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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.
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
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.
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.
The Mountain View Plaza, located in Sun City Vistoso, has the Bank of the West, a hair salon, a
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
A fire station (mentioned above) is on site with paramedic services
staffed 24 hours a day. There are eight large hospitals in the
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.
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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