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By Bill Ness | Broker in Chicago, IL
  • Arizona Traditions, Surprise, Arizona Active Adult

    Posted Under: General Area in Surprise, Home Buying in Surprise  |  May 16, 2012 2:53 PM  |  3,595 views  |  No comments
    Arizona Traditions, active adultArizona retirees in search of a 55+ community that’s smaller in size yet still big on amenities will want to visit Arizona Traditions. Built between 1996 and 2009, this active adult community by D.R. Horton is smaller than most nearby retirement communities with just 1,750 homes.

    Today, interested homebuyers can select from resale homes priced from the high $100’s to the mid $300’s. The single-family homes at this gated Arizona 55+ community are sized from just under 1,200 to nearly 2,400 square feet. Many of the homes offer lovely views of the community golf course or the surrounding mountains.

    Residents of this intimate sized community appreciate the small-town charm and friendly neighborhood feel. Even though this community is smaller in size, it’s still big on amenities and a fun social lifestyle. The 23,000 square foot community clubhouse is the heart of the community where residents come together to enjoy similar pastimes and discover new activities. Features of the clubhouse include a state-of-the-art fitness center with an aerobics studio plus rooms for cards and games, arts and crafts, sewing and woodworking. There is a grand ballroom, a library, computer stations, billiard tables and casual corners to relax and chat with friends. There are also two outdoor swimming pools, four tennis courts, two bocce ball courts, trails for walking or bike riding, a softball field, parks and natural open spaces.

    Golf at Arizona Traditions is another popular pastime. The 18-hole golf course offers challenging play for golfers of all levels while also offering a sports bar to enjoy a cocktail after a long day on the links or a casual dinner with friends. The Arizona Traditions Restaurant is the perfect destinations for a quick bite to eat at lunch-time or a relaxing dinner for two.

    Arizona Traditions is popular for its exciting collection of amenities in a smaller-scale community. Residents appreciate the intimate size and the privacy they enjoy in this community tucked away from the more crowded nearby communities. Located near the base of the White Tank Mountains, the community enjoys lovely mountain vistas and everyday conveniences just minutes from homes. Within just a mile from the community residents will find a grocery store and restaurants while major malls are less than 30 minutes away. Active adults in search of an Arizona retirement destinations offering an abundance of amenities in a smaller-sized community will want to visit Arizona Traditions.

    For more information and photos of this and other AZ active adult retirement communities please visit 55Places.com. To stay in touch with us please join our Facebook page by clicking the Facebook link below.

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  • Sun City Grand by Del Webb, Surprise, Arizona Active Adult Community

    Posted Under: General Area in Surprise, Quality of Life in Surprise, Home Buying in Surprise  |  February 2, 2012 1:35 PM  |  3,425 views  |  No comments
    Sun City Grand, Surprise, AZThe northwest valley of Phoenix is home to many active adult communities including the original Sun City and Sun City West. Del Webb’s Sun City Grand is the newest active adult community in the area offering newer homes built from 1996 to 2004. With pricing ranging from the low $100’s to over $1 million, there is something for everyone at Sun City Grand.

    With just over 9,800 homes, Sun City Grand offers a wide variety of resale options including single-family ranch homes, attached-style homes and condominiums. Residents can be as young as age 45. During construction Del Webb offered over 50 floor plans to choose from ranging in size from 805 to nearly 3,000 square feet.

    The collection of amenities at this sprawling Arizona active adult community is simply amazing. There are three clubhouses, three golf courses, three restaurants and plenty more! Throughout the various buildings there is a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor swimming pool and a convenient walking track. There are numerous rooms for ceramics, arts & crafts, sewing, stained glass, cards, billiards and woodworking as well as a computer lab and library. A large community ballroom is ideal for holiday parties, seminars, theater performances and more. 

    Outdoors there are four swimming pools, tennis and bocce ball courts, pickleball courts, horseshoe pits and a softball field. Miles of trails wind throughout the community landscape which is dotted with fishing lakes and parks including a pet park. There is even a large outdoor amphitheater perfect for concerts or movies under the stars.

    Sun City Grand, Surprise, AZ

    Continued education is popular among active adults and the Lifelong Learning Academy at Sun City Grand offers plenty of educational opportunities. Residents can take classes ranging from traditional business classes to fun cooking classes and everything in-between. Another popular feature at Sun City Grand Del Webb is the full-service Cimarron Day Spa. The spa offers a complete menu of spa services including relaxing massages, facials and body treatments.

