Robin Bailey is a road warrior with a home office. His sales career keeps him busy with travel, client meetings, sales quotas, communications and a need to be constantly connected.  He’s also one of the first residents who will be moving into a new private, luxury rental home created by Christopher Todd Communities in Surprise. Each single-family home features smart home technology. And that’s huge for Bailey. “I need to be connected.  The included technology features are far superior to anything else I’ve seen,” said Bailey.  “When I’m on the road I can check on my home from my smart phone. When I’m ready to return I’ll be able to remotely access and control my thermostat to make sure my home is comfortable the moment I walk in the door. And, with up to one gigabit of upload and download speed I’ll be able to easily transfer the information to my clients and company, while maintaining communication with my children.”

The technology package included with every Christopher Todd Communities rental homes is the most robust offered in any Arizona rental community. The features are provided by Vivint Smart Home which is the #1 Smart Home provider in the US. In October 2017 JD Power and Associates ranked Vivint Smart Home No. 1 for customer satisfaction.

Christopher Todd Communities is opening its first “horizontal” rental community in Surprise in December, at the southwest corner of Greenway and Litchfield Roads. These one- and two-bedroom single-story homes are an alternative to traditional two- or more-story apartment complexes.  “I’m really looking forward to having no one above or below me,” noted Bailey, who has owned four or five homes over the last 20 years but has been enjoying the freedom of apartment living for a while.  “This new concept is the best of all worlds. I get a single-family home, with none of the maintenance or overhead like taxes, plus beautiful amenities in a community that has a great feel and layout. And, amazing technology that is part of the lifestyle.”

Creating a new way to live is a cornerstone of Christopher Todd Communities.  “We purposely set out to shake up the rental market by offering something that was unique. I truly believe this is the way many people will prefer to live: in a small home with private backyards, in a professionally-managed community with amenities that help them connect with their neighbors and community at large,” said Todd Wood, CEO of Phoenix-based Christopher Todd Communities.

Every home includes:

  • Internet with Download/Upload Speed of Up to 1 gigabit (equals 125 megabytes) 1000/mbps
  • Keyless Door Entry
  • Doorbell Camera
  • Lighting Control
  • Thermostat Control
  • Door Sensors and Motion Sensor with Alarm
  • Self-monitored alarm system
  • Free Wi-Fi Throughout Community
  • Live Internet Ready to Go Upon Move In, with Gigabit Router Installed
  • Direct TV with Choice channel lineup, including HD and DVR

Residents can customize and add features such as cameras and Amazon Echo which would give them voice control for entertainment, news, sports, phone calls, set timers and so much more.

Christopher Todd Communities has five communities under construction in the Valley with many more sites coming in 2018.  The developer retained Hancock Communities to build these innovative homes, ranging in size from roughly 700 square feet to approximately 1,000 square feet. Base rents start at $1050/month in the first community. Mark-Taylor Residential is in charge of leasing and community management.  For more information, visit