Winter Home Maintenance

Fireplace Maracay Home

While it’s likely that snowflakes or icicles won’t show up on our forecast over the holidays, winters in the desert can be harsh and unforgiving. With temperatures often dropping below 32 degrees, it’s so important to protect your home from the winter cold before the first freeze arrives.

Here are a few home-maintenance tips to to help you prepare your home for the chilly season ahead:

Don’t get hosed:  One of the first things you should do when winterizing your home is remove your garden hoses from any outdoor faucets. This will prevent water from backing up into your plumbing pipes just beyond the exterior walls. If left on during a freeze, that water could freeze itself and expand and crack the pipes.

Seal it Off: Preventing moisture from entering your walls is one of the least expensive – yet most critical – things you can do to winterize your home. Simply purchase a couple of tubes of color-matched exterior caulk and tour your home’s perimeter, sealing up cracks around the window and door frames, between the trim and siding along the walls, and around the areas where pipes and wires enter the home. Doing this will also prevent air leaks, helping you conserve energy.

Check your Furnace: Be sure to change your furnace filters, something you should do every couple of months, anyway. A clogged filter can put extra stress on your HVAC system, shortening its life and sending your energy bill through the roof. You should also schedule an appointment with an HVAC pro to tune up your system. It usually costs less than $100, but can ensure your system will run properly throughout the season, increasing its efficiency and saving you serious energy costs.

Freshen up the Fireplace: Before you spark up the logs this season, make sure your fireplace is properly swept. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys be swept at least once a year at the beginning of each winter season to ensure the removal of all soot and debris. Not sure where to start? The Chimney Safety Institute of America makes it easy to find a professional in your area. Also, don’t forget to check your chimney for structural damage, including cracks, loose bricks or missing mortar – all of which can compromise the safety and efficiency of your chimney.


Move-in Ready Home of the Week: Rancho del Cobre in Oro Valley

Take a look inside this week’s featured move-in ready home in one of our Oro Valley neighborhoods. Located in the open-space, gated community of Rancho del Cobre, homeowners can enjoy sprawling desert views and outdoor recreation in a growing suburban oasis, all year round. Featuring an expansive, 3,079-square-foot floor plan, this single-story home has an abundance of thoughtful features, upgraded amenities and room to spare to fit every family’s lifestyle.

The home’s strategic, open layout allows for homeowners and their guests to have plenty of individual space while staying connected throughout the entire house. From the outside to the inside, we thought of every detail to make life that much sweeter. Check out the  covered porch upon entry, foyer leading to the home’s open living spaces, expanded master bedroom, master bath with soaking tub and walk in closet, expanded kitchen nook, spacious, covered backyard patio, and more. All Maracay Homes are ENERGY STAR® certified, meaning your home helps you conserve energy (and money) in addition to adding HealthSmart™ features to ensure your home is not only efficient, but healthier and cleaner for your family.  

The star of the home, the large gourmet kitchen, opens up to the kitchen nook and great room. Whether it’s time for family dinner or the annual summer barbeque, the kitchen’s large island, beautiful fixtures and surplus of storage will make every gathering, big or small, a breeze. Throughout the rest of the home, enjoy antique bronze accents, two-tone paint, French doors to the den, and brick paver driveway. If that’s not enough, here’s the best part: this home is ready and waiting for you. No construction timelines or waiting for the paint to dry.

Think this may be your family’s new abode? Contact our New Homes Specialist, Pam Meyer, to schedule a tour via phone (520) 329-0370 or by email.

Move-in Ready Home of the Week: Sendera Place in Chandler



This week’s move-in ready home is both beautiful and practical. Located in the gated community of Sendera Place in Chandler, Arizona this single-story home features three bedrooms, two bathrooms and just over 1,400 square feet.


Part of our Monogram Collection, this Graham floor plan boasts great flow and stunning detail throughout every aspect of the home. The gourmet kitchen features gas stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, undermount sink, staggered espresso cabinets and gorgeous pendant lights over a large center island that’s perfect for entertaining.


Retreat to the master bathroom and enjoy the walk-in shower with floor-to-ceiling tile, upgraded rain showerhead and bronze hardware fixtures. This home is even solar ready!

Ready to make this home for sale in Chandler yours? 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.

Smart Move Advantage

Smart Move Advantage

Buying and selling a home, simultaneously, can challenge even the most talented multi-tasker.

