Issuu on Google+

A SPECIAL PUBLICATION CREATED BY REPUBLIC MEDIA CUSTOM PUBLISHING

WHAT’S INSIDE

PAGe 2

PAGe 3

PAGeS 3 & 10

New-home warranties

Water heaters 101

Ask The expert Customizing Budgeting for property closets

Backed by builders, manufacturers

Unsung hero of your new home

taxes; explaining seer ratings

PAGe 4

Organizing and storage are key

PAGe 5

PAGe 7

Beautiful bathrooms

Developments Trends in of the Month refrigerators

high tech toilets, tubs and more

PAGe 8

PAGe 8

some of the Valley’s french doors, bottom hottest developments freezers — oh my!

PAGe 9

PAGe 10

Home trade-in eastmark Grand Opening program a hit with many buyers

Camelot Homes

June 1st

three generations of homebuilders

FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013 Lk

Scottsdale c ott s dale R Rdd NS 10

Sun Su Lakes L

N B us h H w y

202

N Lin indsa nd sa y Rd

M e ssaa Mesa Stt Main S E Ma

60

Rdd uadalupe R Guadalupe EG

Gilbert Gilbert 202 E Ray Rd Rdd eldd R E Williams Fiield

S a ntan F wy

nixx-M hooenix-Mesa hooenix Phooenix-Mesa Phooen P way t ew tew Gatew Gat Gateway rpo Airpo Airport

S Val Vista Rd

Rd reek Rd Cree nC

N Gilber t Rd

S Ruraall Rd

P ri ce Fwy

S A r i z o n a Av e

a Rd S Ma

ric op

Q u ee

Stellar Airpark

wy

S Po weerr Rd

hool Rd S Alma Sccho Avve S Count r y Cluubb Dr N Arizona A

py Firrebird Firebird Lk

iggs R Rdd Rigg R

W Chandler Blvd Ch C h an nd er Chandler

60

l ey Rd Hiigle SH

ve ll A 202

ne H

Hwy

E Rig gs Rd

Goodyear Good G Goo oo odye Village llaage

S Sossaman Rd

N Scottsddaallee Rd Rd

Mi

87

Superstition Fwy G u aada d daa l u up pe Guadalupe

d

101

N Country Clu

H o h o k am E x

lvd Blv E Appaache B pe Tee m mpe

Ahwatu Ahwatuk Ahw A Ah hw wat watuk t uk tuk tu ukee ee Ahwatukee

Beel ltlin nee R

el i n e

r b DRed ed Mou Mountain Mount ouunt ount uuntain ntain nt tain Fwyy

N

10

Gila Riv

Be Salt Riv

10

W Baselinnee Rd

eli

87

101

E M cD o w e l l R d

Stt E Van B uren S Buren

Pho Phoenix o en n ix Sk nix Sky Harbor arbor bor Intern International nteeern nternati rn natiiional nation ion onal nal Airport Aiirp Airp i rp por p or ort

W S o u t h e r n Av e

S a n ta ta Santa San Cruz Cr Cruz

E McDonnald ald Dr

Haaweess Rd SH

Crk

N 77tth St

Cavee Cav

N 3 5 t h Av e

Riv

Trilby Tri Detent Wash ntion ion ash Basin Baasin

Re e ms Rd N Re

New Ne

ia

Ag ua Fr

a w Pe a k Fw y S qu

d

Be

lvd

E C a m e l b a ck R

E Shea B l v d

tB

chfielldd Rd N Liitt chf

gh igh

v

S Cot ton Ln

Wr

dA

Estrrel ella Pkwy

Ll o

P arad dise i se se Paradise Va l l e y Va

17

Verdee Riv

yd

E Shea Blvd

e

Rd cDowell Rd McDowell WM 10

Salt Riv

Fou un unta n tain ta tain Fountain Hills Hills

51

ni P h o e nix nix

To l l e s o n W Buckeye Rd t in SAv in Av o n nd ndal dale Buuckey e Rd W Lower B

k

an

17

W N o r t h e r n Av e

an

Ma

Fwy

E Bellll R Rdd

Gr

Qu uee een Creek ree e k C

S San Sa a n Ta Ta n Va Va l l e y Sacaa t e We t Cam Sacate Ca m p Vi V l l a g e Vi l l a g e

