At Sun City Lincoln Hills, Del Webb's active adult community where home prices are roughly $500,000, standard front yards feature a 24-inch box tree, 19 shrubs, and sod. Seventy-five percent of buyers upgrade to one of the following packages, spending $12,000 on average.

Package A ($400) A xeriscaped front yard eliminates lawn-mowing chores. It includes a 24-inch box tree, 52 shrubs, and a dry streambed.

Package B ($1,000) This plan for the front yard and partial back yard includes a 24-inch box tree, 44 plants, 400 square feet of sod in the front yard, and the minimum plantings required by the community association within 90 days of closing.

Package C ($2,000) A front and back yard design includes three 24-inch box trees, one 15-gallon tree, and 82 plants. The front yard includes a dry streambed, and buyers choose between sod and a dry streambed in the back.

Package D ($3,300) This plan encompasses the front and back yards, and features four 24-inch box trees, 80 shrubs, and sod.

A la carte

  • Landscape bark for the beds; costs vary according to lot size.
  • Buyers can spend up to $18,000 for extra walkways, expanded driveways, seating walls, pilasters, and patios with brick inlays.