Explore Sun City Vistoso

Explore Sun City Vistoso, Tucson's Premier Retirement Community


Sun City Vistoso, located in the town of Oro Valley (estimated 2010 population almost 40,000) is an active adult retirement community located approximately 14 miles northwest of Tucson, Arizona. It is part of Rancho Vistoso, a 7,750 acre master-planned area with three major shopping centers, banks, churches, hospital and medical and professional offices. The elevation is close to 3,000 feet, which makes the climate a few degrees cooler than Tucson and Phoenix. Views of the Santa Catalina and Tortolita Mountain ranges can be seen from most lots in the community. Rolling terrain and terraced lots make this one of the most beautiful of the Del Webb active adult retirement communities. In 2012 the Board of Directors voted to change the name of the community for marketing purposes to Sun City Oro Valley, thinking this might broaden the reach of its advertising program. The official name of the community, as recorded in Pima County, remains Sun City Vistoso.

History and Management

Sun City Vistoso was started in 1986, with the first residents occupying their homes in June, 1987 on Chalk Creek Drive alongside the brand new Greg Nash designed 18-hole championship golf course. Initially, Del Webb Corporation appointed one of the residents to the newly formed nine person Board of Directors of the Sun City Vistoso Community Association. After that, Del Webb gradually brought more residents into increasing responsibility on the board, initially appointing them, and then by elections. By the time 75% of the community had been built-out, Del Webb had relinquished all of its positions on the now 7 person board to the residents. From the beginning, day-to-day management has been by a professional staff hired by the Community Association. As the golf course and recreational facilities were completed, ownership was turned over to the Community Association. Sun City Vistoso is not a gated community, since this would have involved more expense to the residents in the way of road maintenance. Roads are maintained by the Town of Oro Valley. A volunteer neighborhood watch group called the "Posse" patrols each night in two vehicles, which has been successful as a crime deterrent. Del Webb completed its project as originally designed for under 5,000 residents by 1996.

Although Sun City Vistoso is a Del Webb built community, you will not find it or several other Del Webb communities mentioned on their advertising or website. Del Webb advertises only those communities in which new houses are still being sold. Del Webb is now a division of Pulte Homes.

A vote taken by the residents in 2002 favored reducing the minimum age to 45 (for up to 15% of the community) from 55. This meets HUD requirements for an age restricted community for seniors.

Size and Types of Homes

The community comprises 1,000 acres with a population of nearly 4,400. The golf course uses 150 acres, 350 acres are left as "green" or natural area and the balance of 500 acres are built with homes.

There are approximately 2,488 home sites in Sun City Vistoso which was completed in 1996. Ranging in size from 1,035 square feet to 2,750 square feet, there are 92 free-standing patio homes (not part of a condo association), 80 townhouse units (served by two condo associations) and approximately 2,275 single family homes. All homes are one story in height, have two to three bed rooms, a garage, are well insulated and contain gas forced air heat, gas water heater, and central air conditioning. Prices currently range from the $160's to over $400,000 depending upon location, size and amenities.

Recreational Facilities

The $20 million community-wide assets incorporate an 18-hole golf course, three separate recreation centers that include a multipurpose auditorium, card rooms, dance studio, billiard room, arts and crafts, sewing and woodworking shops. The sports complexes includes one large, and one smaller heated pool and a large spa, with handicapped access, exercise rooms, a racquetball court, a nine-hole miniature golf course, eight tennis courts (six are lighted), lighted bocce ball and pickle ball courts. The Welcome Center is an additional 11,000 sq. ft. building formerly used by the Del Webb sales organization that was purchased and renovated several years ago. It includes a computer classroom, extensive library (hard cover, paperbacks, books on CDs, DVDs, large print books), Sun City Vistoso Community Association offices, genealogy and conference rooms. A horseshoe pit and croquet court are also provided. A picnic area is located adjacent to the main recreation center. Click here on Activities and Clubs in Sun City Vistoso for more detailed information.

