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Why Sun City Anthem

Distinction: Sun City Anthem was recently named the Most Luxurious Age-Qualified Community in the U.S. by an national Age-Qualified website. (MORE)

City: SCA is in the City of Henderson.  Henderson is the second most populated city in Nevada – second only to Las Vegas.  Its northern boundary extends almost to McCarran International Airport, and its western boundary extends to South Las Vegas Blvd. and Interstate 15 (I-15) to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.  (Actually I-15 extends from the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada.)  By car, it is only 15 minutes drive to McCarran Airport and about the same to the center of the Strip.

Henderson has been designated an extremely safe city.  It is the first city in Nevada to be named an AARP Age-Friendly Community in recognition for its long history of providing quality recreational and housing services to older adults.

Location of SCA:  SCA is in the southern foothills of Henderson.  The center of SCA is at about the height of the top of the Stratosphere, which means that it is about 800 feet above the Valley floor and, thus, enjoys cooler summers.  It has excellent access.  Eastern Ave. runs north-south through Las Vegas.  At its southern end, it terminates at SCA.  From Eastern, bear left on Anthem Parkway to Hampton Road and the Anthem Center. From I-15 and South Las Vegas Blvd., take St. Rose Parkway to Volunteer, right on Sun City Anthem Drive and left on Hampton Rd. to the Anthem Center.

Nearby Medical and Commercial:  Mr. Webb would be pleased that SCA has two shopping centers, with Von's at the north edge and Albertson's at the south edge.  The south top of Eastern is loaded with restaurants and stores.   St. Rose Dominican Hospital Siena campus and its adjoining Del Webb Medical Office Building are only 5 minutes by car or 3 minutes by ambulance from SCA.  Between SCA and St. Rose Hospital are MANY medical/dental offices. (BTW, St. Rose is affiliated with Stanford Univ. Medical for cancer specialty with Stanford M.D.s in residence.)

 A Street adjoining Eastern Ave, near SCA, takes one to The District at Green Valley Ranch.  The District contains Green Valley Resort and Casino, and movie theater.  It includes Whole Foods, Cheesecake Factory, William Sonoma, Pottery Barn, REI, Brookstone, and many restaurants and boutiques.  About a block from the District is the Henderson Pavilion for covered and open air concerts, an excellent branch of the County Library, the Henderson Multigenerational Center (with water slides and indoor/outdoor swimming for grandkids), and a branch station for Henderson Police.

What is Age-Qualified for Sun City Anthem?  At least one member of the resident household must be at least 55.  No person under 19 may reside longer than 60 nights per year. If you are too young, you can purchase and rent the home out to age-qualifiers until you become of resident age.

Size:  7,144 homes The first new homes were completed and sold in 2000.  The last ones were completed and sold in 2007. Resale homes listed for sale usually average about 140-160 in number (about 2% of all homes.)  All homes are single story; all have at least 2 car garages; all have at least 1 ¾ baths; all have at least 2 bedrooms. Of the 7,144 homes, 6.982 are detached while 162 (2.3% of total) are two unit townhomes.  Homes range from 1,160 to 3,175 square feet and from $200,000 to $1,100,000.  Many resale listings are in the $250,000 to $400,000 range.

Facilities and Amenities within SCA: MANY. There are three community centers, two championship length golf courses and a branch station of the Henderson Fire Dept., with its 24/7 EMT unit.

Community Centers:

The Anthem Center:  The largest of the three community centers, the Anthem Center is 77,000 square feet (almost 2 acres of building!.)  The center is open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends.  The Anthem Center includes a restaurant (open to the public, but temporarily closed), a large ballroom, large meeting rooms,  gallery with extensive tiles games (e.g. Mahjong) and card playing tables and pool tables, a TV area, a coffee kiosk, two computer rooms including a computer classroom with many classes at all levels, a sewing/quilting room (with a "long arm"), a ceramics room (with kilns), extensive fitness facilities, day lockers, a large indoor lap pool with indoor spa.  Above the indoor pool is a walking/jogging track (14 laps to the mile.)  There is also Serenity at Anthem Day Spa with massage and beauty salon services.  Outdoors at the Anthem Center is a handsome large pool with lounges and shade umbrellas and another spa.  Reportedly, this spa has the best view of the Strip of any spa in Las Vegas Valley and a large, sloping lawn for residents for free summer concerts and movies.

