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Old 02-21-2014, 08:47 PM
 
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What impressed me about SCG was the large number of workshops, like wood and stained glass just to mention two, and all the activity groups. Seems there was at least one for every conceivable interest. From language classes to pets. I need to check SCW to see what they have that compares.
You should definitely check out SCW before you buy. They have as many if not more amenities and clubs as SCG for much less cost. SCW facilities are a bit older but very nice. Not as many HOA regulations in SCW either.
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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You should definitely check out SCW before you buy. They have as many if not more amenities and clubs as SCG for much less cost. SCW facilities are a bit older but very nice. Not as many HOA regulations in SCW either.
Interesting. I have a small parrot and have been stymied trying to find out the pet regs since there are so many different HOAs within SCW.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:39 PM
 
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Hmmm, now it seems I need a list of HOA. This is going to be interesting. Any suggestions as to a knowledgeable real estate person. I have a growing list of questions.
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:07 PM
 
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SCG is okay and has some plusses, but it's in the City of Surprise and everything is costlier there, especially taxes.
SCW has as many if not more amenities than SC Grand, SW is laid out better, is in the County with lower taxes, friendlier people, more clubs. Nearly all your shopping needs are contained in SCW, not SCG.
SCG has constant HOA problems. They are always squabbling with their residents about one thing or another. Not in SCW.
Houses are just as nice in SCW as in SCG. It's a well kept community.
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:08 AM
 
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SCG is okay and has some plusses, but it's in the City of Surprise and everything is costlier there, especially taxes.
SCW has as many if not more amenities than SC Grand, SW is laid out better, is in the County with lower taxes, friendlier people, more clubs. Nearly all your shopping needs are contained in SCW, not SCG.
SCG has constant HOA problems. They are always squabbling with their residents about one thing or another. Not in SCW.
Houses are just as nice in SCW as in SCG. It's a well kept community.
Not to my eye. Only the newest spots in SSW gets nice enough to get remotely close to SSG. Much of SSW is less than ideal to my eye. There is a clear and obvious hierarchy when it comes to the look and feel. Sun City very much is old school. Like a typical 1960's development lacking color and creativity. SSW is better. As the years went on, the new sections caught onto the newer layouts. I've been in all parts of SSW estate shopping. The section right across from SSG (across Grand) and by the Helping Hands facility looks the nicest and not by accident it is the newest. That is a big part of the trade-off. The older SSW can shave off a lot of time to get to the 101. All things being equal (and they are not), SS is a much better location as it is close to the 101. Therefore the newer SSW area is farther out and SSG is even farther away.

I could easily enjoy living in SSG (I'm 49). Not so much in SSW even in the newest areas and definitely not in SS. Another big difference between all three facilities is the average age. SS is very "mature". SSW not as old while SSG on average is a much younger acting crowd. Even if SS was stunning to the eye, I'd pass on the development because of the large age differences. On average, an 80 year old isn't as fun as a 60 year old. (Yes, there are 80 years that act younger than 40 year olds; I'm talking about averages).

For me, I want to see young families intertwined in the community as well as 2nd home owners and year round retirees. I've learned my lesson. in 2005 - 2010, we had a condo on the beach in Mexico that was purchased mostly by retirees. It was political with plenty of curmudgeons. "Old people" seem to only tolerate their own grand children and on average, did NOT like people who rented (very territorial). They LOVED to make a new rule. There were plenty of nice folks but they had to figure out ways to make it better with more rules. The older you get, the more a person (on average) turns into a curmudgeon or is down-right boring. That's my observation. These are NOT absolutes. Only averages.

If it wasn't so far out, Sun City Festival by Del Webb is a VERY nice community. Newer, nicer, and younger.

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Old 02-22-2014, 05:14 AM
 
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You should definitely check out SCW before you buy. They have as many if not more amenities and clubs as SCG for much less cost. SCW facilities are a bit older but very nice. Not as many HOA regulations in SCW either.
Walk in the middle of SSW and then in SSG. Look around. It's not close in the caliber and feel of the community. You get what you pay for!
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:40 AM
 
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Think it will be interesting to see what happens in Sun City in 10 years. Sun City has about the largest collection of mid-century modern homes and condos in the Phoenix area. Know quite a few of my friends that are in their 40's who might give thought to moving to SC if that meant they could get a 50's or 60's era house in decent condition for half as much as the same style of home is selling for in central Phoenix.

I work in Sun City and am beginning to get to know many of the residents. Starting to see people in their mid-50's moving into Sun City because it is the most affordable, closer to jobs in Phoenix and the houses are solidly built. Not uncommon to see major re-habs going on while I'm driving around town.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:44 AM
 
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Default And then there are the dogs

Some very interesting responses. Pays to do one's homework.

We are exploring the idea of a second home for a part of the winter. We are both active and plan to stay that way. Since we would probably only be using it for 4 or 5 months the home can be pretty modest. Just has to be solid with a good kitchen and a low maintenance yard.

What is foremost in our minds at the moment is how do we make sure our dogs get the exercise they need. They are 45 - 55 pound herding dogs if that tells you anything. A large off leash dog park at a minimum.
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Old 02-22-2014, 01:52 PM
 
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What is foremost in our minds at the moment is how do we make sure our dogs get the exercise they need. They are 45 - 55 pound herding dogs if that tells you anything. A large off leash dog park at a minimum.
There is a off leash dog park right across the street from Surprise Stadium (where the Royal's and Ranger's play).
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:02 PM
 
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Sun City West Dog Park
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