Why is it some of the old adages are timeless? Take for example: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Nothing complicated there, just a statement that so often rings true, that reverberates our sentiments time and time again. Classic simplicity reflected through our on eyes based on what we see right in front of us. We could get all heady and contemplate the term beauty, but why would we?
I know, what the heck is he babbling about now? Let me try to clear it up: Every time i walk into the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum i am struck by its “beauty.” Huh? For those of you who haven’t been here, it started out as an 860 sq foot home opened on January 1, 1960. It was on a golf course lot, and had a patio, but let’s face it, by today’s standards, it’s a small outdated piece of nostalgia that many would find insignificant. Heck, some of the newer age restricted communities have master suites with opulent bathrooms and walk in closets that are bigger than this first model home.
I visited them and was drooling over how gorgeous they were and then moved on to something making much more sense. Honestly, what the heck would anyone do with a 300 sq ft bathroom and a 200 sq ft closet? Besides, the charm of the Museum is captivating. Think about this; these five Sun City model homes, the front nine holes of the golf course and a recreation center changed a nation. With its pink bathroom, pink kitchen and a “new active way to live” seniors found themselves looking at retirement wholly different.
It transformed them from a sedentary state of being to non stop motion. The concept of enjoying those final years was so intriguing they picked up and moved away from family and friends and began a whole new chapter in a book that all too often was frayed and set aside. While the youngsters were becoming hippies and dropping out, those seniors with a sense of adventure did the same, only in a completely different way.
That to me is beauty. The original Sun City way of life is beautiful. These 27,000 “old” homes have an elegance and a grace that is lost on way too many boomers. We’re not glamorous or glitzy, we’re practical, affordable and unique. While others are selling good things, Sun City and Sun City West offer great things done right. Our simplicity set the standard and while others have glamm’ed it up, our’s still works better than any other. We are beauty personified…of course, that is as seen through the eyes of this beholder.
If you want to know why, just ask.