Even as the market continues to improve, it can still take an average of 49 days to sell a home in Maricopa County once it’s listed, according to the latest data available from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service. Sometimes waiting in limbo that long is not an option for homebuyers. Fortunately, there is a better way.

It’s called the Smart Move Advantage. Maracay Homes has partnered with Smart Move Advantage, the industry’s most effective resource in contingent homebuyer services, to help give buyers peace of mind during the daunting moving process. How does it work? Maracay buyers who are ready to move into their new home can work with Smart Move Advantage to sell their existing home or lease it for up to three years, thereby easing the pressure to rush to market.

Interested in learning more more about the resources available and qualification guidelines? Visit for all the details.

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

With the winter season approaching, holidays and get-togethers are not far behind. From the moment you arrive at our Artisan at Morrison Ranch neighborhood, you’ll discover everything you need is right here – including this 3,131-square-foot move-in-ready-home filled with gourmet gas appliances, a walk-in kitchen pantry, a large patio, upgraded flooring and much more. Step inside to see the ranch house of your dreams.

The home’s exterior includes a welcoming front porch and three-car tandem garage. As you enter the front door, the opportunities are endless. A cozy study allows for an at-home office or space to construct and design. The layout of the room can be adapted to anyone’s lifestyle and needs.

Moving through the home, the expanded living room offers numerous possibilities. This space extends out through 12” sliding glass doors leading into an appealing covered porch area that lends itself nicely to the indoor-outdoor lifestyle for which Arizona is famous. Just around the living room, the immense kitchen area is sure to gratify. The large island is perfect for entertaining friends and family throughout the holiday season…and beyond. This ideal space is large enough to accommodate a crowd, yet cozy enough to create a comfort atmosphere of closeness.

Other attributes of  this two-story home include four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a sizable laundry room and a sun-lit loft fit for all. This home will not only answer every one of your needs, but it will also serve as a location of leisure and respite.

Ready to make this Gilbert home yours? 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.


Meadows Update – Highlight on Palo Verde Model

the-meadows-palo-verde-7051-model-greatroomExcitement is building in Peoria as our latest Maracay Homes community, The Meadows, begins to take shape. In fact, the enthusiasm is so strong, we’ve already sold 32 homes since celebrating the grand opening of the first phase of development earlier this fall. And, we are looking forward to welcoming home our first residents in just a few short months.

While it’s no surprise to us that homebuyers are raving about The Meadows, it’s nice to see so many individuals and families coming in and out on daily basis to tour our six model homes. What’s the draw? For starters, the location of The Meadows is second to none. Situated in fast-growing North Peoria, the area is becoming one of metro Phoenix’s most sought-after destinations for its blend of year-round recreation and entertainment options. Not to mention, North Peoria is conveniently located near Lake Pleasant, offering an oasis of recreation activities, from wake boarding, water skiing and kayaking, to fishing, sailing and much more.

Secondly, The Meadows is not your typical master-planned community. With features like oversized and traditional sized homesites offering more than a half-acre of land on the largest lots, spacious all single-level floor plans with attached and detached RV and accessory garages, more elbow room between homes and generous backyards for outdoor fun, Maracay Homes’ 172-homesite neighborhood at The Meadows is truly one-of-a-kind here in the Valley – or anywhere for that matter.

Featuring eight distinct floor plans ranging from approximately 2,500 to more than 4,500 square feet, the homes offer many luxurious options, including indoor/outdoor fireplaces, six-foot-long free-standing tubs, corner sliding doors and much more. One of our most popular plans, the Palo Verde, is also our largest floor plan and features 4,389 square feet of thoughtfully crafted, spacious living space. As with all of our Maracay homes, the Palo Verde includes FlexDesign® selections for optimum customization. What does that mean? Well, for the Palo Verde, homebuyers can select alternate kitchen islands, an expanded mastered bath, alternate master bath, retreat/office, half-bath with access to the backyard (pool powder bath), a sixth bedroom, and a generation suite, among many other options.

Interested in purchasing a home at The Meadows but not quite ready to make the move? Then stay tuned for our next phase of development, featuring an additional 299 homesites that will be available for sales in late 2017.

For more information on The Meadows, please visit or contact New Homes Specialist Pam Meyer at (480) 889-3713. The Meadows is located at 91st Avenue and Deer Valley Road.

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Thanksgiving is all about the extravagant feast… but it’s important that you don’t forget about the drinks!  Why not surprise your guests this year with a signature cocktail to serve after the meal?  It’s time to pull out the shakers and martini glasses because you’re about to become a very festive bartender.

