Real Estate


Sun City Palm Desert, a lush resort style gated community, offers an array of all single-level homes for purchase, lease or seasonal rental. There are over 50 floorplans ranging from 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1,000sf up to 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 3,300sf. Whether it be a traditional or great room layout, a home with a casita (guest house) or a home with a golf cart garage, each floor plan has its own personality and the interiors can be completely remodeled, renovated or upgrade by the owners as desired, allowing owners to turn the house into their home.

Prices range from the low $200,000’s to $800,000. Other than the size of the home, the factors most influential in determining the price of a home are its location (golf course vs. privacy lot), the abundance of upgrades and finally the floor plan itself. With dozens of agents serving the community, a simple Google search will help you find an agent that is the right fit for you.

Sun City Palm Desert is a 55+ community and children, grandchildren and other guests are welcome to visit throughout the year.

Homes and population

• There are 4,985 all single-level homes in Sun City Palm Desert (SCPD).  The property is geographically divided into 15 districts, each with a delegate and alternate delegate to the Delegate Council.
• District Delegates are elected each year by the residents in their districts. They help residents with questions and concerns, and represent their district in monthly meetings with the General Manager and Board of Directors.
• Each district holds quarterly district meetings and most hold events such as holiday parties.

Affordability

When you drive through the main gate to Sun City Palm Desert, one is immediately captivated by the lush resort like beauty of the property and when one learns of the amazing facilities, recreation and socialization opportunities, they often wonder if this might be too expensive. However, Sun City Palm Desert is surprisingly affordable, possibly the most affordable active adult community in its class in the area. Sun City Palm Desert has:
• Among the lowest HOA fees in the area at only $255.50
• The lowest property tax bill rates in the Valley.
• No Mello-Roos or Community Facilities District Fees (CFDs); unlike Del-Webb Shadow Hills and Rancho Mirage which both have CFDs.
• Ultra low monthly fee for premium cable TV and Internet service.
• Very low fees for pest service and golf course glass breakage coverage.
• IID electric service; which is much lower cost than Edison resulting in lower air conditioning and electric bills.

 Homeowners’ Association
• The Sun City Palm Desert Community Association is in very good financial condition.  The annual budget for 2018-2019 totals about $19 million.
• The Reserve Fund for repair and replacements is about $20 million; this represents over 62% percent funded, a healthy percentage. Our reserves are invested in conservative bonds.
• The Association is self managed—that is, we do not contract any services to a management company, nor to concessionaires for golf courses or restaurant. We have a seven-member board of directors elected by the residents, and a General Manager, senior staff, and about 220 employees.
• The Association hosts a New Resident Orientation.  New owners are invited and given an introduction to their new community and a thorough packet of information.  

Private events
• Room(s) may be rented to hold private functions
• Catering services are available

Activities for children
• Catch-and-release pond
• Children’s hours at MV outdoor pool
• Play area with slide and swings​
• Our 18 hole putting green is an enjoyable family activity
Using the search icon next to the "Areas" field, there will be a popup window. Type in Sun City and press "Search" or hit “Enter” on your keyboard, then place a checkmark on the line "Sun City   307", then click the "OK" Gear Wheel at the top to see the results in this window. If there are more than about 100 listings you will have to go back and revise your criteria to bring up fewer listing in order for them to be displayed.

To be compliant, we are only able to link to the MLS. Please go here to see it and search for properties. The instructions above still apply.
When our residents are ready to sell or refinance their home, we have a delivery system which provides reliable, round-the-clock online access to all SCPDCA governing documents and other data for lenders, title/escrow companies, real estate agents and homeowners in need of information.

Sun City Palm Desert Community Association and CondoCerts are pleased to bring you this Internet Utility to simplify the process of delivering and obtaining Community Association data and documentation for a variety of users in any Association real estate transaction. This valuable technology tool will deliver valuable Association information in minutes instead of days or weeks.
 

Did you know . . . . .. . . .  about some rules, regulations and fees?

Let‘s get them out of the way first:

Lifestyle Enhancement Committee or LEC

  • The Lifestyle Enhancement Committee, or LEC, keeps our community looking its best. It is staffed almost entirely by resident volunteers. Its purpose is to ensure the beauty of the community through conformance with the Design Guidelines, which are part of the official documents provided in the escrow process.   The LEC volunteers perform periodic drive-by audits of both residential and common areas, and may issue violation notices.
  • When the Association is notified that an escrow has been opened on a home, the LEC does a very thorough physical inspection of the property’s exterior for potential violations of our Design Guidelines. If violations are noted, they will become part of the escrow documents forwarded by the Association. Examples might be a non-approved house color, or stains on the driveway, or patches of bare dirt. Violations of the Design Guidelines must be fixed prior to the close of escrow.  These fixes may be part of the contract negotiations. If not fixed, they may result in fines.
  • Buyers who may be contemplating changes to the home’s exterior must be informed of the requirement of pre-approval by the LEC for any alterations to the exterior of the home, front or back.  These would include painting, landscaping, exterior alterations such as upgraded windows, addition of pools, spas, water features or patio covers, installation of artificial turf, etc.  


Closing Costs—Sale of Home

  • The fee charged by the Association as part of the closing costs of any sale of a Lot/Dwelling Unit covers costs associated with setting up the new Member’s membership account, as well as providing other information to the new Owner. The Association office shall be notified at the time a Lot/Dwelling Unit is sold. Upon completion of the sale, the seller will relinquish Resident ID Cards and/or Renter ID Cards, RFID Tags and provide a forwarding address. Thereafter, future Assessments for the Lot will be the obligation of the new owner.
  • State law obligates the seller to provide the buyer with copies of the Governing Documents (CC&Rs, Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, Rules, Compliance Procedure, Collection and Full-Pay Policy and Design Guidelines) as well as a statement showing the status of the Owner’s account with the Association.


