Move-in Ready Home of the Week

Step inside this week’s featured move-in ready home, located in Maracay’s East Valley community, Artesian Ranch.

Artesian Ranch - Front

Conveniently situated at the northwest corner of Gilbert and Ocotillo roads in the fast-growing city of Chandler, this single-story, 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home boasts 2,364 square feet of elegant features and upgraded amenities.

Artesian Ranch Master Bath

Part of the popular Marquis Collection, this move-in ready beauty offers features that are both luxurious and accommodating, like a 3-car garage, den, welcoming foyer, expansive great room, covered patio and covered front porch. Thoughtful, finishing touches, like two-tone interior paint, 18” tile, dual sinks in the master bath and sliding glass door from the master bedroom to the patio, add to the appeal.

Artesian Ranch - Kitchen

Fit for any social butterfly or culinary superstar, the gourmet kitchen is roomy and stylish, with granite kitchen countertops, upgraded cabinets, GE stainless appliances and a custom kitchen backsplash.

For more information or to schedule a tour, visit our website or call Phil Benson, our sales associate, at (480) 802-0833.

3873 S. Wilson Drive, Chandler, AZ  85286

Labor Free – Labor Day Entertaining


One of summer’s last big holidays, Labor Day always seems to arrive at the perfect time, offering American workers a much-needed break from the rush of daily life. From poolside parties to backyard barbeques, millions of Americans continue to celebrate this special day as a time to come together with friends and family for some food, fun and relaxation.

Not surprisingly, however, hosting a get-together can be a lot of work, which is exactly what you want to avoid on a day off. Here are few tips to help you stay labor free during your Labor Day gathering:

Keep the menu simple: If you must prepare everything, skip any foods that require last minute work and/or a large list of ingredients. Of course, you can never go wrong with burgers or hotdogs, but try a one-dish-feeds-all approach, such as crock-pot pulled pork tacos or slow cooker barbecue beef sandwiches.

Go public: Getting your house ready for company can be a daunting task.  To avoid this headache, reserve a picnic pavilion at a park, where the facilities and recreation equipment are maintained by the city. You’ll not only save time and energy, but your guests will appreciate the kid-friendly atmosphere.

Make your home kid-friendly: If anyone knows how to put a halt to a party, it’s bored kids. To ensure everyone’s kids are thoroughly entertained, set aside a section of your yard or house exclusively for the kids. Spread out some blankets, picnic mats, seating areas and kid-friendly foods next to an area for games and activities, including, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and a wading pool.

Late start: Skip the hassle of providing a big meal altogether. Instead, invite guests to a late-afternoon cocktail party, featuring an assortment of drinks, snacks and sweets. If you sense your guests getting hungry, simply order some pizza or takeout to fuel the festivities into the evening.

In The Hood: Things To Do In September



Say goodbye to summer, but don’t say goodbye to the fun. Check out these great events happening near our Maracay Homes neighborhoods. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Live Music at Westgate
Every Friday and Saturday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Dust off your dancing shoes because every Friday and Saturday night will be buzzing with talented local bands and musicians at Westgate. Whether you prefer jazz, rock, funk or something in between, this calendar of events can’t be missed.  

Teddy Bear Day
Saturday, September 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Find your beary best friends and take them to Historic Downtown Glendale for Teddy Bear Day! Meet Al the Bear, participate in the “Name the Bear” contest and take advantage of the other festivities and discounts for this event. To learn more click here.

Sam Smith Concert
Sunday, September 30, 7:30 p.m.
Sam Smith couldn’t make his August concert date, but that gives you one extra thing you can do this September. For additional information and to buy tickets, visit here.

16th Annual Glendale Chamber Scholarship Golf Tournament
Tee up for the 16th Annual Glendale Chamber Scholarship Golf Tournament at the Arrowhead Golf Course. The event will feature hole-in-one prizes, raffles, lunch and more. To learn more and register for the event, visit this website.

September First Friday Concert Series
Friday, September 4, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Grab your blankets, low-back chairs and picnic baskets and head over to the Eastmark Great Park for a rockin’ concert featuring Georgia Chrome. Forget your picnic basket? No worries. There will be a food truck line-up serving tasty eats, such as hand-rolled soft pretzels, pizza, cupcakes and more. The event is free. To see what else is in store visit Eastmark’s event calendar.

