Move-in Ready Home of the Week: Victory at Verrado, Trendsetter Model


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You’ve waited 55+ years to live like this. This week’s featured move-in ready home is situated in our 55+ community of Victory at Verrado in Buckeye, Arizona, inside the master-planned community of Verrado. This two bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home is just over 2,600 square feet and offers all of the amenities you could want at this stage in your life: gourmet kitchen, covered patio, extra-large shower and double bathroom vanity, plus so much more.

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Love to bake? The double ovens and gourmet stainless steel appliances will definitely come in handy. You’ll also love the large granite island with built-in sink that will make prep work a breeze. Storage won’t be an issue. Cabinets throughout the kitchen and within the large center island provide plenty of room for all your essentials, and even your non-essentials. A kitchen like this means you’ll have the most popular home on the block.

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Sunshine fills this home through the large 16” sliding glass doors that open up to a covered patio just off the great room — the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine after a long day on the golf course.

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Continue to move through the home and you’ll love the attention to detail in the master bathroom. The large bathroom has two vanities, a custom-trim backsplash, and an extra-large walk-in shower with two shower heads and bench seats.

After one tour of this home, you’ll be ready to move in. Click here for more information or contact our New Home Specialist, Pam Meyer via email or phone at (480) 889-3713 to schedule your visit. 

Back-to-School Lunch Ideas


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Now that August is in full swing and fall approaches, most schools are back in session. That means the kiddos are gathering their supplies, picking out their outfits and filling their backpacks, waiting to greet their friends and make new ones in this new school year. 

Start this school year on a creative note, with lunches that are not only tasty and kid-friendly, but also healthy and nutritious. (We promise, we won’t tell.) We’ve gathered a list of some of our favorites. Take a look:

Skip the Sandwich

Traditional PB&Js are a thing of the past. Switch it up and surprise the kiddos with lunchtime variations, like flatbreads and wraps, that aren’t your typical sandwich. Try this Rotisserie Chicken Club Wrap or fun, portable Hot Dog Wrap for the picky eaters in the family. Or try a creative, portable take on pizza with this Pizza Quesadilla. For another untraditional take on a classic lunch, try these Grilled Cheese Roll Ups and serve with a side of tomato soup for dipping!

Build Your Own

Store-bought lunch packs can get expensive, and most are packed with excess sodium and sugar. So why not make your own? Enlist the kids and make a day of it! This ham, cheese and cracker-variation will be a hit with the kids. Use cupcake wrappers to compartmentalize each item, just like the store-bought packs. The sky is the limit with different alternatives, from build-your-own pizza to mini pancake dunkers!

On the Sweet Side

Just like a trusty sidekick, a lunch is only as great as its sides, and more specifically, its dessert. Add a sweet treat to their lunch with unique and healthy snacks that your little ones won’t even know are healthy! Like Nutella & Banana “Sushi,” Chocolate-Dipped Mandarin Slices or Avocado Brownies

Move-in Ready Home: Artisan at Morrison Ranch in Gilbert


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Catch a glimpse inside this week’s move-in ready home in the Artisan at Morrison Ranch community. Nestled in the fast-growing city of Gilbert, this two-story home boasts over 3,000 square feet of space, four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, den, upstairs loft and a 3-car garage. Designed for utmost comfort, ease and convenience, the home includes a multitude of plush features, stylish finishing touches and Energy Star® certification for optimum energy and cost efficiency. 

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Make the gourmet kitchen the social hub of the house, with an open floor plan connecting the dining and great rooms. The kitchen is equipped with gourmet gas appliances, walk-in pantry and a sizable island for prepping, chopping or just visiting. Amenities don’t stop in the kitchen, however. Enjoy upgraded floor tile throughout the home, large laundry room, alternate master bath, covered backyard patio and more.  

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Since houses aren’t one-size-fits-all, there are plenty of opportunities for customization in this home. Between the den, loft and spare bedrooms, you can create your dream home with amenities you’ve always wanted. From craft room, to kids’ playroom to at-home office, use the ample space in this home to turn “one day” into today. 

Interested in a tour or have any questions? Visit our website for more information or contact Pam Meyer, our New Homes Specialist, by email or phone (480) 889-3713.

