NHQ Silver Award Winner: Maracay Homes


Superior workmanship and outstanding customer service are foundational values at Maracay Homes – which makes our recent receipt of a National Housing Quality (NHQ) award all the more satisfying.

Maracay Homes was recognized as a Silver Award winner at the NHQ award ceremonies earlier this month during the Housing Giants Leadership Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. The NHQ program – sponsored by Professional Builder magazine — was established in 1993 to recognize residential construction companies for excellence in quality achievement and to promote awareness of customer-focused quality. Award entries are judged each year by a distinguished panel of experts, which evaluates the role quality plays in construction, business management, sales, design and warranty service, among other business practices.

Following the judges’ examination of Maracay Homes’ entry, their subsequent on-site evaluation of the company, and interviews with team members, the panel unanimously agreed Maracay Homes possesses an excellent understanding of which elements drive customer satisfaction, and consistently provides a high level of value. Judges included former NHQ Award winners and quality-management experts.

Maracay Homes is grateful to receive this award, and even more honored to deliver quality homes and customer service to our homebuyers each and every day.

3 Ways to Enjoy Arizona’s Fantastic Fall Weather

It’s no secret Arizonans love the outdoors. We hike. We bike. We swim practically year round. And when the temperatures dip below 100 degrees, we celebrate the outdoors in a completely different way: by flinging open our homes’ windows and doors, and inviting the cool morning and evening breezes to waft inside.

Maracay’s homes were designed to take full advantage of the joys of Arizona’s year-round temperate climate. With covered patios, courtyards and breezeways built into many of our New Arizona Living and Freedom Collection floor plans, the options are nearly endless for experiencing indoor-outdoor living to the fullest.

Here are three ways to enjoy Arizona’s fantastic fall weather right now:

Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Take it outside: Unwind after a long day at work with dinner on the patio. Let yourself be entertained by a spectacular Arizona sunset instead of the television.

Trestle Place Firepit Back Exterior

Get fired up: Arizona’s cool evenings are the perfect excuse to invite the neighbors over for dessert and conversation around a built-in firepit.

Victory at Verrado Sliding Doors

Control the environment: Multi-seasonal rooms that include fireplaces, sliding glass walls, ceiling fans and other devices help you plan for almost any weather circumstance as you expand your outdoor-indoor living space and unlock your home’s full potential.



Move-in Ready Home of the Week

Arch Crossing at Bridges Gilbert Front


Not too big and not too small, this one-story move-in ready home in Gilbert is just right at 2,060 square feet. The newly completed home in Arch Crossing at Bridges has three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a 3-car garage and a beautiful backyard that is perfect for family playtime, pets and outdoor entertaining.

Arch Crossings at Bridges Gilbert Backyard

The gourmet kitchen leads directly to the great room and dining area, which backs up to the covered patio. Entertaining will be a breeze with the help of this home’s open floor plan and the gourmet stainless steel appliances. And, be prepared to receive tons of compliments on the custom kitchen backsplash, granite countertops and upgraded espresso cabinets.

Arch Crossings at Bridges Gilbert Kitchen

Interested in a tour? Visit our website for more information or contact Katrina Harless by email at kkeil@maracayhomes.com or phone (480) 704-3346.

5382 S. Forest Ave.
Gilbert, AZ 85298

Why Buy in a Good School District

pencils - good school district

Living near quality schools obviously contributes to better educational opportunities for your children. But, whether you have kids or not, living in a high-performing school district can also provide huge benefits for you as a homeowner, from preserving your home’s value to providing a faster resale rate.

In a market where values are driven by demand, it’s important to think of all the factors that may increase the demand for your home, including its location. According to Trulia, many buyers search for real estate by school district and say school districts are among the key factors in their home-buying decision.  In fact, nearly 20 percent of Americans indicated in a recent Trulia survey that their dream home is located in a great school district. That number jumps to 35 percent for those who have children under 18.

With so many homebuyers wanting to live near great schools, its no wonder the homes in those areas retain their value and sell much faster. But, how do know if your potential new home is in one of these coveted districts? Trulia says to consider the age of the schools, condition of the facilities, student-to-teacher ratios and standardized test scores. The Great Schools website also is a terrific source of information. The site contains profiles for more than 5,000 public, public charter and private schools in Arizona, with information on academic performance, extracurricular programs, school culture and more.

At Maracay Homes, we build homes within great school districts because we believe quality schools are part of the foundation of a great community. For instance, our neighborhoods in the East Valley – Layton Lakes, Sendera Place, and Kinetic Point and Lumiere Garden at Eastmark, among others – are all situated within award-winning school districts. Toss in other outstanding amenities, including quality employers, state-of-the-art hospital facilities and world-class shopping and entertainment venues, and you have a first-class location that supports strong home values. The same can be said for our West Valley and Tucson neighborhoods, too.