Scrapbook Expo
Friday, September 25, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Don’t you love capturing memories? Learn how to make creative projects with the latest designs, tools and more at the Scrapbook Expo at the Mesa Convention Center. Shop and crop until you drop. Learn more about this event here.

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Friday, September 18, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Check out a wonderful showcase of local artists at the Downtown Chandler Art Walk, located at AJ Chandler Park West. There will be artwork displays and live demonstrations, as well as live music. Can’t make it? You are in luck, because this event occurs every month on the 3rd Friday. For more information visit the website here.

ACMSA Arizona State Championship
Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27, times vary.
Check out cowboy mounted shooters and more at the ACMSA Arizona State Championship. For times and details, visit the webpage here.

Queen Creek
Annual Labor Day Grill at the Mill
Monday, September 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Come visit the Queen Creek Olive Mill to celebrate Labor Day with gourmet goodies, including food and wine, while enjoying music by blues band sensation the Rocket 88’s. Eager to hear more? Click here.

Tucson Pilates Lab Grand Opening
Saturday, September 12, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Love Pilates? Then visit the grand opening of Tucson Pilates Lab for free Reformer demonstrations, snacks, giveaways and mat classes all day. For more information, click here.

Grapes to Glass
Celebration on September 12, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Maynards is hosting its first-ever art and wine festival. Sample wine from 10 local wineries, in addition to seeing and purchasing artwork from local artists. Tickets are $35 and include snacks, 8 samples of wine, a wine glass and limited edition wine holder. Purchase your tickets here.

2nd Saturdays Downtown
Saturday, September 12, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Enjoy outdoor entertainment, food and fun activities all along the downtown area. Check out the website for more details.

National Circus and Acrobats of China
Flying in from Beijing to Tucson, the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China presents “Peking Dreams,” a performance of movement, color and acrobatic elements. Tickets range from $21 to $49 and can be purchased here.

Ready When You Are – Move in Ready Homes


There are times in life when you need to move. Immediately.

Maybe you’ve recently received a job transfer. Or your existing home sold faster than anticipated. Or you’d like to purchase a newly built home, but just don’t have the patience to wait for ground-up construction.

Whatever the situation, a move-in ready home may be just the solution. Move-in ready homes, also known as inventory homes, are those that are already complete or nearing completion. They draw the name from the fact that they occupy a spot in the builder or developer’s existing inventory, and as such, are available with little to no waiting.              

If you are eager to make a move, and have your heart set on new construction, an inventory home can be an attractive option. Here are five benefits:

Enjoy it now. As the name implies, move-in ready homes are ready when you are. There are no construction schedules and no delays — the home is waiting for you, rather than the other way around. Just situate your belongings and start living your new life.

Attractive upgrades. Move-in ready homes often include builder upgrades that make them very appealing for new home buyers. Higher-end fixtures, cabinets and flooring are the most commonly included amenities, but options may vary by builder.

Opportunities to personalize. One of the best things about purchasing a new home is the owner’s ability imprint it with his or her own style. This opportunity also exists to a certain extent with inventory homes. While many of the finishes already are in place, buyers may still be able to customize the home to their liking.

Location, location, location. Inventory homes are located in many of the most desirable neighborhoods in the state. Not only is this a tremendous draw for home buyers, it also helps with resale value when the time comes to sell the home and move on.

Tantalizing incentives. Home builders are motivated to sell inventory homes for many reasons and in some cases may offer special incentives to help sweeten the pot. If this sounds like a good deal to you, you’re absolutely right! Summer savings – including a counter-depth G.E. stainless steel refrigerator and G.E. front-load washer/dryer — are available on select move-in ready homes for buyers who purchase by Aug. 31. Please visit and contact a new home advisor for details.


Move-in Ready Home of the Week

Villagio - Front


Take a look inside this week’s featured move-in ready home at Villagio. Located in the charming town of Queen Creek, this single-story, Cameron home plan from the new Marquis Collection boasts 2,393 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, den, 3-car garage and more. 

Villagio - Kitchen

Mix, stir, indulge and create new memories in the luxurious, gourmet kitchen, equipped with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, upgraded, espresso-stain cabinets and bay window at the kitchen nook. 

