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November 30, 2017

Del Webb Sun Cities Museum House Tour in Sun City, Arizona Part 1

By Sara In AZ

 

Pack your lunches and fasten your seat belts kids…..we are going on a field trip to Sun City Arizona!

I had been wanting to visit the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum House for quite some time, but due to its location on the other side of town and the hours it is open (only three days a week, on weekdays, from 1 to 4 pm…and only in fall, winter and spring) it was hard for us to make time to get over there. Finally, all the stars aligned and we made it out on a Friday afternoon!

Sun City, Arizona was developed by Del Webb in the very late 1950s and opened on January 1, 1960 as the world’s first master planned active-adult retirement community. Cars lined up for 2 miles opening day waiting to get into the new development where 5 model homes were priced from $8,500 to $11,750.

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This house, the ‘Kentworth’ model was one of the 5 original model homes…and is now the site of the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum.

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I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore that scalloped trim!

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The house still has the original trash receptacle, in the ground, in the front yard.

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And what house on the golf course would be complete without a set of “His” and “Hers” golf carts!?!

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Ahhhhhhh, love these so much!

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Del Webb construction plaque in the driveway.

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The front porch area.

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This is the view straight on as you enter the front door….sneak peek of the kitchen on the left!

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Some background information on this house and also how it evolved into a museum over the years.

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This is a picture from opening day, that is the Museum House right there in the background.

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Caption on the opening day picture.

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Here is some memorabilia on display in the Museum House.

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And here is the view of the living room – this would be to the right as soon as you open the front door.

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Such a nice living room set – all of the furniture in the home was donated!

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These are the first owner/residents Chloe and John MacDonald.

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I LOVE reading through the bullet points of what your get when you buy a Del Webb home back in the 1960s….I mean geez, who doesn’t want a 24 K gold plated shower head!!!?!?

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This is the original sales brochure for this model home……sooooooo in love with the pink house paint!

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OK, be sure to come back next week and we will finish the field trip off with a tour of the bathroom and kitchen!

And be sure to visit the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum website!

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8 Responses to Del Webb Sun Cities Museum House Tour in Sun City, Arizona Part 1

  1. Jacki Reply

    November 30, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Sara, was the museum open when I lived in AZ? I used to go Estate Sale-ing at least twice a month there and never saw it. If so, how did I ever miss it? The wonderful thing about Sun City is that most of the houses out there still look like that. I wonder if the sculptured carpet is original or if they found it on eBay lol. FYI, for those who still live in AZ, Sun City is tops for finding Estate Sales with the absolute BEST Mid Century goodies.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      November 30, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      Jacki…..it was open! This is sad, but I only found out about it from my aunt (who lived in another state) and had seen it mentioned on the Early show on CBS! 🙂 My Grandmother lives out there…and has for about 20 years now….and I never knew about it either until a year or so ago! SO crazy! I think they definitely NEED to get the word out about it!

  2. Melinda Reply

    November 30, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I love that the donated living room furniture really compliments the story book style of the house.
    Can’t wait to see the rest.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      November 30, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      It really does compliment the house so well Melinda…and definitely come back next week….you won’t want to miss it!

  3. Mod Betty / Retro Roadmap Reply

    November 30, 2017 at 11:41 am

    This is awesome! I never knew about it but have just added it to my AZ list! Thansk Sara!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      December 1, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      Yes, great….thank you Mod Betty! I never knew about it either until about a year and a half ago….we most definitely need to spread the word! 🙂

  4. Beth Reply

    December 1, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Sara, I love this! It’s an absolutely charming home and so affordable. That $8500 in 1960 is $71,557 in today’s dollars — what a deal! I’d practically live in my car to have access to all those yard/estate sale goodies!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      December 1, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      I know Beth…it is seriously SUCH a great house. I really wish houses like this would make a comeback! I’ll bet if the builders put these cute little homes up for sale people would snap them up! I know I sure would!!! 🙂

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