cop opa paa Rd

347

Rd la Blanc Bla Blanca asa B Casa Casa sa B Blanca Bla

587 587

Stoton StotonicVillage Stot Sto n i c Vi l l a g e S t o t o nicVi Low Lo Lower wer w er Santa Santan Sa San ntaa n ntan w e e t Vi l l a g e Sweet Swe Sw S weet Waa te W ter ter Up Upp U Upper ppe pp p per per Vi l l a g e Vi Santan Sa Santan Vi l l a g e

n Rdd

TURN TO PAGE 6

Baselinnee Rd Rd

60

G Glendale lendale

Rdd W Camelback R 101

10

hoenixhoe eni enixPhoenixGoodyear Good oodyear ood dyeear dyear Airport Air port

G Goodyear ood dyy e a r

WB roadway Rd Bro

Glendale Gleend Glend dale Municipal M un Mun Munic n iccipal nic nicipa al Airport Airpo Air rpo ortt Agua a Fria Riv

R ioo Rio Vee r d V dee Scot Scottsdale Sc tts t sd s d al S c o tttsd ale

P ima

101

way Rd W Greennw

Fr

L Luke A.F.B. .B.

Litc Li Litchfield itch hfi field P ark Park

Fw y

Dr W Unioon Hilllls Dr 101

W

10

hoenix-Deer hoenixho eniix-De Deer eer Valley Vaa lley Valle ey Phoenix-Deer Airport Airp Airpor porrt

A q ua F r i a

R ellll Rd Bell B W Be

Maricopa Mariccopa Lkk

Yo ou un ungtown n tow wn

WN Northern orthern A Ave ve

W Camelback R d

W Happpyy Valle y Rd

New w Riv

Su Sun Sun City City W G Ci ra Ell M Mirage i r a g e n d Av e

N

actus Rd Cac WC

303

85

d

nt R asa e P le

N Lak Aq qua Aqua Fria

W Bel ell Rd

N 75 7 5 t h Av e

S un Sun n City Ciity W West

Fw y

60

17

N 511sst Ave ve

ve

Surp Surprise Su S urpris u r pr prise

Bartlett Bartlet artlet artlett Reservoir servoir ir

E Careeffree Hwy

74

74

orial Pkwy

Peoria

S 51sstt Ave

dA

ve

discover where new homes are being built

ump M Bob S t em

N 9 9th A

Look for New Homes on the first Friday of each month!

NeW HOMe LOCATOR MAPS

an

Rd irage Rd Mira M E Mirage

New Homes is a monthly section dedicated to new home communities

Carefree Ca Care C a re f ree e

W Carefree Hwy

303

Gr

N 7 t h Av e

74

NW

Giilbert Rd SG

wyy

What home fits your finances? Important to consider length of mortgage, additional expenses

W

BY DOLOReS TROPIANO

e asked some local experts for a few tips on how to save money on your mortgage as well as how to be sure you can afford your monthly mortgage payment. Here’s what they had to say.

15-year vs. 30-year mortgage

One way to save in the long run is via a 15-year mortgage instead of the traditional 30 years. Indeed, Steve Rider, president of the National Builder Trade-In Program and a Keller Williams Realty broker, encourages people to carefully consider the longterm savings of the 15-year mortgage. “People think if they go with a 15- instead of a 30-year loan they will be paying twice as much a month for their mortgage,” Rider explained. “But typically they go down a half-point in their interest rate and are only paying about 35 percent more on their monthly mortgage payment.”

Used wIth perMIssIOn Of sUB-ZerO/wOLf

Buy less not more

Jeremy David Schachter, senior mortgage advisor for Pinnacle Capital Mortgage Corporation in Phoenix, often cautions people to make sure they can afford the additional expenses of owning a home. “Many times when people are considering buying a new home, they are only thinking of the mortgage debt and not the true cost of owning the home,” he said. “This includes maintenance, utilities and home improvements as well as unexpected items such as setting up utilities and unexpected repairs.”