Villagio - Master Bathroom

The expansive great room and covered patio make for an entertainer’s ideal space, perfect for hosting the annual barbeque or simply relaxing with the family. As an extra bonus, additional elevations throughout the home include upgraded flooring, 12’ sliding glass door, upgraded bath fixtures and box window in the master bedroom.

The best part? It’s ready for move in! Start packing, your dream home awaits.  For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact sales representative Mousie Johnson at 480-235-0665.

Address: (19402 E. Strawberry Drive, Queen Creek, AZ  85142)


Multigenerational Living at Maracay Homes

One big happy family, all under one roof. Multigenerational living is on the rise, thanks to the after effects of the Great Recession and the aging of America. Nearly 17% of the population – about 54 million Americans — now live in multigenerational households, according to NextAvenue. This number is almost double what it was in 1980. Many families are taking in grandparents, in-laws and other family members for short and long stays.  With such a growing trend, it’s important that your home meet the needs of your family. Maracay Homes understands this and offers generation suites as an option in many of the larger floor plans in our Hallmark, Imperial and Paragon Collections.

These generation suites not only provide privacy, but can also be outfitted to include their own kitchenette, living area, outdoor space and more. This suite truly gives guests the feeling of their own personal space. Take a look at some of our neighborhoods and floor plans currently offering generation suites:

Eastmark - Lumiere Garden - Generation Suite

Lumiere Garden at Eastmark: This community in Mesa sits at the center of three major freeways, numerous businesses and acclaimed educational institutions – something for everyone in your household.

Floor plans offering generation suite options:

Layton Lakes - Generation Suite

Layton Lakes: This gated community is situated in the fast growing city of Chandler and offers plenty of shopping and dining. It is also within close proximity to major freeways and surface streets.

Floor plans offering generation suite options:

Get to Know Layton Lakes

Layton Lakes

If you haven’t visited the stunning homes at Layton Lakes, then you certainly don’t know what you’re missing! Nestled in the fast-growing city of Chandler, the gated master-planned community offers a serene setting where scenic waterfalls, lakes and streams create a suburban oasis, equipped with parks, playgrounds, splash pad and beautifully constructed homes. Sound like a dream? We think so, too.

With five, single-level home plans from the popular Hallmark, Imperial and Paragon Collections, Maracay homebuyers can choose from homes with ample space and luxury, ranging from approximately 3,178 to 3,843 square feet. Adding to the idyllic features, each home is Energy Star® certified, and built according to Maracay Homes’ LivingSmart® program specifications for peace of mind and maximum energy-and-cost-efficiency. 

Layton Lakes goes above and beyond to offer additional comforts and amenities to make life sweeter and simpler without sacrificing style. Standard features like walk-in pantries and USB port electrical outlets in the kitchen add thoughtful touches and conveniences, while high-quality finishes promote a sense of luxury.

Homebuyers can also customize their favorite home plan to meet their lifestyle needs with the FlexDesign® program. Need a generation suite for the grandparents? You’ve got it. Extended patio for your annual family barbeque? Consider it done. Oversized, walk-in shower just because? Why not!

See for yourself by taking a 3D virtual tour of the Layton Lakes Pinnacle Model. For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact sales representative Andy Quigley, 480-553-7229. 

Easing into the Back-to-School Routine


Can you believe it’s already August? Time flies when you’re having fun. As the vacation season comes to an end, it’s time for both parents and kids to settle into a new back-to-school routine. Start the school year off right with these tips to help ease the transition for everyone. A new school year can be scary for some; the more prepared you are, the better.

Nightly Routine: Get your kids into a bedtime routine. Before going to bed, have them pick out their clothes for the next day and pack up their backpacks. This will not only save time in the morning, but will help ensure they have everything they need before they leave the house in the morning.

  • Parent Tip: Try packing lunches the night before, too. No sense in rushing to make a turkey sandwich when you have to get ready for your day, as well. Put the lunches in the fridge with their names on them so they know which one to grab on their way out the door.

Backpack Necessities: Stock backpacks with Band-Aids, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle. Band-Aids come in handy if the kids happen to fall on the playground or if their new shoes give them a blister. Remind them to put on sunscreen before heading off to recess during the day and make sure they have plenty of water, just in case they get stuck at the bus stop for longer than expected.

  • Parent Tip: Write your phone number or store your business card inside your children’s backpacks. This way, they can always reach you, even if they don’t have your phone number memorized.

