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


This week’s move-in ready home can be found inside the gated community of  Rancho Del Cobre in Oro Valley. The 3,000-square-foot home features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, an open-concept floor plan and upgrades in every room.


The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, designer backsplash and espresso cabinets extended throughout. The breakfast area expands into an open family room, perfect for holiday gatherings and every-day lounging. The cozy sitting room offers a variety of benefits. Whether it’s being used as a reading nook or transformed into an entertainment space, this section of the home is sure to please everyone.



Looking for the office of your dreams? A private den, hidden behind French doors, offers a secluded space in which to tuck away and work from home. Moving through the home, the covered patio located in the backyard is an enjoyment in itself. This spacious backyard can serve as a gathering area to entertain friends or enjoy time with family in your own private oasis.

Ready to make this home yours? Click here to schedule a tour with Pam Meyer, our New Home Specialist, via email or phone at (520) 239-0380. 


Laundry Room Trends

In today’s world, a spacious living room, open kitchen, expansive master bedroom and plenty of storage space are all important ingredients in creating a comfortable home.  But one element that’s becoming more of a focal point for homebuyers is the laundry room. What was once an afterthought, is now an essential part of the home that can provide more than just storage for the washer and dryer.

Here’s a closer look at some of the latest laundry room trends:

Victory-Verrado-Trendsetter-4155-Dog-WashPets are members of the family, but all too often they are the messiest in the household. And, it can be a serious challenge trying to wash the family dog in the shower or bathtub, which not only can create stress for the pet owner but also the animal. Simply adding a pet-washing station in the laundry room is a unique and functional way to incorporate those furry friends into the home. Maracay’s design even comes with a raised platform, making it much easier to bathe little dogs or even cats.

cpv-the-cove-clifton-Model-LaundryAdding a sink to a laundry room is an absolute must, whether you use it to clean delicates, scrub your kids’ troublesome playground stains or wash your own hands in-between each load of laundry.

Natural light and plenty of bright-colored cabinetry have also become popular among today’s homebuyers. Simply adding a window to the laundry room, along with bright whites and warm greys, can create a relaxing atmosphere perfect for getting through those never-ending baskets of clothes. 

Move-in Ready Home: Ranches at Santa Catalina in Tucson

Take a (virtual) tour inside this week’s featured move-in ready home, located in the Ranches at Santa Catalina community in the beautiful city of Tucson. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains, this community – featuring ¾ to 1 acre homesites – offers proximity to dining, shopping and outdoor recreation, including immediate access to Mount Lemmon – the southernmost ski destination in the U.S.

Inside this home, you’ll find charm and amenities to match the expansive, 3,061- square-foot floor plan. The single-story home boasts three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, den, formal dining room, kitchen nook and 3-car tandem garage to fit all of your family, and their treasures. Speaking of room to roam, the open floor plan blending the great room, gourmet kitchen and kitchen nook are ideal for staying connected with family members and guests. The gourmet kitchen features upgraded kitchen countertops with designer back splash, double ovens, an 8’ X 16’ center pull sliding glass door from the great room to the patio and more.

To make this move-in-ready home – and your life – even sweeter, we’ve added some extra features, including an expanded bedroom #2 with walk in closet, additional cabinets and sink in the laundry room, double doors in the den and extended covered patio – giving you extra space for guests, furniture and fun. Topped off with thoughtful finishing touches like upgraded 18” tile, two-tone interior paint, and 2’ garage extension, this home is ready and waiting for you.   

Interested in seeing this home in person? Schedule a tour with Pam Meyer, our New Home Specialist, via email or phone at (520) 239-02380. 


SRP Champions of Energy Efficiency Award

Maracay Homes’ commitment to green-homebuilding practices was recognized today as Salt River Project (SRP) named it the winner of the 2016 SRP Champions of Energy Efficiency Award in the Local Homebuilder category.

The award, sponsored by one of Arizona’s largest utility companies, honors SRP business customers that demonstrate outstanding initiative in energy efficiency. It was presented to Maracay Homes and 15 other winners at SRP’s third annual Champions of Energy Efficiency Awards Luncheon in Tempe, Arizona.

“It’s a privilege to receive this designation from SRP, which is such a respected brand and an icon in the community,” said Maracay Homes President Andy Warren. “It really is important for us to see our commitment to energy efficiency as an extension of our commitment to quality, so to be partnered and designated along with SRP means a lot.”

