Industry Update: From Worst to Best


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The Valley of the Sun is shining once again and it has nothing to do with the weather. According to a new ranking from BankRate.com, a leading consumer financial service company, Phoenix’s housing market went from one of the worst to one of the best in just under ten years.

The 2016 report listed Phoenix just behind Portland, Oregon, at number two overall – up from its lowest point back in 2007, when Phoenix was commonly referred to as “ground zero” for the nation’s housing collapse.

So, what has changed? A lot, in fact. Bankrate compared U.S. states using several concrete indicators, including property tax costs, appreciation and foreclosure rates.

The site not only found Phoenix’s home values had a higher-than-average increase, but the state’s property taxes were among the lowest. Additionally, Phoenix’s foreclosure rate hovered toward the bottom of the list, dropping to its lowest since pre-recession levels in 2006, before Phoenix became the poster-child for “boomtowns gone bust.”

Other indicators that helped Phoenix rise up the ranks include affordability, energy prices and cost of insurance.

Of course, we don’t need a national ranking system to know Phoenix is a great place to live. We’ve had our roots planted here for more than 25 years and continue to build beautiful single-family homes throughout the premier regions of metro Phoenix and greater Tucson. With 16 Maracay Homes communities and more than 9,000 homes built, it’s safe to say that Phoenix tops our list of best places for homeowners.

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


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This move-in ready home – with its 2,685 square feet of gorgeous tile and carpet flooring– is sure to impress you and any guests that step through the front door.  

Stunning dark wood cabinets present a beautiful contrast to the lighter-colored flooring, especially in the kitchen, which opens to a great room that allows for lots of interaction with family and guests.

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Keep the sliding doors open in the living area so you can gaze into the roomy backyard, perfect for entertaining or just relaxing outside in the Arizona sunshine. When it’s time to come inside, unwind in the bathtub located in the spacious, luxurious master bathroom.

With three bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this home has plenty of space for hobbies and overnight guests. What are you waiting for? This house is ready to become your home today — just in time for the holidays!

Are you ready? Click here to take a virtual tour or contact our New Home Specialist, Pam Meyer, via email or phone at (480) 889-3713 to schedule your visit.

Move-in Ready Home of the Week: Artisan at Morrison Ranch


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Step inside this week’s move in ready home, located in Arizona’s charming town of Gilbert. A beautiful new home in Artisan at Morrison Ranch, this single-story home features plentiful amenities and space to match, at 2,057 square feet.

Its distinctive exterior lends itself nicely to the unique appeal this home’s interior holds. With three bedrooms, three bathrooms, expansive great room and den, the options are endless for creating a space that fits your lifestyle and your family. Speaking of options, we’ve further enhanced your future abode with a few additional conveniences like an expanded laundry room, garage service door, 8’ interior doors and 12’ sliding glass door at the great room.

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The open floor plan seamlessly blends the great room with the kitchen and kitchen nook, creating an inviting space for entertaining or family nights. The gourmet kitchen features beautiful granite countertops, a spacious island for prep and serving, gas appliances and more. As an added bonus, we also expanded the kitchen pantry to fit all of your family’s favorite snacks and meal-time staples.

With fall quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to move into your new home ahead of the holidays. Coincidentally, this home is completed and ready to be occupied. Just contact our New Home Specialist, Pam Meyer, via phone at (480) 889-3713 or email and start packing! 

The Meadows: Join Us This Weekend!


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Spacious model homes with attached and detached accessory garages. Oversize and traditional size homesites with generous backyards for outdoor fun. A tasty barbecue lunch, and cold drinks to quench your thirst. Plus a huge, colorful mural, perfect for family photo ops. These are just a few of the attractions to see this weekend at the grand opening celebration of our newest Peoria residential community, The Meadows.

The festivities begin this Saturday, Sept. 17, with a neighborhood gathering from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to enjoying lunch from noon to 3 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to tour the four new model homes, learn more about all of the community amenities, and mix and mingle with potential new neighbors. But that’s not all. Visitors will also get the chance to view and take photos in front of Maracay’s 125-foot-long, hand-painted mural highlighting six attributes that make Peoria such a great place to live, work and play.

In case it’s not obvious, we’re eager to share The Meadows with you for many reasons. For starters, The Meadows is situated in the fast-growing north Peoria region – 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, highly rated schools and sports centers, attractive dining and retail hubs, and an emerging market of high-wage companies and major employment corridors.

The first phase of our Meadows development includes 173 traditional and oversize homesites featuring all single-story homes. The largest lots offer more than a half-acre of land, providing plenty of room for detached or attached accessory garages to accommodate boat or RV storage, more elbow room between homes, and large backyards for family fun. Eight distinct single-story floor plans range from approximately 2,500 to more than 4,500 square feet and include FlexDesign® selections for optimum customization. Luxurious options, including indoor/outdoor fireplaces, six-foot-long free-standing bath tubs, corner sliding glass doors, and more, are available, depending on the plan. The Meadows is a natural gas community, where all homes are Energy Star® certified and include Maracay Homes’ LivingSmart® program for high performance and cost efficiency.

