Join us This Weekend at Eastmark

Home Tour Weekend - Kinetic

What’s better than food trucks and live music? Food trucks, live music and gorgeous model homes, that’s what!

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, come on out to Mesa and join us for the Eastmark Home Tour Weekend, running today through Sunday. We’ll be there showing off our Kinetic Point, Curie Court, Lumiere Garden and Aileron Square neighborhoods, and meeting with folks who share our passion for thoughtfully designed homes and master-planned living. Eastmark has been recognized as one of the finest master-planned communities in the state, and once you visit, you’ll understand why.

Stop by the Eastmark Visitors Center at Ray and Ellsworth roads to pick up your Home Tour map. Self-guided tours run today 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Tonight, stick around after the home tours to grab a bite to eat from the on-site food trucks, and enjoy a free concert under the stars by The Police Experience. Food will be provided by Charred Woodfired Pizza, L.A. Roots, Burgers Amore, Whiskey Ranch BBQ, Frosted Frenzy and The Treatery. Beer and wine will be available to adults over 21, and Hensley Distributing will donate all proceeds from alcohol sales to Mesa’s Save the Family Foundation.

Kids can cool off in Eastmark’s splash pad, but please leave pets at home.

Hope to see you this weekend!

Move-in Ready Home of the Week

They say patience is a virtue, but when it comes to moving into your dream home, we understand it’s hard to wait. That’s why we offer move-in ready homes — like this 3,275-square-foot beauty in Mesa — that are newly completed and ready when you are.

Kinetic Point - Front

Located in our Kinetic Point neighborhood at Eastmark, which was recently ranked among the nation’s 20 top-selling master-planned communities, this spacious home boasts four bedrooms, three bathrooms, loft and den and plentiful upgrades to match. 

The home is equipped with a beautiful, gourmet kitchen featuring granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas cooktop, upgraded cabinets and direct access to the nook, great room and formal dining room.

Kinetic Point - Kitchen

If storage is what you need, look no further. This layout offers plentiful storage space, with four walk-in closets and a butler pantry. Add in the thoughtful detailing, like two-tone interior paint, upgraded stair railing, soft water loop, 22” tile and front yard landscape, and you’ll be the envy of your enclave.

Kinetic Point - Living RoomInterested in a tour? Visit our website for more information or contact Amanda O’Halloran by email at or phone (480) 840-9647.

Kinetic Point at Eastmark
10309 E. Kinetic Drive, Mesa, AZ  85212

Things To Do – October


It’s almost October, which means cooler temperatures and great fall events! Looking for something fun to do? Take a peek at what’s happening near our Maracay Home neighborhoods:

Oktoberfest Carnival
October 9 – October 11
From shopping and sangria to a car show and a town carnival, this weekend event in Buckeye is one you don’t want to miss. Click here to see all of the events, admission prices and timing.

Chandler Farmers Market
Thursday, October 1, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Starting in October, every Thursday through the end of May will feature over 40 vendors selling a variety of specialty items, fresh and local produce, baked goods and more. The free event takes place on the east side of Dr. A. J. Chandler Park. For more information, click here.

Greek Festival of Chandler – A Taste of Greece
October 2 – October 4
Get ready to OPA! This family-friendly event at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church offers a weekend of celebration that includes traditional Greek cuisine, live music, shopping and dancing. For two free admissions and to learn more event details, click here.

Gilbert Fall Carnival
October 8 – October 11
Crossroads Park will transform into an exciting carnival all weekend long. Enjoy a Ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl and more thrill-seeking rides. You can even test your skills at the traditional carnival games for a chance to win fun prizes. Admission is free. Learn more.

21st Annual Front Porch Festival
Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Front Porch Festival and Old Towne Marketplace in Historic Downtown Glendale is the perfect time to enjoy the cooler weather, stroll the neighborhood, see autumn décor and sample delicious food and treats. Get more information.

Eastmark First Friday Concert
Friday, October 2, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
You can’t beat a night under the stars with great music, family and friends at the Eastmark Great Park®. The Police Experience will be providing the tunes and there will be plenty of food trucks lined up to satisfy your appetite. The concert is free and open to the public. Learn more.

Dia de Los Muertos Festival
October 24 – October 25
The Day of the Dead Festival is a colorful celebration at Mesa Arts Center. You’ll enjoy live music, delicious food, stunning costumes, crafts and jewelry. The festival is free and even offers free parking. For timing and location, click here.

Trick or Treat Main Street
Saturday, October 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A safe, daytime Halloween celebration for you and your kids.  Businesses all along Main Street will be handing out candy. Don’t forget to come in costume! More details.

Queen Creek
Food Truck Olivepalooza!
October 10 – October 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., both days
The Queen Creek Olive Mill is kicking off the harvest season with a two-day festival featuring food trucks from all across the Valley. Eat great food, drink local craft beer, play fun games and get a tour of the Mill. Get more info.

Tucson Meet Yourself
October 9 – October 11
An annual celebration in Downtown Tucson that showcases what living in Southern Arizona is all about. The three-day event will feature local artists, chefs, musicians, dancers, exhibits and more. To see what’s new and exciting at this year’s event, click here.