Realtor Signage—restrictions by Design Guidelines

  • One FOR SALE sign in the front yard of the house is allowed.  It must be beige and brown and no more than 6 sq. ft. (plus one trailer of 1 sq. ft.) and not more than four feet tall. All "For Sale," "For Rent," and "For Lease" signs are to be placed on free standing steel stakes (not on any portion of the structure, walls, mailboxes, etc.).  Signs must be removed within two working days following the closing of the property, or the termination of the listing agreement. Hand-held signs and/or the distribution of fliers outside of the lot being advertised for sale are not permitted.
  • OPEN HOUSE signs are not permitted except for one sign in the front yard during the hours of that open house showing and must be removed immediately afterwards. The Open House sign shall be limited to a maximum area of one and one half (1½) square feet and may be in any color due to its temporary status.
  • Lists of open houses given out at the main gate are not presently allowed by the Association.  Typically, realtors inform their prospective buyer clients in advance of the homes to be shown, and the clients inform the guard at the gate of their appointment with the realtor.
 

Now let’s get on with some of the great things about SCPD . . . . .

Homes and population

  • There are 4,985 all single-level homes in Sun City Palm Desert (SCPD).  The property is geographically divided into 15 districts, each with a delegate and alternate delegate to the Delegate Council.
  •  District Delegates are elected each year by the residents in their districts. They help residents with questions and concerns, and represent their district in monthly meetings with the General Manager and Board of Directors.
  • Each district holds quarterly district meetings and most hold events such as holiday parties.

Affordability

When prospects drive through the main gate to Sun City Palm Desert, one is immediately captivated by the lush resort like beauty of the property and when they learn of the amazing facilities, recreation and socialization opportunities, they often wonder if this might be too expensive. However, Sun City Palm Desert is surprisingly affordable, possibly the most affordable active adult community in its class in the area.
Sun City Palm Desert has:
  • Among the lowest HOA fees in the area at only $255.50
  • The lowest property tax bill rates in the Valley.
  • No Mello-Roos or Community Facilities District Fees (CFDs); unlike Del-Webb Shadow Hills and Rancho Mirage which both have CFDs.
  • Ultra low monthly fee for premium cable TV and Internet service.
  • Very low fees for pest service and golf course glass breakage coverage.
  • IID electric service; which is much lower cost than Edison resulting in lower air conditioning and electric bills.
     

Homeowners’ Association

  • The Sun City Palm Desert Community Association is in very good financial condition.  The annual budget for 2018-2019 totals about $19 million.
  • The Reserve Fund for repair and replacements is about $20 million; this represents over 62% percent funded, a healthy percentage. Our reserves are invested in conservative bonds.
  • The Association is self managed—that is, we do not contract any services to a management company, nor to concessionaires for golf courses or restaurant. We have a seven-member board of directors elected by the residents, and a General Manager, senior staff, and about 220 employees.
  • Monthly association dues are $255.50 (as of FY beginning July 1, 2018). There is a secondary very low fee for premium TV services and Internet, payable by every homeowner even if you do not have TV or Internet service, or if your TV or Internet service provider is a company other than Spectrum.
  • Monthly pest service may be purchased for an additional charge of $10.50 per month.
  • Some homes are in so-called “maintained districts” which have additional monthly dues for landscape maintenance, insurance, periodic repainting, etc.
  • The Association hosts a New Resident Orientation.  New owners are invited and given an introduction to their new community and a thorough packet of information.  


Association dues cover:

  • One 24-hour manned guard gate
  • One part-time manned guard gate
  • 24-hour roving patrol(s)
  • Maintenance of common areas and streets
  • Maintenance of two 18-hole golf courses and the putting course
  • Tennis, paddleball and pickleball courts
  • Bocce ball courts
  • Softball field
  • Pools and spas
  • Clubhouses (3)
  • Restaurants (2)
  • The Daily Grind/ Martini’s coffee/wine bar
  • Fitness centers (2) and classes; many classes are free
  • Dog Parks (2)
  • Monthly magazine News & Views
  • Website at www.SCPDCA.com
  • Contributions to reserves


On-Site Amenities

  • Golf pro shops, with rounds of golf at very reasonable rates
  • Ballroom for performing arts, parties, meetings, etc.
  • Crafts rooms for art, ceramics, sewing/quilting, model railroads, stained glass
  • Dedicated rooms for computer classes, card games, aerobics, dance, etc.
  • Indoor track
  • About 80 Resident Groups and Chartered Clubs
  • Post office
  • Free first-run movies in auditorium
  • Annual Parking Lot Sale
  • Weekly Farmer’s Market in season
  • Green belts and walking paths
  • Miles of bike and jogging paths
  • Sidewalks on all streets
  • Golf cart access to Marketplace with Stater Bros, hair and nail salons, barber, hardware store, drug store, banks, dry cleaner an ice cream parlor, two restaurants and more


Private events

  • Room(s) may be rented to hold private functions
  • Catering services are available


Activities for children

  • Catch-and-release pond
  • Children’s hours at MV outdoor pool
  • Play area with slide and swings


Estate Sales

  • Each homeowner is allowed one “garage sale” on their property during the entire time they own the property.  Prior approval from the Association is required.  Rules for estate sales are in the Rules & Regulations.
  • Typically estate sales are held when the home is going on the market.  The homeowner / heir / executor must be present.  The sale may last for up to three days, and may be advertised in the News & Views and on the Association bulletin board in the MV clubhouse.  Signage in front yards is allowed but restricted.
Livable
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