Smile, You’re on Candid Camera

Do you remember that show?  The funny things people did when they didn’t know a camera was aimed their direction.

Today, there are cameras everywhere!  Even in homes you are looking at to purchase.

Home security systems are so reasonably priced, and the wifi cameras you can watch live on your smartphone.  It makes it very tempting for sellers to watch you as you peruse their home.

What does this mean for you, the buyer?

Fist – Be aware! You could be being recorded at any moment.

Second – Pay attention to what you say while you are in the home.  Saying too much could give negotiating power over to the seller. Saying you love it and must have it at any cost…. you could reveal more than you think.

Third – Avoid being too animated. Even if you whisper what you love about the home, your body language can give away how you truly feel as well.

So hold your cards close to your vest! This is a bit of a Poker Game.

With the world watching every moment camera in hand, why should home buying be different?

 

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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CantaMia

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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PebbleCreek

Healthy senior women

PebbleCreek  is one of Robson’s Resort Communities.  Robson is listed in the top 100 builders and this community is on the list of the top 100 best master planned communities in the country.  The amenities fulfill all of your resort requirements.  Much of the resort lifestyle centers around the two 18 hole golf clubs, the Eagle’s Nest and Tuscany Falls. The clubhouses and recreation centers are beautifully equipped and offer a tremendous variety of activities, with more than 70 clubs directed at specific interests! There are restaurants ranging from elegant to coffee shops.  There are pools, courts, a performing arts theatre, a ballroom and many multi-purpose activity rooms.  The new Sports & Aquatics center has indoor and outdoor pool, pickle ball, tennis and a very well equipped fitness center.

Construction in this gated community began in 1994.  The build out will reach over 6000 homes.  At present there are just over 4000 homes completed. Robson is offering from a selection of 10 model homes. 

 

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Solera is also known as Springfield Lakes

Senior man working outSolera is also known as Springfield Lakes:  This 55 Plus community is located off Riggs Road in the SE corner of the Valley.  Solera was designed by Del Webb and built by Pulte when the two companies merged in 2001, it was built out in 2005. It is a finely done community combining the expertise of both builders.  The amenities are what have become expected within the Del Webb communities, but are enjoyed by only the 1100 residents in this small community.   The 18 hole award winning Lone Tree Golf Course winds thru the community with their clubhouse and restaurant at the entrance.   The combination of the green fairways and magnificent views of the San Tan Mountains make The Grille at the clubhouse a popular place to unwind after a strenuous day of enjoying your retirement.

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Sun Lakes

Portrait Of Four Friends Enjoying A Game Golf

Sun Lakes is a large Active Adult Community in the south-east valley built by Robson.  The total community is close to 6 square miles, divided north and south by Riggs Road and east and west by Dobson and Alma School Roads.  It has three 18 hole private golf courses, one 18 hole and three 9 hole public courses. It is a golf cart friendly community with reserved golf cart parking at all of the recreation centers. There are five clubhouses, one for each section.  There are several restaurants and cafes within the recreation facilities.   

It separates itself into three neighborhoods with 3 separate HOAs.

The first neighborhood, Sun Lakes #1 was started in the mid 70’s, and consists of manufactured homes and small casitas.  

The next neighborhoods built include Cottonwood and  the gated Palo Verde,  followed by Oakwood and Ironwood completed in 2004.  Both Oakwood and Ironwood are gated.    

The most recently completed neighborhood is Oakwood which combined with Ironwood is called IronOaks.  There are some unusually large homes there, as compared to most Active Adult Communities, even having some two story homes. All five sections have homes backing up to lakes and golf courses. Oakwood and Ironwood share large recreation complexes which include the fitness center, tennis club, golf club, pools, craft and games, libraries and restaurants.

