Community Spotlight: Sun City Festival

On your search for retirement communities in Phoenix, explore all of the unique features and amenities of Sun City Festival. Located in Buckeye, a top retirement destination in Arizona, you’ll find everything you need to live the active retirement of your dreams—including access to some of the top golf courses in the Phoenix area.



Amenities at Sun City Festival

Staying active comes easily at Sun City Festival with a 31,000-square foot recreation center that offers a state-of-the-art fitness area. It’s also home to a ballroom, where you can practice your dance skills with one of the communities dance clubs, and a resort-style pool and spa—a great place to unwind after a tough workout. 



If athletics are more your thing, you’ll be sure to find your team at one of the many sports courts at Sun City—including courts for pickleball, tennis, basketball, volleyball, bocce, and horseshoes. Or spend the day at our 27-hole champion golf course. Managed by Troon Golf®, it gives competition to some of the best golf courses in the Phoenix area. Feel like getting competitive? Bring your sports game to a wider audience with our Softball Complex that offers restrooms, spectator stands, and a wireless scoreboard.



You’ll also find plenty of opportunities to explore new hobbies or get back into old ones at Sun City. Consider starting at the 9,000-square-foot crafts center with studios for woodworking, glass arts, ceramics, and pottery. And if you’re worried about staying motivated, you can always get inspired by friends. With a selection of over 30 chartered clubs for sports, crafts, games, and cards clubs you’re bound to the space that’s right for you. We also offer monthly lifestyle events including dances, performances, street fairs, and pool parties.



Living in Buckeye, Arizona

You’ll find it easy to maintain your active lifestyle outside of Sun City. Buckeye is a haven for those who appreciate the outdoors. And a dry and clear climate makes it possible to spend more time outside. You might start by hiking at Skyline Regional Park where you’ll find over 20-miles of trails that are accessible for all levels. 



You’ll also discover plenty of opportunities to explore golf courses in the Phoenix area. There are six golf courses in Buckeye and another 17 within 20 miles—15 of which are public and two that are private.



And the cost of living in Buckeye is overall, reasonably affordable. The median home cost in Arizona is about $349k (new construction homes at Sun City Festival also start at $349k). Add to that the fact that Arizona’s property taxes are relatively low. Homeowners face a median annual property tax bill of $1,578—about $1,000 less than the national median. And Buckeye is considered one of the fastest-growing cities in the US.



If you’re not interested in Buckeye, there are still other retirement communities in the Phoenix area that are worth considering—like Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch. Located in Florence, Arizona you’ll find that it shares many of the same amenities while offering a whole new variety of personalized floor plans. You might also consider exploring these top retirement communities in Phoenix and the rest of Arizona


The dessert climates of Arizona may not be for everyone, but for those who can stand a little heat and hate snowy winters—it might just be your perfect escape place. Or you might consider these other tax-friendly states that can help stretch your retirement income.



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Published  5.6.22  

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