History of Sun City Grand

About Sun City Grand 

Sun City Grand is a beautifully landscaped 45+ Del Webb active adult community located in the northwest valley of Phoenix in Surprise, Arizona. Sun City Grand is a smaller, more intimate community than either Sun City or Sun City West, yet offers all of the recreational opportunities that are expected to be offered in a Sun City.

We celebrated our Grand Opening in October 1996 and completed our last home in December 2005. This community was designed to meet the needs of retirees by offering a wide array of amenities, facilities, clubs and interest groups.

Over the years, Del Webb assisted over 80,000 homeowners with realizing their dreams in their new homes. Many homeowners have purchased their second to fourth homes at Sun City Grand, and many more have referred friends and family to purchase a home in the community.

Grand Vision Statement

Grand is the premier active, age-restricted community in Arizona.

Grand Mission Statement

Grand provides residents with a high-value community, with resort- style amenities, in which every person can choose to participate and live well, based on their needs and desires. This high standard will maximize our investments and promote our well-being in an active close-knit community.

Grand Value Statements

In support of our Mission Statement, we hold to these values:

  • We foster relationships built on respect, trust, and effective communications.
  • We listen to understand.
  • We are open-minded, collaborative, and always look for ways to improve our community.
  • We believe in life-long learning and a desire for active well-being.
  • We are a forward-looking, fiscally-sound community.
  • We encourage an environment of empowerment and personal responsibility.

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Grand Timeline


  • Sun City Grand celebrated the Grand Opening of the community in October 1996. and the Supplemental Declaration Amending Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Sun City Grand was made by Del Webb Home Construction, Inc.
  • Desert Springs and Granite Falls golf courses were both designed by PGA Hall-of-Famer Billy Casper and nationally renown golf course architect Greg Nash.
  • The Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions of Sun City Grand was made in July 1996.
  • The Architectural Review Committee and Covenants Committee were created July 1996.


  • The First Amendment to the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Sun City Grand was created in January 1996 by Del Webb Home Construction, Inc.
  • The Finance Advisory Committee was created March 1997.



  • The first election committee was created in early 2000.
  • Over 4,300 of the homes in Sun City Grand sold by June 2000.
  • At this time, 20 floor plans were offered, ranging in size from 1,120 square feet to 3,388 square feet.
  • Elected 1st resident board members.


  • In Fall 2001, the Grand Learning Program was initiated through collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Sun City Grand. This program was to take place in the newly-built Chaparral Center, completed in Fall 2001.

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  • At a 2001 meeting of Block Watch volunteers, Ed Harrold, former Director of Sun City Grand's Community Association Management (CAM) introduced the idea of a vacation watch program. With around two dozen volunteers, Vacation Watch inspections began March 2001.
  • Click here to view the 2001 Fact Sheet


  • Passed an amendment approving creation of CARE program.
  • The Community and Resident Enhancement Advisory Committee (CARE) was created.
  • In January 2004, C.H.A.P.S. expanded its service to include night-time patrolling of Sun City Grand neighborhoods.

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  • The community of 9,802 homes was built out by the developer in December 2005 and turned over to a resident-managed Homeowners Association (HOA). The active-adult community was primarily 55 and over with a percentage of homeowners 45 and over.


  • The Election Committee was created May 2006.



  • In March 2007, the residents of Sun City Grand voted in a referendum to lower the age restriction from 55 to 44 years of age. The measure passed in an open-ended ballot format with 67% of homeowners in support. 


  • The indoor pool at the Adobe Fitness Center was remodeled in December 2008.

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  • The Code of Conduct committee was created September 2013.


  • The Lifestyles Advisory Committee was created August 2015.


  • The Chaparral Center began it's remodel in June 2017

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  • The Election Committee was disbanded September 2017.


  • August 2018 brought a major storm that caused severe damage to 864 trees and broke off thousands of limbs. There was damage to several homes, buildings, fences and walls. The cleanup process began immediately following the storm.

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  • The Community and Resident Enhancement Advisory Committee (CARE) was disbanded December 2018.