Industry Update


Both builder confidence and new home sales are trending upward, according to the most recent industry figures. Add in a budding economy and you’ve got a recipe for a healthy real estate market that could continue to gain steam as the year closes out.

Recent data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau found that newly built, single-family home sales rose 5.7 percent in August, indicating the release of pent-up housing demand as the economy strengthens, consumer confidence grows and mortgage rates remain low.

Additionally, September’s National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), which measures builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes, revealed a one-point increase to a level of 62 – its highest reading in a decade. The index has remained above 50 – the line between positive and negative – since July of 2014.

The only concern is that some National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) members are nervous about the availability of lots and labor, said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods. However, experts still remain optimistic about future growth.

"NAHB is projecting about 1.1 million total housing starts this year,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe, in a press release. “Today's report is consistent with our forecast, and barring any unexpected jolts, we expect housing to keep moving forward at a steady, modest rate through the end of the year.”


Move-in Ready Home of the Week

Big families need big homes, with plenty of room to spread out, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at this move-in ready home in Layton Lakes in Chandler. The house sits on a 1/2-acre lot and features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a great room, den and three-car tandem garage.  All 3,178 square feet are located on a single level,  with 10’ ceilings throughout.

Layton Lakes Chandler Front

Extra space is everywhere. The four-foot extended kitchen nook is the perfect place for quick family meals. The gourmet stainless steel appliances and granite kitchen countertops will make cooking a true delight.

Layton Lakes Chandler Kitchen

This master bathroom sits off the extended master bedroom and features double sinks, a walk-in shower and 8’ interior doors. What’s better than a walk-in closet? A separate shoe closet!

Layton Lakes Chandler Master Bath

Beautiful inside and out, this spacious home is full of possibilities. To learn more, or to see the full floor plan, click here.

Interested in a tour? Contact Andy Quigley by email at or call 480-553-7229.

Layton Lakes
3492 S. Pinnacle Drive, Chandler, AZ  85286


Welcome to your New Neighborhood!

Sendera Place Great Room

The boxes are unpacked. The pictures are hung. Now, it’s time to get to know your new neighborhood! Nervous? That’s natural. Equal parts exhilarating and nerve-racking, being the new kid on the block means you get the thrill of exploring new surroundings – as well as the mild anxiety of navigating the physical and social aspects of an unfamiliar setting.

It’s a little like the first day of school. Or starting a new job. You know you’ll eventually settle in to a familiar routine, but the question is when. And how. These helpful tips may ease your transition, whether your journey takes you around the block or across the country:

  1. Think like an explorer, live like a local. One of the best things about moving to a new neighborhood is the opportunity to find “your” places, as in your favorite local grocery store, your favorite date night restaurant, your favorite dry cleaner and more. There are many ways to conduct this search. Pull out a map, cruise the Internet or better yet, get in your car and drive around your neighborhood, looking for interesting places to explore. Another fine idea: ask a local for a referral. This not only opens the door for conversation, it also nets a personal recommendation.
  2. If you want to have a friend, be a friend. Making relationships is one of the fastest ways to feel at home in a new place, and you don’t necessarily need to wait for your neighbors to make the first move. Start with a friendly wave or greeting. An introduction and an invitation to get together sometime for a cup of coffee are even better.  And who says you can’t be the one to break the ice by bringing cookies to your new neighbors!
  3. Branch out, establish new roots. Another way to connect with people is to get involved in the greater community. Join a newcomers group, volunteer at your child’s school, strike up a conversation at the dog park or take a special-interest class through your city’s Parks and Recreation department. You’ll meet people with common interests and have fun while you’re at it.
  4. Be patient, you will adjust. Finally, realize that settling in to a new place is a process that takes time. Approaching that process with a little bit of patience and a large sense of adventure will help you — and your family members – find your new comfort zone, wherever you live.



Move-in Ready Home of the Week

Deseo at Sabino Canyon Front

Welcome to this week’s featured, move-in ready home, located  at our Deseo at Sabino Canyon neighborhood in Tucson’s Catalina foothills.  Ample space and an abundance of upgraded amenities are just the beginning. 

Deseo at Sabino Canyon Kitchen

Part of Maracay Homes’ New Arizona Living Collection, this home’s popular  Pinnacle floor plan boasts four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, expansive great room, covered back patio, den and four-car garage. 

Deseo at Sabino Canyon Master Bath

Gorgeous trimmings are around every corner, from the decorative iron entry door to the granite countertops throughout the gourmet kitchen and master bathroom. Additional features include upgraded tile surrounding the master bath, custom tile backsplash in the kitchen, bay window in the master bedroom and stainless steel kitchen appliances.

Sound like your dream home? Come visit today! For more information or to schedule a tour, visit out website or call Katie Browning, our sales associate, at (520) 546-2422.