Debt-to-income ratio

The first thing a potential homebuyer should do, before seeing and being seduced by a new home, is determine what loan amount they qualify for. This is usually based on what is called their debt-to-income ratio, a calculation made using an individual’s monthly debt — credit card payments, car loans, existing mortgage payments, etc. — divided by their gross income. Different lenders often have different debt-to-income requirements for potential homeowners but the range tends to be zero to 45 percent. Schachter said that conventional loans backed by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae tend to be more strict about debt-to-income ratios, while government loans such as FHA are geared more for first-time homeowners and may be more relaxed about such ratios.

Keep costs clear

Schachter notes that when people are buying their first home, it is common for them to say ‘I am almost paying the same in rent, I can afford this’. “But you still have to be careful even if you are approved because lenders don’t take into account other bills such as auto insurance, food, maintenance and cell phones,” he said. “So if you take a mortgage out for the maximum amount you qualify for, you could end up being house-rich and cash-poor. It may be better to consider reducing the amount of house you buy or putting more money down.” Resources Buy New Homes Now: buynewbuynowaz.com Pinnacle Capital Mortgage Corporation: pincapmortgage.com The Rider elite Team: azeliteteam.com

Customizing your kitchen

From countertops to cabinetry to cooking and cleaning-up, today’s kitchens are high tech, high touch culinary works of art BY eLISe RILeY

S

ince kitchens have long been at the heart of most homes, it’s no surprise that homebuilders and homebuyers spend so much time focused on perfecting this culinary and cultural space.

“We’ve always paid particular attention to all the rooms in the home but we have seen the focus in the past few years in kitchens,” said Hal Looney, area president of the active lifestyle division of Shea Homes. “And we continue to design kitchens to meet customers’ changing desires.” Islands, breakfast bars, morning rooms and walk-in pantries are just some of the features of modern kitchens. When it comes to designing this central gathering space, there are plenty of decisions to make, from appliances to cabinets and colors. Regardless of whether your style is traditional or modern, one thing’s for sure: today’s kitchen is like a toy store for grownups.

“The cabinets, the colors, the style [of the kitchen] establishes the design and feel for the home.” —hal Looney, area president, active lifestyle division of shea homes

Surfaces and textures

Perhaps more than any other room of a home, colors and textures are central to the design of a kitchen. From countertops and backsplashes to cabinets and flooring, the kitchen is commonly the primary texture palate for a home.

“It’s really paints in the home. a focal point It’s not uncommon to have the base cabinets for the entire home,” Looney be one color and said. “The cabithe upper cabinets nets, the colors, be another color.” Granite continthe style….it ues to be king for establishes the Used wIth perMIssIOn Of GeneraL eLectrIc countertops, but design and feel for the home. budget-conscious Our customers tell us the kitchen is homeowners have plenty of options in the most used room in the home.” solid-surface countertops that also offer There’s no hard-and-fast rule about benefits such as antibacterial coatings. which surface homeowners should Consider adding a backsplash that has select first, but cabinetry is a great complementary colors to the counterplace to start. That’s because the tops — behind the cooktop or range is a kitchen cabinetry selection often will popular location for custom mosaic tiles. get duplicated in other rooms such as When building a new home, be sure bathrooms, dens and game rooms. to consider how textures — cabinetry, Darker-stained cabinets are most popflooring and countertops — combine ular today, and some homeowners are with one another in the kitchen, incorporating two-tone cabinet designs but also in the rest of the home. in their kitchens, with dark stains primarily and antique-white cabinets for Appliances accent areas like islands. “We do many French-door refrigerators: Gone are the homes with two and more colors in the days of narrow fridge-and-freezer comkitchen,” said Bob Grantham, project bos. Today, it’s all about the wide-open manager for Cholla Custom Cabinets. space that French-door fridges offer. “And some of the larger homes may have four, five or six colors of stains and (KITCHENS, continued on page NH8)

READY

GET

Four new neighborhoods coming to the East Valley

www.TMEastValley.com Taylor Morrison/Arizona, Inc., AZ ROC # 179178B. © April, 2013, TM Homes of Arizona, Inc., AZ DRE # CO535669000. All rights reserved.

