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Sunflower - Continental Ranch

9401 N Sunflower Park Dr., Marana, Arizona 85743

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Sunflower, a 55+ Community Within a Larger, All Ages Development Outside of Tucson, Arizona, Features Single Family Homes, a Village Center, a Putting Green, Tennis Courts and an Busy Activities Calendar

Part of the master-planned development named Continental Ranch, Sunflower is a 55+ community built by Del Webb from about 1998 to 2002. It is nestled in the shadow of Safford Peak and is next door to Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona. Interstate 10 is just a few minutes away and allows for easy access to downtown Tucson, about 20 miles away.

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Ten floor plans add variety to the neighborhood's nearly 1,000 single family homes. Most dwellings contain two to three bedrooms, two baths, and a two car garage. Mediterranean is the architectural style, with single-level living the norm. Floor plans range from about 1,000 square feet to more than 2,000 square feet. Existing homes may have wood floors, a brick patio, a breakfast bar, Low-E windows, and a laundry room. There are no traditional lawns. Instead, yards are Xeriscaped with cacti, rocks, drought-resistant bushes and small trees. Neighborhoods have winding streets, cul de sacs and sidewalks.

Prices begin start at around $200,000. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change.

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Sunflower's village center has a fitness room with weights and cardio equipment. There is also a billiards room, a computer lab, an arts and crafts studio, as well as a library. A swimming pool, Jacuzzi, putting green, bocce courts, and "pro-bounce" tennis courts round out communal amenities. The calendar is crowded with meetings, classes, and events. There is a group for almost any interest - from cards and camping to wine tasting and yoga.

The University of Arizona is located in Tucson, and its Wildcats contend in most major sports. Classes and study groups at the University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) are spread across four campuses. Tucson knows how to celebrate. Its Festival of Books is one of the largest of its kind, and the city's All Souls Procession attracts some of North America's best performers and artists.

Marana does not have an accredited hosptial, but Tucson has several that also accept Medicare patients.

Summer temperatures are in the 90s and low-100s, and winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 11 inches of rain per year.

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Visit www.sunflowerliving.com for more information. Go to http://tinyurl.com/jnzzo2f%20for%20listings.

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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 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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