What do Harvey and Irma mean for your new home construction?

As Irma heads to Florida, Houston is in the early stages of picking up the wet pieces and trying to look forward to sunshine filled and dry days.  

One area that is affected nationwide after a disaster like major Hurricanes is building supplies.

Building time frames will get longer in Arizona, and other states not affected by Harvey and Irma.   

Suppliers prioritize their materials to those locations hit hardest. (and it is mandated by the government that they do)  Builders in other areas and states have delays in their construction due to lack of materials.  This also means that the builders don’t require as many employees to just hang around and wait to swing their hammer.  The combination of lack of materials and fewer on hand workers result in delayed construction build times.  

If you are already contracted with a builder for your new home, plan on your closing date being pushed out.  If you are about to have a builder start your home, and they previously informed you of a 5-7 month build time.  That just got extended to 7-9 months.  

The builder purchase contract has a clause to allow them up to 2 years to get your home built.  Now they don’t want to take that long, but they have the right to.  That clause exists for times like these.

Many of the construction workers will leave states where they have resided and move temporarily to the areas that have been ravaged by nature.  Creating another challenge of not enough construction workers available when the supplies are once again readily available.  

Our prayers and donations are directed to helping so many recover from unimaginable loss.

Retirement Isn’t Boring, When You Live in an Active Adult Community

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If you are about to turn fifty-five years old, there’s a good chance you’re thinking about where to go and what to do when you retire.

Thousands of people just like you have already made the leap, and many of them are enjoying life in active adult community. On the beach, in the mountains, in the desert, wherever you have envisioned for your retirement, it’s waiting!

Irene A. Hammond is a veteran real estate agent who prides herself on helping people find the perfect place to retire. She answers the questions you have been pondering and brings up other details for consideration. Get the answers to questions such as:

  • Is an active adult community right for me?
  • What are the benefits of a large or a small community?
  • Is it easy to make new friends in these communities?
  • Should I purchase a new build or purchase a resale home?
  • What is Estate Planning?

She also explains how you can be younger than 55 and still live in an active adult community, any fees you should know about, when is the best time to visit one of the communities, and common activities. Attorney Leanne B. Martin has written a bonus chapter on estate planning, trusts and wills.

Here is the guidance you need to enjoy the lifestyle you crave, with the active adult community insights in Retirement Isn’t Boring

Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch

Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch is located to the north west of the greater Phoenix Valley of the Sun in the town of Wickenburg.  Wickenburg is a true western town known for being the Roping Capital of Arizona and maybe even the country.  It has a year round population of 7000 doubling in the winter months.

Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch offers open land behind or abutting approximately 90% of the homesites. If your looking for beautiful mountain views you have come to the right location.  Due to the hillier terrain  they have terraced most of the community offering fabulous views of the surrounding mountains for not just a few but the majority of homes.

Like the other Trilogy communities, Wickenburg Ranch is a resort community.  With the Alvea Spa, Big Wick and Li’l Wick golf, 20 miles of trails the 40,000 square foot indoor and outdoor clubhouse and much more.  One of the unique elements of the community is the Solstice Park,  sunken sitting area to enhance the dark night skies of Wickenburg with a state of the art digital telescope for ultimate star gazing.

This Trilogy community is part of Shea homes Active Lifestyle Communities, not age restrictive.  Families are welcome to live in this community.  There has been discussion about the builder doing a section of the community as strictly 55+ but at this time it hasn’t been established.

Great news, as of January 2018 Wickenburg Ranch is opening a 55+ neighborhood. This section of the community will be age restrictive, while the remainder of the community will be open for anyone looking to enjoy the views and lifestyle.

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Lone Tree

active-adult-couple-bbq_thumb.jpgThe newest Pulte Active Adult Living Community is Lone Tree.  Located in Chandler, the small community of only 72 homes, is adjacent to the older Pulte communities of Solera and Springfield Lakes which adjoin the Lone Tree Golf Course.   Lone Tree is unique, not only for its’ intimate size, but that the only amenity besides being gated, is a reduction in fees to use the Lone Tree Golf Course. The residents will not have reciprocal use of the Solera/Springfield Lakes clubhouses and amenities.   The target homeowner is one who may still be working in the valley or perhaps with already established community activities and who just wants age restrictive surroundings, the security of a gated community and a beautiful new Pulte home. The first residents will be moving into their new homes in April of 2016 and community completion is expected within the year.   

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Lone Tree

Trilogy at Verde River

Tegava 1Trilogy at Verde River, originaly the Vista Verde development was to be the third of the “Verdes”. It was sold in 2014, in its’ infant stage, as growth had stalled during the real estate downturn. The golf course was renamed The Tegavah Course, inspired by the Yavapai word for “Gathering Place”.   Shea builders are the buyers and Trilogy is their main Active Adult Community product. Trilogy at Verde River started selling in late 2015, the main clubhouse will break ground in 2016.  The facilities and homes, according to real estate rumors, are going to exceed anything Shea has previously built. The setting alone will contribute to deserving that accolade.  As the newest active adult community in the north-east valley in decades, it will be highly publicized.  On a recent drive-by we saw lots of activity.   If you would like to be kept current on this community, let us know.


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Tegavah Golf

Victory at Verrado

New New New in the South West Valley!  Victory has opened.

