of the week, and still have one left over.

Shopping and Dining

This is a self-contained community.  This is a place where residents could meet all their needs without having to leave its boundaries.

Get More Information

When you’re ready to learn more about Sun City, Arizona, connect with the team of real estate professionals at Phoenix Urban SpacesBroker Roberta Candelaria and her team look forward to welcoming you home to Sun City.


Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch


Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch in Florence by Del Webb offers scenic beauty with a secluded feel and is only minutes from everyday conveniences.

Eight (8) design to choose from with available prices ranging from $184,990 to $284,990


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