6250 S. Sunbird Blvd., Chandler, Arizona 85249
Large, Established 55+ Single Family Home and Manufactured Home Community Outside of Phoenix Has 18 Holes of Golf and a Good Variety of Activities
Chandler is a growing suburb outside of Phoenix in south central Arizona. It has a variety of active adult communities, one of which is Sunbird Resort, an established, gated 55+ development with single family homes and manufactured homes. Construction began in 1988 and finished in 1998. The builder is Robson Communities.
Although Sunbird has more than 1,600 dwellings, it feels cozier than some of its more sprawling, neighboring communities. Single family home neighborhoods have quiet streets with sidewalks, and residences have a garage and a driveway. All dwellings are single level and situated closely together, with landscaping consisting of decorative rocks, drought-resistant bushes and trees, cacti and an occasional palm tree. Most property exteriors are sandstone-colored stucco with a red tile roof. Sizes range from approximately 900 square feet to nearly 1,700 square feet, with one to two bedrooms and one to two baths.
The manufactured home sections also have quiet streets. There are no sidewalks, and each home has a car port without a driveway. Exteriors are a light-colored vinyl, and yards have decorative rocks and cacti.
Prices start in the low-$100,000s for manufactured homes and in the mid- to high-$100,000s for site-built single family homes. Please check with a Realtor to verify these prices as they may change.
Sunbird is a lively place, with a wide range of amenities. The 43,000 square clubhouse is the heart and soul of the community and has a fitness center, a restaurant, a post office, a ceramics studio, an arts and crafts studio, a game room, a lapidary studio, a ballroom, a library, a computer room, tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool. To top it off, the 18-hole Sunbird Golf Course winds throughout the development, creating green spaces and soothing views.
Dozens of social groups, clubs and events keep homeowners busy. Line dancing classes, stained glass classes, exercise classes, a German club, a Lion's club, a book club, poker games, potlucks and trips to nearby casinos happen regularly. There are holiday parties, golf tournaments, golf cart parades, concerts, karaoke nights, beer and hotdog afternoons and much more. All of these activities are planned and coordinated by a full time events director.
Beyond Sunbird's gates, Chandler has bistros, boutiques, a major shopping mall, a publicly funded art gallery, art walks, jazz festivals, block parties and all types of community events, including an ostrich festival. The striking 1,500-seat Chandler Center for the Arts hosts the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. Two-year Chandler-Gilbert Community College has classes for all ages. Major retailers in the city include Apple, Whole Foods, Nordstrom and many others.
Chandler Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a Primary Stroke Center.
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.
Visit www.sunbirdhoa.com for more information and visit tinyurl.com/hjpuqpp to see home listings.
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.
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
Why Choose a 55+ Community?
Most people who choose to live in a 55+ development are looking for a sense of community with other people of similar backgrounds. Many of these developments are gated and guarded, adding to a sense of security. Often the homes are low maintenance or "lock and leave," giving owners the freedom to do things other than mow the lawn, shovel the snow or replace the roof. The biggest draw is often the amenities, ranging from lavish clubhouses to activity directors and championship golf courses, making some developments akin to country club living (or summer camp for adults). While 55+ communities are not for everyone, they continue to be a popular choice for many people.
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