Sun City Texas preparing for expansion

Jan 5, 2015
Austin American Statesman

GEORGETOWN — Brent Baker walked out of his office on a sunny day in December to show off 11 new models of homes available at Sun City Texas as part of the Georgetown retirement community’s expansion

Beginning in January, Del Webb — a premium brand for “active adults” that is part of Pulte Homes, the developer of Sun City — will start preparing the land for 1,700 new homes on 770 acres called the Somerset tract near Ronald Reagan Boulevard and County Road 245, said Baker, the vice president of operations for Pulte’s Central Texas division. Construction on the homes will start in this summer, he said

In 2017, Pulte will break ground on the Queens tract — 365 acres at Texas 195 and Sun City Boulevard — where it plans to build 750 homes, Baker said. In addition, Pulte still has 500 lots to sell in the current Sun City, which includes about 7,000 homes

Like most of Central Texas, the population in Georgetown is booming. The city has estimated that its population grew from 52,351 last January to 53,826 by December, based on the number of residential building permits issued. The current population of Sun City — which is part of Georgetown — is an estimated 13,000 people, Baker said

According to the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, Georgetown, Cedar Park and San Marcos ranked among the fastest-growing cities with populations of 50,000 or more during the year ending July 1, 2013

The two new tracts in Sun City will each have their own amenity center campuses featuring swimming pools and fitness areas, Baker said

Sun City is the largest among the four retirement communities developed by Del Webb in Texas, including communities in Houston, San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Baker said. It features three golf courses and fitness centers with indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor running track, 12 tennis courts, an arts and crafts center, and 17 miles of walking trails

Residents of Sun City must be at least 55 years old

The new model homes available to anyone who purchases in the current Sun City or the new tracts will range from $189,000 to the mid-$300,000s, Baker said. They will be available for viewing in February, he said. Sizes range from approximately 1,300 to 2,600 square feet

Pulte has averaged selling about 350 homes in Sun City per year since the community opened in 1996, Baker said

Georgetown City Council Member John Hesser, who lives in Sun City, said the retirement community provides “a unique contribution to the city because we pay school taxes and we have no children, and that really is great for the city.”

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