Thanksgiving revolves around the turkey, so it’s only fitting to drink Wild Turkey 101 bourbon. This dessert cocktail is a creamy after-dinner delight. Topped with warm, gooey caramel, you would feel guilty not having seconds.

Cider and wine are both Thanksgiving meal must-haves, but did you know you can mix the two together to create a perfect, warm cocktail? Check out this Mulled Wine recipe and get the mugs ready.

There’s a good chance that either you or someone you know is a beer person. Most beers aren’t very festive, but with this Spiced Chocolate Stout Beer Cocktail recipe, you can transform your average ale into a post-feast dessert. Your guests will be very thankful.

Cranberry pairs well with turkey, dinner rolls and especially vodka. This Cranberry Hot Toddy combines two classic cocktails and gives it a festive spin. It’s perfect for chilly Thanksgiving weather.

Hot chocolate is the mascot of winter drinks. Spice up the classic cocoa with some cayenne pepper and tequila. This Mexicocoa will trick you into thinking you’re celebrating Thanksgiving south of the border. More tequila, please!

Cheers to a wonderful holiday and Happy Thanksgiving! 


Beyond Pumpkin Pie: Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means friends, family and food! Pumpkin pie is the sweet treat that’s traditionally associated with this holiday. But, did you know there are plenty of desserts that are just as delicious as they are pretty – and perfect for satisfying the pumpkin-avoiders in your crowd? Put the piecrust away, and check out some of these amazing desserts that are sure to be the talk of the table.

Taste of New Orleans
Nothing screams “holidays” more than the taste of cinnamon. Impress your guests with this indulgent Louisiana Bread Pudding. Serve it warm with a scoop of ice cream, and watch everybody’s taste buds dance. People will surely be asking you for the recipe.

Family Fun
Gobble! Gobble! Round up the kids and make these adorable Mini Turkey Cookies. Not only are these cookies a cute and festive treat, they’re also a great way to preoccupy the kids and make memories.

Did Somebody Say Gluten-Free?
Gluten-free lifestyles are very common, and it’s a good idea to serve a dessert that everyone can enjoy. Your gluten-loving guests won’t even notice it’s missing. Check out this easy recipe for a scrumptious Gluten-Free Pecan Pie Bundt Cake with Pecan Crumble and Praline Frosting.

Traditionally Trendy
Marshmallow sweet potatoes are a classic holiday dish. Give the traditional dish a twist and turn it into a dessert! These yummy Sweet Potato-Marshmallow Mini Cupcakes will be a hit.

Grown Up Table Only
Did you know that shot glasses can be used as mini parfait cups? Well, mini bourbon parfaits. Skip the traditional pecan pie, and make these easy Adult No-Bake Bourbon Pecan Pie Cheesecake Parfaits. Your guests will be scraping the bottom of the shot glass and asking for another round.

Move-in Ready Home: Marquis at Morrison Ranch in Gilbert, Arizona

With cooler temperatures impending, we know how easy it is to long for a winter getaway. This week’s beautiful move-in-ready home in Marquis at Morrison Ranch in Gilbert, Arizona has many considerable assets to admire within its two levels and 3,720 square feet of living space. As we move closer to the New Year, picture this home as a haven for new beginnings.

Its ranch-style exterior embodies a true sense of family. The spacious kitchen offers granite countertops, a gas cooktop and double ovens. An open-concept floor plan extends from the kitchen into a living and dining room area. There is no better way to embrace the holiday spirit than by continuing family traditions in this sizable space.

Beyond the kitchen, you’ll find a living room fit for all. This space is perfect for everyone, including your extended family. Moving through the home, the second floor includes four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a loft. The loft is a perfect canvas on which to showcase your imagination. Picture this area as an entertainment hub for the family, a playroom for the kids or even a place to tuck away and cozy up with a book or two.

As we move into the backyard, you’ll find plenty of room to create your own special outdoor retreat. Whether it’s adding a pool for some year-round indulgence or constructing a space to sit back and unwind, the possibilities are endless.

Ready to make this home for sale in Gilbert yours? 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.

Featured Move-in Ready Homes of the Month

With winter approaching, moving into new home, making renovations and changing assorted details to fit your family’s lifestyle right before the holidays may seem like an impossible — and stressful — endeavor. Fortunately, Maracay Homes has an array of move-in ready homes that are just that: 100 percent complete and ready for you to move into today. Yes, even in time for the holidays. We’ve thought of every detail, from features to finishes, and the additional incentives make it even sweeter. Now through November 13, homebuyers will receive a stainless steel refrigerator, washer and dryer when they purchase a select move-in ready home. A new home and new kitchen appliances? Now we’re talking.

