In 1972, Edward J. Robson, Chairman and CEO of Robson Communities, Inc., began his legacy of creating exceptional retirement communities with a commitment to building, developing and managing active adult communities in Arizona and Texas for long-term sustainability. It’s this level of quality that the residents have come to expect and appreciate about living in a Robson Resort Community, where nothing is overlooked, from the tiny details to the big picture – Robson stands for excellence.
“When I go into a clubhouse, homeowners will come up to me and thank me for building a wonderful place to live. It’s rewarding to know that you’ve made a positive impact on people’s lives.”
– Edward J. Robson
The concept of providing active adults a resort lifestyle was pioneered by Ed Robson in the early ’70’s. Robson acquired 2,560 acres of farmland in a limited partnership for the Sun Lakes development near Chandler, Arizona, in 1972. Initially, the partnership only sold lots and mobile homes in order to compete with Sun City. Robson survived the energy crisis in the mid-seventies and bought out his partners.
In late 1976, Robson made the decision to switch from offering mobile homes to on-site built single family homes. Sun Lakes continued to flourish during the next two decades despite record-high interest rates in the early 1980s and the downturn in the housing market in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Now sold-out, Sun Lakes is comprised of approximately 10,000 homes, five golf courses, five country clubs, two shopping centers and a medical and education center.
Recognizing the development potential of the Tucson area, SaddleBrooke opened in 1987, the second Robson Resort Community in Arizona. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, SaddleBrooke showcases panoramic mountain views, stunning high-Sonoran desert terrain and world class resort amenities. Close to 10,000 people currently live at SaddleBrooke, which features 63 holes of golf, three country clubs, the DesertView Sports Club & Performing Arts Center, on-site convenience market & retail center and an array of activities.
After weathering the savings & loan crisis of the late 1980s, SunBird, located in Chandler, Arizona, was acquired from the REO portfolio of a St. Louis Savings & Loan institution in 1989. This active adult community, which features an 18-hole executive golf course and a 40,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, was sold-out in 1998 with more than 1,600 homes built.
The next development in Metro Phoenix was PebbleCreek, a Robson Resort Community located in the city of Goodyear. Launched in the fall of 1993, PebbleCreek helped establish the southwest valley of Phoenix as a popular destination for homebuyers in the 1990s. More than 8,000 homeowners currently call PebbleCreek home and enjoy a variety of resort-style amenities including 45 holes of championship golf, two country clubs, state-of-the-art Sports & Aquatics facilities featuring a 20-court Pickleball complex and a Performance Arts Theater featuring local and national acts.
Quail Creek, located in southern Arizona, was acquired in the summer of 1999 and had sold less than 100 homes in ten years. After developing new products, amenities and activities, Quail Creek has sold more than 2,000 homes. Amenities now include 27 holes of championship golf, a luxurious clubhouse, restaurant, indoor & outdoor sports facilities showcasing 16 Pickleball courts and a Creative Arts & Tech Center, all with the Santa Rita Mountains providing a picturesque backdrop.
After many years of extensive research and feasibility studies in the Texas market, the first Robson Resort Community opened outside of Arizona, in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with the official grand opening in May 2001. Robson Ranch, located south of Denton off I-35W, is now home to more than 3,000 homeowners who enjoy resort-style living including championship golf, fitness, sports, creative arts and much more.
In 2004, The Preserve at SaddleBrooke was unveiled, located within the northern section of SaddleBrooke in North Tucson. The Preserve offers the pinnacle of country club living with luxurious homes situated on premium homesites, world-class amenities and dramatic mountain views of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
With Sun Lakes near sell-out status, Robson Ranch Arizona was launched in August 2005 to meet the housing demand for active adults in the southeast area of metro Phoenix. Situated in the Eloy/Casa Grande area, Robson Ranch offers an abundance of social and recreational opportunities. Multi-million dollar amenities include the Sports & Aquatics complex, pro shop, restaurant, softball, and more.
In 2008, SaddleBrooke Ranch opened just north of Tucson, just a few miles from its sister community, SaddleBrooke. Beautiful mountain vistas from almost every direction provide a scenic backdrop to luxury homes and stunning resort-style amenities.
An extensive selection of new amenities was introduced at several Robson Resort Communities to provide homeowners an exceptional resort-style environment.
In 2010, La Hacienda Club opened at SaddleBrooke Ranch offering a wealth of amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, the fully equipped Viva Fitness Center, tennis and Pickleball courts, Esperanza Spa, and so much more.
Quail Creek expanded its fitness facilities with the debut of Anza Athletic Club in 2011. The state-of-the-art facility features cardio and weight machines, multi-purpose fitness studios, and a wellness room. In addition, a Pickleball complex made its debut at Quail Creek in 2013 featuring 16 courts, ramada and restrooms.
Significant amenities were added in 2015 at Robson Ranch Arizona, PebbleCreek and Quail Creek. The stunning Ranch House is the newest social hub at Robson Ranch Arizona and features the Hermosa ballroom/auditorium with stage, multi-purpose room, lounge and coffee bar, a private dining room and more. At PebbleCreek, an additional 12 Pickleball courts were completed bringing the total to 20. Plus, this community welcomed a new dog park, fitness studios and two additional tennis courts. At Quail Creek, the impressive Creative Arts & Technology Center, spanning 12,348 sq. ft., opened its doors featuring a variety of rooms catering to the homeowners’ artistic aspirations.
SaddleBrooke Ranch received an extensive amenities expansion in 2016 which further provides both current and future residents with the ultimate active adult resort lifestyle. The amenities expansion includes a 24 court Pickleball Complex with 12-lighted courts and a ramada with restrooms, dog park, and pro shop featuring a putting green, driving range, and practice bunker. In addition, a well-appointed Clubhouse with ballroom/auditorium with stage, full-service grille and bar, private dining room, relaxing fireside lounge area and a Creative Arts Center are all planned for the near future.
At Robson Ranch Texas, the Wildhorse Grill has exciting new additions including a new dining room, centralized bar with wrap-around seating for 16 along with additional table seating, extended patios, expanded kitchen and covered BBQ area. The expansion also includes an event lawn with gazebo – the perfect place for a variety of social activities, parties, weddings and get-togethers that will serve the needs of this growing community.