AR-0007938170-04


NH2

F R I D AY , M AY 3 , 2 013

C R E AT E D B Y R E P U B L I C M E D I A C U S T O M P U B L I S H I N G

New-home warranties offer buyers peace of mind Backed by builders, manufacturers

Once the builder’s warranty expires, homeowners still benefit from an eight-year structural warranty enforced by the state as well as an array of manufacturer warranties on such things as appliances, air handlers, windows, flooring and more. “Depending on the item and the manufacturer, coverage could range from two to five years,” Rangel said.

Some buyers opt to enlist the services of professional home inspectors to ensure they don’t overlook anything that can and should be repaired or replaced by the builder before it’s too late. However, Rangel suggests homeowners hold off on hiring inspectors until they start approaching the one-year mark. “A lot of people think they need to have a home inspector go through the house prior to closing, but waiting until you’ve been in the home for the better part of a year could be more beneficial,” she said.

Third-party warranties Homebuyers also have the option to extend

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC

their coverage by purchasing a home warranty through a third-party provider. However, Rangel advises buyers to be sure to do their research and really understand what’s included so they can weigh the value of such coverage. “A home warranty is an additional expense and you need to decide whether it’s cost-effective,” she commented. “Since these warranties usually only cover parts and not labor, you could still incur costs.”

Resources 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty: 2-10.com Arizona Registrar of Contractors: azroc.gov Federal Trade Commission: consumer.ftc.gov

Additional warranties

While the one-year builder warranty definitely gives buyers a sense of security, it doesn’t last forever.

Home Builders Association of Central Arizona: hbaca.org National Association of Home Builders: nahb.org U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: hud.gov

BY KRISTINe BURNeTT

I

plumbing, heating and electrical mechanisms for an additional year. Items deemed part of the home’s structure, which are limited to load-bearing elements like the foundation, footing and framing, are backed for 10 years from the date of closing. “Most homebuilders really strive to build good homes and to warrant those homes,” Mulac explained. “Our customers are our bread and butter and we know that it will impact us down the line if we don’t treat them right. It’s a competitive market and the 2-10 warranty is a market-driven product.”

f you’re buying a new home, you can rest a little easier knowing that you’re getting great warranty coverage right out of the gate.

2-10 Home Buyers Warranty

According to Carl Mulac, executive vice president of AV Homes, Inc., builders generally offer a blanket one-year comprehensive warranty that covers virtually everything in the home. To further protect the buyer as well as the reputation and integrity of the builder, Mulac said the majority of Arizona homebuilders also offer what’s known as the 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty. Initiated by the builder at no added expense, the warranty extends coverage for certain systems such as a home’s

warranty also gives homeowners peace of mind and the opportunity to ensure everything in the home is up to snuff. Jill Rangel, marketing director for Courtland Communities, highlighted the importance of the one-year builder warranty, noting that living in a home through four seasons gives people a chance to really get to know their homes. As a result, many homeowners compile a running list of items they want addressed and submit corresponding repair and/or replacement requests toward the end of the first year. “It’s not uncommon to get a homeowner’s itemized list of things they would like taken care of,” she shared. “Those lists usually start trickling in about 10 or 11 months after closing.”

First-year builder warranty

Along with the added security of the 2-10, the first-year builder

AR-0007938121-04

NOW OPEN in Avondale Courtland’s Newest

Let’s Build Your New Home

Supergarage™ Community!!!

13 Locations Throughout The Valley Floor plans from 1,404 to 5,276 sq. ft. Model Now Open!

* 2472 floor

plan show

n, starts at

Maracay Homes Offers More Choices For A Home That’s Uniquely You.

$237,490

Rimrock at Del Rio Ranch R   



THE MONACO

  

DEL RIO RANCH

       

Plan 2472 SG Approx 2472 sq. ft.



  

 

TV

  









  

  ���

  





 

 



HW

 

        

  

    

  

 

   • 2 Story        Room Plan • Great       • 3 Bedrooms          Baths • 2 1/2        • Dining • 1 Car Garage w/ Supergarage • Opt 4th Bedroom • Opt 5th Bedroom w/ full Bath



   

 

    

TV

  

Featuring 6 floor plans to choose ranging in size from 2,055 up to 3,212.

FlexDesign® options to customize your home with LivingSmart® and Energy Star® features for efficiency and cost savings. All Maracay homes include Two Year Door-to-Door Warranty and 10 Year Structural Warranty.

