In the Hood: May 2016


Summer is almost here and that means it’s time to get out and have some fun before the desert heat strikes. Luckily, there are a plethora of options for activities around our Maracay neighborhoods. From family-friendly events to adults-only wine festivals, there’s plenty of fun to be had by all. Here are a few of our favorites:

CinePark May Movie Series
Friday, May 6, May 13 & May 20 at 6 p.m.
The City of Chandler is inviting families to Tumbleweed Park for a free, three-week movie series. Take part in unique, thematic activities two hours before the featured film of the evening. Watch “Inside Out” on May 6, “Goosebumps” on May 13 and “Minions” on May 20.

Bubble Bash
Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bring the kids to Westgate Entertainment District on Saturday, May 21, to soak up some fun with bubbles. The entertainment center’s first-ever Bubble Bash will feature interactive bubble discovery stations, chemistry experiments, bubble art, photo-ops, live entertainment, giveaways, contests and more.

National Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m.
Comic book fans, rejoice. Downtown Mesa is hosting its very own extravaganza just for National Free Comic Book Day and yes, they are giving away free comics to anyone who visits participating vendors. Grab a map at Gotham City Comics beginning at 10 a.m. and follow the trail! The event will also feature comic book artist meet-and-greets, live music, cosplay contest and scavenger hunt.

Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival
Saturday, May 21 & Sunday, May 22 from 11:00 to 5:00 p.m.
It’s time for the adults’ day of fun, on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 at Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival. Enjoy scrumptious food, visit artisan vendors, listen to live music and entertainment and take your pick of hundreds of wines, from at least nine Willcox-area wineries. To note, last year, 3,000 attended this festival. The cost of admission includes a souvenir tasting glass. 

Move-in Ready Home of the Week: Tortolita Vistas

Tortolita Vistas Front Home

Imagine what you could do with nearly 3,600 square feet of living space. This week’s move-in ready home of the week is a stunning, single-level home at our Tortolita Vistas neighborhood in Marana, Arizona, and offers endless possibilities. It is, essentially, an entertainer’s paradise.

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The four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4-car garage and ¾-acre homesite provide plenty of room for family and guests. The open floor plan seamlessly connects the kitchen, nook and great room, just around the corner from the formal dining room, den and extended backyard patio.

Because the details are just as important as the layout, we’ve added a few finishing touches to make this residence even sweeter. In the kitchen, gourmet stainless steel appliances, upgraded cabinets, granite kitchen countertops and a designer backsplash provide the perfect combination of style and function. Bask in additional luxury features throughout the rest of the home, including a walk-in shower in the master bathroom, Parisian iron entry door, 18” X 18” tile, security pre-wire, two-tone interior paint, laundry room sink, paver driveway and more.

Kitchen Tortolita Vistas

Even with a home this spacious, you can rest easy knowing that it will also operate efficiently and cost-effectively due to its Energy Star® certified status.  To schedule a tour, or for more information, contact Pam Meyer, our New Home Specialist via email or phone at (480) 889-3713.

3 Earth-Loving Features in Maracay Homes

Earth Day is April 22  — the perfect time to share our dedication to utilizing sustainable building practices. From the way we develop land to the many green features incorporated in every Maracay home, we are always thinking of ways to make sure we are conserving, preserving and being smart for our communities, our homeowners and our planet. After all, we want our planet and our homes to be enjoyed for many, many more years to come.

Here are a few of the features you’ll find in a Maracay home that have you, the planet, and your wallet in mind:

Living Smart Program Maracay Homes

  1. Living Smart Program: Our Living Smart Program is designed with four core components that not only foster healthy living and use sustainable resources, but help to lower your energy and water bills. We put in place many energy-saving tactics for your indoor and outdoor living. This includes smart planning around your landscape design and indoor water features like low-flow toilets, all of which contribute to saving many gallons of water for our planet and money in your wallet. Learn more about each of the four components by clicking here.
  2. HERS Ratings: The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is how the industry measures a home’s energy efficiency. Homes are rated on a scale of 0-150, with a lower score being more energy-efficient. The typical home averages a HERS Rating of 130, while a Maracay home has an average score between 50 and 70 on the HERS Index. All Maracay homes come standard with advanced programmable thermostats, solar-ready wiring, special window vinyl to reduce heat and UV rays, and 100 percent fluorescent lighting. Adding optional energy-saving features can improve a home’s HERS Rating even more. We’re committed to smart building and we want you to be a part of the process every step of the way. To see the full list of features, click here.
  3. Energy Star: We build our new homes to be ENERGY STAR certified, meaning more energy-efficient operations to save owners money while conserving natural resources. How? Energy Star-qualified homes use substantially less energy than standard homes for heating, cooling, and hot water heating. Owners of an Energy Star-certified home can expect to save $200-$400 annually on their utility bills.

