In The Hood: July

arizona cactus

As June comes to a close, Fourth of July weekend quickly approaches. While everyone has fireworks, American flags and smoky barbecue on the brain, we know there are still a lot of things to lots to do around Maracay Homes’ neighborhoods after the holiday is over. Here are a few of our favorite events around the Valley and Tucson:

Christmas in July
Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Get into the holiday spirit a little early this year in Historic Downtown Glendale during the 10th annual Christmas in July celebration. Visitors will enjoy a fun-filled day of holiday crafts, sweets and deals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ollie the Trolley will also provide free rides around the area, kids can take a photo with Santa, and a holiday-themed gift item will be given to the first 250 visitors.

Queen Creek
Superhero Party at the Splash Pad    
Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
In honor of Parks and Recreation Month, the town of Queen Creek is hosting a Superhero Party at the Splash Pad at Founders’ Park. Come dressed in your hero attire, stay cool, splash around and have a blast. There will be a DJ playing tunes, and Kona Ice and Hot Dog Kings will be selling food.

Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch
Saturday, July 9 from 8 a.m. to noon
Take a tour of Oro Valley’s historic Steam Pump Ranch, and have some fun with the whole family family on July 9. Get crafting, take a guided tour, listen to live music and browse the Artisan Market. All of these activities are free for all ages.

Litchfield Park
Stay Cool Family Fun Night
Friday, July 22 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Beat the heat this summer at the Litchfield Park Recreation Center Pool, for family night “Under the Sea.” The evening will include swimming, games, activities, music and dancing hosted by the rec center’s lifeguards. 

Your Design Studio Visit

Brushes and paint-roller

What an exciting time! You’ve just signed your purchase agreement and now you’re ready to start personalizing your new home with selections from the Maracay Homes Design Studio. There, you’ll be able to select finishing materials and colors for items such as cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures and flooring. In order to make this process as smooth as possible, you will want to schedule an appointment within 14 days of signing your purchase agreement.

A few things to keep in mind for your Design Studio visit:   

  • Timing: The length of the appointment varies, but most customers are able to complete their selections within four to five hours. We don’t want you to feel rushed. We’ll be there to make sure you are comfortable and satisfied with your choices. If you have young children, we recommend arranging for someone to take care of them while you’re at the Design Studio so you can commit your undivided attention to making your selections.
  • Collect Ideas: Do you have a color palette in mind? We encourage you to bring your own samples, cushions and pictures with you to your visit. These samples will help you bring your new-home vision to life.
  • Lighting: From natural to artificial light, you will have the opportunity to view color samples in a variety of lighting options to make sure you’re happy with the shades you choose.
  • Selections: Keep in mind that there might be some variance between your selected item and installed item due to the variations in natural materials. We will alert if you if any of your options become unavailable during the building process and work with you to select an alternate choice.
  • Measure Twice, Cut Once: We’re counting on you to make sure your paperwork reflects your choices, as well. Everything we fill out in the Design Studio serves as a template for your home, so make sure to double check all of your choices and paperwork prior to leaving the session.

We’re committed to staying on top of the latest residential design trends and making sure we can provide the most up-to-date products and materials for you. We’re so excited to partner with you in this process. We look forward to seeing you at your scheduled Design Studio appointment.

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Move-in Ready Home: Sendera Place

Sendera Place Front
This week’s move-in ready home is in the gated community of Sendera Place in Chandler. Here, beauty meets efficiency and expansive floor plans meet intricate details in a two-story home that offers 2,686 square feet of possibilities.

Entertain and relax in the great room, which flows directly into the kitchen, nook and overlooks the extended covered patio to the backyard. The floor plan also features four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a spacious loft for guests or the family. We’ve even included a few fun additions, like sound prewired in the great room and speakers on the patio.

Kitchen Sendera Place
Speaking of additional features, step into the kitchen to see the 42” espresso-toned kitchen cabinets, G.E. slate gas appliances, 20” floor tile, two-toned interior paint and more. Extra touches continue throughout the home, including wi-fi thermostats, jetted tub in the master bath, pre-plumbing for solar and extended-length paver drive and walkway.

As with every Maracay Home, this move-in ready home is Energy Star® certified for optimum energy and cost efficiency. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact our New Homes Consultant, Pam Meyer, via email or phone at (480) 889-3713. 

Why We Love Gilbert

Gilbert Water Tower

Last month, we purchased 82 homesites in Gilbert at Adora Trails, an amenity-rich master-planned community near the the San Tan Mountains. With a club house, catch-and-release lake, miles of walking trails, a resort-style pool, an elementary school and numerous sports courts and recreation fields, there’s lots to love about Adora Trails. You’ll see what we mean when our neighborhood opens there next year with four new, single-story floor plans featuring extra-large sideyards and roomy backyards.