 

 











   



 

  

 



 

  

  



 







   

 

    

     

  

DEL RIO RANCH                                             

    

  

                                                    

  

Home prices starting at $199,990

FLEXDESIGN® YOUR NEW HOME AT MARACAYHOMES.COM

Call today to take advantage of our

Visit our communities in the West Valley | East Valley. Open Daily10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Friday1 p.m. to 6 p.m. EAST VALLEY Artesian Ranch Chandler | June 2013

Lyon’s Gate Gilbert | 480.397.2016

WEST VALLEY Calderra at Palm Valley Goodyear | 623.466.0257

I-10

Bridges of Gilbert Gilbert | Summer 2013

Montelena Queen Creek | 480.699.1640

Los Vientos at Palm Valley Goodyear | 623.594.2800

Maricopa 85

Eastmark Mesa | Summer 2013

Vaquero Ranch Chandler | May 2013

Savannah Litchfield Park | 623.266.0359

Whyman Ave 119th Ave Lower Buckeye Rd

Durango St

623-474-3125

www.courtlandcommunities.com

Villagio Queen Creek | 480.235.0665 “Courtland Communities”

Located just west of Avondale Blvd, Right on Whyman Ave, Left at 120th Lane 12010 W. Mountain View Dr. Avondale, AZ 85323 AR-0007938191-04

ROC#271515

AR-0007938211-04

El Mirage Rd

Durango St

Avondale Blvd

Grand Opening pricing!!

The Reserve at Plaza Del Rio Peoria | 480.658.6210 Verrado Buckeye | 623.236.9034

Equal Housing Opportunity. Maracay Homes reserves the right to discontinue or modify all prices, plans, design, specifications, features, materials and financing at any time without notice and obligation. Models or house plans that have the same or corresponding plan numbers may reflect changes or options that are different for each community for the city that model homes or house plans are located in. All square footage is approximate. Marketing promotions/incentives only available through approved lenders. Prices, terms, incentives, materials and availability vary between Maracay Homes’ communities, and are subject to change without notice. No unconditional offer for sale or lease made be made and no unconditional offer purchase or lease may be accepted prior to issuance of an Arizona Public Report. Broker/agent must register their clients in person or on the client’s first visit at each community for a broker/agent to receive a commission. ©2013 ROC #172120


THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC

to pay for retrofitting.” She also advises inquiring about installation of a soft water loop when construction is underway so that later on you won’t have to pay extra for the additional plumbing necessary if you want to install that system. If a tank water heater is the only choice the builder offers, Gilbert recommends asking if the appliance is consumer-grade or professional-grade. Ideally, the water heater initially installed with your new home should be professional-grade, he said. Stanfield and Gilbert recommend installing a recirculation pump that eliminates waiting for hot water when taking a shower. You should also request a drip pan that can be placed underneath the water heater so any leak can be contained, Stanfield said.

Water heaters 101

Be sure to ask about this unsung hero of your new home

Gas, electric or hybrid

If you have a choice between gas or electric for your water heater, choose gas, Gilbert advised, unless it’s a hybrid. “Gas is a little more affordable and depending on the model, lets you have hot water in the event of an electrical power outage,” he said. Gilbert also advises asking about the warranty on your water heater. “You should be given at least a six-year warranty on parts in the tank with an option to extend it to 10 years,” he said. An extended warranty shouldn’t cost more than $200, he added. Tankless water heaters typically come with a 12-year burner and a five-year parts warranty, while a solar water heater should carry a six-year tank warranty and a five-year warranty on panels and components. Electric hybrids come with a 10-year warranty, Gilbert said.

BY DeBRA GeLBART

P

robably the last thing you’re concerned about as you’re shopping for or preparing to move into your brand-new house is the water heater. But there are questions you should ask your builder’s representative to make sure you’re getting the best water heater option, say two Valley plumbing experts.

