Active Adult Communities of the Northwest Valley of Phoenix, Arizona

Geographical and General Overview of Communities

The Northwest Valley of Phoenix was the Birth Place of Active Adult Communities in the United States or where the concept of age restricted retirement evolved. Del Webb was a forward thinking pioneer in the retirement community concept in the 1960’s that became the standard for the national model of active adult communities in the 1970’s and continues today. Many “Nay-Sayers” doubted his vision but in time all other communities followed Del Webb’s concept and design standards for 55 plus communities.

Now I will attempt to define the communities by geographical areas in Phoenix so you can better understand how these developments evolved over time. This was such a successful experiment other active adult communities have popped up in most of the Sun Belts States but have never equaled the West Valley Communities of Arizona.

The Sun Cities of the West Valley

The “Sun Cities” boundaries are generally along West Bell Road between the City of Peoria to the east (101 Loop) and the City of Surprise to the West and North of Olive Avenue to the south.

The communities are Sun City, Sun City West, Corte Bella, and Sun City Grand with over 60,000 homes with golf courses, recreation centers, and too many other amenities to mention.

Community Price Range Homes Age Limit Year Developed
Sun City $80-$300K 26,000 55 1960-1978
Sun City West $100-$400K 17,000 55 1978-1997
Corte Bella $200-$700K 1,700 55 2003-2007
Sun City Grand $200-$700K 9,800 45 2003-2009
City of Surprise and Peoria Active Adult Communities
Community Price Range Homes Age Limits Year Developed
Arizona Traditions $200-$500K 1,700 55 1996-2009
Sun City Festival $150-$400K 7,200 45 2006-Present
Westbrook Village $150-$400K 3,900 40 1982-1993
Ventana Lakes $150-$400K 1,700 55 1986-2002
Trilogy/Vistancia $200-$600K 2,500 55 2004-Present

All of these communities abound with “Baby Boomers” and the “Silent Generation” residents. This does not suggest that grandchildren and under age visitors are not allowed as they are, but time limitations of the visits are imposed for obvious reasons.

The statement “We Are Having More Fun than the Grandkids” is the reality in 2013 and beyond. This is certainly not your father’s idea of retirement as we have few or “No” rocking chairs as most of us are looking to redefine ourselves in retirement as we have in the past.

To experience this lifestyle today and tomorrow all you have to do is simply call Drew 623-428-9490, or email me directly in Arizona at dseargent@cox.net, to find out how affordable all this can be in the West Valley of Phoenix.

The “Sun Cities” tax base in Arizona is far less than in other retirement communities as we do not have a school tax component. Couple this with the low prices of homes and tax advantage we have another benefit as well. Can You Say Golf? Sun City has the lowest number of golfers per hole than any other similar development in the United States. As a matter of fact from May to September the green fee for 18 holes of golf is only $18…..Wow! Where can you find that in the United States?

I suggest you come find yours in Arizona as I live, play, and sell real estate in the community I call home “The West Valley of Phoenix”. No one else knows the “Sun Cities” quite like me and I have the experience to meet all of your real estate needs in Arizona. Let’s get the process started as this is the first day of your next phase of life.

“Dreams Do Come True in Arizona”

Life Style Choices and Which Community is Right for You??

This could be a very complex question or maybe not? Who are you today? Where you are going in the next phase of your life? Is this a vacation/golf home ? Permanent relocation choice? Or a family retreat as a “Snowbird”? The answer to these questions will assist in defining which community best suits your needs in Arizona.

Are you an active sports “Buff” and still playing the games? In the “Sun Cities” we have competitive senior baseball league (45 teams and counting) plus the MLB Cactus League Spring Baseball will keep you hoping from stadium to stadium watching your favorite “Team” in Peoria, Glendale, Surprise, or Goodyear in the West Valley during March. Oh! I did not mention the NHL Coyotes, the NFL Arizona Cardinals, MLB Diamondbacks, NBA Suns, WNBA Mercury, and NCAA college teams from Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Grand Canyon University.

Each of these communities have up to 250 activity clubs ranging from arts & crafts, woodworking/cabinet making, computer clubs, travel clubs, golf, tennis, pickle ball, swimming, and everything in between. The options are endless and you will definitely need to budget your time in the “Sun Cities” on what to do and where to go.

I want to let everyone know my business model or style is more of a Real Estate Consultant (“Not a Salesman”).  My belief is if I empower my clients with all the current market information and community choices they can and do make the best decision on which community or home to purchase that meets their budgetary and lifestyle requirements in Arizona.