But in the meantime, let us tell you what attracted us to Gilbert, a small-but-mighty jewel in the East Valley’s crown. Time Inc.’s Money magazine in 2014 ranked Gilbert the best place to live in Arizona and the 22nd best place to live in America. That same year, Working Parents Magazine also named it the best place to live in the nation. Gilbert possesses a pleasing mix of small-town charm and big-city amenities. It’s also where our Artisan and Marquis neighborhoods at Morrison Ranch are located.

Here are three more reasons why our hearts beat for Gilbert.

  1. Fun for everyone: Gilbert has remained true to its agricultural roots (it was once known as the Hay Shipping Capital of the World) while embracing explosive growth over the past several decades. Now a vibrant town of approximately 243,000 residents, Gilbert’s fun factor has grown right along with its population. From a local history museum and a downtown dining district filled top-notch restaurants, to annual events like the dog-friendly “Barktoberfest,” there’s always something interesting to do.
  2. Safety first: Gilbert gets consistently high marks for its public safety record. And speaking of safety, when you purchase a home in Gilbert, you can feel safe knowing that home values remain strong due to the town’s high desirability factor.
  3. Let’s get physical: Parks, trails and golf courses are an important part of Gilbert’s DNA.  Residents here have a huge appetite for outdoor activities of all types and they often can be seen around town running, biking, horseback riding and chasing a little white ball around the green (not all at the same time, of course!). If you embrace an active lifestyle, Gilbert is the place for you.

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Father’s Day Grilling Recipes

They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and with Father’s Day fast approaching, what better way to celebrate Dad and show your appreciation than with a drool-worthy spread of his favorite foods on the grill? While hamburgers and hot dogs are great grilled classics, maybe it’s time to mix it up this year with a few barbecue recipes that are as unique and exciting and he is!

Main Event

Add a twist to the classic buffalo wings that he loves, with these Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches. Top off the sandwiches with blue cheese-apple slaw, and you’ve got a main entrée with all the distinctive flavors of the original dish in every bite. For an out-of-the-ordinary plate, try this recipe for Grilled Pizza with Asparagus and Caramelized Onion. If you’ve never attempted pizza on the grill before, don’t worry, it’s quick and easy, and sure to be one of Dad’s new favorites.

Side Dishes

Bacon, potatoes and a sizzling grill, need we say more? Dad will love this delicious take on traditional potato salad — an easy, two-step process to a flavorful, unique side. Summer grilling shouldn’t be confined to just meats and burgers, so bring on the tomatoes! This recipe for Grilled Caprese Skewers is simple, delicious and great finger-food for everyone.

Grilled Peaches Spicy Perspective

Sweet Treats
No celebration is complete without dessert. For those who want to get extra creative, you can grill your desserts too. For a refreshing summer treat, try this recipe for Grilled Peaches with Ginger Ice Cream. The perfect combination of sweet, warm and cool. Another guilty pleasure? How about Grilled Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Cream.

Ask Andy: How to Choose the Right Neighborhood


We’ve all heard the old saying, “location, location, location.” That phrase never rings more true than when you’re in the market for a new home. So, we sat down with Maracay Homes President Andy Warren to discuss this topic.

First of all, Andy, why is location so important when shopping for a new home?
Actually, many factors go into selecting the perfect place for you and your family, from the size and layout of the home to the price, quality, amenities and even location. The home may be perfect in every way, but If the neighborhood isn’t a good fit, you may never quite feel at home.

What should home shoppers look for in a neighborhood?
When you find a new place to live, you’re not just buying a home – you are becoming part a neighborhood. The key to finding the right match is to make sure your new neighborhood is in sync with your current lifestyle. If you have children, you may be happier in a gated community in the suburbs, where more families live and your children can play, socialize and hopefully make lifelong friends. Similarly, if you’re a young, single professional, you might be happier living in a condo downtown, with other like-minded professionals.

How should prospective buyers prepare for the house hunt?
Before you scout out a neighborhood, decide what amenities are most important to you and your family. Do you have kids or a dog? If so, you may want to live close to community parks. Are you active? Then, you might be interested in recreational activities like tennis or golf. Once you’ve identified your top amenities, make sure your new home is within close proximity to most – if not all – of the amenities on your list. Doing so will ensure you truly enjoy your new home.

Is there anything else to consider?
Living near quality schools is always a great choice, even if you don’t have children. In addition to contributing to the availability of better educational opportunities, living in a good school district can preserve your home’s value and provide a faster resale rate, studies have shown. How do you find that perfect district? Consider student-to-teacher ratios, standardized test scores, the age of the schools and whether or not the parents are active within the school. A good place to start your research is The site contains profiles on more than 5,000 public, public charter and private schools.