Nominations for the Champions of Energy Efficiency Awards are based on gross annual energy savings through participation in SRP’s commercial rebate program. The winners were selected by an independent committee of Valley professionals.

Maracay Homes joined the EPA’s Energy Star program in 2010 and has been building Energy Star-certified homes throughout Arizona ever since. According to Energy Star, an Energy Star-certified new home delivers energy savings up to 30 percent, compared to typical new homes. Maracay’s homes also garner superior scores on the HERS Index, an industry standard of measuring home-energy efficiency.

Maracay’s LivingSmart® program continues this comprehensive approach to green living through responsible development, water and energy efficiency, and designs and features that maximize both comfort and conservation. In addition to promoting energy efficiency in its 22 active communities, Maracay also encourages conservation at the corporate office through installed features such as motion sensors and programmable thermostats.

Adding Fall Flair To Your Front Porch


Pumpkin patches, hay rides, caramel apples and candy corn. It’s that wonderful time of year, when we get to enjoy cooler temperatures, fall festivities and more time with family and friends. Celebrate your love for fall by hosting a front porch gathering for your neighbors to take in the sunset, soak up the cooler weather and show off your fantastic space.

Here are a few simple and easy ways to add a little fall flair to your front porch area:    

1. Wreaths: The perfect addition to any front door. Get crafty and create your own or purchase one at a local craft store. Here are a few ideas for inspiration.

2. Pumpkins: A true staple of the fall season. Buying a few pumpkins and putting them on your porch, away from direct sunlight, is an easy décor addition this time of year.

3. Burlap: Another easy addition to your front porch. Try wrapping burlap or making bows to decorate your light posts and any outdoor furniture. You could even use burlap to make the wreath for the front door. Click here for a few examples.

4. Flowers: Potted plants in fall colors like yellow, dark red or orange are a bright and cheery way to get in the fall mood. Simply put a few potted plants on the front porch and you’ll be the prettiest house on the block. Just don’t forget to water!  

Are you wishing your home had a front porch? Many of our Maracay Homes floorplans have a front porch included in the design. Click here to learn more about your floorplan options or follow us on Pinterest for more fall decorating inspiration.  

An Entertainer’s Paradise

Victory-Verrado-Entertainer-1155-Kitchen-GreatroomThe holiday season is nearly upon us, and with it comes the deluge of family gatherings. Whether you’re anticipating a full house for Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas Eve sleepover with visiting adult children and grandchildren, our Entertainer floor plan is more than up to the task.

The Entertainer, found exclusively at our Victory at Verrado community, is part of our Freedom Collection of floor plans specifically designed for active adults. Its wide-open layout boasts 2,284 square feet of living space that’s as comfortable for two people as it is for a crowd. An expansive kitchen overlooks a spacious great room, offering the right amount of connectivity for dinner parties and game nights. For those pleasant Arizona evenings and mornings, a multi-room breezeway allows for indoor/outdoor living and a cozy place to catch up by the fireplace or the pool.

If you fancy yourself an entertainer, you owe it to yourself to see all that this Entertainer has in store. Come on in and make yourself at home:

For more information on this plan and others at Victory at Verrado, please visit To schedule a tour, please contact our New Home Specialist Pam Meyer at or 480-889-3713.

Move-in Ready Home of the Week at Villagio in Queen Creek

Step inside this week’s move-in ready home, located in our Villagio community in Queen Creek. At just under 2,600 square feet, this home features three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 3-car garage. Whether you’re a growing family or love to entertain, there is plenty of space for everyone. You can even accommodate overnight guests with ease using the dual master bedroom.

The gourmet kitchen features stainless steel appliances, dark espresso cabinets and beautiful granite counter tops that complement each other nicely. Upgraded light fixtures throughout the home, 18” tile and 8’ doors ensure this home is breathtaking from every angle.

Beyond the kitchen, you’ll find a den, spacious great room with beautiful sliding glass doors and an easily accessible laundry room that can be entered from the master walk-in-closet or from the hallway, making this home both beautiful and functional.

To see more of this home, click here to take a virtual tour or contact our New Homes Specialist, Pam Meyer, at or (480) 889-3713.

