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Shea Homes reports steady sales for Q1

Shea Homes saw its sales hold steady through the first quarter of 2013, with its West Valley communities seeing higher than normal sales. Close to two thirds of the sales for Q1 came from Shea’s West Valley communities in Peoria, Buckeye, and Litchfield Park, which is a turn from the boom of its East Valley communities.

“Our overall traffic is up and sales have remained steady from last year, which was a huge recovery over 2011,” said Ken Peterson, VP of Sales and Marketing for Shea Homes. “We have seen hot spots in the West Valley- specifically our luxury homes at Vista Montaña in Peoria, where home prices have averaged $600,000.”

Shea’s two newest product lines, luxury homes and luxury villas, have shown tremendous growth so much so that an additional 23, out of a total of 43 homesites, were opened at Vista Montaña II earlier this year and the luxury villas are being expanded to a new community breaking ground in Verrado later this summer. The new community, called Vallarta at Verrado, will feature 63 homesites with luxury villa floor plans similar to Shea’s Vistancia community; Caletas at Blackstone.

Shea has been active in the East Valley as well, specifically San Tan Valley and Gilbert, where its innovative product SPACES at Evans Ranch has only one inventory home left. Evans Ranch was opened in May 2012 and has sold out ahead of projections. Shea Homes is currently building 9 models at Marbella Vineyards opening late-summer and getting ready to break ground for models at their Bridges communities in Gilbert. With close to 500 lots soon available and showcasing a completely new approach to homebuilding Shea Homes continues to challenge industry standards.

“Our homes at Marbella will be something the Valley has never seen before in homebuilding, it will completely redefine the concept of how the industry has built homes in the past,” said Peterson. “This summer will be an exciting one for us.”

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Texas homebuilder Gehan enters Arizona market

Gehan Homes, a Dallas-based homebuilder, announced the grand opening of its first community in Arizona, Hacienda at Greer Ranch in Surprise. One of the top 30 builders in the U.S., Gehan Homes is introducing a new series of homes targeted to the move-up homebuyer. A model home is now open at 11520 N. 156 Lane in Surprise where homebuyers can see the six new floor plans and 18 new front elevations that are exclusive to the Phoenix market.

“Our opening at Greer Ranch is a vote of confidence in the Phoenix market, which has clearly rebounded and where we see positive signs for the longer term health of the housing market,” said Tim Gehan, CEO of Gehan Homes. Gehan Homes will build in four Valley-wide communities during 2013.

The award-winning builder is drawing on more than 25 years of experience to meet buyers’ everyday living needs. Committed to delivering homes that are “Designed for Your Life,” Gehan offers a broad selection of hundreds of design options for discerning buyers.

“A Gehan home is one that fits the energy and flexibility of modern life,” Gehan said. “The new floor plans at Greer Ranch are designed for today’s lifestyles and feature open floor plans that better connect family members, three car garages and flexible spaces that can be personalized to meet a variety of individual needs.”

Homebuyers can choose from 66 homesites at Gehan Homes’ Hacienda at Greer Ranch community with energy-efficient floor plans ranging from 2,001 to 3,947 sq. ft.  Gehan Homes chose to build in Greer Ranch for several reasons, including its proximity to hiking trails, parks, shopping and more. Streetscapes are tree-lined and all of the homes are within walking distance of the Excelling Sonoran Heights Elementary School in the Dysart school district. With prices starting at $247,990, Gehan’s stylish Greer Ranch homes are perfect for active families who value being able to personalize a new home to fit their lifestyle.

Similar upscale homes will be built in the Vistancia, Palm Valley and Bridges of Gilbert communities by the end of 2013.

For information about Hacienda at Greer Ranch, call (623) 584-0903 or visit www.gehanhomes.com.

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Scottsdale Builder Wins 4th straight Eliant Award

Eliant recently announced Rosewood Homes as winner of the 2013 “Homebuyers’ Choice Award” for providing the “Best Overall Purchase and Ownership Experience” in North America. Rosewood was also recognized again for having the highest “First Year Quality” rating. This is the first time a homebuilder has been honored in four consecutive years and Rosewood Homes is the only Arizona builder to ever receive this prestigious award. The 2013 winners were chosen based on the results of surveys completed by more than 76,000 recent home buyers from across the United States and Canada.

