We used to devote countless threads to Sun City homes. In fact, if you search the archives here you would find any number of posts with actual floor plans and features regarding the various modes of Sun City living. For whatever reason, we got away from it. In the past month my wife and i have been in and through a couple of Sun City properties that have raised our eyebrows. Oddly enough, it was for very different reasons. In the first case, we visited a property a former renter of ours asked us to look at. It was 2100 square feet and had any number of big ticket improvements to it. New roof, recently painted outside, newer doors and windows and some interior remodeling. There had been a huge price reduction and he put in an offer that got it under $100 a square foot. In my opinion, a real steal. On the other side of the ledger, we stopped by our favorite realtors of late, Tim and Amy Nixon's open house last weekend. We had walked by the home the night before and were impressed with the gorgeous curb appeal it offered. When we walked in, we expected more of the same inside because it was only 1100+ sq and the hefty price tag of $199,000. For those of us failing in math, that comes in at over $170 per square foot, which might work if it is totally remodeled. Shockingly, it was pretty much vintage inside. Even more stunning was they had a tentative offer, and now it is pending. All of which happened in less than week. Beyond the great curb appeal, it was on a corner lot which makes it more desirable. These days boomers are snapping up corner lots, with many putting up second garages to house their toys. Some have closed off the attached garage and converted it to living space, while most just want more room for stuff. The point here is prices are all over the ball park. While the curb appeal is nice, a good stucco job on a smaller home is only in the $5000 range. Throw in some good landscaping for another $1000 or $2000 and you have great curb appeal. On the other hand, if you want to add on 500 square feet with a nice addition be prepared to dig deeper into the wallet. Not uncommon dependent on what you want done to be looking at $100 to $150 per square. Especially if you start taking down walls and getting exotic with finishes. Most of this is driven by a shortage of inventory. Homes priced right sell quickly. Homes over-priced sit there forever. One of the first things you should do when looking is check the selling history. Lots to be gained from viewing it. Happy house hunting.