Is Sun City the best place to retire ...

Is Sun City the best place to retire in Ca?

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Retiring

Seattle, WA

#1 Apr 7, 2009
Heard that Sun City was a great place to retire, and very reasonably priced now. What's the real scoop from people who live there?
Peggy

Long Beach, CA

#2 Apr 10, 2009
You heard right! I reired and moved to Sun City, CA almost four years ago and it was the best decision I could have made. The neighbors are friendly, we get together often for dinners and cards. If you belong to the core association there is a minimal year fee, less than $20 per month, that includes the use of community facilities; two swimming pools, spa, workout room, plays, clubs, tour groups, activities to suit every interest. The neighborhoods are clean and homes are well-kept. I absolutely love it here.
Retiring

Seattle, WA

#3 Apr 10, 2009
Peggy wrote:
You heard right! I reired and moved to Sun City, CA almost four years ago and it was the best decision I could have made. The neighbors are friendly, we get together often for dinners and cards. If you belong to the core association there is a minimal year fee, less than $20 per month, that includes the use of community facilities; two swimming pools, spa, workout room, plays, clubs, tour groups, activities to suit every interest. The neighborhoods are clean and homes are well-kept. I absolutely love it here.
Thanks Peggy! How old do you have to be to live there? Is safety an issue?
Peggy

AOL

#4 Apr 11, 2009
Retiring wrote:
<quoted text> Thanks Peggy! How old do you have to be to live there? Is safety an issue?
You need to be 55+ to live in the core. We don't have a safety issue, some of us wait until almost midnight to walk our dogs and have no fear. We all get along very well in my neighborhood and, from what I hear, this goes for other neighborhoods as well.
Peggy
Retiring

Seattle, WA

#5 Apr 11, 2009
Peggy wrote:
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You need to be 55+ to live in the core. We don't have a safety issue, some of us wait until almost midnight to walk our dogs and have no fear. We all get along very well in my neighborhood and, from what I hear, this goes for other neighborhoods as well.
Peggy
Sounds great. What kind of houses or condos are available?
Peggy

AOL

#6 Apr 11, 2009
Mostly single family houses with minimum of two bedrooms/two baths. Then there are duplexes and four plexes. You can find some good deals now because housing has dropped significantly in the past year. Most homes are under $200,000. Several lawns are rocks, while others are grass. You can find neighborhoods on Googlemaps.com , it will show you individual streets with an eye's view or aerial. That way you can for yourself the layouts of the neighborhoods. When are you planning to retire?
Retiring

Seattle, WA

#7 Apr 12, 2009
Peggy wrote:
Mostly single family houses with minimum of two bedrooms/two baths. Then there are duplexes and four plexes. You can find some good deals now because housing has dropped significantly in the past year. Most homes are under $200,000. Several lawns are rocks, while others are grass. You can find neighborhoods on Googlemaps.com , it will show you individual streets with an eye's view or aerial. That way you can for yourself the layouts of the neighborhoods. When are you planning to retire?
In a few months. I am checking out several retirement communities including Sun City CA., Sun City AZ., Del Webb Las Vegas, The Villages FL., etc. So much to choose from, it's kinda hard to make up ones mind!:)
Peggy

AOL

#8 Apr 12, 2009
Can you tell me more about yourself?
Retiring

Seattle, WA

#9 Apr 13, 2009
Peggy wrote:
Can you tell me more about yourself?
Single, late 50s, no kids, but have some relatives in NY in their 80s. Want some place warm, but not sure if I'd prefer Cal, or Nevada, or Arizona, or Florida! Florida has a lot of rain and humidity, plus the threat of hurricanes and tornados. AZ and Vegas get very hot in the summer, and of course Cal has the quakes! Good thing about Cal is the proximity to the shore and the mountains or desert. It's a tough choice!:)
Peggy

AOL

#10 Apr 13, 2009
Florida also has a lot of bugs! Sun City has a hot spell in the summer time, but it is manageable. We are 45 minutes from the mountains and about an hour and a half from the ocean. right between Los Angeles and San Diego, the best places in California for site seeing. Earthquakes have a bad reputation; I have been in several and have not even know we had them...of course the news play them up big. Are you getting other reply's? The only way you can tell is by taking some time to visit the areas you are looking to move to. Good luck.
Peggy
Retiring

Seattle, WA

#11 Apr 14, 2009
Peggy wrote:
Florida also has a lot of bugs! Sun City has a hot spell in the summer time, but it is manageable. We are 45 minutes from the mountains and about an hour and a half from the ocean. right between Los Angeles and San Diego, the best places in California for site seeing. Earthquakes have a bad reputation; I have been in several and have not even know we had them...of course the news play them up big. Are you getting other reply's? The only way you can tell is by taking some time to visit the areas you are looking to move to. Good luck.
Peggy
I plan on checking out some places this summer. I know that your area gets hot for part of the summer, but probably nowhere near as hot as Sun City Arizona or Las Vegas!
Peggy

AOL

#12 Apr 14, 2009
That is for sure! We are having some strong winds as I write this, but it will only last until tomorrow. We also have breezes most afternoons and that keeps our air clean.
Old Sun City

Santa Ana, CA

#13 Apr 16, 2009
Retiring wrote:
Heard that Sun City was a great place to retire, and very reasonably priced now. What's the real scoop from people who live there?
Sun City is not the same since Menifee took over. It's no longer Sun City which was a great unincorporated quiet small town. It's now part of Menifee which has brought crime, congestion, and other “bad city” attributes. Research the city of Menifee thoroughly before you decide to move here. If you like city life and all that it entails, without the “city resources” then Menifee (a.k.a. Sun City’s) for you.
Peggy