For more than 27 years, David Kitnick and his team have been recognized for providing exceptional quality, customer satisfaction and design excellence. Generous standard features, innovative floor plans and rich architecture combine with high quality construction and energy efficient features to make Rosewood Homes the top choice when purchasing a luxury home.

“There is no better honor than to have actual homeowners vote based on their personal experience with their builder,” said David Kitnick, President of Rosewood Homes. “At Rosewood, there’s only one way to do things: the right way. That’s why throughout the building process you’ll find our rigorous Rosewood Quality Assurance Program and our Rosewood Signature Construction, where we go above and beyond the industry standard for quality and craftsmanship,” said Kitnick. “Everyone affiliated with Rosewood is committed to providing industry leading customer satisfaction, quality and design with each new Rosewood home,” said Kitnick.

Rosewood Homes has neighborhoods in three prestigious locations in Arizona – DC Ranch, Vistancia and Estrella, and is in various stages of planning and development of four new neighborhoods opening in 2013 and 2014 including 33 Campbell Place in the Camelback Corridor. The exclusive, 18-home private gated 33 Campbell Place is slated to grand open late April with well-appointed homes ranging from over 2,340 square-feet to nearly 3,400 square-feet and providing authentic architectural detailing as well as highly sought after features such as: home offices, guest casitas, bonus rooms, courtyards and wine closets. Homes start in the $470s.

“Once again, Rosewood Homes is the undisputed leader in the delivery of an extraordinary customer experience,” said Bob Mirman, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eliant.

The Eliant awards are presented annually by California-based Eliant, a customer experience management company that has been surveying buyers of new homes for 29 years. Eliant has earned an international reputation by providing a wide range of sophisticated customer experience management strategies for home builders, lenders, escrow firms, design firms and other companies interested in improving their customers’ loyalty.

Mark Hammons, vice president/general manager of Vistancia Land Holdings; John Graham, president & CEO, Sunbelt Holdings; Diane Belcher, senior investment manager, Southwest U.S. Stratford Land; Susan Daluddung, Peoria Deputy City Manager; Cathy Carlat, Peoria Councilmember; and Peoria Mayor Bob Barrett. (Photo: Ben Koller Photography)

Vistancia Officially Breaks Ground on CAP Canal Bridge

 

Vistancia celebrated the groundbreaking for the $5.5M, 4-lane Vistancia Boulevard Bridge crossing the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal at the base of White Peak and Twin Buttes mountains in north Peoria, marking the next phase of development for the 7,100-acre master plan.

Linking Vistancia to its 3,450 acres north, surrounded by higher elevations embracing premier desert foothills living, the future extension will offer four lifestyle communities featuring up to 3,500 homes, community recreational centers, commercial space, a 900-acre mountain preserve, city parks and public schools.

 

General contractor for the CAP Bridge is Skanska USA Civil West RMD of Phoenix. The design team is comprised of Stanley Consultants of Phoenix serving as the structural engineer/designer, and Greey/Pickett of Scottsdale is providing the finish treatments for the bridge. The bridge is planned to complete construction in the fall.

Set in the natural Sonoran desert and scenic mountainous terrain, the future extension of the community will offer four lifestyle communities featuring up to 3,500 homes offering a diverse range of architectural styles and home sizes, community recreational centers, commercial space, a 900-acre mountain preserve, city parks and public schools.

Providing a passage way into the newest community at Vistancia, the design of the bridge – ultimately to have six lanes — embraces the character of the natural desert, anchored by stone with linear planes that will blend seamlessly into Vistancia’s Sonoran desert backdrop.

More than 900 acres of the community are planned to be donated to the City of Peoria as a natural area preserve for permanent open space.

Surrounded by higher elevations, rolling terrain and panoramic views, Vistancia’s future communities are envisioned to embrace premier desert foothills living, immersed in the spectacular Sonoran desert offering outstanding view landscapes and preservation corridors.

“The building of the Vistancia Boulevard Bridge crossing over the CAP canal marks the next phase of development for the 7,100-acre Vistancia community, representing the most unique portion of the master plan,” said Mark Hammons, vice president/general manager of Vistancia.

“We are already seeing a tremendous amount of interest from homebuilders who want to be a part of Vistancia’s future. We strongly believe in this recovering market represented by the significant investment for the master plan’s future and look forward to creating a magnificent desert-inspired community in the north,” Hammons said.

