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Sun City - Oro Valley

1565 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley, Arizona 85755

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Large, Established 45+ Desert Community of Sun City - Oro Valley Has Southwestern- Style Single Family Homes, Town Homes, 18 Holes of Golf, Three Recreation Centers and More

When retirement time arrives, what better place to be than in the valley of the sun? Sun City - Oro Valley, formerly known as Sun City Vistoso, is just the place. This established 45+ community sits in the town of Oro Valley and the shadowed beauty of the Catalina Mountains. It is 20 miles north of bustling Tucson, with all of that city's shopping, dining and entertainment a short drive away.

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The community was originally constructed by Del Webb between 1986 and 1996 and is now run by a board and a private HOA. Spanning 1,000 acres, Oro Valley has nearly 2,500 single family homes and town homes, most with a stucco exterior and a red tile roof. Del Webb incorporated 50 floor plans during construction, and homes range in size from about 1,035 square feet to more than 2,700 square feet, ensuring that there is a size for every buyer. As the properties are now 20 to 30 years old, many resale properties have been remodeled with an upgraded kitchen, new baths, crown moulding and more.

Prices start in the low- to mid-$200,000s. Please check with the community or a Realtor to verify these prices as they may change.

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Residents enjoy an active social calendar, as well as three recreation centers. Fitness rooms, outdoor swimming pools, basketball courts, dance studios, theater seating auditoriums, tennis courts, billiards rooms, pickle ball courts, bocce ball courts, shuffleboard courts, miniature golf courses, a pottery shop, a sewing center and a woodworking shop are all available.

The community also boasts a semi-private, Greg Nash-designed 18-hole golf course that encompasses the beauty of the desert. Some say that a day on these links is a nearly mystical experience.

Oro Valley has landed on "best places to live" lists, noted for its safe neighborhoods, good schools and many nearby golf courses. Its hospital, Oro Valley Hospital, is accredited by the Joint Commission and accepts Medicare patients. Tucson has another nine hospitals.

At an elevation of 3,000 feet above sea level, Oro Valley summers are cooler than the summers in many other Arizona towns. Still, temperatures can reach into the low-100s. Winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives about 10 inches of rain per year

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Visit www.suncityorovalley.com for more information. Go to tinyurl.com/y8glkyf2 for listings.

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Arizona:

Scholars debate over the name's origin. Arizona could either be Basque for "place of oaks" or Tohono O'odham for "place of the young spring." Whatever its true meaning is, Arizona and its cities have been growing rapidly since the 1950s.

And why not? It's not just the days and days of sunshine. The state contains some of the country's greatest natural treasures. There are 210 named ranges including the Sky Island Mountains and the Superstition Mountains. Don't forget the 277-mile long Grand Canyon. Arizona residents are never far from a hiking, biking, camping, paragliding, white river rafting, fishing, horse back riding, snow skiing adventure.

The cities, too, are packed with things to do. Phoenix has one of the area's best Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Tucson's Folk Festival attracts thousands to its showcase of bluegrass and country artists. Its film festival, over 25 years old, has screened more than 2,600 films from 90 plus countries. Scottsdale has a handful of food festivals and launches balloons from the Salt River Fields. Prescott hosts the "wordld's oldest rodeo." Held every July 4th weekend, the event has everything from bull riding to wild horse racing.

Arizona State University (ASU), a public research university, has five Phoenix campuses and four regional learning centers. The university's Sun Devils field 24 varsity teams. ASU's collaboration with the Mayo Clinic is bringing cutting edge-medicine and medical care to the Southwest. Its Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts offers a full season of exhibitions, theater, film, and dance.

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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 developments (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.

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