Variety of options

F R I D AY , M AY 3 , 2 013

C R E AT E D B Y R E P U B L I C M E D I A C U S T O M P U B L I S H I N G

First, it’s important for new-home buyers to understand that water heaters come in several types, including traditional, tankless, solar and hybrid. The traditional or conventional tank water heater keeps a cylindrical tank full of hot water in your home at all times, while a tankless water heater looks like an electrical panel box from the outside and doesn’t contain any water inside. However, the device instantly heats water in the pipes of the house, explained Linda Stanfield, owner of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. Two of the greatest advantages of tankless are space and energy savings. A device can hang on the wall on the side of the house, freeing up space where a traditional tank water heater would be placed. Even better, it only uses energy when hot water is needed. A solar water heater includes solar collectors installed on the exterior of the house (typically the roof). The usable hot-water storage container can be a traditional water heater.

An electric hybrid water heater using heat pump technology (but not a ground-source heat pump) can use up to 62 percent less energy compared to a typical 50-gallon electric water heater, said Ward Gilbert, owner of Gilbert Plumbing in Mesa. For most parts of the Valley, a ground-source heat pump water heater is not a good option, he said, because there’s not enough moisture in the ground to allow for the heat transfer.

“Review your options for either a 40-gallon or 50-gallon tank to make sure the size meets your household needs.”

Optimal energy usage

—Linda stanfield, Benjamin franklin plumbing

Alternatives and extras

So what questions should you ask your newhome builder about your water heater? “Ask if tankless or solar water heaters are available,” Stanfield suggested. Both are excellent alternatives to a conventional water heater that, although acceptable, is not as energy-efficient as the other two options, she said. At the very least, she advised, “ask if your home can be pre-plumbed for a tankless water heater so that if you want to get one in the future, you won’t have

INTRODUCING

SARONNO AT ESTRELLA!

By Joseph Carl Homes

18

After you’ve made your choice, how do you ensure optimal energy usage? “Have your water heater tank professionally flushed and checked every year,” Stanfield said. “Water heaters are not meant to just leave and forget.” Gilbert said a solar water heater saves a significant amount of energy, but if it’s not possible to install one, start with a gas water heater with energy conservation features. “For example, some models can automatically shut off your water supply if a leak is detected,” he said. Resources U.S. Department of energy: energy.gov/ energysaver/articles/selecting-new-water-heater

NH3

doug hopkins, owner of red Brick realty property Management

BY MICHeLLe TALSMA eVeRSON

Q:

“I’m in the process of buying a new home and want to make sure I budget properly for taxes. But depending on the person I talk to, I get very different answers on what kind of tax bill to expect. Are there any rules of thumb I can follow to make sure I stay on budget?”

A:

“A good rule of thumb is to estimate one percent of the purchase price per year. For example, if you buy a home for $120,000, your taxes would be around $1,200 per year or about $100 per month,” explained Doug Hopkins, owner of Red Brick Realty Property Management in Mesa and DougHopkins.com. “If it is an existing home, it’s easy because you can look it up on maricopa.gov/assessor and find out exactly how much it is.” Richard de Uriarte, a public information officer for Maricopa County, added that each individual property tax bill is made up of combined taxes from a number of separate jurisdictions. “Basically, your total levy is a compilation of all the individual rates times your assessed valuation which is lower than your full value or your market value,” he said. “So, some of your tax bill is determined by the residents’ own votes on bond issues, not just the local governments.”

If you have a new-home-related topic you’d like us to research, please write to editor: Paula Hubbs Cohen, Paula.Cohen@cox.net.

Join Us on May 18th for a Grand Opening! Saronno at Estrella is the newest neighborhood in Estrella. We’re celebrating so join the fun and see how Estrella and its amenities fit your lifestyle. 9 JVUZZZ B5Q 73Q R3FGX#0'3$ T$B0P$'3B- MDC! 9 R3FGRXDFB4 1F3$G WFGH > W##DB 9 ;=24#D$ 84FAX0#'B40X ,#D7 MDC! #7 EB3G$DDF 9 EB3G$DDF .F843 MDC! F'P @J F8G$B #7 DFH$B M#A$ M$D$!GF3$ +034 NB #' <F& ;=34U ;ZFA 2 6XAQ I0B8#?$G +4F3 F+F03B &#CQ 9 E'K#& G$7G$B4A$'3B F'P PGF+0'SB 7#G XG0"$B $?$G& 4#CG 9 O#CG #CG !$FC307CD <#P$D )#A$B 9 Y C'05C$ 4#A$ P$B0S'B 7G#A ;U6;% 3# JU6/@ B5Q 73Q B3FG30'S 7G#A (;@%U%ZZ

