Sun City Palm Desert was the first 55+ active adult community in the Palm Springs area, and, at almost 5,000 homes, is also the largest. When it originally opened, the community was known as Sun City Palm Springs. Despite the fact that the development was actually 15 miles east of the city of Palm Springs, the name stuck for many years. As the community neared completion, the residents joined the nearby city of Palm Desert for their postal needs and the community name was officially changed to Sun City Palm Desert.
Sun City Palm Desert
- Recent Home Values: $170,000 to $750,000
- Recent HOA: $200 Monthly
- Number of Homes: 4,949
- Golf Club Status: Public
- Year Opened: 1992 (homes built ’92 – ’03)
- Golf Course: 36 Holes
- Course Designer: Billy Casper
- Sun City Palm Desert Location Map
Sun City Palm Desert Amenities
Since opening in 1992, Sun City Palm Desert has grown into an active adult community filled with a wide variety of recreational and cultural activities and clubs. At recent count there were over 60 clubs and community interest groups. A community activities director and full monthly calendar keep the residents up to date with all of the latest news and events offered in the community. Whether your passions include cards, arts and ceramics or tennis, golf, billiards and hiking, there seems to be something for everyone at Sun City Palm Desert.
The Mountain View Clubhouse includes a fitness center, indoor lap pool and spa, the Daily Grind Coffee Bar, a large computer lab, a post office, grand ballroom, several hobby and craft rooms, a pro shop, as well as tennis and pickle ball courts. The Mountain View Clubhouse also includes dining options at the Ventanna Restaurant, which is great for elegant dinners, and Papa Dan’s at the Vista Grille, which has great sandwiches and burgers.
The Sunset View Clubhouse features a library, 250-seat auditorium, aerobics and dance studio, card and meeting rooms, an outdoor pool and spa, a billiards hall and bocce ball courts. The Boulevards Restaurant at the Sunset View Clubhouse offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.
The Lake View Clubhouse was the third amenity complex built in Sun City Palm Desert. It includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor walking track, meeting rooms and an outdoor pool and spa.
Sun City Palm Desert Real Estate Overview
There are a wide variety of housing styles and sizes in Sun City Palm Desert to match the preferences and budgets of almost any buyer. Newly constructed homes sold out in ‘03, but a variety of resale homes are available. 45 different floor plans were developed throughout the 12-year construction of Sun City Palm Desert. Home buyers can select from single-family plans which range from 1,000 square foot one bedroom homes all the way to elegant 3,200 square foot homes with magnificent golf course views.
All homes in Sun City Palm Desert are one level and include 2 or 3-car garages. Upgrades and finishes in the homes range from very basic to highly upgraded homes with granite counter tops, gourmet kitchens and spa-like bathrooms.
Sun City Palm Desert Golf
There are two 18-hole championship golf courses at Mountain Vista Golf Club: the Santa Rosa and El Gorgonio courses, both designed by golf legend Billy Casper. Both courses boast exciting layouts with cascading waterfalls and emerald green fairways adorned with beautiful flowers and towering palm trees, back dropped with spectacular mountain views from most golf holes.
Golfers can also take advantage of the deluxe practice facility that has a driving range, three putting greens, two chipping greens, a green with bunkers and an 18-Hole putting course.
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