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You know what they say: 'time flies when you're having fun’ …and working in a booming real estate market. Okay, that’s our version anyway.

It’s been an incredibly busy summer here at Maracay as we have announced new communities, revealed our New Arizona Living Collection and continued to provide the award-winning customer service that our hundreds of current and potential homeowners have come to know and love. Alongside headlines of an improving market and Phoenix being dubbed one of the country’s top ‘turn around towns,’ Maracay Homes has been in the news for a variety of great reasons. Here’s a quick sample of the latest updates:

Flexible floor plans
Homebuyers today can create personalized spaces
Arizona Republic

Our FlexDesign® program has long been a core differentiator of Maracay Homes. With the click of a mouse, your dream home can come to life right at your very desktop. Today, the Arizona Republic shared why anticipating the future and allowing for options provides the ideal formula for today’s buyer. Check out the front page of the New Homes section in today’s Republic for the full story.

Two New Arizona Communities
Arizona Foothills Magazine

New has been the word of the season here at Maracay Homes. First, the New Arizona Living Collection made its market debut providing new home buyers with redesigned floor plans for the way they actually want to live. Features like hobby rooms, generation suites, owner’s entries and more. Next, new communities have been popping up on the map all over the Valley and southward to Tucson. As Arizona Foothills put it, ‘east meets best’ in our latest endeavor, Eastmark in Chandler, Ariz. Click here to get the full story on both of these exciting new offers.  

Stay tuned – more new, and more news, is on the way soon.  

Coming Soon: Artesian Ranch

Artesian Ranch Maracay Homes

Maracay Homes is at it again! We are just a few days away from bringing another new home community to the East Valley: Artesian Ranch in Chandler, Ariz. Located at the northwest corner of Gilbert and Ocotillo roads, the neighborhood will introduce six all-new floor plans thoughtfully designed for Artesian Ranch Maracay Homes New Arizona Living Collection

One- and two-story designs from the Marquis Collection range from 2,364 to 4,096 square feet, offering a broad range of amenities starting from $357,000. To name just a few: spacious foyers, walk-in pantries and bonus suites.

Prospective buyers can check out these new Chandler homes at the neighborhood gathering on Saturday, June 15 from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call Phil Benson at 480-802-0833. We’ll see you there!  

Introducing The Signature Collection

Vaquero Ranch

The recession left a lasting impression on homebuyers and homebuilders alike. Now, as we look toward better market conditions and brighter headlines, Maracay Homes is answering the call for today's buyer, building new inventory that is specifically designed for the way they want to live. The recently launched New Arizona Living Collection encompasses 46 new plans across eight collections that are tailored to the needs of the post-recession buyer. 

One of the most popular, the Signature Collection, represents Maracay Homes' distinctive take on what new Arizona buyers want and allows them to put their own stamp on it with customizable options. Some of the standout features of the Signature Collection include:

  • Great room plans, allowing for less formal space and more connectivity
  • Bonus rooms for customizing, according to the homeowner's personal hobbies
  • Hidden passageway from the laundry room to the master closet, designed for the utmost convenience
  • Walk-in kitchen pantry and 3-car garage for more storage
  • Inviting exteriors with wrap-around front porches allowing for connectivity and visual interest

Beautiful and functional, Signature Collection plans are available at Medina at Estrella, Lyon's Gate, Kinetic Point at Eastmark and Vaquero Ranch. To learn more about putting your signature on Arizona new homes, visit the neighborhood pages.

VIDEO: Time Lapse of ENERGY STAR® Home Build

What goes into building a new home? Planning, precision and a well-equipped team. What goes into building an ENERGY STAR® certified home? All of that and more.

Maracay Homes is proud to have built our first eco-efficient ENERGY STAR® certified home in the Chandler homes community of Whispering Heights. Aside from our already high standards for new homes in Arizona, this particular project offers additional features for energy efficiency, health and comfort that require careful implementation from our team of experts along with our partners at SRP.

To be certified as an SRP ENERGY STAR® Home, a home must undergo third-party testing and inspection of everything from the quality of the insulation installed to the refrigerant charge of each air-conditioning unit. The home’s performance level is represented by the HERS Index, a nationally recognized system for measuring home performance. Homes in the ENERGY STAR® program typically receive a rating of 70 or below which means they perform approximately 30 percent better tan a new home built to code minimums. Now what does it look like to make that vision a reality? Well, take a look:

NEWS: Maracay Homes Builds First ENERGY STAR® Home

Maracay Homes teamed with SRP to build first SRP ENERGY STAR® Home, saving owners $1,400 annually.

Do you remember the houses of the future from the 1950’s with talking walls, robot maids, and microwaves that cook meals in minutes? Those haven’t come to fruition (yet), but Maracay Homes and SRP have the next best thing when it comes to innovations in home building – the first SRP ENERGY STAR® Home.

The home belongs to Tamee and George Simbles who’ve recently relocated from Austin, TX to occupy the state-of-the-art home located in the community of Whispering Heights Chandler. The 3,100-square-foot home is the first of its kind and completely fulfilled the desires of the Simbles family, who wanted to downsize to a single-story home with less space to clean, but enough space for her three sons, and energy efficiency.

“Building a sustainable, affordable and greener way of living is a core value at Maracay Homes,” said Andy Warren, President of Maracay Homes. “We are proud to build homes that stand up to SRP’s ENERGY STAR Homes standards. Welcome home, Simbles family.”

In addition to the more manageable size, a few of the energy-efficient benefits of living in an ENERGY STAR® home include:

  • 50 to 60 percent more energy efficiency than most existing homes
  • Savings of $1,400 or more per year compared with most existing homes
  • 20 percent less water usage compared to existing and some new homes

Not only are the homes energy-efficient, but certain features ensure added comfort and health of the homeowners. They are built tight to keep conditioned air in while dirt, pollen and pollutants stay out. The homes are also required to have ventilation systems that filter in fresh air, so families can rest easy knowing that the air inside their home is clean and safe.

“There are so many features that are on this home that have not been in our previous homes, like the radiant barrier in our attic, improved windows, plus energy-efficient light bulbs, a programmable thermostat and motion sensors so the kids can’t leave lights on anymore,” Tamee said. “Not to mention the nearly 50% savings on our electric bill alone.”

Like any house, the building started with the laying of the foundation, plumbing and putting up the walls, but SRP employed some serious solar magic when adding the roof and with other eco-touches, such as the ventilation system and water features. Check back soon for a timelapse video featuring the entire build!

For more information on this ENERGY STAR® program or ways to save energy in your existing home, visit our Energy Ease page.