AOL

#14 Apr 16, 2009
My reply to "Old Sun City" you live in Hemet, what do you know about Sun City? We heard horror stories before the city voted on our joining with Menifee, none of those have happened. I live in Sun City and have not noticed a change. I know a lot of people in the old Menifee and spend time with them at my grandsons Little League. I see young families interested in our community, in their schools and want a good life for their children. You don't drive down the streets and see gangs and graffity on walls such as Hemet and Perris. Sun City is continuing to keep the small city atmosphere where we wave to neighbors, walk our dogs and stop to smell the flowers. Sorry, old hemet, that your attitude is so negative. Stop and visit us and get the real scoop.
Old Sun City

Santa Ana, CA

#15 Apr 21, 2009
I live in Sun City, not Hemet. Where do you really live, because 'AOL' last time I looked is not Sun City either? I cannot speak on Hemet or Perris as I do not live in those cities, nor do I care what occurs in those cities, as long as their problems do not concern or impact me. And it hasn’t happened in the last 20 years, so there’s no reason to think that now our problems are related to those cities. And I’m so tired of the negative attitude some Menifee residents like yourself have concerning those other cities. Some Menifee residents act as if they are so affluent, when most of them were former Orange County, and San Diego County apartment dwellers that lived in the bad parts of Orange and San Diego counties. Stop bashing other cities to try to appear as though you are better. If you believe Sun City is good as it is today, then other towns need no mention. My comment is true and remains the same. I’m not negative. I’m being a realist, and I’m also being honest!
Old Sun City

Santa Ana, CA

#16 Apr 21, 2009
Peggy-
I’m sorry that for you, the criminal element in Sun City/Menifee today is unseen by you. The criminal element in Menifee may be a Hugh improvement for you based on your prior residence, but Sun City is not the same town as it was pre Menifee. It's now an overcrowded city that has moved away from the senior centered town it once was to the "young family centered" city that you speak of. Those are opposing interests! I see young street thugs and gang bangers walking down the streets and hanging out on the street corners daily. There are also now young homeless/drug addicts walking the streets and begging for money at the grocery stores and also in front of the drugstores. The police do what they can to try to control these elements, but they can’t be everywhere all the time. I now travel outside of Sun City, to Murrieta for my shopping because of this change. There is a new criminal element in Sun City that was not present before because Sun City was not on the radar and was a senior town. Menifee is building massive low cost apartment housing like crazy with no infrastructure improvements, even with their high foreclosure rates. That doesn’t improve the area. It brings it down. This also brings in a certain element that wasn't present in this town before. And Riverside County amongst many other counties in California is cash strapped; therefore, Menifee has no money. Their power play to gain the revenues from Sun City residents amongst other towns has backfired with Sun City seniors getting the short end of the stick. And seniors in Sun City are fighting developers as Menifee has allowed them to come in to build low cost non senior apartment housing right next to a senior area. These issues did not occur when Sun City was its own separate senior town, and Menifee assured seniors before the takeover that “senior areas will remain senior”. They cannot claim a senior area if a non senior low cost housing complex is built on behind your senior backyard fence. And I know because I've been here for almost 20 years and never experienced these things prior. If Peggy’s comment is true, then she shouldn't be concerned with my comment. When Retiring researches, he/she can make his/her own informed decision, since the Menifee residents made sure the seniors didn't have one. I'm certain if Retiring researches the city of Menifee, visits several times, goes into different stores, and asks seniors who’ve lived in Sun City longer than 10 years if they’ve seen a change in their town, my comments will be validated. My comment is very simple. Buyers beware! Before you move anywhere, visit many times during different times of the day and week, etc…and research, research, research the city/town you are planning on moving to. If you are informed and still choose to move here, then you can’t say you didn’t know when Menifee builds an under 55 housing project in your backyard.
AAA

Hacienda Heights, CA

#17 Apr 21, 2009
If there is a bad element in Sun City it was there before it became Menifee, it's only been 7 months since incorporation and now your complaining? I'm sure the bad element wasn't waiting for the incorporation to go into effect to enter Sun City. By the way the kind of buildings your talking about would have gone up even if Sun City didn't become Menifee since I'm sure the County of Riverside approved the building way before 7 months ago when it was still unincorporated. And change is coming and for the better I'm sure.
Peggy

AOL

#18 Apr 21, 2009
I agree with AAA. Old Sun City, do you really think people were waiting around the corner for Sun City to become part of Menifee so they could invade our City? How ridiculous is that. Actually, Menifee was more outspoken against joining Sun City, than Sun City residents were about the Incorporation.
Linne

San Bernardino, CA

#19 Apr 30, 2009
My husband and I are wanting to move to Sun City in the very near future. We love the area, and the comforting look of the older houses that are in the core.

I have a few questions...

1. About the age factor... I am 61 but my husband is only 52...will that stop us from being able to move into a core house?

2. Since the Merick company has taken over the management of the SCCA, has there been a lot of changes made or HOA hikes? Are there problems?

3. How are new members treated in general?

What kind of things do members enjoy...is there a lot of turn out for events?
Resident Sun City

Virginia Beach, VA

#20 Jun 27, 2009
I suspect the polls were tampered with. Everyone in Sun City, I have talked to is against the Menifee incorporation. Look at the boundry lines and see the boundries are centered around the high density housing tracts for a reason Revenue. How come the boundry did not go past Briggs road and included heritage ranch? There is no money out there!

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