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Sun Lakes

24215 South Oakwood Boulevard, Sun Lakes, Arizona 85248

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Large 55+ Desert Community of Sun Lakes is Outside of Phoenix and Has a Wide Variety of Housing, Five Clubhouses, Seven Golf Courses, Stocked Lakes and More

Sun Lakes is a confederation of five age-restricted neighborhoods and a designated census place outside of Chandler, a large Phoenix suburb in southern Arizona. It was built by Robson Communities over a 34-year period, starting in 1972 and wrapping up in 2006.

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The oldest Sun Lakes neighborhood, Sun Lakes Country Club, consists primarily of manufactured housing. Ironwood and Oakwood, the newest neighborhoods, offer a mix of single family houses and attached villas. Cottonwood and Palo Verde have the largest number and the widest variety of Sun Lake's nearly 6,700 residences. Ironwood, Oakwood and Palo Vede are gated neighborhoods.

Because Sun Lakes was completed more than 10 years ago, only resales are available. Homes range in size from roughly 1,000 square feet to 3,500 square feet. Attached villas come clustered in units of four. Most have two bedrooms, two baths, and a garage. Larger villas may include a den.

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With more than 36 possible floor plans, single family residences can differ dramatically - from one to five bedrooms. Most have a two to three car garage. Renovations might include master suites with walk-in closets, sky lights, and low-e windows.

Prices start in the low-$100,000s and top out in the $500,000s, but please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change. HOA fees cover exterior maintenance but vary by neighborhood.

All three current associations have an activities director to help manage events, groups, and excursions. Five clubhouses, four 18-hole golf courses, three 9-hole courses are a few the diversions available. There are also pools, tennis courts, trails, and stocked fishing lakes.

Sun Lakes is minutes from shopping, libraries, health care providers, and casinos. Chandler's award winning recreation department supports a long list of pools, parks, and programs. The city's center for the arts supports music, dance, and theater.

Chandler Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.

Summer temperatures routinely reach the low-100s, and humidity is practically nil. Winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives seven inches of rain per year.

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Visit www.sunlakesofarizona.com for more information. For more listings, visit tinyurl.com/y8petpjb.

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Arizona:

On February 14, 1912, Arizona became the 48th state to join the Union. In the southwestern region of the United States, it borders New Mexico to the east, Utah to the north, Nevada and California to the west and Mexico to the south. The Cactus Wren is the state's bird, and the Saguaro Blossom is the state flower. The capital and largest city is Phoenix.

Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, one of the nation's oldest national parks, and the Hoover Dam. It covers 113,000 square miles, making it the nation's 6th largest state. However, only a small portion of the land, about 15%, is privately owned. The rest of Arizona belongs to national parks, state parks and Native American reservations.

Interestingly, the majority of Arizonans - everyone except those in the Navajo Nation - do not observe Daylight Savings Time.

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Stats:

Population - 6,931,030 

Persons 65 years old and over - 17%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 86% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27% 

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 31% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 58% 

Median household income - $50,225 

Median home value - $167,500 

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Are 55+ Communities Really "Retirement" Communities?

Many people who live in age-restricted communities (usually for people age 55+) are still gainfully employed. So why would they live in what is considered a "retirement" community? Why not continue to live in a standard neighborhood? People still employed choose age-restricted communities for the same reasons as people who are retired do: the safety, amenities and sense of community that one can provide. And whether employed or not, once the kids are grown, it is sometimes nice to live in a neighborhood where small children do not congregate.

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