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.

 

In The Hood: July


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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:

Glendale
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.

Tucson
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


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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.

For more information, click here.

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.

For more information about any of our neighborhoods, please visit us at www.maracayhomes.com.

Father’s Day Grilling Recipes


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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


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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 GreatSchools.org. The site contains profiles on more than 5,000 public, public charter and private schools.

Find the right neighboorhood for you at www.MaracayHomes.com.