 

Peoria: In the Hood


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Conveniently situated on the edge of Phoenix in the heart of the Salt River Valley, Peoria is an exciting suburb that offers an endless mix of outdoor recreation and big-city fun.  From hiking and biking along the city’s interconnected multi-use trail system to enjoying world-class shopping, dining and sports entertainment, there is always something thrilling to do in one of the most vibrant cities in the state. We have put together a list of a few things to do to stay entertained in Peoria. Check it out:

Lake Pleasant
Also referred to as the “Jewel in the Desert,” Lake Pleasant stretches across 10,000 acres, offering 116 miles of shoreline and aquatic fun for the entire family. Families can rent a boat, Jet Ski or kayak at Pleasant Harbor or fire up the grill at any of the 148 campsites located at Lake Pleasant Camp Ground.

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The Valley of the Sun is famous for its Major League Baseball (MLB) Spring Training season, attracting 15 MLB teams and tens of thousands of tourists annually. Residents of Peoria enjoy easy access to dozens of games per year at Peoria Sports Complex, which is home to both the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners. In addition to MLB’s spring training games and Arizona Summer League, the park offers year-round events, including other sporting events, concerts, art shows, car and RV shows, private events and more.

Golf
It’s always tee-time for Peoria residents, thanks to the more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Considered by many as a golf lover’s paradise, the Phoenix metropolitan area offers more than 185 golf courses, many of which are award-winning and located within minutes of Peoria. From traditional links-style to wide-open desert or winding lakeside courses, there’s a golf course for every type of golfer.

Arizona Broadway Theatre
Nothing tops live entertainment and Arizona Broadway Theatre is no exception. This beautiful performance space is a one-of-a-kind venue combining quality dining and professional theatre – at a great value. From the design of the lobby to the show selections, Arizona Broadway Theatre truly brings the essence of Broadway to Peoria. Visitors will enjoy shows like Shrek The Musical, A Christmas Story, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and much more.

Hiking
Lace up your shoes and hit the trails, because Peoria is home to some amazing, scenic parks perfect for hiking, biking or even horseback riding. Not sure where to start? Check out the City of Peoria’s website for a list of trails, safety tips and park rules.  

Excitement is building for our latest Peoria community, The Meadows. Models in our first phase are under construction and are on track to open in the fall. Sign-up to stay up-to-date on the developments. 

Industry Update: Housing Market Reaches New Heights


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The housing market reached new heights in June, with sales for new single-family homes rising to their highest level in more than eight-and-a-half years, according to Reuters. While experts agreed that an upswing was in the forecast, few expected such a strong performance.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDC), new home sales rose 3.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,00 units –  32,000 higher than the 560,000 predicted by economists in a recent Reuters poll.

As a result of June’s increase, new home sales were up 25.4 percent year over year, leaving the second quarter well above the average for the first three months of the year.

So, what’s fueling the housing market’s momentum? Experts say the tightening of labor market conditions and near-record-low mortgage rates are playing a role overall, with new home sales likely profiting from a consistent shortage of available, previously owned homes.

Housing starts also rose in June, up 4.8 percent from the month before to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1.189 million, the USDC said. That jump surpassed the modest .9 percent forecast from economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal.

“Homebuilding continues to gradually recover from the housing bust that accompanied the Great Recession,” PNC Bank Chief Economist Stuart Hoffman told the Wall Street Journal. “Demand for new single-family homes is slowly but steadily improving.”

Move-in Ready Home at Verrado Palisades


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Small town charm, neighborhood parks, local restaurants and friendly neighbors. These are just a few of the perks that come with this week’s move-in ready home, located in our Verrado Palisades community at Verrado in Buckeye, Arizona. This West Valley home offers more than 2,600 square feet, a 3-car garage, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Plenty of space, style and functionality throughout the entire home.

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Whether you’re getting the kids ready for school or entertaining family and friends, you’ll love spending time in this gourmet kitchen. Upgrades include granite countertops, gourmet gas cooktop, expanded lower cabinets for plenty of storage and a convenient nook area for casual or formal dining.

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The upgrades don’t stop in the kitchen. The master bedroom will be your true sanctuary away from all the activity. The master bathroom features a frameless shower, beautiful tile detail and rectangular sinks that add even more style to the already-stylish home.

This home, and all of its amenities, will be one your family can enjoy for many years to come. For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact our New Homes Specialist, Pam Meyer, via email or phone at (480) 889-3713.