The award-winning Vistancia is one of the most successful master planned communities in the nation, recently named among the top 50 best-selling residential developments in the nation for 2012 by Irvine, Calif.-based John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

Vistancia features eight 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 filled with amenities and activities for families of all ages; Blackstone at Vistancia, a private gated golf community featuring luxury homes and custom homesites nestled amidst pristine natural desert landscapes with generous open spaces providing spectacular mountain views from every homesite; and Trilogy at Vistancia, an active adult resort community.

 

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Vistancia Information Center Goes High Tech Interactive After Redesign

 

Prospective homebuyers at Vistancia can now receive a glimpse into the master planned community’s diverse new home neighborhoods and active lifestyle with a swipe of a finger on its new 40-inch interactive touch display — the first of its kind for Arizona — at its newly redesigned Information Center.

Bright Door Systems of Raleigh, N.C., is behind the leading edge technology system which tells the story of Vistancia from a developer overview to its active lifestyle, rich amenities, recreational experiences, neighborhoods, diverse home product and pricing utilizing dynamic, interactive macro to micro maps detailing the wide range of community offerings, amenities and future development for a collaborative experience.

Potential buyers can take a virtual tour of Vistancia’s three unique lifestyle communities — The Village at Vistancia featuring a multi-generational family community; Blackstone at Vistancia, a private gated golf community offering luxury homes and custom homesites; and Trilogy at Vistancia, an active adult resort community – in addition to Vistancia’s additional 3,450 acres planned for future residential and 500-acre commercial core instantly showcasing so much life available in one place.

When people have an interactive informational experience using touch, their interest and commitment heightens and they can actually begin selling themselves through the direct involvement process, according to Deven Spear, founder and CEO of Bright Door.

The new interior design of the Vistancia Information Center features a modern and updated feel to speak to the active demographic of the community, says Claudia Gerster, principal of Creative License International of Tempe, the interior designer and planning company for the new Information Center. Caliente Construction of Mesa was the general contractor.

A natural and fresh color palette features tangerine, greens from the desert landscape, and naturally distressed and dark wood blending for a clean and natural environment. A new reception/hospitality area was built featuring a reception counter with custom barstools and hand-blown decorative glass accents providing a more inviting and comfortable space.

In addition, new enhancements include a redesigned fireplace with a walnut-stained mantel, tangerine suede window treatments and new patio furniture bringing the indoors out, reflecting the center’s interior color scheme.

New 5- by 8-feet framed vibrant art displays hang from the ceiling, telling the story of living at Vistancia in a more modern and dramatic way with life-size photography featuring residents and amenities of the vibrant and visually stunning Sonoran desert community.

The redesigned and renovated Vistancia Information Center was the final component of a strategic branding initiative to communicate the unique and actively selling communities within the 7,100-acre master plan and to enhance the visitor experience at the Information Center which recently relocated to the Blackstone at Vistancia community off of Lone Mountain Parkway. Additional new marketing communication initiatives included a new website vistancia.com, community brochures and advertising campaigns.

“Exciting changes have been created at Vistancia with a refreshed branding and marketing campaign for attracting new residents,” said Mark Hammons, vice president/general manager of Vistancia. “The heart of the newly designed Information Center, the interactive touchscreen map educates prospective buyers in a most unique and engaging way about our three distinctive communities and the future of Vistancia,” he said.

“From the playful spirit at The Village at Vistancia to a comfortable luxury found in Blackstone at Vistancia and the genuine, overall feeling of being connected by pure, unspoiled nature away from the bustle of the city, we do have the best of everything,” Hammons added.

Builder interest in Vistancia is stronger than ever with four new builders coming to the community with new models and product by mid-2013.

 

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Valley’s Best Food Trucks All in One Place at Vistancia

Enjoy Vistancia’s Food Truck Experience from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 featuring gourmet food samplings from 11 of the Valley’s best food trucks, tours of 11 model homes throughout the Vistancia community, Blackstone Country Club clubhouse tours and menu tastings.

The West Valley’s first food truck tour begins at the Vistancia Information Center, 12026 W. Lone Mountain Parkway in Peoria, where guests will receive a map of the gourmet food trucks located throughout the community’s builder model homes by K. Hovnanian Homes, Meritage Homes, Rosewood Homes, Shea Homes, Taylor Morrison and T.W. Lewis by David Weekley Homes. Complimentary food samplings will be available from all food trucks to the first 400 guests during this open to the public community event.

