Memorial Day Party Treats


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Sunshine, pool weather and long weekends. It doesn’t get much better than that combination. Whether you’re having a big backyard bash with your Maracay neighbors or just relaxing with the family, try making a few of these recipes to help celebrate this Memorial Day Weekend.

  1. Blueberry Lemonade: Wash down your burger with this refreshing and sweet lemonade. Garnish with lemon and add fun straws to make this blue drink even more festive.
  2. Antipasto Salad Kabobs: Easy to eat, colorful and delicious! These kabobs are the ultimate crowd pleaser. Finish each kabob with a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar or serve with a side of dressing for your guests to dip. 
  3. Spinach Artichoke Dip: No party is complete without spinach artichoke dip! Serve with slices of toasted baguette or your favorite chips and crackers. You might want to double up on the recipe because this dip always goes fast!
  4. Deviled Eggs: Easy to make and always a winner. This deviled egg recipe is pretty classic, but you can always add your own flair by adding bacon crumbles, pickled onions or try mixing in avocado. The possibilities are endless with this go-to party staple.
  5. Pasta Salad: Want to refresh your pasta salad recipe? Give one of these flavorful twists a try. Some options include using Israeli couscous instead of pasta or adding a little bacon. Enjoy!
  6. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries: These strawberries are the perfect, bite-size festive treat. They are best served after the strawberries have had a chance to chill for at least an hour to hold everything together.
  7. Flag Fruit Dessert: If stuffing strawberries isn’t your thing, try making this fruit dessert in the shape of a flag. Use strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and your favorite white chocolate treats and then lay out on a large tray.

For more party tips and recipe inspiration, follow us on Pinterest. We hope you have a safe, relaxing and happy Memorial Day weekend!

West Valley Move-in Ready Home of the Week


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This week’s move-in ready home is situated in our neighborhood of Tilden at Verrado in the West Valley. With more than 3,000 square feet of living space, we have a feeling you’ll absolutely love the roominess of this two-story Buckeye, Arizona beauty.

Verrado Tilden Kitchen View
The large kitchen and connecting great room make this house the perfect place to gather family, friends and neighbors for a summer barbeque. The gourmet kitchen features gas appliances, granite countertops and stunning tile details. Love the sunshine? You’ll appreciate all of the natural light flooding the main area, thanks to the large sliding glass doors that lead to the backyard.

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Continue to tour the rest of the home and you’ll find five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a 3-car garage and great lofted upstairs area that makes for the perfect home office or kids play area.

Want to see more of this home? Contact our New Homes Specialist, Pam Meyer, via email or by phone at (480) 889-3713 to schedule a tour or to learn more.  

 

 

Maracay Homes Ice Cream Social at Eastmark


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Need a break from the triple-digit heat? Maracay Homes has you covered. We’re hosting a fun and tasty ice cream social from noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Eastmark, Arizona’s top rated master-planned community. It’s our way of celebrating the opening of our latest Eastmark neighborhood model home – the Parker model – at Palladium Point (located at 4813 S. Quantum Way, Mesa, AZ 85212).

In addition to enjoying Ice cream, guests can tour the model home, check on the progress of the community amenities, speak with the Maracay Homes’ sales team and socialize with potential new neighbors.

Who knows? You may just find your next dream home. Eastmark has just about everything a family needs to enjoy life to its fullest. Designed to blend residential areas, resort features, employment centers, recreational spaces and retail commerce – all connected by an expansive 100-acre Great Park –  the vibrant master-planned community is located at the center of a transportation network anchored by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, three major freeways, numerous businesses and acclaimed educational institutions.

Inside Palladium Point, homebuyers will find one- and two-story designs from the popular Signature and Marquis Collections, ranging from approximately 2,278 to 4,310 square feet and offering selections like spacious great rooms, walk-in kitchen pantries, a secret passageway from the master closet to the laundry room, bonus rooms, three-car garages, inviting exteriors and more, depending on the plan.

For more information, visit www.MaracayHomes.com or contact New Home Specialist Pam Meyer at (480) 889-3713. 

Move-in Ready Home of the Week: Queen Creek


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It’s no secret that Queen Creek is a budding haven in the East Valley, with beautiful neighborhoods chock-full of amenities and scenic views to match. The homes in our Villagio neighborhood were designed to reflect the uniqueness of Queen Creek as well as the individual needs and wants of the Arizona homebuyers.

This week’s move in ready home is no exception.

Villagio Interior Move-in Ready Home Queen Creek

Step inside this expansive, two-story floor plan at Villagio, showcasing 3,245 square feet of beautiful features inside and out, and a blank canvas for your family to make new memories. With five bedrooms, three bathrooms, three-car garage and large upstairs loft, there is plenty of room for the whole family or guests.

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Take a peek through the spacious great room and the kitchen will speak for itself. The chef of the house will enjoy upgraded 42” upper espresso cabinets, quartz kitchen countertops – including on the oversized center island – extended nook, walk-in pantry and gourmet stainless steel appliances.

But we didn’t stop there. The home also features an abundance of special touches that will make you feel right at home, including 8’ interior doors, two-tone interior paint 12” x 24” tile, soft water loop and multi-sliding glass doors from the great room leading to the covered patio and large backyard space.

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

Room to Relax: Hallmark Collection


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Sometimes in life, you just need a little extra elbow room. And if that time for you is now, you’ll be glad to learn that Maracay Homes’ Hallmark Collection is designed for households just like yours.

Whether it's a growing family or an ever-expanding list of hobbies and visitors that define your need to upsize your living quarters, the Hallmark Collection of floor plans provide plenty of space for you and your belongings.  Roomy one- and two-story layouts range in size from approximately 2,370 to 4,154 square feet, with three to six bedrooms, 2.5 to 5.5 bathrooms, bonus/teen/game rooms, Jack-n-Jill bathrooms, wrap-around porches, three- to four-car garages and more, depending on the plan. 

Each plan can be customized using FlexDesign — options to fit individual lifestyles. Even better,  all homes are Energy Star® certified and are built according to Maracay Homes’ Living Smart® program standards for maximum efficiency and energy savings.

Get acquainted with the popular Hallmark Collection by taking a virtual tour of the Agave model at our newly opened Summit South neighborhood at Center Pointe Vistoso in Oro Valley.

The Hallmark Collection also can be found in the East Valley at Lumiere Garden and Aileron Square at Eastmark in Mesa; The Preserve at Hastings Farms in Queen Creek; and Layton Lakes in Chandler. In the West Valley, Hallmark Collection floor plans are available at Verrado Palisades in Buckeye and Northlands in Peoria.

In greater Tucson, look for the Hallmark Collection at Rancho del Cobre in Oro Valley, in addition to Summit South at Center Pointe Vistoso.

More information is available on our website at www.maracayhomes.com, or by contacting our New Homes Specialist, Pam Meyer, at newhomes@maracayhomes.com or 480-889-3713.

In the Hood: May 2016


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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:

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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.

Glendale
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.

Mesa
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.

Tucson
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


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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.

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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


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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


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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 www.MaracayHomes.com.