The year was 1999; we were a scant 51 years of age and were looking to buy our place in the sun. We looked at dozens of homes in Sun City. We also looked at 4 other Sun City communities (Sun City West , SC Grand, SC Summerlin and SC Tuscon). All were newer and nicer, none felt as much like home as did Sun City. I came to Phoenix and went house hunting with my parents for a couple of days and then drove to Vegas with them to meet my wife who was flying there. I had found the perfect home and was excited to show her the video my dad had filmed with that 20 pound camera laid across his shoulder. Heck, i can still see the reflection of him in the mirrors every time he walked through a bathroom. The price was more than we wanted to spend but the house was larger than anything we had seen. With the addition across the back there was something in the neighborhood of 2800 square feet of living space. And best of all i told my wife it was perfect, there's nothing needed to be done to it. It got ugly that week in Vegas. Our Realtor put a bid in and when she called back, told us the listing price had gone up some $10,000. Huh? They claimed they had done work on the house and raised it from a previous listing. I was crazed, but calmer heads prevailed and over the next week we reached a price we could barely live with. The plan was to rent it out during the winters and in 4 years (when we turned 55), we would move here. When my wife first saw it in person, we owned it. Turns out she was delighted, but alas, her sentiments about its perfection were far from mine. She had visions of projects i would have never, ever expected nor done. When we bought it there were 16 sets of sliding doors scattered throughout the house. The model was the Castillo and at just under 1900 square feet was considered large (that was before the addition). It had a large corner lot and was in a great phase 2 location (4 blocks from Bell Rec Center). We've now owned it for 19 years and in that time, there's not a door, window, piece of flooring that hasn't been remodeled or replaced. There are currently no sliding glass doors remaining (my wife hated them), however there are two french doors. We've enclosed the laundry room from the garage and added a mini-split unit for heating and cooling which makes it livable space. The numbers of projects we have done is beyond count both in number and in dollar figures. It's not perfect and before we sell it, we will touch up those areas that aren't just right. The kitchen has been remodeled three times and on the last one we did it "right." Bathrooms are nicely done and doorways widened to accommodate walkers (too damn many knee and hip replacements i guess). We've hosted parties of more than 100 people because the outdoor living space is expansive as well as expensive. From the outside it looks like a compound with the stuccoed walls matching perfectly the chocolate chunk color of the house. Whenever anyone comes in for the first time, they invariably say "it doesn't look this big from the outside." So why am i telling you all this? When Sun City first opened, it was called the great social experiment. For years, i have watched Realtor sites become popular, but there's never any personality to them. Consider this thread a "social experiment." I want to see what kind of following it draws. In coming posts i will put up photo's and continue to tell the story of this wonderful property that will soon be on the market. We have a Realtor that we will hire and in the coming weeks i will post their contact information. As much as selling it by owner is appealing, using a professional makes better sense for both buyer and seller. There's days i lament we will be moving, but the house is larger than we need and without question, we loved it. It's time to downsize and selling this will be bittersweet. What i do know is whoever buys it will be delighted with what we have done, though i full well expect they too will want to come and put their stamp on it. It's part of the joy of Sun City living.