Each of the three main neighborhoods have club houses, activities centers, exercise rooms, tennis courts and swimming pools.  The size and number of each amenity varies.  For example each of the neighborhoods has tennis courts, but the IronOaks clubhouse has a dozen courts with a membership tennis club and a membership fitness center.   The HOA fees in each section cover use of that section’s basic facilities. Use of the more enhanced facilities, such as the IronOaks Tennis club, is available by separate membership fees. 

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Trilogy at Power Ranch

Man Gardening OutdoorsTrilogy at Power Ranch is a gated, private Active Adult Resort Community. Located in Gilbert, Arizona, near the spectacular San Tan Mountains, you will enjoy the relaxation of resort style living while being conveniently located in Phoenix’s rapidly growing Southeast Valley.

Trilogy at Power Ranch is the ideal place to enhance your personal growth, promote wellness, and explore life’s many possibilities. Their community has been designed to make it easy for you to create the life of your dreams and make the most of every day. Shea Homes has mastered the art of Active Adult Communities.   Features include the San Tan Club, Center for Well Being, Center for Higher Learning and a championship golf course. The Power Ranch Master Planned Community had more than a dozen different builders each creating small neighborhoods within the large Ranch.  Power Ranch and Trilogy at Power Ranch are separated by Queen Creek Road, creating a really great solution for families who want to live close but separate lives.   Power Ranch has one of the most outstanding recreation facilities in the county as well as an elementary school in the center of the community.

 

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Firerock Country Club

Senior Male Golfer Playing Bunker Shot On Golf Course

Firerock Country Club; A special location demands a distinctive community.  Red Mountain stands as a majestic landmark at the southern outskirts of Fountain Hills. In the setting sun, the mountain lives up to its name, glowing a deep burnt orange.  This is the site of Firerock Country Club – Fountain Hills’ private, gated golf community.  The Country Club brings a level of refined style and beauty that rivals the natural landscape of this small hillside community. This breathtaking course is surrounded by wide expanses of ironwood and mesquite trees, stately saguaro cacti and numerous natural rock outcroppings. The home selection varies from vacation villas and casitas to magnificent estate homes perched on the hillsides overlooking the golf course.

 

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The Boulders

Active senior on the tennis court.

The Boulders is a very prestigious resort community sharing zip codes with both Scottsdale and Carefree.   Elegant homes and villas blend into the desert strewn with giant boulders.   The always manned gate of the 240 casita resort offers both residents and guests a unique lifestyle.   The world renowned Golden Door Spa opened in 2001 has been included as one of the 10 best spas in the world! This 32,000 sq ft sanctuary brings the outdoors into the 25 treatment rooms.  Open to all Boulders’ club members, the Spa has fitness classes, personal trainers, massages, a heated lap pool, 8 plexi-cushioned tennis courts with weekly clinics.   The spa facilities are complemented and equaled by the Boulder’s fine dining in the cafés, the Latilla which features organic regionally grown produce, the South-Western Palo Verde, or the Clubhouse. 

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Grayhawk

Retirement - a man in desert back patio with feet up

Grayhawk. This master planned community has a vast selection of home styles and prices attracting residents from all lifestyles and age groups. It is located off the loop 101 just far enough from the bustle of the city not to sacrifice convenience for serenity. It is developed into two main neighborhoods, The Park and The Retreat. The Park has nine gated subdivisions, an elementary school and a shopping plaza. The Retreat is a resort style neighborhood with 15 subdivisions and gated communities. A roadway and greenbelt separate the two neighborhoods. The housing choices include condominiums, single family homes, luxury and custom homes and town homes. The amenities include restaurants, sports facilities and two golf courses plus some 30 miles of landscaped trails. This community has everything but an Active Adult Community!

Grayhawk golf courses: The Talon and The Raptor have the enthusiasm of the community and golfers.

A few notable accolades garnered by Talon and Raptor over the years include:

  • Golf Magazine – “Top 100 You Can Play in the U.S.”
  • Golf Magazine – “Top 10 New You Can Play”
  • Golf Digest – “Top 10 in the State You Can Play”
  • Golf World Business – “100 Best Golf Shops”

 

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