Sun City, AZ


Highest Appreciating Sun City Neighborhoods Since 2000

Sun City, AZ Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Sun City Housing Market Information

With 39,349 people, 23,228 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $157,143, Sun City real estate and house prices are near the national average for all cities and towns.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Sun City, accounting for 59.85% of the town's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Sun City include row houses and other attached homes ( 27.61%), large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 9.23%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 2.73%).

Dwellings in Sun City tend to be quite small (one, two, or no bedrooms) and owner occupied. In fact, 79.20% of the homes in Sun City have two or fewer bedrooms.

There is a lot of housing in Sun City built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Sun City built between 1940-1969 ( 28.92%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 2.09%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Sun City. Fully 19.43% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Sun City homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Sun City real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Sun City Home Appreciation Rates

Sun City's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Sun City during the period has been just -2.05%, which is lower than 80% of US communities.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Sun City that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Sun City real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Sun City appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 6.77%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 79.75% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Sun City. Sun City appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.04%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.40%.

Importantly, this makes Sun City one of the highest appreciating communities in the nation for the latest quarter, and may signal the town's near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to Arizona, our data show that Sun City's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 60% of the other cities and towns in Arizona.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the town. Individual neighborhoods within Sun City differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Sun City - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Sun City real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,344,000 0.3
$1,007,001 - $1,344,000 0.1
$672,001 - $1,007,000 0.0
$537,001 - $672,000 0.5
$403,001 - $537,000 2.2
$269,001 - $403,000 8.6
$134,001 - $269,000 49.4
$67,001 - $134,000 29.6
$0 - $67,000 9.2

Average for AZ
Average for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
46.9823039962499 43.2432432432432

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Sun City Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
57.01% 2.65% 5 7
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,307 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 79.94
Renters 20.06
Vacant 19.43

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 2.1
1970 - 1999 68.5
1940 - 1969 28.9
1939 or Older 0.5

Types of Homes

Single-Family 59.8
Townhomes 27.6
Small Apt. Buildings 2.7
Apt. Complexes 9.2
Mobile Homes 0.6
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 0.63
1 Bedroom 7.61
2 Bedrooms 70.96
3 Bedrooms 19.77
4 Bedrooms 0.89
5 or more bedrooms 0.14