For those who are interested in the community but can’t make it out this weekend, full interactive floor plans and details are available at www.MaracayHomes.com. Maracay is also in the process of developing a second phase at The Meadows featuring 299 additional homesites that will be available for sales in late 2017.

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

 

Move-In Ready Home of the Week: Cholla at Verrado Palisades


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This beautiful home speaks for itself. Located in Buckeye’s acclaimed Verrado master-planned community, this week’s featured move-in ready home is just under 3,000 square feet and has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a 3-car garage and so much more throughout the open floorplan.

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Entertain to your heart’s content using the gourmet gas cooktop and stainless steel kitchen appliances, double oven, upgraded granite kitchen countertops, 42” upper cabinets and extended nook. Plus, take a look at the custom backsplash. This is truly a dream kitchen.

Continue to move through the home and you’ll notice all of the attention to detail. Stunning light fixtures, large staggered tile, two-tone interior paint and convenient sliding glass doors that allow tons of sunshine to fill the home and provide easy access to the backyard for outdoor entertaining.

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We have a feeling this large and luxurious master bath will be one of your favorite places to retreat after a busy day. The frameless walk-in shower adds character and beauty to this personal space. Prefer a bubble bath? This bathroom offers the best of both worlds.

Like what you see? Click here to take a virtual tour or contact our New Home Specialist, Pam Meyer, via email or phone at (480) 889-3713 to schedule your visit. 

Mural at The Meadows in Peoria


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There’s no place like home, and nowhere is that more true than in Peoria, Arizona, where residents maintain a level of civic pride that’s unmatched – and with good reason. Offering an endless mix of outdoor recreation, family entertainment and big-city amenities, along with diverse employment options and amazing public schools, Peoria truly is an idyllic American town.

And, as we prepare to unveil The Meadows, a collection of 173 large and traditional-size homesites located in Peoria’s fast-growing northern region, we felt we wanted to show our appreciation for a city that has so much to offer. So, in the days leading up to our community grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 17, we will be working with a team of talented artists to paint a giant mural along a wall outside our model home complex.

This is no small endeavor. Spanning 125 feet long and standing eight feet tall, the mural will display six points of pride that show why Peoria is such a great place to live, work and play. From scenes of Lake Pleasant and the Sunset Mountain Preserve to images of P83, the Challenger Space Center, Liberty High School, and Cactus League and Spring Training, the masterpiece will surely become a Peoria point of pride in its own right.

Want to see for yourself? We’ll reveal the finished work of art on Facebook on Friday, Sept 16.
#NoPoAZ, #MaracayLivesLocal, #WeArePeoria.

But even better, we invite you to come see it in person at the grand opening event, scheduled for  10 a.m. – 6 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 17. The Meadows is located at the northwest corner of Deer Valley Road and 91st Avenue in Peoria. For more information on The Meadows, please visit www.MaracayHomes.com.

September: In The Hood


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Summer break may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. With September’s arrival comes cooler weather, plus, a multitude of fun activities around our Maracay Homes neighborhoods. Get a workout, get messy, or just get down with some music, there’s so much fun to be had this month. Check it out: 

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2nd Friday Night Out In Mesa
Friday, September 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bring family and friends to experience the best of downtown Mesa during 2nd Friday Night Out. Featuring more than 60 artists showcasing original artwork, food vendors, live music, and more, there’s fun for everyone. Walk around Main Street or browse Downtown Mesa shops that are open late.

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Fiesta Peoria
Saturday, September 24 from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Food, culture and fun, what more could you want in an event? Experience the legacy of Mexico and Latin America at Fiesta Peoria, a celebration of their rich Hispanic heritage and history. Along with live music and entertainment, attendees can experience arts and crafts vendors, delicious varieties of food, beer and margaritas, a rock wall and the kids zone, featuring inflatables, carnival rides and more. 

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Fitness in the District
Tuesday September 13 – Tuesday, September 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Break a sweat and have a blast this month at Fitness in the District at Westgate. Certified instructors will teach a 90-minute workout on stage with bumpin’ DJ beats, and a new theme to dress up for each month, from Football Frenzy to ‘80s Night! Make it a weekly family night – Fitness in the District is a free, family-friendly event every Tuesday evening through October.

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Messy Fest
Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It’s time to roll up your sleeves, grab the kids and get messy at Messy Fest! Perfect for kids and kids-at-heart, Messy Fess features all things cluttered, chaotic and untidy from massive mud pits, mashed-potato tug-of-war, food fights and more. Break free from the ordinary and focus your energy on fun – good, messy fun! Don’t worry, there will be two human “car washes” and a splash zone to tidy up afterwards. 

Move-in Ready Home of the Week: Marquis at Morrison Ranch


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Looking to live in one of the best places in America? This week’s featured move-in ready home is situated in the welcoming town of Gilbert, Arizona, inside our Marquis at Morrison Ranch community. This beautiful new home has four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a den, a 3-car garage and just over 2,521 square feet of living space.