Located west of Luke Air Force Base, south of the White Tank Mountains and north of I-10 in Buckeye, Victory is the newest Active Adult Community in the southwest Valley of The Sun.

It is located in the all age master planned community of Verrado.  The concept of locating a 55+ Active Adult Community within a multi-generational one is not new, but is gaining rapidly in popularity.  Victory offers the home designs of four different builders.

Each of the builders is well established in Arizona and each emphasizes a different lifestyle.

Standard Pacific designs a home with the kitchen and the activity it creates encouraged  to flow to the outdoors and utilizes the great room concept to facilitate this.

T.W.Lewis features what they call Open Concept Living.  This utilizes the courtyards and patios as part of the living space.  They are known for their attention to detail and luxurious lifestyles. 

Lennar is featuring their Next Gen living style.  They have created a perfect two family integrated but separate home!  This is so much in demand with today’s  return to a multiple family lifestyle with two  generations back under one roof.

Maracay has created the Freedom Line, with split masters, wider hallways and doorways and more conveniently placed appliances to meet the needs of a handicapped family member.

With the four builders, Victory truly offers something for every over 55 person looking to continue living their active lifestyle in a resort setting.



retired couple riding bikesCantaMia is another great example of locating an Active Adult Community within or adjacent to a multigenerational community.   It offers the opportunity for the 55+ family members to enjoy their extensive exclusive Active Adult facilities as well as share the additional recreational activities with their families who live in the Estrella ranch community.   This I think is the best of both worlds.   It is also interesting to see that as families in Estrella grow and reach the empty nest stage, they are purchasing in the adjacent CantaMia!


CantaMia was designed by Engle Homes, but no construction was started. It was saved from bankruptcy by Joseph Carl Builders, who then joined with Avatar homes (AVHI on the NASDAQ) under the name of Vitalia by AV Homes.   The total number of homes when built out will reach 1700, a fairly small community by some standards.   The recreational activities however are equal to those of the much larger communities.  The 29,000 sq ft Village Center has indoor and outdoor pools, a beautifully equipped demonstration kitchen, an excellent variety of exercise and activity centers as well as a mini café and wine bar.  The workout room boasts a cushy bamboo floor and the computer room and fitness center have instructors from Estrella Community College.  The common areas use reclaimed water for irrigation in keeping with their entire energy saving theme.  There are 14 model homes to guide your home choice, with emphasis being on their Green building techniques.  Check the current prices on our website.  The builder is a member of the Environments For Living, and is a Green Certified Builder.  The homes have been tested for efficient use of utilities and are awarded very high scores. All homes include solar as an energy source.    In keeping with the Green living, the exercise, cooking and activity programs are designed to encourage healthy life choices.  CantaMia’s Sierra Estrella Mountain views and many lakes provide a tranquil and relaxing setting in which to enjoy your healthy retirement.

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Senior man reading in a libraryVerrado, in Buckeye, has an unusual concept. It is designed as a small town community with a Main Street shopping center with condos above the shops, and homes with front porches and back entry garages.  All homes are within two blocks of one of the 20+ parks, creating an intimate neighborhood feeling.

Verrado backs to the White Tank Mountains and the 30,000 acre White Tank Regional Park. The community opened for sales in 2004. When complete it will have 14,080 homes. All amenities are represented with its 18 hole golf course, clubhouse, health and fitness center and swimming pools. Although the community falls within 3 different school districts, it has permission for its own elementary, middle and high school. Commercial development is planned to include medical facilities, office buildings and jobs for as many as 15,000 people.

In this community you can build a custom home, or have one of the Artisan Builders create your new home. The Artisan Builder group includes several of the best known and successful Arizona builders. We are experienced in the new home building process and would be pleased to assist you with the steps involved. In order to work with you in the Verrado new home community, we must accompany you on your first visit to the model homes.

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Estrella Mountain Ranch

Senior couple in sports carEstrella Mountain Ranch is snugged into the foothills of the Sierra Estrella Mountains adjoining the Estrella Mountain Regional Park. It has 72 acres of lakes for sailing and fishing complete with a lakeside pavilion. It is about 20,000 acres and is zoned for 42,000 residential units in addition to its’ commercial services in support of the community. It is located in the city of Goodyear. It has 40 acres of parks, playgrounds, lighted tennis courts & basketball courts, swimming pools, an 18 hole golf course and 30 miles of walking paths plus an award winning elementary school. The building process began in 1990 and is expected to continue for several years. It is all single family homes with luxurious estate homes rimming the tops of the ridges.  Canta Mia, an Active Adult Community which began construction in 2010 is at the southern edge of the Estrella community.  

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Estrella Mountain Ranch

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What is a "Spec" Home?

McCormick-and-CamelbackWhen a builder has crews available, or he is trying to sell lots in a certain section, or for any number of reasons, he will begin to build a home on the "speculation" that someone will want to buy it. There may or may not be Specs available at any given time. All of the choices that go onto the city permit to build are already made: elevation, left or right garage, patio extensions, garage conversions etc. Depending on the building stage the buyer may have choice in selection of paint, cabinets or flooring and countertops, or the home may be completed and ready for occupancy. It is an opportunity to own a brand new home without the long wait to have it built.

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