Interested in learning more about Maracay Homes? We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our Living Smart Program and the energy-efficient options you have with Maracay Homes. We also encourage you to browse our current inventory of move-in ready homes that are all Energy Star certified. 

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

Victory at Verrado Trendsetter

Elegant, efficient and even more than you imagined. This week’s move-in ready home is situated in our 55+ community of Victory at Verrado in Buckeye, Arizona. With more than 2,634 square feet, you’ll have plenty of room for yourself, for overnight guests and for your personal hobbies.

Victory at Verrado Kitchen

This spacious one-story home features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a two-car garage and the gourmet kitchen of your dreams. Entertain your guests around the over-sized granite island. They will marvel at the 12-foot ceilings and rave over your spacious pantry.

Victory at Verrado Trendsetter Master BathroomEscape to your personal sanctuary inside the master bathroom, where an enlarged vanity, stunning tiled walk-in shower and brilliant lighting await you. You’ll enjoy getting ready so much, you might never want to leave.

Click here for more information, or to schedule a tour, contact our New Homes Specialist, Pam Meyer, via email or phone at (480) 889-3713. 

Industry Update: Buyers Want Energy Efficiency


Many factors go into buying a new home, from deciding on the location and size of the house to selecting a floor plan that fits your lifestyle, or even choosing the right school district for your kids. But, one factor that is increasingly showing up on buyers’ wish lists is greater energy- efficiency.

According to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) latest survey of home buyer preferences, Energy Star appliances and windows, along with an Energy Star rating for the entire house, are among the top five most-wanted features in a home.

Survey respondents cited the money-savings aspect of energy-efficient construction and functionality as a key motivator. On average, homebuyers said they would be willing to pay $10,732 more for a home to save $1,000 annually in utilities.

Builders have responded to this demand. In fact, the NAHB’s latest home builder survey revealed four of the top 10 features homebuilders are most likely to include in the homes they build this year focus on energy efficiency. Those features include low-E windows, Energy Star-rated appliances and windows, and programmable thermostats – all corresponding to the list of features that consumers say are most important to them.

In addition to the energy-efficient features, builders also said they are most likely to provide homes with walk-in closets in the master bedrooms, laundry rooms, great rooms (kitchen-family-room-living room) and central islands, and granite countertops.

Maracay Homes is in line with these survey results and remains a leader in building energy-efficient homes throughout the high-demand areas of central and southern Arizona. Its exclusive LivingSmart® program — a comprehensive approach to green living through responsible development, water and energy efficiency — emphasizes designs and features that maximize both comfort and conservation.

For more information on Maracay Homes and its energy-efficient homes and services, please visit


The Lock-and-Leave Lifestyle

Graham Collection Center Pointe Vistoso

If you’re looking for a place to support your lock-and-leave lifestyle, listen up. We’re about to introduce you to a floor plan series that is so amazingly low maintenance, you can pack up and go at a moment’s notice – but you might not ever want to leave!

The Monogram Collection of floor plans is easily recognized by its emphasis on livable designs that never sacrifice style for convenience. Ranging in size from approximately 1,404 to 2,492 square feet, the Monogram Collection’s selection of one- and two-story layouts offers an efficient use of space, including spacious great rooms for gathering with friends and family, walk-in kitchen pantries for plenty of storage and front courtyards for relaxing with your new neighbors. Even more exciting, each plan can be customized using FlexDesignÒ options to fit your individual needs.

Truly designed with simplicity in mind, the Monogram Collection caters to all types of on-the-go folks – including frequent travelers and second-home owners – as well as those who are in the market to right-size or are simply too busy to bother with yard work and other time-intensive chores. 

