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Estrella Makes List Of Top Master-Planned Communities

The Goodyear master-planned community of Estrella has been ranked 35th by the national independent research firm John Burns Real Estate Consulting (JBREC) on its annual list of Top 50 Master-Planned Communities of 2013. The rankings are based on new home sales and Estrella is one of only four Arizona communities to make the top 50. Estrella was also recently named Best Master-Plan Community for Children in Arizona Foothills Magazine’s Best of the Valley Rankings.

Estrella’s developer, Newland Communities, made a strong showing with five of its communities placing on the nation’s top 50 list – the most of any individual developer. The San Diego-based company’s top ranked communities are located in four different metro areas, making them the most geographically diversified developer in the country.

“We are pleased with the velocity of sales from the past year, and with new builders and product coming online, we expect continued growth for Estrella in 2014,” said Bill Olson, Senior Vice President and Division Manager for Newland Real Estate Group. “The recent accolades are truly a testament of Estrella’s unique amenities, such as its lakes and yacht club, and the tight-knit feel and true sense of community of a small-town. It’s not surprising so many people want to call Estrella home.”

Located only 17 miles west of downtown Phoenix, Estrella is home to more than 12,000 residents ranging from young couples to retirees. The community hosts regular arts and culture events, provides residents with top-notch amenities and its design includes plenty of parks and trails to support a healthy, outdoor lifestyle.

Currently there are three active builders in Estrella: AV Homes, T.W. Lewis by David Weekly Homes and William Ryan Homes. T.W. Lewis by David Weekly Homes has begun preselling in its newest neighborhood and CantaMia, the 55+ Community has nine new models under construction. With several other well-known builders in escrow, Newland is working to increase inventory to meet rising demand. To learn more, visit www.estrella.com.

Gehan Bridges at Gilbert

Texas homebuilder makes its East Valley debut

Gehan Homes, a Dallas-based homebuilder, announced the grand opening of its third community in Arizona, Palazzo at The Bridges, in the new Bridges at Gilbert master-planned community located at the southeast corner of Higley and Queen Creek roads. Two model homes are open at 3625 E. Cassia Lane in Gilbert, where move-up homebuyers can see the six new Palazzo floor plans and 18 new front elevations that are exclusive to Gehan Homes’ Gilbert community.

Homebuyers can choose from 72 homesites with energy-efficient floor plans ranging from 2,397 to 4,312 sq. ft. Each modern home will feature 10-foot ceilings, eight-foot interior doors, maple kitchen cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, great rooms, flex rooms and three-car split or four-car garages with a variety of options, including snail showers, game rooms, pocket offices, media rooms, walk decks and outdoor kitchens. In addition, energy-saving construction, such as R-38 attic insulation and radiant barrier roofing makes owning a Gehan Home a luxurious and smart choice. Architectural styles include Ranch, Spanish and Prairie. Prices start at $349,000.

“We knew early on that our expansion to Arizona would include a community in metro Phoenix’s East Valley,” said Tim Gehan, CEO of Gehan Homes. “It’s exciting to see how the East Valley’s housing market has rebounded and discerning homebuyers are reinvigorated by the variety of lifestyle features they find at The Bridges at Gilbert. It’s really the perfect fit for our Palazzo designs, which provide open floor plans, flexible spaces, family-friendly amenities and stylish exteriors.”

Located within the highly-rated Higley Unified School District, The Bridges at Gilbert master-planned community is already receiving accolades for its features, which include a lake, community splash pad, amphitheaters, play structures, parks, trails and waterfalls. The growing mecca of San Tan Village is only minutes away, offering premier shopping, dining and nightlife. In addition, living at The Bridges means easy access to the Loop 202 and Loop 101 Freeways and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

One of the top 30 builders in the U.S., Gehan Homes first entered the Arizona market in April, with the grand opening of its Hacienda at Greer Ranch community in Surprise. The Texas homebuilder opened its second Valley community, Vista Pointe in The Village at Vistancia, in Peoria in August. Similar upscale homes will be built in the Palm Valley community by the end of 2013.

For information about Gehan Homes’ Palazzo at the Bridges, call (480) 621-8786 or visit www.gehanhomes.com.

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Brookfield Communities Adds Sales Talent, New Brokerage

Phoenix-based Brookfield Communities has hired real estate veteran Craig Libby as its new sales team leader at its Verde Santa Fe master-planned community. In addition, Brookfield Communities has added Jack Hanson as a sales counselor at the community located near Sedona.
Libby will lead the sales team at Verde Santa Fe, while Brookfield Communities is pleased to welcome Hanson back to the team. Previously, Hanson sold homes at Verde Santa Fe from 2003 to 2009. Joining Libby and Hanson is experienced real estate agent, Tom Yardley.

Libby brings more than 40 years of residential sales expertise to Verde Santa Fe. He spent 15 years working for a major national homebuilder in Dallas eventually attaining the title of vice president of sales and managing a team of 40 sales people. Libby has also owned his own sales training consulting firm where he trained new home agents.