Located amongst a stunning backdrop of Sonoran desert mountain beauty, guests can rediscover Vistancia and all it has to offer as they enjoy 11 diverse gourmet food trucks featuring Carte Blanche, Hey Joe!, Filipino Street Food, Island Loco, Luncha Libre, Mojo Bowl, Pizza People, Q UP BBQ, Spice It Up!, Sweet Jonez Cupcakes, Tom’s BBQ Pig Rig and Torched Goodness.

Specialty food offerings will range from Chipotle mushroom and mozzarella  quesadillas, smoked beef brisket sliders, pulled pork on coleslaw, bacon mac and cheese bites and ancho chile braised steak tacos to vanilla, sea salt caramel and chocolate crème brulee; mini cupcakes, strawberry banana, orange and pineapple mango smoothies; with gluten free and vegetarian options.

Blackstone at Vistancia’s private Blackstone Country Club will feature tours of the club and menu tastings from an active Paella station featuring pork loin, chorizo, clams, mussels, shrimp and saffron rice, located in the courtyard of the stunning hacienda-style clubhouse.
In addition, The Village at Vistancia community will be offering tours of the 15,000-square-foot Mountain Vista Club and the Blackstone at Vistancia will feature previews of new custom homesites during the special event.

Vistancia offers the best in family life and neighborhood involvement among miles of open space away from the city and close to what’s especially important in life. The community offers a wide range of living choices and amenities for enjoying truly diverse experiences.

“We’ve created a community that offers a wide range of living choices and amenities for enjoying varied experiences at Vistancia,” said Mark Hammons, vice president/general manager of Vistancia. “From the playful spirit at The Village at Vistancia to a comfortable luxury found in Blackstone at Vistancia and the genuine, overall feeling of being connected by pure, unspoiled nature away from the bustle of the city, we do have the best of everything,” Hammons said.

“Master planned communities like Vistancia are very appealing to today’s homebuyers as they provide exceptional value with a variety of housing choices, architectural integrity, recreational amenities, multiple schools on site and magnificent nature trails such as the 3.5-mile Discovery Trail, all with respect for the natural beauty of the land and plenty of open space,” said Hammons.

A quicker access to metropolitan Phoenix with the opening of Vistancia’s second entrance off of the Loop 303 and Lone Mountain Parkway has accelerated the vibrancy of the Vistancia master plan.

Distant mountain ranges provide a perfect setting for Vistancia featuring dramatic views of White Peak, Twin Buttes and the Bradshaw Mountains in a pristine desert landscape.
Take Loop 303 to the new Lone Mountain Parkway (exit 127) to enter the Vistancia community. The Vistancia Information Center is located at the guard-gated entrance of Blackstone at Vistancia. For more information about Vistancia or the Food Truck Experience event Oct. 27 visit www.vistancia.com or call 623-933-6233.

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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.

Food, Wine and Art: Sonoma Showcase Festival

Food, Wine And Art: Sonoma Showcase Festival

Two days full of wine, art, food and jazz await you at the Sonoma Showcase Festival. Vistancia is hosting the festival Saturday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The fun kicks off Saturday with a performance by jazz star Scott Cossu. Other Jazz musicians playing throughout the weekend are Marc Antonie, Eric Darius, Dulce Vas, Sans Moi, Johnny Rawls, Sillan & Young, Euge Groove, and Nicole Pesce.

While listening to smooth jazz you can sample smooth wines. Wineries from all over the Sonoma area will be hosting wine tastings. Along with sampling the wine, you can chat with the winemakers themselves! They will be on hand if you have any questions about the wine, or how it is produced. If you find that a certain wine tickles your taste buds, you can purchase it right on the spot!

Wine isn’t the only highlight of this festival; several local, celebrity and Sonoma-based chefs will show off their delectable cuisine.

Duskie Estes, a competitor from the Food Network’s The Next Food Network Challenge will be there along with Scott Tompkins and Eddie Matney. They will each be giving a presentation and demonstration on how to prepare their signature dishes.

Finally, if wonderful food, music, and wine isn’t enough, more than 100 vendors will be present, selling everything from wine accessories, to jewelry, to kitchen cutlery, to in-home spa treatments. You will definitely be able to find something that sparks your interest.

    If You Go:
    General admission tickets are $27.50 per day or $49.50 for the weekend.
    General admission and wine tasting is $49.50 each day or $88 for the weekend.
    Vistancia is located north of Happy Valley Road and west of Lake Pleasant Parkway in Peoria, Ariz.
    www.sonomashowcasefestival.com