Get acquainted with the Monogram Collection by “walking through” the Graham model at our newly opened Desert Crest neighborhood at Center Pointe Vistoso in Tucson. 

The Monogram Collection is also available at Sendera Place in Chandler and The Reserve at Plaza del Rio in Peoria. To find out more, visit our website at, or contact our New Homes Specialist, Pam Meyer, at or 480-889-3713.

Move-in Ready Home of The Week: Winslow at Eastmark

Winslow at Eastmark Move In Ready Home

This week’s move-in ready home – a 3,668-square-foot beauty with amenities and room to spare – is located in the highly acclaimed Eastmark master-planned community in Mesa. Featuring a two-story design from the popular Signature Collection of floor plans, this home is an entertainer’s dream, with five bedrooms, 3.5 baths, great room, first-floor den and large, second-story loft. But, its ample space is just the beginning.

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Be the envy of your enclave with extras like a gas line to the patio (perfect for your annual family barbeque), soft water loop, and garage service door to make life that much easier. Because “it’s the little things” that make a house a home, we’ve added gorgeous interior trimmings like 5 ¼-inch baseboards, 8-foot interior doors and maple stair rails.

Kitchen Winslow at Eastmark

In the kitchen, enjoy 42-inch upper espresso cabinets, granite kitchen countertops and gourmet appliances, with an open floor plan that leads directly to the expansive, great room and covered backyard patio through a 12-foot sliding glass door. And as with every Maracay Home, this Eastmark home is Energy Star® certified for optimum performance and energy efficiency to reduce your impact on the environment (and your wallet).

Click here for more information, or to schedule a tour, contact our new homes specialist, Pam Meyer, via email or phone at (480) 889-3713. 

Multigenerational Suites – New Arizona Living Collection

Life is full of transitions. Adult children grow up and move away…then return. Aging parents reach a point where they no longer are able to live alone. And occasionally, a visit from out-of-town friends develops into an extended stay as they search for accommodations to make their visit a little more permanent.

If any of these situations resonates with you, perhaps it’s time to look into a new home that’s designed to help families like yours navigate growth and change. A Maracay home with a multigenerational suite may be just the solution.

Homes with attached and detached multigenerational suites from Maracay Homes’ New Arizona Living Collection redefine what it means to have multiple generations (or even a few guests) together under one roof. Thoughtfully crafted designs include separate spaces for living, eating and sleeping that provide just the right amount of connectivity to the main part of the home without sacrificing privacy.

Take a look at these beautiful examples and if you see one you like, don’t hesitate to contact our New Homes Specialist Pam Meyer at 480-889-3713 or to visit one in person.

Like a Local: Peoria

We simply can’t get enough of Peoria. Once a small farming community, this fast-growing suburb has stolen the hearts of many Arizonans – ourselves included – and has proven to be one of the best cities in the state to live. But don’t take our word for it, we’ve got proof.

Recently, Wallethub compared some of the most populated cities in the U.S. and ranked the best of them, taking into consideration family activities and fun, health and safety, education and child care, affordability and more. Peoria ranked #34 on the list.

To get a better glimpse of this seemingly-perfect paradise, we thought we’d let the locals share a few of their best-loved things to do and see in Peoria, from entertainment to dining. Here are a few of the favorites:


Lucidi Distilling Co.

What was once Peoria’s first movie theater in 1920, later became Peoria’s first fire station in 1954. Today, the Historic Fire Station No. 1 in downtown Peoria houses Lucidi Distilling Company, Arizona’s 8th and newest distillery, featuring various craft-liquors from vodka, gin and whiskey, to tequila, bourbon and moonshine. Stop by its tasting room to sample the crafted concoctions and signature drinks, or schedule a tour of the facility – offered three days a week – to ask questions and see the craft distillery in progress, (did we mention you also get three samples of your choice of spirits and a custom made cocktail?).


Challenger Space Center

Be an astronaut for a day at the Challenger Space Center Arizona, the state’s only museum dedicated to space and space exploration, and one of only three Smithsonian Institution Affiliates in the Valley. View hundreds of artifacts and exhibits from America’s past NASA launches and missions, or assume the role of mission control specialists aboard the center’s $1 million simulated International Space Station. The center is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and offers monthly themed activities, from stargazing and family fun days to guest speakers and kids’ summer camps.