More Big News at The Meadows


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As construction gets underway on the models at The Meadows in Peoria this month, we have another exciting announcement: we have closed on two more land parcels at Deer Valley Road and 91st Avenue, bringing our total number of homesites at The Meadows to 472.

This $31 million acquisition, combined with a separate $17 million land purchase 15 months earlier at the same location, represents a $48 million investment in The Meadows (and the largest homebuilder land transaction in Peoria since before the Great Recession). It also underscores our enthusiasm for the fast-growing North Peoria region (an area of town we like to call NoPo).

NoPo is becoming one of the metro area’s most sought-after destinations for its blend of year-round recreation and entertainment opportunities. Active families and weekend warriors alike flock to the area where Lake Pleasant stretches across 10,000 acres, offering an oasis of recreation activities, from wake boarding, water skiing and kayaking, to fishing, sailing and paddle boarding.

Beyond the waterfront, this part of the city boasts multiple desert parks that provide easy access to hiking trails and horseback facilities via multiuse paths that skirt the area’s regional and municipal parks. Peoria’s park system is praised for seamlessly blending the surrounding natural beauty with the city’s burgeoning urban lifestyle – which is fast-becoming a national destination for its mix of urban amenities and resort-like lifestyle. Peoria also lays claim to the Challenger Space Center, a rich cultural scene, top-rated golf courses and sports centers, attractive dining and retail hubs, and an emerging market of high-wage companies and major employment corridors.

The Phoenix Business Journal recently reported that the City of Peoria is in discussion with a private company to develop a lure for innovation, medical technology and growing businesses in the heart of the P83 district near Bell Road and 83rd Avenue, which serves as a gateway to NoPo and many of the city’s entertainment options.

“P83 is going to be a magnet for us,” Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat told the Business Journal. “It’s in the middle of a well-developed area with shopping, dining and close to a wide variety of housing types and price ranges.” She went on to say that if Peoria gets the right types of jobs, millennials will stay in the area to live and work.

We couldn't agree more, Mayor, and look forward to supporting your vision for Peoria’s future.

Ask Andy: How to Choose a Homebuilder


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For most people, buying a new home is a big decision and can be one of largest purchases a person will make in their lifetime. But with so many choices available, how can a buyer feel confident in their selection?

We sat down with Maracay Homes President Andy Warren to discuss this very topic:

Andy, what should homebuyers do first when shopping for a newly built home?
For starters, choosing to do business with a reputable homebuilder is a great way to gain peace of mind. Of course, you’ll need to do your research, which starts with making a list of possible homebuilders in your area of interest. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recommends that you look through ads and read the articles of local news outlets to gain an understanding of which homebuilders are active in your area, the style of homes they build and the prices you might pay.

Should buyers contact a real estate agent?
Absolutely! It’s a great idea to find a real estate agent who can help you in your search. But first, talk with friends and family members, as they may be able to recommend an agent who’s right for you. Once you’ve found an agent, be sure to ask them about their impressions of the builders in your area.

What should buyers look for in a new home?
It’s important to look at how the builder uses space, which can help you decide whether the types of homes they build fit your needs and the needs of your family. The only way to truly get a feel for that is to tour the builders’ model homes. Quality and value are also important. While you’re touring the homes, the NAHB recommends that you evaluate the quality of the homes’ construction and inspect the types of finishes, including the cabinetry and trim. And, don’t forget to ask about the home warranty coverage – this can save you a lot of headaches down the road.

Is there anything else to keep in mind?
If you have questions for the builder, don’t be afraid to ask – there are no dumb questions. And, remember to have fun. This is an exciting time for your family and you should enjoy it. 

Ready to start building your home? Contact our New Homes Specialist, Pam Meyer, at (480) 889-3713.