Sat.MAY

ENERGY STAR

ESTRELLA PKWY

623-433-9982 JosephCarlHomes.com

303

101 10 BUCKEYE RD

N

;V@;V RQ ;@% *?$Q ,##P&$FGU *LQ =Y//= :X$' PF0D&U ;Z FA26 XAQ

©2013 Joseph Carl Homes. Joseph Carl Homes reserves the right to discontinue or make any modifications without notice. These changes include, but are not limited to, modifications to the design, price, materials, features, color, quality or style. All renderings are only conceptual and subject to significant changes. Thus, they may not accurately depict the finished product. Please consult Joseph Carl Homes’ sales personnel for specific price information for each community. AR-0008002907-01


NH4

F R I D AY , M AY 3 , 2 013

C R E AT E D B Y R E P U B L I C M E D I A C U S T O M P U B L I S H I N G

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC

Grand Opening! 12 Model Homes • 4 New Communities

A closetful of options BY DeBRA GeLBART

B

ecause most newhome builders are generous with closet space these days, you may not think you need to upgrade the closets of your new home either during construction or afterward. However, experts in the industry will tell you that for the space to function optimally, you might need more features than a builder typically includes, especially in the master bedroom closet.

Organization is key

“When you properly organize a space with a closet storage system,” explained Fawn Peterson, a designer with Classy Closets in Scottsdale, “you’re better able to compartmentalize it for different wardrobe items — work clothes in one section, for example, and play clothes in another. Shoes and jewelry can have their own place, too.” Drawer units inside a closet “are invaluable, because they give you space in the bedroom that might otherwise be taken up by a dresser.”

Peterson added that many builders of midrange-priced homes don’t usually offer a closet upgrade, but with semi-custom and custom homes, it’s more typical to upgrade a closet during construction. “The nice thing in that situation is that you may have the option to roll the cost of the closet upgrade into your mortgage,” she said.

Storage options

Closet storage systems aren’t inexpensive, but they don’t have to break the bank, either. Peterson said for around $2,500, a 10-foot by 8-foot closet storage system would include short, medium and long hang-space for clothes, a couple of drawer units and a shelfstack for shoe storage. For a few hundred dollars more, she said, you could also get some belt and tie racks, a built-in laundry hamper, locking jewelry storage systems, linen storage space and a place for luggage. Another option might be a cedar storage cabinet to protect

your wardrobe from moths and other pests, she said. Shoes are a consideration for many women, said Modern Closets’ owner, Eric Marshall. “One of the accessories you can pick is a ‘lazy shoe-zan’, which is a spinning shoe organizer,” he said. “We can also install overhead racks that pull down from an upper space, scarf racks, a pullout ironing board and a pullout mirror.”

Range of price points

Marshall said the national spending average for professional closet organization is $5,500, but some homeowners might want additional help with closet organization but don’t want to spend nearly that much. “For between $300 and $600, we can install a wire shelving system that helps you keep track of your closet’s contents more conveniently,” he said.

Breathtaking Upscale Resort-Style Living… In the Exclusive Foothills of Mesa, Arizona

M

ountain Bridge, set amidst the prestige and beauty of scenic mountains. This new signature community for all ages features 45% open space including Extensive Trails and Paths. The Signature Feature of this Resort-Style Masterplanned Community will arguably be the Rustic Stone Bridge that will connect the southern and northern areas of Mountain Bridge for both vehicle and pedestrian access. Covered Grand Entryways, Clock Tower, Rustic Old World, Mediterranean and Andalusian architecture in intimate gated neighborhoods with open space behind most homesites. The Mountain Bridge Owners Club with resort-style amenities offers heated pool, spa, fitness, tennis, event lawns, parks, and lifestyle activities. SCOTTSDALE Great schools, dining, shopping, boating and recreational areas just TEMPE MESA minutes away! This will be the last signature masterplanned community ever built in this area.

CHANDLER

GILBERT

WILLIAMS FIELD RD.

