Sun City Palm Desert, California
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Sun City Palm Desert is a gated community located in Riverside County, California, in the Palm Springs area, approximately 11 miles (18 km) east of Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley. The ZIP Code is 92211, and the community is inside area code 760.
The community consists of 5000 homes built in the "Spanish Colonial" style designed by the architectural firm Pekarek-Crandell, Inc. of San Juan Capistrano, California. Built between 1992 and 2002, it was developed by the Del Webb Corporation as an "active" community for people 55 years of age and older called Sun City Palm Springs. Despite its name, it was located 15 miles (24 km) from Palm Springs, so its postal address was in the Unincorporated community of Bermuda Dunes. As it neared completion, its residents joined with the nearby city of Palm Desert to have their mail handled through that post office and renamed the community Sun City Palm Desert. The community remains in an unincorporated area, however and they have no voice in the politics of Palm Desert itself. Sun City Palm Desert is no longer managed by Del Webb and today is governed by its own community association.
There is a par 72 36-hole regulation golf club within the community. The course is known as "Mountain Vista". It was designed by former PGA Tour players Billy Casper and Greg Nash. The club is divided into 2 courses: The San Gorgonio (6,669 yards) course and the Santa Rosa (6,720 yards) course.
The community has 3 recreation centers, 3 restaurants, a karaoke coffee bar, 2 gyms, an indoor Olympic size swimming pool, and over 80 clubs. There is a community Public-access television cable station, a magazine and official website. There is a 600+ seat ballroom/theater boasting a professional audio/video capability, and which hosts plays and concerts. A ballroom is used for galas and the annual Christmas, New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day celebrations. The facility is also rented for formal weddings and other events. There are about 9,000 residents, about a third of which are winter residents only. Because of its spectacular setting, Sun City is also a popular for professional photographers who use the site to represent Palm Desert and the Coachella Valley for postcards and travel brochures.
In 2008, according to Riverside County officials the community was renamed Desert Palms by the county government. The Del Webb Company trademark name was dropped when it went out of business and the country club operations went to Indio, California-based Pulte Homes Inc.. But the housing tract retirement resort remains called Sun City Palm Desert for commercial purposes.
- "Del Webb's Sun City Palm Desert Continues to Top Best Sellers List". Business Wire. 2000-07-29. Retrieved 2009-05-26.