    A community of this stature wouldn’t be complete without another favorite active adult pastime, golf! Sun City Grand boasts three championship golf courses all designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash. With 27-holes of world-class golf, Sun City Grand is perfect for the avid golfer who wants a challenge or for the beginner who needs lots of practice. 

    Residents of Sun City Grand are drawn to the community for its lower age-restriction, its newer homes and its smaller size in comparison to the nearby Sun City and Sun City West. The community offers fantastic active adult living in a fantastic Central Arizona location.  

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  • Arizona Traditions, Surprise, Arizona

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Surprise  |  July 31, 2011 8:39 AM  |  1,520 views  |  1 comment
    Arizona Traditions, Surprise, Arizona active adultArizona Traditions in Surprise, Arizona is a well-cared for 55+ community that’s smaller in size with 1,750 homes, yet is still big on amenities. Built by D.R. Horton between 1996 and 2009, Arizona Traditions offers an ideal location in the Phoenix northwest valley. Its popular location, world-class amenities and exciting social environment combine to make this a very attractive Arizona active adult community. Residents appreciate the smaller size of this community where it’s easy to get to know your neighbors and make meaningful friendships.

    Set at the base of the White Tank Mountains, Arizona Traditions boasts breathtaking mountain and desert views. The community is set away from the hustle and bustle of other popular 55+ communities, which is one of the big attractions for many residents. Even so, within just one mile there are plentiful amenities including everyday conveniences such as a grocery store, pharmacy, shops and restaurants.  A little further out, about 20 or 30 minutes away, is the Arrowhead Mall, West Valley Art Museum and many other unique destinations. The private setting of Arizona Traditions is ideal for the retiree looking to get away from the busy crowds yet still be minutes from everything they need.

    Amenities at this private AZ 55+ community include a spacious 23,000 square foot clubhouse packed with a wide variety of features. There is a state-of-the-art fitness center, a 700-person ballroom, studios for arts & crafts plus a relaxing community library. Outdoor the fun continues with an Olympic size lap pool, a resort-style swimming pool, sports courts for bocce ball, tennis and shuffleboard, a softball field plus biking trails.

    Another wonderful feature is the 18-hole Arizona Traditions Golf Course. Designed by Dick Bailey, this exciting course winds throughout the community and is perfect for golfers of all levels. Residents enjoy hitting the links with friends followed by a tasty meal at the Arizona Traditions Restaurant. This on-site restaurant offers lunches and dinners plus a full-service sports bar.

    Aside from the attractive private location and nice collection of amenities, the value of homes here is fantastic. The single-family ranch style homes are priced from the high $100’s to the mid $300’s. Buyers today can choose from new construction or resale homes sized from just under 1,200 to nearly 2,400 square feet.

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  • Sun City Arizona Famous Among Active Adults

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Surprise  |  May 6, 2010 1:14 PM  |  1,405 views  |  No comments
    Sun City ArizonaSun City Arizona is famous for being the very first 55+ active adult retirement community in the country. Today, it’s becoming famous for being home to the new reality TV series, Sunset Daze. On the WEtv network, Sunset Daze follows the lives of 9 feisty Sun City Arizona residents. The first couple episodes aired recently and have received some fantastic reviews. It’s a great opportunity for the Sun City Arizona community to show itself off to potential homebuyers across the country.

    Del Webb himself, started Sun City in 1960 and the community is now a premier example of luxury active adult living with over 26,000 homes, 11 golf courses and countless amenities and social clubs. Sun City Arizona offers fantastic home values, low property taxes and minimal association fees which are just a few of the reasons it’s continued in popularity since it grand opened in 1960. The community is almost too unique to compare to other AZ active adult communities.

    The amenities of this AZ 55+ community are endless. There are 7 recreation centers … yes, 7! There are 11 golf courses. There are 6 outdoor swimming pools, fitness centers galore, aerobics & dance studios, 2 libraries, restaurants and numerous spaces for arts & crafts, games, club meetings, special events and more. Aside from the physical amenities there are hundreds of clubs and events for residents to participate in. The lifestyle at this AZ active adult community is simply amazing!

    Also amazing is the fact you can own a home in Sun City Arizona for well under $100,000! The resale homes available range from around $70,000 up to over $500,000. You’ll find a variety of home styles including patio homes, townhomes and single family homes as well. The amazing values at Sun City Arizona ensure every buyer will be able to find the perfect home.

    For more photos and information about this and other AZ retirement communities please visit 55Places.com. Here you’ll also find information on many other active adult communities across the country. To stay in touch with us please join our Facebook page by clicking the Facebook link below.


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