Yes I am not Selling Homes – Instead I am Selling Life Styles

What is the Next Stop in Your Life’s Journey??

All we have to do is consider the possibilities and they are “Endless”. The only differences is that we are not all alike or are looking for the same things in life. You may be a Canadian or International buyer, possibly someone from another state or region, or an Arizona resident who desires a change in life style that only the “Sun Cities” can provide.

By receiving a special designation from the National Association of Realtors as an SRES – “Seniors Real Estate Specialist” I understand that we are different from the Generation X and Millennials (35 or younger).

It is all about trust, confidence, and doing business “One on One” as that is the way we conducted business in the past. Selecting a Realtor is akin to selecting a Doctor, an Accountant, or a Banker and this decision should not be taken lightly either. I am a seasoned real estate professional who provides personal attention to all of my clients and will represent you to the best of my ability. I will be by your side from purchase to closing to explain any details that you may need to know about the process. My goal is to make every transaction as smooth as possible as none of us need any more stress than necessary in our lives.

You may be looking for a Seasonal or Vacation Home in Arizona for 4 to 6 months in the winter or you could be looking to relocate to Arizona permanently. Either way in the “Sun Cities” we have options for everyone that will not break the bank in very user friendly communities.

A Little Historical Perspective and Life Styles of West Valley Communities

In 1960 Del Webb’s dream of a self-contained community with every amenity that one could imagine in retirement began. Del Web broke ground on his first community “Sun City” which was completed in its entirety by 1978. Del Webb expanded the concept to a “Sister” community called Sun City West – 3 miles west of Sun City in 1978 and completed that development in 1997.

The communities that Del Webb built have varying floor plans from single family homes, patio/duplex homes, apartment style condos, and senior apartments for those who simply want to rent instead of purchase.

Our Canadian and International visitors often have visa limitations that only allow them to visit for 6 months or less therefore leasing furnished homes is often an option. Most Canadians and international visitors in time choose to purchase a home as it often makes a better financial decision in the long run as they come back year after year. Purchasing a home in Arizona or the United States can be a different process for Canadians and International buyers. For example there are tax laws to comply with in Arizona in addition to their home country. Also there are immigration concerns, and not to mention title/ownership challenges that need to be considered. It is advisable for international visitors to consult “Cross Border Professionals” prior to purchasing a home in Arizona or the United States as ownership of a vacation home is an important financial decision. None of us want a surprise after the purchase is completed from a legal and taxable event standpoint.

Differences and Similarities in Our Communities

    • Sun City and Sun City West are very similar in their feel as a community. All the golf courses in these communities are managed by a non-profit community organization and by such they have a lower cost to play golf than in the other communities if that is important to you. Sun City Grand, Arizona Traditions, Corte Bella, and Westbrook Village golf courses are managed by 3rd parties and tend to be more expensive per round of golf. This does not suggest that one golf course is better choice than the next but only the choices that the community made when they were envisioned.

 

    • Corte Bella and Sun City Grand were a change in design standards by the Del Webb Corporation in the 1990’s. They are more of a resort style of community where many homes have Casitas or “Guest Quarters” and Corte Bella is a gated community for those who desire a more secure environment. Being newer homes they have many of the modern finishes such as decorative tile, hardwood floors, and solid wood cabinetry with granite surfaces plus stucco/tile roof exteriors. Being small and more intimate communities their amenities are somewhat limited as compared to Sun City and Sun City West.

 

    • Arizona Traditions, Ventana Lakes, and Westbrook Village followed much of this same concept with fewer amenities than the Sun Cities provide and I characterize them more as golf/tennis communities or developments.

Keep in mind these are opinions by Drew Seargent and each client needs to investigate all the communities to see which one suits their personal life style and budgets the best.

Many of my clients make a decision that Arizona is a place they want to be immediately while others have to experience all Arizona has to offer over time. This may take a few months, a year, or even several years to make that decision which is a very normal process for all of us.

In the search to find you the perfect home I am willing to tailor my approach to your needs because it is not about me and it is more about you as it should be. I do not take the “Cookie Cutter Approach” to Real Estate as I would not want to be treated in that way either. Just pick up the phone and call or send me an email.

Drew Seargent, Realtor

ABR, GRI, SRES
623.428.9490
DSeargent@cox.net