Safety First: Chandler and Gilbert


Our beloved East Valley communities of Gilbert and Chandler are once again turning heads on a national level. The Phoenix suburbs are being touted by Law Street, a major national news site, as two of America’s top 10 safest cities with populations over 200,000. The website determined the rankings using 2015 statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report.

According to the data, Gilbert was recognized as the second safest city in the nation for the fourth time, surpassing places like Virginia Beach, Virginia; Santa Clarita, California; and even Scottsdale, Arizona. Meanwhile, Chandler ranked tenth overall, dropping a couple spots from last year’s number eight position.

Both Gilbert and Chandler are no strangers to the national spotlight. In fact, in 2014, Gilbert was ranked as the 20th best community to live in by 24/7 Wall St., a New York-based financial news and opinion website. Similarly, in 2015, Chandler received attention as one of the top family-friendly cities in the country by, a leading online resource for researching communities.

Of course, we don’t need accolades and rankings to know that Chandler and Gilbert are the quintessential places to raise a family and enjoy life to the fullest. Just ask the residents at any of our five Maracay Homes neighborhoods situated throughout these high-demand communities – we’re willing to bet they share the same sentiment. With budding high-tech industries, award-winning schools, diverse dining and entertainment options and eclectic arts scenes – in addition to high safety rankings — there truly is something for everyone to love.

For more information on Maracay’s Gilbert and Chandler neighborhoods, please visit

Move-in Ready Home: Verrado Palisades

This week’s move-in-ready home at Verrado Palisades in Buckeye is a desert paradise, with 2,675 square feet of pure beauty. The house is extremely spacious — with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathroms and a 3-car garage – and is ready to welcome a family or anyone who often has guests.

Be the host of the century, with your breathtaking kitchen. With ample granite countertops, a large island and double ovens, this kitchen is perfect for entertaining. Not only is the kitchen extremely functional, its espresso-stained cabinets and light tile flooring also make it quite striking.

On Sundays, put on your jersey and watch the football games from the comfort of your spacious great room. Slide open the glass doors to let in the breeze as you prepare to throw something tasty for dinner on the backyard grill.

When you aren’t entertaining, unwind in peace in your roomy master bedroom retreat. No matter how busy you are, you’ll find time to relax with your large walk-in frameless shower. But don’t worry, the rest of the family and guests won’t be too jealous. They also have gorgeous bathrooms with double sinks.

What are you waiting for? 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.

Ask Andy: Getting the Most from Your Design Studio Visit

For many buyers, the Design Studio is where the magic happens. It’s where their dream home actually begins to come to life as they work with professional design consultants to individually select flooring, fixtures, counter tops and more. It can also be an overwhelming experience – where the sheer number of selections involved in finishing a new home can strike trepidation in the hearts of even seasoned home buyers. We sat down with Maracay Homes President Andy Warren to discuss this topic and to gather some tips on getting the most from a visit to the Maracay Homes Design Studio.

First of all, Andy, how should someone prepare for their time in the Design Studio?

In order to get the most from a Design Center appointment (which needs to be scheduled ahead of time), it’s important that buyers come prepared to take their time and commit themselves to the specialized attention this process deserves. We have two Design Studios – one in Scottsdale and one in Tucson – whose hours are Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The appointment generally takes up to four or five hours for selections to be completed. In our opinion, it’s time well spent! It’s also helpful to do a little research before you arrive and have a general idea of what types of colors and design styles appeal to you.

What typically takes place during a Design Studio appointment?

Once you arrive, your design consultant will help you select everything from paint colors to door handles and numerous details in between. Feel free to bring along your inspiration boards, magazines, notebooks, color swatches and whatever other design details have interested you. While we simply do not have the resources to build one-of-a-kind custom homes, we do offer a variety of options that are suitable to an array of tastes. To see some of the Design Studio options in action, feel free to browse our Pinterest boards and Houzz page – and bring your Ideabooks along on your digital device (tablet, laptop or phone) to show us what you might have in mind.

Any last advice?

Relax and enjoy the process. We want you to love every square inch of your new home and this is your opportunity to make it your own. Take time to carefully select the details that will express the individual personalities of you and your family. We’re here to help. Your vision plus our expertise equals a winning team.

For more information on our Design Studios or to schedule an appointment, please visit