Homeowners Association Fee

The annual homeowners association fee for the period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 is $1,685. This pays for maintenance and upkeep of all Sun City Vistoso common areas and recreational facilities (except the golf course) as well as salaries of Community Association employees. The Cafe is self supporting and open to the public for breakfast and lunch. Renters who wish to use the association facilities can purchase a Renters Pass for $25 per person, good for the entire term of their lease. A one-time Capital Contribution Fee equal to 1.5 years' association fee is charged to new buyers at time of purchase. These funds have been used for improvements and additions to the woodshop, clay and sewing rooms and the cafe. The Aquatic & Fitness Center was renovated and expanded in 2014 with new cardio-fitness equipment, a new spa and new large exercise rooms, using some of these funds. Pictures of some of the new facilities can be seen on the Clubs and Activities section of this website.

Golf Information

The golf course name was changed to The Views Golf Club in 2007.and is open to the public on a restricted basis. The 18-hole par 72 championship golf course will play at 5,100 to 6,723 yards and includes multiple tee placements accommodating all skill levels. A computerized tee time program is used for scheduling. Golf fees pay for the majority of the upkeep and maintenance of golf course and salaries of employees. All golf courses in Oro Valley have been converted to recycled water. Residents can also play at The Golf Club at Vistoso, a public course designed by Tom Weiskopf in Rancho Vistoso. This fee includes green fees and cart rental. Click on More Golf for additional information.

Commercial Facilities

The Mountain View Plaza, located in Sun City Vistoso, has the Bank of the West, a hair salon, a dentist, a computer store, a pet grooming shop, and an Oro Valley police substation. Across the street from the Mountain View Plaza is the Golder Ranch Fire Department which provides paramedic service to the area including Sun City Vistoso. A large shopping center at Oracle Road and Rancho Vistoso Boulevard (two miles from Sun City Vistoso) includes an automotive repair facility, two restaurants, Walgreen's, veterinarian, an insurance agency, travel agency, dry cleaner, beauty salon, UPS store, Chase Bank, Gas Light Theater and the Oro Valley Bicycle store. A Shell gas station is located across the street. A Safeway, Bank of America, several restaurants and other stores are located at the south end of Rancho Vistoso. Within a 10 minute drive from Sun City Vistoso (south on Oracle Road), there is a large shopping center which has a Target store, Fry's grocery, Petsmart, Office Max, Payless shoe store, several other shops, several restaurants plus a Home Depot and a sporting good store. The nearby Oro Valley Marketplace is a 135 acre shopping center close to Sun City Vistoso at Oracle and Tangerine Roads. At present there is a dental clinic, Walmart, Big Lots store, Best Buy, movie theatre, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Chase Bank, Dick's Sporting Goods, an In-N-Out Burger, Keg steak house, and a Mexican and a Chinese restaurant. Other stores and restaurants are planned.

Medical Facilities

A fire station (mentioned above) is on site with paramedic services staffed 24 hours a day. There are eight large hospitals in the Tucson area, including the VA hospital. Oro Valley Hospital in Rancho Vistoso opened in January, 2005 and is located about three miles from Sun City Vistoso. An office building for doctors is located next door to the hospital. This is connected with Northwest Medical Center at Orange Grove and LaCholla Boulevard.

Five minutes away from Sun City Vistoso, Northwest Medical Center has a 50,650 sq. ft. urgent care facility just north of the shopping center mentioned above at Oracle Road and Rancho Vistoso Boulevard. This facility has physicians' offices, diagnostic services (such as radiology, mammography, ultrasound, cardiac diagnostics, and CT), an urgent care area, lab and an ambulatory surgery center.

Religious Facilities

Several worship centers are currently located in the immediate area surrounding Sun City Vistoso. The Vistoso Community Church is located in Sun City Vistoso on Rancho Vistoso Boulevard. A Mormon Church is in Rancho Vistoso and a Lutheran Church is just south on First Avenue.

Sun City Vistoso is a retirement community. At least one resident living in Sun City Vistoso must be 45 years or older and no one under 19 years of age is permitted as a permanent resident.

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