7231 E. Crooked Creek Ct.
Tucson, AZ 85750 

Best Real Estate Apps

computer couple

Technology. It’s all around us, influencing our behaviors, shaping industries and propelling us toward new frontiers. That notion is especially evident in today’s housing industry, where consumers are showing up in the digital world to search for listings, calculate mortgage costs, decipher real estate terms and research locations. And it’s not just a few savvy shoppers, either.

In fact, 90 percent of homebuyers searched online during their home-buying process, according to a recent study from the National Association of Realtor. The study also revealed real estate-related searches on Google grew 253 percent over a four-year period. And now, mobile technology has flooded the market, allowing buyers to use specific apps during every phase of the home-buying experience. With so many tools to choose from, how can anyone really know what’s right for them?

Here are just a few of the apps designed to assist with the home search and buying process:

Zillow: Offering a live database of more than 110 million U.S. homes, Zillow is the leading multi-listing service app. It serves the whole lifecycle of owning and living in a home, from buying, selling, renting, financing and more.

Homesnap: Like many other real estate apps, Homesnap is great for searching home listings, but with an added feature. Buyers can snap a photo of any home in the nation and receive instant property details, including home values, school ratings, similar listings and more.

AroundMe: Finding the perfect location for your family is just as important as finding the right home. AroundMe identifies where you are and shows you a list of nearby businesses and attractions, complete with distances from your current location. Whether looking for the nearest coffee shop, hospital, hotel or restaurant, this free app will find it and give you GPS directions.

Dictionary of Real Estate Terms: The real estate industry is a complex one filled with its own language of terms. Keeping up with each term can be nearly impossible. For $3.99, this app puts more than 3,000 real estate terms in the palm of your hand, allowing you to confidently make offers on, finance or close on a house.

Bonus Rooms and Lofts

Who among us doesn’t yearn for a little extra space? A place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  A place to lose ourselves in a favorite hobby. Or to corral and entertain the kids when our homes become known as the “fun one” on the block.

That’s the beauty of bonus rooms. As the name suggests, bonus rooms (including lofts) provide that little something extra in a home. Whether you’re looking to create the perfect spot to cozy up with a good book, binge-watch Netflix, host a family sing-along or shoot a few games of pool, we’ve got you covered with these fun bonus room/loft ideas.

Pool Room, Northlands

Family pool room, Northlands

TV Loft, Sendera Place

TV Viewing loft, Sendera Place

Karaoke Room - Gilbert, Bridges

Karaoke corner, Arch Crossing at Bridges at Gilbert

Bonus Room, Verrado Palisades

Adventure-planning headquarters, Verrado Palisades

Live Like A Local: Northlands in Peoria

Northlands Back Patio

Once a small farming community, Peoria has become one of Arizona’s largest cities. With excellent schools, quality employment opportunities, numerous sports facilities and world-class entertainment options, the Phoenix suburb has even grabbed the attention of national publications like Money magazine, which listed it among the 100 “Best Places to Live” in 2008.

In addition to the wonderful big-city amenities, Peoria also boasts a world of recreational opportunities, as it rests on the northwest edge of Phoenix, next to the beautiful Calderwood Butte and expansive Lake Pleasant – the state’s second largest lake. From hiking and biking along the city’s 35 miles of trails to boating and water skiing at the lake, Peoria is an outdoor-lover’s paradise.

Sounds like an oasis in the desert, right? That’s exactly what we thought when we decided to build our Northlands community in the heart of this beautiful city. While we could go on all day about what makes this place so great, we figure it’s best to hear from those who live it everyday.

Here’s a list of top local spots from our Northlands community residents:

Lake Pleasant – Just 20 minutes from the Northlands community, Lake Pleasant is the perfect escape for friends and family looking to enjoy the great outdoors. The Pleasant Harbor Marina offers a restaurant, bar, store, boat and kayak rentals, and even a concierge service to help you plan your day.

Lakeside Bar & Grill – Located just one mile from the Northlands community, this sophisticated “Lakeside” atmosphere is one of the Northwest Valley’s top local spots. Whether celebrating a special occasion or just meeting the neighbors, the Lakeside Bar & Grill is the perfect local venue. The restaurant has two comfortable patios and offers an array of menu options, including fresh Mexican, Italian and American favorites.

Calderwood Butte – Northlands residents enjoy easy access to the Calderwood Butte, which practically rests in their backyard. Peaking at 1,611 feet, the mountain features a number of hiking trails perfect for all experience levels.

Challenger Space Station – This public museum is one of only three Smithsonian Institution Affiliates in the greater Phoenix area. The station offers quality exhibits and programs, including simulated space missions that allow people of all ages to experience flying to space with flight crews, mission controllers and scientists. On weekends, the Challenger Space Station also hosts entertaining and interactive astronomy nights that are fun for the whole family.

Peoria Sports Complex – The first Major League Baseball spring training and development center shared by two teams, Peoria Sports Complex hosts both the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners every spring. Games are inexpensive and fun for the whole family. In addition to the spring training games, the complex also hosts a variety of other local baseball leagues, concerts, art shows, car and RV shows, bike races, outdoor wedding and receptions, group events and charity fundraisers.