For more information on our neighborhood locations and school districts, please visit www.MaracayHomes.com.


Maracay Breaks Ground on Center Pointe Vistoso Model Homes

Hardhats at Center Pointe Vistoso

Nothing beats the feeling of seeing your dream home become a reality. That’s exactly how all of us at Maracay Homes felt when we officially broke ground on the Center Pointe Vistoso model homes this week.  As if the momentous occasion couldn’t get any better, Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, town officials and many members of the real estate community joined us as we celebrated the milestone on Oct. 6.

Yes, our newest Tucson community is right on schedule to open in January and we couldn’t be more thrilled. So what can Arizona homebuyers expect to see at Center Pointe Vistoso?

For starters, 343 homesites will be situated within five strategically planned neighborhoods, each connected by a dynamic, multi-purpose trail system that leads to a 6,000-square-foot luxury swim complex and a large, grassy park with shaded playground equipment and picnic stations.

But, what about the homes? Glad you asked. Our home styles will feature a mix of executive, low-maintenance and family designs from Maracay’s New Arizona Living Collection, including the Monogram, Signature, Hallmark and Imperial floor plan collections. Showcasing home designs crafted to keep pace with current lifestyle trends and Arizona homebuyers’ preferences, each Center Pointe Vistoso plan includes FlexDesign® selections for optimum customization.  Of course, all homes are Energy Star® certified and include Maracay Homes’ LivingSmart® program for high performance and cost efficiency.

Center Pointe Vistoso Groundbreaking Officials

Tom Lemon, Vice President, Land and Acquisitions, Maracay Homes; Dave Perry, President, Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce; Lou Waters, Vice Mayor, Oro Valley; Satish Hiremath, Mayor, Oro Valley; Andy Warren, President, Maracay Homes; Joe Hornat, Council Member, Oro Valley; Greg Caton, Town Manager, Oro Valley.

Here’s a quick look at each of the five distinct Center Pointe Vistoso neighborhoods:

Desert Crest: Two gated entrances provide convenient access to this private neighborhood of 101 homesites, which also includes a community ramada with picnic tables, an activity lawn and a cactus garden with seating areas that invite visitors to linger and delight in the beauty of the natural desert setting. The community features eight single- and two-story floor plans from Maracay Homes’ distinctive Monogram Collection. Ranging from 1,404 to 2,492 square feet, the selection of layouts offers thoughtful design features, such as spacious great rooms for gathering, walk-in kitchen pantries for additional storage, and front courtyards for connecting with neighbors.

The Cove: Centered around a community park featuring a shaded play structure, a picnic ramada and a grassy, multi-use lawn, The Cove is a family-oriented, gated neighborhood of 81 homes designed to appeal to residents ranging from the young to the young at heart. The neighborhood’s layouts, drawn from the popular Signature Collection of home plans, range from approximately 2,217 to 3,668 square feet and offer a selection of inspired design features, such as spacious great rooms for family gatherings, walk-in kitchen pantries for additional storage and a passageway from the master closet to the laundry room for ease and accessibility.

Summit North and South: These two intimate gated neighborhoods, and their Hallmark Collection floor plan designs, feature single-story layouts, exclusively, ranging from approximately 2,494 to 3,194 square feet, and showcase inspired designs intended to appeal to everyone from maturing families to empty nesters. Spacious great rooms encourage family gatherings, walk-in kitchen pantries accommodate additional storage and generation suites or casitas provide privacy for visitors or multiple generations living in one location. Summit South, a 39-home neighborhood, is the first of the two to open. Summit North, with 47 homes, is expected to follow.

The Pinnacle: This gated community features single-story only, executive-size floor plans for those seeking the ultimate in comfort and accommodation. Limited to 75 homesites, the upscale neighborhood is characterized by a colorful butterfly garden observation park. The Pinnacle showcases spacious home plans from the popular Imperial and Hallmark Collections. Ranging from approximately 2,710 to 3,580 square feet, each plan offers thoughtful design features, such as front courtyards that create a welcoming approach, spacious great rooms for gathering with family and friends, and walk-in kitchen pantries for extra storage.

Center Pointe Vistoso is located on La Cañada Drive, nearly two miles north of Tangerine Road, in Oro Valley. For additional information about Center Pointe Vistoso, please contact Kristin Schmitt at 520-329-0370, or visit www.CenterPointeVistoso.com.


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 aohalloran@maracayhomes.com 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 aquigley@maracayhomes.com or call 480-553-7229.

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