Buddy System: Do your kids walk or ride their bikes to school? Make sure they have a buddy for their journey. It’s also a great way to meet other kids and families in the neighborhood.

  • Parent Tip: Do you have a plan in place if your kids beat you home? Before a situation like this arises, have a plan in place with one of your neighbors. Maybe the kids can hang at their house until you’re home.

Use Caution: Remind your kids the importance of looking both directions before crossing the street and to always use a crosswalk.

  • Parent Tip: Be extra cautious driving through your neighborhood. Obey school zone speed limits and slow down as you drive through the neighborhood. Watch for kids who are out on the streets waiting for the bus or walking home from school.

Housing Market Continues to Improve, Despite Weak June

Real Estate Industry Update

The nation’s housing recovery continues to chug along at a steady, albeit, slower-than normal pace. Here’s a look at the latest housing reports and how they reflect on the overall residential real estate market.

National Association of Home Builders: June’s 482,000 new-home sales represented an 18 percent increase over the year before, but were 6.8 percent fewer than May’s 517,000 sales. Not to worry, though, says the NAHB. New-home sales, overall, have been on the upswing since 2012 – a trend that is expected to continue through the rest of the year and into 2016.

National Association of Realtors Pending Home Sales Index: Pending sales of existing homes were off 1.8 percent in June from the month prior, but improved 8.2 percent from June 2014, marking the 10th consecutive year-over-year gain, and providing an example of ongoing market recovery.

Census Bureau Housing Vacancy Survey: The number of independent households that rent or own has been growing. As of the second quarter, there were roughly 117.3 million households, or 1.6 million more than existed at the same time last year. This growth is expected to increase the demand for housing of all types.

In general, the overall monthly decline experienced in June is not concerning to NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe, who writes in his monthly “Eye on the Economy” newsletter, “Strong job gains are bolstering housing demand. Rising builder confidence, housing starts and low interest rates all point to continuing recovery in the housing sector, even as industry headwinds, including access to lots and labor, will produce bumps along the road.”


Live Like A Local: Tucson, Arizona

Tortolita Vistas - Tucson

With a diverse arts scene, vibrant downtown area and budding high-tech industry, it’s comforting to know Tucson still holds onto its small-town charm. Yes, the Old Pueblo has many faces, each connected by a network of scenic byways and off beaten drives woven throughout the city and into the surrounding desert foothills.

Whether it’s the sprawling urban lifestyle, picturesque desert landscape or Old West history, people come from all over the world to discover Tucson. Check out this list of top spots – generously provided by the resident experts at our Tucson neighborhoods
 — to help you live like a local:

The Rialto Theatre: Located in downtown Tucson, this historic vaudeville theater, originally opened in 1919, is now restored and hosts approximately 150 live events per year, from nationally touring acts to local favorites.

eegee’s: A Tucson-born fast-food franchise, eegee’s is loved by all in the greater Tucson area and is known for its famous frozen fruit drinks, signature submarine sandwiches and crinkle-cut fries. More than 25 locations can be found throughout the Tucson area.

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area: Just a few minutes north of Tucson, the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area features some of the best hiking in country. More than a million visitors per year visit the park for its access to dynamic hiking trails offering breathtaking views of towering mountains, deep canyons and plants and animals native to the Sonoran Desert. A variety of trails, from easy to challenging, are located along the way and include several restroom facilities and picnic grounds.

Casa Vicente: This full-service Spanish restaurant offers nightly entertainment, including flamenco shows on select Fridays and Saturdays. Locals enjoy the restaurant’s extensive tapas list, an array of traditional Spanish dinner entrées and a wine list that spans all regions of Spain.

Elliott’s on Congress: Vodka, Jalapeno peppers, bacon and duck are the primary ingredients found at this creative American restaurant. Whether it’s bacon-infused vodka or chocolate covered bacon, this casual restaurant, located in Tucson’s downtown area, offers something for everyone.

Savaya Coffee Market: With four locations in the Tucson area, this locally owned coffee shop has quickly become the go-to place for a premium cup of Joe. Guests enjoy the best hand-selected beans from organic farms throughout the world. Savaya’s signature house espresso is its claim to fame. Instead of using a blend of coffees, the shop uses varietal beans from the same lot; then, they roast the beans in-house, in single batches. Want to learn more about java? The shop hosts free classes on the first Saturday of each month.