Leo's Island BBQ

Get a taste of island life in the desert at Leo’s Island BBQ. Just a 10-minute drive from The Reserve at Plaza Del Rio community, Leo’s serves up authentic Hawaiian plates – which date back to the 1880s – and, according to Phoenix New Times, Hawaiians say, “tastes like the islands." Local tip? Arrive at Leo’s with an empty stomach.

Lake Pleasant

Less than a half-hour’s drive from our Northlands neighborhood, Lake Pleasant gives Arizonans an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With over 114-miles of shoreline, visitors can camp, fish, hike, bike, off-road and take part in a plethora of fun watersports like wakeboarding, water skiing, jet skis and wakesurfing – don’t worry, recreation rentals and lessons are available on-site.


Java Grounds

Coffee makes a difference to your morning, but at Java Grounds Coffee shop, it can make a difference to a kid’s life. Owned and operated by Heart for the City, a non-profit organization committed to the workforce-development of high school and college-age teens in the community, Java Grounds serves up delicious lattes, smoothies, lunch (and brunch) and baked goods, all while providing real-life, on-the-job-training for low-income teens. The shop also offers tasty gluten-free and dairy-alternative options, great prices and friendly atmosphere, according to its multitude of four and five-star reviews on Yelp.


Arizona Broadway Theatre 

Celebrating its 10th year since its grand opening in 2006, the Arizona Broadway Theatre offers a one-of-a-kind venue for date night or family-fun night, combining fine dining and professional theatre. Each show is complemented with a specially designed menu, professional wait staff and Arizona’s most talented performers on stage. As one of the largest producers of live theatre in the state, Arizona Broadway Theatre is sure to not disappoint!

In the ‘Hood: April 2016


April showers may bring May flowers, but Arizona doesn’t typically see a lot of rainy days in the desert. This allows us the perfect amount of time to get out and about to enjoy some near-perfect weather before the temperatures hit triple digits! There are a ton of exciting events going on around our Maracay Homes communities in the Valley and Tucson, and we’ve picked a few that we think you’ll enjoy! Take a look:

Great Southwest Cajun Festival
Saturday, April 23, from 12- 9 p.m.
Take a trip to New Orleans without getting on a plane. On Saturday, April 23 from noon to 9 p.m., stop by downtown Chandler and take in the heart and soul of New Orleans with Arizona fusion and flare. The day includes live music, contemporary swing revival bands, food, cultural activities and themed zones, including Bourbon Street, French Quarter, and the Garden District. Don’t forget to dress in the festive, parade-style attire!

2nd Friday Night Out Mesa
Friday, April 8, from 6-10 p.m.
Have a night out with your loved ones to enjoy live music, browse downtown Mesa shops (open late just for you!) and experience exciting art pieces along the walk. The evening also includes family-fun activities for all ages. Feel free to bring Fido, too, as long as he’s on a leash!

Eastmark AwesomeFest
Saturday, April 9, beginning at 5 p.m.
Doing anything Saturday, April 9th? Do circus acts, zip line, ferris wheel, trapeze, food trucks and beer and wine garden sound, well, awesome? That’s Eastmark’s Awesomefest! Beginning at 5 p.m., enjoy live music and entertainment, neon face painting and more awesome activities for the entire family.

Movies by Moonlight at the Murph
Friday, April 8 & April 22nd at 6 p.m.
Grab the kids, your picnic blanket and your favorite movie-watching snacks, it’s time for movie night at The Murph! Featuring pre-movie activities for the kiddos and family-friendly box office hits: the April 8th feature film is “Inside Out” and April 22nd is “The Good Dinosaur.”

4th Avenue Street Fair
Thursday, April 1 to Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tucson’s bi-annual street fair is back. Featuring 400+ art and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, two entertainment stages, musicians, jugglers, street performers, face painting and more, the 46th Annual 4th Avenue Street Fair sure to be a hit for the entire family.

Canine Walk for Cops
Saturday, April 9, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
This one’s for you and your four-legged family members. Join the community for a dog walk, fair and doggie contests at Brandi Fenton Park. The event will benefit Tucson Police Foundation, Tucson Police Department and its officers and four-legged officers.