Sun City, AZ (1997) A retirement community west of Phoenix. We moved to Sun City a month ago and just love it! We aren't retired yet, but you have to be 55 to live here. I understand many young families would love to live here but are not able to because of the age restrictions. Many bunnies, jack rabbits, quail and sparrows visit our backyard daily. Very serene!
Sun City, AZ. The view from the sky of this city just northwest of Phoenix is remarkable. Phoenix's square miles of gridlock are also very impressive and more extensive, but these few circles stand out in the metro area. However, low speed limits and confusing layouts definitely are a sacrifice of functionality for design in Sun City.
1960s billboard advertising Liberace, in person at the Sun Bowl in Sun City. This is along Grand Avenue near I-17. The railroad tracks are still there, as is that sign at far right. At least the shape, it doesn't say Goodyear anymore, or tell the time. Look for it as you approach the Thomas Road exit.
Map of the Arizona Improvement Company in 1895. Marionette is where Sun City is today. Ingleside is where 64th Street and Indian School Road is today, and is the original name of The Arizona Country Club. The Water Power Canal is where the Old Crosscut Canal Linear Park is on 40th Street. Belmont never existed.
Opening Day of Sun City, Arizona, January 1st, 1960. In the foreground are the model homes on Oakmont Drive, in the background are the cars lined up on Grand Avenue, waiting to get in. The view is looking east. Sun City was built by Del Webb, who purchased the land cheap as it had been a ghost town up through the 1950s, called Marienette.