The Independence Center:  Across the joint parking lot from the Anthem Center and open 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. weekends, the 31,000 square ft. Independence Canter is home to 300 seat Freedom Hall, a performing arts facility with comfy, stationary assigned seats and a box office at the entrance doors.  The Independence Center offers many amenities including: group exercise and dance classes located in two large aerobics rooms, professional-like billiards room, the arts and crafts club with its 11 specializations, the fantastic woodchips club's woodworking facility with quite a variety of machines.  The side wing of the building houses SCA TV for community information and programs and volunteer resident membership. The open center of the  U-shaped Independence Canter  contains covered seating and a covered stage.

Outside the two main centers is a headquarters building for the Community Patrol.  With three SUVs, it patrols SCA and can communicate with Henderson Police if necessary.  Between and outside these three buildings are 8 bocce ball courts and 7 tennis courts.

Think that's all?  Read on!

The Liberty Center: It is in the south, uppermost portion of SCA. The Liberty Center is open weekdays 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and weekends 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.  With 22,000 square ft. of building, it houses an indoor lap pool, an indoor warm water therapy pool plus a large outdoor pool and spa.  It has multi-purpose rooms, day locker rooms and a fully-equipped exercise room with TVs on the treadmills, elliptical machines and stationary bikes.  There is also a weights area.  The Liberty Center is the newest facility in SCA.  The Green Energy standards building design of this facility makes efficient use of resources through rooftop solar panels and ambient light panels on its sawtooth roof.  Outside the Liberty Center are tennis courts, pickleball courts and paddle tennis courts.

All community centers and all other HOA facilities are open to all residents.

The Revere Golf Courses:  Sun City Anthem contains two championship length courses running through it: the Lexington (7143 yds par 72) and the Concord (7034 yds par 72). See: www.reveregolf.com)   The two courses are open to public play and privately owned (so the SCA HOA has no maintenance responsibility – a big advantage!)  SCA residents get the lowest greens fees for themselves and their guests and pay no membership fees. There are very active men's and women's golf clubs. Residents' golf cars are permitted (SCA is completely golf car permissible), and Revere furnishes golfers electric cars at no fee. The courses are canyon courses with often long distances between green and next tee, so one cannot carry bags nor use pull carts. It would slow down play.  Views are impressive.  In almost all cases the homes are safely well above the tees and fairways.   Buckman's restaurant/lounge in the clubhouse is open to the public.  I highly recommend it for the service, menu and views overlooking the putting green and pond to the Strip.  For the menu see: www.reveregolf.com/henderson-nv-restaurant.

Clubs: There are 55 clubs (yes 55!) at SCA.  But even that is a low count, since the Arts and Crafts Club has 14 "subclubs", as I call them.  They are different crafts. SCA club membership dues, set by each club, range from $5 to $20 per person per club per year. So, you can be a guest first, then join if you want, then drop out if you want. The dues are so low that experimenting with different clubs is no problem.  Activities of all clubs are reported in Spirit, the monthly HOA magazine mailed to all SCA households. More...

HOA Dues: The extensive facilities, well-maintained common grounds and views combined to get the "most luxurious" national rating, BUT the HOA dues are only $275 per quarter - $1,100 per year – a true bargain. That's truly luxury at an economical price.

Conclusion: So, move here.  Play cards, then go to the treadmill and then swim some laps.  Shower and dress in the casual clothes that are the normal for SCA.  In the summer, get your lawn chairs (and wine if you want) from your car. Come to the Anthem Center's expansive rear lawn to listen to a concert featuring a tribute band.  Dance on the lawn or sidewalk if you wish. Or, just mellow out in your lawn chair and look at the Strip lights in the distance past the bandstand as you discuss with your new neighbors and friends your sagacious choice to move to Sun City Anthem.