“Brookfield Communities has a successful track-record and have proven their homebuilding expertise over the years building quality homes at reasonable prices,” said Libby, a Sedona resident. “I am very excited to join the team and be a part of the efforts at Verde Santa Fe.”

Brookfield Communities has also signed an agreement with Prudential Real Estate, one of North America’s largest real estate brokerage franchise networks, to serve as its brokerage partner at Verde Santa Fe. Prudential adds significant depth to the sales team and will bring as many as 10 agents to the sales efforts at the growing master-planned community.

Earlier this year, Brookfield Communities and Republic Companies announced that they are in the advanced stages of planning on adding an additional 700 acres for mixed uses adjacent to its Verde Santa Fe master-plan. The site will eventually include about 1,400 new homes. The area will include cafes and will be surrounded by vineyards. The project will also include a commercial center, a large resort, medical office buildings, office condos and restaurants.

Brookfield Communities Founder and President Phil Petersen said plans for the expansion at Verde Santa Fe were conceived in 2005 and 2006, but were shelved during the real estate recession. Today, plans continue to move to expand Verde Santa Fe, he said, adding so far in 2013, the community has seen record amounts of sales visitation.

For additional information, visit www.brookfieldcommunities.com or call (888) 730-7676.

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Vistancia Sees Record Sales for Master Planned Community

Vistancia, a master planned community located in the rising foothills of the northwest Valley, is experiencing record sales for the first half of 2012 reporting 189 net sales representing a 78 percent increase in year-over-year sales growth.

“We’ve eclipsed our 2011 total net sales during the first six months of this year and continue to attract premier builders to join our growing community,” said Mark Hammons, vice president/general manager of Vistancia.

“It’s been an exciting year thus far and record sales growth coupled with an increase in builder activity is a confirmation that home builders and consumers have confidence in the market and consider Vistancia because of its unique lifestyle, wide selection of new home options and quicker access to Phoenix with the Loop 303 and Lone Mountain Parkway,” Hammons said.

Visitors to the Vistancia Information Center have nearly doubled since 2011 setting a 96 percent year-over-year growth.

Builder interest in the community is stronger than ever with three new builders opening in the first half of 2012 and up to five additional neighborhoods in The Village and Blackstone at Vistancia anticipated before year end. Specific builders and new homes planned will be announced this fall.

“We’re seeing demand for new homes continuing to improve including our custom homesites and our most recent new builders like Meritage Homes, Taylor Morrison and Shea Homes have brought new buyers to the community,” said Hammons.

“Each of our builders offer a different product and we anticipate that the newly-designed floorplans coming this fall will help satisfy the pent-up demand of consumers who have been waiting for new opportunities to purchase in Vistancia.”

Set amongst a stunning backdrop of the natural Sonoran desert mountain beauty, the Vistancia community features a vibrant and genuine spirit with six actively selling new home neighborhoods by national and regional builders offering varied designs in three unique lifestyle communities: The Village at Vistancia, a multi-generational family community; Blackstone at Vistancia, a private golf community featuring luxury homes and custom homesites; and Trilogy at Vistancia, an active adult resort community.

Recreational experiences at Vistancia include the 3.5-mile Discovery Trail, the heart of Vistancia that connects the entire community linking to on-site schools and scenic parks with interactive gardens and walkways for enjoying the surrounding Sonoran desert with year-round events.

The centerpiece of The Village at Vistancia is the 15,000-square-foot Mountain Vista Club, featuring an outdoor basketball court, three swimming pools with waterslides, tennis courts, playground, large event lawn and picnic areas. Residents in The Village community can also enjoy the Foothills Center featuring a six-lane lap pool, children’s playground and scenic ramada.

Amenities of Blackstone at Vistancia include a private guard gated entrance, neighborhood park and spectacular desert views. In addition, Blackstone at Vistancia features the Blackstone Country Club including a Jim Engh-designed 18-hole golf course and the Blackstone clubhouse, a 30,000-square-foot Spanish Colonial architectural style clubhouse with a 3,000-square-foot fitness center, three resort-style pools and lighted tennis courts. Club membership is separate from real estate purchase.

Trilogy at Vistancia features an 18-hole golf course designed by Gary Panks and the 35,000-square-foot Kiva Club with fitness center, swimming pools, full-service Alvea Spa, four lighted tennis courts and the Verde Grill.

“We’ve created a master plan that offers a wide range of living choices and amenities that engage residents, provides unique ways to discover their community and creates a genuine, overall feeling of being connected with our natural Sonoran desert beauty which is what today’s homebuyers are seeking,” Hammons said.

Vistancia is located in Peoria set amongst a stunning backdrop of mountain ranges featuring dramatic views of White Peak, Twin Buttes and the Bradshaw Mountains in pristine desert surroundings.

Vistancia now has a second community entrance and exit, providing both north and south access. Take Loop 303 to the new Lone Mountain Parkway (exit 127). The Vistancia Information Center is located at the guard-gated entrance of Blackstone at Vistancia. For more information about Vistancia visit www.vistancia.com or call 623-933-6233.