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Move-in Ready Home of the Week – Center Pointe Vistoso in Oro Valley, AZ

Center Pointe Vistoso Bisbee

Step inside this week’s move-in ready home, located in our bustling community of Center Pointe Vistoso in Oro Valley. Homeowners here surround themselves with sweeping mountain views and plentiful recreation, amongst a multitude of amenities within the gated community, from an interconnected trail system and luxury pool complex to an interactive splash pad and peaceful butterfly garden.

Dining Center Pointe Vistoso Bisbee

Whether you’re a move-up homeowner or looking for a place to retire, this beautiful, single-story home has luxurious features to fit any lifestyle needs, wants, and more. With a spacious, 2,319-square-foot floor plan from the New Arizona Living Collection, the home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, den, formal dining room and 3-car garage.

KItchen Center Pointe Vistoso Bisbee
Maracay Homes knows it’s the little things that count. That’s why we’ve included additional niceties like a wet bar with sink, wine refrigerator, bay window in the master bedroom, walk-in shower with custom tile in the master bathroom, double ovens in the kitchen, granite kitchen countertops, extended cabinets and two-toned interior paint.

For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact our New Homes Specialist, Pam Meyer, via email or phone at (520) 329-0370.

Community Update: Center Pointe Vistoso

Center Pointe Vistoso Community Monument

Center Pointe Vistoso is coming to life! With 62 new families already part of our Oro Valley community, it’s hard to believe only six months have passed since we first opened our doors in January.

Since then, our talented Maracay Homes construction crews have continued to add new features, amenities and homes to the community nearly every day. Our first residents will be moving in soon, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have them as neighbors.

While things are moving along pretty fast, there’s still time to get in on the action.  Visit us and see for yourself what the buzz is all about.

In addition to sweeping mountain views and the infinite exploration opportunities, Center Pointe offers five distinct gated neighborhoods, each united by an interconnected trail system that leads past a butterfly garden to a 6,000-square-foot luxury pool complex, interactive splash park, a community park with activity lawns, shaded play structures, and more.

Within the homes, Center Pointe Vistoso offers a FlexDesign floor plan for every lifestyle, preference or taste, from expansive, single-story executive-style layouts to low-maintenance and family-oriented plans. Not to mention, all homes are Energy Star-certified and include Maracay Homes’ Living Smart program for high performance and energy efficiency.

For more information on Center Pointe Vistoso and its five distinct neighborhoods, please visit or call Maracay Homes New Homes Specialist Pam Meyer at (520) 329-0370.

Move-in Ready Home of the Week – Rancho del Cobre in Oro Valley

Rancho del Cobre Oro Valley
This move-in ready home inside the gated community of Rancho Del Cobre in Oro Valley is a true oasis. The community is limited to 68 homesites and is surrounded by views of the Catalina and Tortolita mountain ranges.  Inside this 3,000-square-foot home, you’ll find four bedrooms, three bedrooms, a 3-car garage and upgrades in every room.

Rancho del Cobre Kitchen
The kitchen features gourmet stainless appliances, a large granite island with built in sink, gorgeous espresso cabinets and plenty of space for entertaining or daily meal prep. The designer backsplash spans the entire length of the kitchen and extends into the breakfast nook.

Rancho del Cobre Breakfast Nook
The large windows and sliding glass doors make it easy to take in the breathtaking views from every corner of the home. These views are even visible from your large soaking tub and standing tile shower in the master bath. Starting and ending your day with beautiful vistas of Southern Arizona really makes for easy living.

Rancho del Cobre Master Bathroom
To learn more about this move-in ready home, or to schedule a tour, contact our New Homes Specialist, Pam Meyer, via email or by phone at (480) 889-3713.


Move-in Ready Home – 10433 E. Starion Ave., Mesa, AZ

Lumiere Garden - Eastmark  - Mesa - Move-in Ready Home

Take a look inside this week’s move-in ready home at Eastmark – Lumiere Garden. Located in the East Valley’s vibrant city of Mesa, this single-story Cholla home plan from the New Arizona Living Collection boasts 3,041 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, extended kitchen nook, game room, den and covered patio.

Kitchen - Lumiere Garden

Slice, sizzle and create new memories in the expansive, gourmet kitchen, equipped with granite kitchen countertops, designer backsplash and gourmet, stainless steel appliances. Seamlessly flowing into the great room, dining room and nook, this open floor plan is ideal for staying connected with guests and family, all in one roomy space.

Additional amenities throughout the home include 8’ interior doors, coffered ceiling in the foyer, two-tone interior paint, aged-bronze light fixtures, 20” tile, walk-in shower in the master bath and more.

To learn more about this move-in ready home, or to schedule a tour, contact our New Homes Specialist, Pam Meyer, via email or by phone at (480) 889-3713.