To give you an idea of what our move-in ready homes offer, we’ve gathered a few of our favorites that are available right now. Feel free to begin packing while you read.

hastings-cholla-5541-spanish-mission-d-rThe Preserve at Hastings Farms
Cholla Plan 5541 Homesite #4 

This one-story home is located in Maracay Homes’ newest Queen Creek community – The Preserve at Hastings Farms. Featuring a spacious one-story floor plan on a 16,991-square-foot homesite on a cul-de-sac, this home will surely fit all the needs of your family, and more.

This home boasts 3,170 square feet with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a three-car tandem garage. For extra room to roam, a den, game room, kitchen nook and formal dining room are also included, in addition to a gourmet kitchen, expansive great room and extended master bedroom suite with an exit leading to a back patio. Because space isn’t the only thing that makes a home, we’ve included some luxurious features like double ovens and 36” gas cooktop with vented hood in the kitchen, quartz countertops in master bedroom and bath, 12’ sliding glass door in the great room and 12” X 24” staggered tile throughout the home.

hastings-cholla-5541-spanish-mission-d-lThe Preserve at Hastings Farms
Cholla Plan 5541 Homesite #78

Our Queen Creek community at The Preserve at Hastings Farms offers many variations of our Maracay Homes floor plans, sure to fit families looking to grow, or those who simply want more space to thrive in. You prioritize what’s important in your new home and we’ll find a home that fits those needs.   

This home boasts a single-story, 3,079-square-foot floor plan with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, three-car tandem garage, formal dining room, den, game room and extended kitchen nook, adjacent to the gourmet kitchen and great room. Interior features include 8’ interior doors and 10’ ceilings, 12” X 24” tile throughout the home, quartz countertops in master bedroom and bath, brushed nickel bath fixtures and lighting, and so much more.

hastings-cholla-5541-desert-prairie-c-rThe Preserve at Hastings Farms
Cholla Plan 5541 Homesite #59

Beginning with the driveway, Maracay Homes strives to create houses that radiate with warmth and charm from the outside, in. This home located in The Preserve at Hastings Farms is no different. Featuring the Desert Prairie exterior elevation, this one-story home offers ample space, with thoughtful touches to make the 3,170-square-foot floor plan feel intimate and personal.

Enjoy four bedrooms, three bathrooms, den and game room to create new memories and reminisce on past ones. The home’s open central hub includes a large great room that flows into the formal dining room, gourmet kitchen and kitchen nook. Additional niceties include painted cabinets, a 12’ center pull sliding glass door leading to the covered patio, brushed nickel bath fixtures and lighting, as well as an expanded master bedroom.

Marquis at Morrison Ranch
Parker Plan 5031 Homesite #108

Take a peek inside this single-story home located in Gilbert’s Marquis at Morrison Ranch community. They say it’s all about location, and we couldn’t agree more. This home enjoys easy access to the Loop 202 freeway, fantastic dining and shopping options and Gilbert’s fast-growing downtown area.  

Your future home features a 2,521-square-foot floor plan with four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, den and three-car tandem garage for all of your family’s living and storage needs. To top it off, we’ve included additional features like hazelnut-stain cabinets, granite kitchen countertops with designer backsplash, 12’ sliding glass door to the covered patio, two-tone interior paint and 6” X 36” wood-look tile.

marquis-prescott-5003-craftsman-c-rMarquis at Morrison Ranch
Prescott Plan 5003 Homesite #131

Just when you thought these homes couldn’t get any better, let us introduce you to the Prescott plan at Marquis at Morrison Ranch in Gilbert. This stunning home boasts a grand 3,720-square-foot floor plan with six (yes, six) bedrooms, five bathrooms, loft, formal dining room, great room, gourmet kitchen and kitchen nook.

The two-story home also includes thoughtful finishing touches to make this expansive abode even more convenient and aesthetically appealing. From the gas cooktop, double ovens and upgraded granite countertops in the gourmet kitchen, two-tone interior paint and 10’ ceilings to the 12’ sliding glass door in the great room and 4’ garage extension in the three-car tandem garage, this home has everything you could want and more.  

To schedule a tour of any of these move-in ready homes, please contact our New Homes Specialist, Pam Meyer via email or phone at (480) 889-3713.