Live Like a Local: Queen Creek


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Queen Creek truly has the best of both worlds. Conveniently located just outside the big-city hustle and bustle of Phoenix, this Southeast Valley community is relaxed, rural and full of small-town charm. It’s a shop-local, know-your-farmer type of place, with plenty of small businesses to patronize and lots of home-grown goods for sale. We rounded up a few of our favorite local QC spots from the area. Take a look:

  • Schnepf Farms: A true Arizona treasure, Schnepf Farms offers visitors the chance to pick their own herbs, fruits and vegetables from their “UPICK” organic gardens and orchards. Choose from fresh spinach, beets, carrots, artichokes, tomatoes, squash and more and only pay $1.50 for your haul. In addition to providing opportunities to gather fresh produce, Schnepf hosts many farm festivals and tours, including its very popular Peach Festival, hayrides and other seasonal festivities. Click here to learn more about Schnepf Farms.
  • Queen Creek Olive Mill: Queen Creek Olive Mill not only brings locally made, fresh- pressed extra virgin olive oil to the community, it also offers daily tours, private tasting events, social events with live music, delicious food and so much more. Schedule a tour and learn about the history of the company, as well as the qualities, standards and health benefits of olive oil. You’ll finish the tour in the Mill’s Market Café, where you can purchase a wide range of products, from stuffed olives, olive oil, tapenades, gift sets and skincare products. Hungry for more? Stay for lunch. Here’s a menu.
  • Third Place Cup Coffee Shop: Do you think there is nothing better than a great cup of coffee? If the answer is yes, then we highly recommend a visit to Third Place Cup Coffee for fresh and locally roasted coffee. Third Place Cup prides itself on its passionate baristas, local live music and friendly, comfortable atmosphere.  In addition to brewing a tasty cup of coffee, the shop offers open mic nights throughout the week. You don’t want to miss out on sipping in this local gem and taking in all it has to offer.
  • Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre: This state-of-the-art, 36-acre center features endless opportunities for horseback riding and other special events, like RV and car shows, home shows, concerts and more. With plenty of events year-round, you’ll have a hard time staying away from this majestic facility. Take a look at its events calendar.
  • San Tan Historical Society Museum: Photographs, ancient artifacts, pottery and other items are on display for visitors to get a taste of the rich history surrounding the San Tan Mountain area. The museum is open to the public every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free of charge. 
  • The Bistro Queen Creek: Enjoy coffee, wine, from-scratch fresh menu items and a cozy patio at this family-owned restaurant. The Bistro is open for breakfast and lunch and offers daily specials like a hearty breakfast pizza and ham benedicts. Visit its Facebook page to stay in the loop on special menu items. 

Groundbreaking: The Meadows


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Finding the perfect home is all about location, location, location. Maracay Homes President Andy Warren couldn’t have said it better when he spoke to a crowd of people in Peoria last week, reminding them that it all starts with a great community.

Of course he was referring to the city of Peoria, where Maracay proudly broke ground on its newest residential community, The Meadows, a 173-homesite community situated in the city’s fast-growing northern district, commonly referred to as NoPo. Peoria City Mayor Cathy Carlat and the city’s Willow District Councilmember John Edwards joined the celebration, welcoming the Arizona homebuilder with a few words and the turning of the first sod.

So, what can buyers expect from Maracay’s new digs? A whole lot of space. In fact, The Meadows will feature some of the largest homesites Maracay has ever built on, with more than a half-acre of land on the largest lots. With so much space, homebuyers can expect plenty of options for storage and upgrades, including detached or attached accessory garages to accommodate boat or RV storage, more elbow room between homes and large backyards for family fun. Other luxurious options include indoor/outdoor fireplaces, six-foot-long free-standing bath tubs, corner sliding glass doors, bonus rooms and more, depending on the plan.

Surrounded by spectacular desert views and set within the center of one of the metro area’s most sought after destinations, The Meadows affords residents an unmatched opportunity to enjoy northwest Peoria’s year-round recreation. Active families and weekend warriors alike flock to the area where Lake Pleasant stretches across 10,000 acres offering an oasis of recreation activities, from wake boarding, water skiing and kayaking, to fishing, sailing, paddle boarding and much more.

Beyond the waterfront, this part of the city boasts multiple desert parks that provide easy access to hiking trails and horseback facilities via multiuse paths that skirt the area’s regional and municipal parks. Whether hiking, biking, picnicking or observing nature, Peoria’s park system is praised for seamlessly blending the surrounding natural beauty with the city’s burgeoning urban lifestyle – which is fast-becoming a national destination for its mix of urban amenities and resort-like lifestyle. Peoria also lays claim to the Challenger Space Center, a rich cultural scene, top-rated golf courses and sports centers, attractive dining and retail hubs, and an emerging market of high-wage companies and major employment corridors.

For additional information on The Meadows, please contact Maracay Homes New Homes Specialist Pam Meyer at NewHomes@MaracayHomes.com or by calling (480) 889-3713.