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If you’re not dining at one of the many great restaurants in the area, you can cook up a storm in the gourmet kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with gas appliances, upgraded granite counter tops, a designer backsplash and beautiful pendant lights over the large center island. The dark floors are a great contrast to the stunning, Hazelnut-stained cabinets.

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Enjoy your culinary creations in the breakfast nook that is situated just off the kitchen and great room. The open floor plan allows easy access to every aspect of the home and you’ll appreciate the abundance of natural light filling every room through the large windows and sliding glass doors.

Ready to take a tour of this move-in ready home? Click here to take a virtual tour or contact our New Home Specialist, Pam Meyer via email or phone at (480) 889-3713 to schedule your visit. 

Center Pointe Vistoso Sells 100 Homes in 200 Days!


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We knew we had something special when we unveiled our Center Pointe Vistoso community to Oro Valley and Arizona homebuyers earlier this year. Now, just seven months later, buyers have spoken and they agree, wholeheartedly. Since January, we’ve sold an average of one new home every 48 hours (100 homes in 200 days) – a milestone that’s rarely reached by any community, even one as beautiful, diverse and well-located as Center Pointe Vistoso.

The success of the community not only offers a vivid snapshot of the national housing industry’s record-breaking growth, which saw 2016 new-home sales climb 9.3 percent in the second quarter compared to the first quarter, but also is driving the market recovery on a local level.

In fact, Center Pointe Vistoso accounts for 60 percent of Oro Valley’s residential building permit volume this year and 8.6 percent of new-home starts in Tucson, a city of more than 1 million people.

So, what is driving all of the interest? Here’s a quick look:

Prime Location

Center Pointe is located on one of the final and best parcels within Oro Valley’s celebrated Rancho Vistoso master-planned community. While the area has long been adored for its captivating views of the Catalina and Tortolita mountain ranges, homebuyers have had little opportunity for new-home purchases in the community, which has contributed to pent-up demand for several years. In addition to the beautiful Sonoran Desert landscape, more than 30 quality restaurants, from fast-casual to fine dining, are located within a short car ride from the neighborhood, and nearby recreational activities include Breakers Waterpark, Arizona State Museum at The University of Arizona and Biosphere 2, a state-of-the-art earth systems science research facility. Not to mention, residents enjoy more than a dozen premier golf courses, including three inside Rancho Vistoso – The Golf Club at Vistoso, The Views Golf Club and Stone Canyon Golf Club.

Product Diversity

The community comprises 343 premium homesites, located within six strategically planned gated neighborhoods.  Home sizes range from approximately 1,400 to 4,000 square feet, offering a style for every type of buyer, including singles, families and empty nesters. Additionally, our FlexDesign® floor plans cater to a variety of lifestyles, making for easy customization to meet every family’s individual needs. From expansive single-story executive-style layouts to low-maintenance and family-oriented plans, the designs from our New Arizona Living Collection keep pace with the tastes of today’s homebuyers. And, of course, all of our homes are Energy Star® certified and include Maracay Homes’ LivingSmart® program for high performance and cost efficiency.

Quality Amenities

The amenities at Center Pointe Vistoso are second to none. Each neighborhood is connected by a dynamic, multi-purpose trail system that passes by a butterfly garden and other gathering spots before leading to a 6,000-square-foot luxury swim complex with a splash pad and a large, grassy park with shaded playground equipment and picnic stations. Each home is thoughtfully designed to include features like front courtyards that create a welcoming approach, spacious great rooms for gathering with family and friends and walk-in kitchen pantries for extra storage. Other home amenities include bonus/teen/game rooms, generation suites or casitas, Jack-n-Jill bathrooms, 3- and 4-car garages and more, depending on the plan.

For additional information about Center Pointe Vistoso, please visit www.CenterPointeVistoso.com or www.MaracayHomes.com.

 

Move-in Ready Home of the Week: Kinetic Point at Eastmark


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This week’s featured move-in ready home is established in the beautiful Kinetic Point at Eastmark. Situated just 20 miles east of Phoenix in the suburb of Mesa, the home is packed with quality features, including 3,668 square feet of space spread throughout two levels. Five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a 2-car garage, plus gourmet appliances, granite countertops, a maple stair rail and much more add to the appeal.

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Love to entertain while cooking? This home exhibits a large, open concept kitchen, including 42" espresso cabinets, state-of-the-art appliances and a granite countertop island for that extra desired space.  The kitchen includes extensions for both a nook and living area. You will also find tile floors extending from the kitchen throughout the lower level of the house.

The master bedroom, located on the first floor, contains a double-sink bathroom that includes a glass-door shower, separate bathtub, and walk-in closet.

Need an extra gathering spot? Positioned on the second floor is a spacious loft – perfect for a potential game room, home office or even a cozy sitting area. Bedrooms number two, three, four and five are also located on the second story, along with 2.5 bathrooms and a balcony that extends from one of the bedrooms.

Outside, a spacious backyard beckons you to create your own oasis of relaxation. Ready to take a tour of this move-in ready home? Contact our New Home Specialist, Pam Meyer via email or phone at (480) 889-3713 to schedule your visit.