From the $200’s!

Resources Classy Closets: classyclosets.com Closet Pages: closetpages.com Modern Closets: closetorganizersphoenix.com

ELLSWORTH RD.

Consider upgrading your closet to fit your lifestyle

McKellips Road, 2 Miles East of Power Road

480-641-1800 800-599-0053

www.MountainBridge.com References to existing or potential views do not constitute a guaranty or representation regarding a specific unobstructed view or indefinite view from any particular lot, home, or amenity. Some photos are for representation only and are not all shown from actual site. Copyright 2013 Blandford Homes, L.L.C.

l na i rig 75 O 19 e e Th inc S

Can’t Sell….. Why Not Trade…..

. com

We have helped thousands of families trade their old house for a brand new energy efficient home valley wide since 1975! Based on equity we can buy it, sell it or rent it for three years GUARANTEED*

Luxury

from Two Points of View

Toll Brothers, known nationwide for quality, offers spectacular communities throughout the greater Phoenix and Scottsdale areas, each in a setting befitting of impeccable elegance and style. They feature the finest finishes and luxury on a grand scale, both inside and out. Visit one of our lavishly decorated models today! C ?951<6: C

Montevista

Tour The Two Professionally Decorated Models! Luxurious, one and two-story single-family homes in a gated community featuring a private park! From the low $400,000s (480) 595-2800 C 8754483-.1 C

Windgate Ranch

Mountain View Home Sites Available! Luxurious single-family homes within the master-planned community at the @B0# )! D(# =A3)&#** =)"+DB'+0$ From the upper $500,000s (480) 596-7300

C .6479,61.3 ?-;/ C

Toll Brothers at Litchfield Park

Act Now! Only a Few Home Sites Remain! The final new home community building on the historic Wigwam ;#0)2D %)*! A)"20#$ From the upper $200,000s (623) 535-5531 C >1;;-35 C

Toll Brothers at Verrado

Mountain View Home Sites Available! Luxurious home designs with up to 5 bedrooms, huge home sites and optional casitas! From the upper $200,000s (623) 398-6249

Open Tues. – Sun. 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Mon. noon to 5:30. Brokers welcome. Home available nationwide. Prices subject to change without notice. Photos are images only and should not be relied upon to confirm applicable features. This is not an offering where prohibited by law. Professional Builder Magazine, December 2012. A public report is available on the state real estate department’s website. Broker – Toll Brothers Real Estate, Inc.

You have options because we have solutions….

Over 300 families in 2012 moved to their new home using our “Trade-In Program. ” We can buy it, sell it at a discount or lease it for 3 years Guaranteed! Call Beth at 602-315- 8749 or visit RiderTradeInProgram.Com

Gilbert Office Number: (480) 967-9467 Surprise Office Number: (623) 505-2800 Tucson Office Number: (520) 572-5617 Website : www.presidentialpools.com

JASON SPEARS

Direct: (480) 442-7620 Fax: (480) 718-8382

Jason.Spears@Academy.cc

1750 East Northrop Boulevard Suite #230 Chandler, AZ 85286

SALES MANAGER

www.AcademyMortgage.com/JasonSpears

NMLS# 211640 State Lic #0911704 Corp Lic #0904081 Corp NMLS #3113

READY to BUY?

*All trade-Ins handled through Rider BuilderTrade-In Specialist, equity Buy outs must be in writing and are good for 7 days. Not everyone will Qualify. AR-0007943460-01


THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC

F R I D AY , M AY 3 , 2 013

C R E AT E D B Y R E P U B L I C M E D I A C U S T O M P U B L I S H I N G

NH5

Rainhead shower-heads and large, walk-in (or walk-around) showers are becoming more popular, especially in master bathrooms, as more people find they use bathroom space for more than mere functionality. Even in mid-range homes, this getaway can easily be transformed into a mini spa-like experience, so be sure to ask your builder what bathroom options they offer.

Used wIth perMIssIOn Of MOen IncOrpOrated

Beauty meets brains in the bathroom Technology takes toilets, tubs and more to the next level BY DOLOReS TROPIANO

A

well-appointed bathroom is a wonderful newhome feature, but new tub and toilet technology — combined with bliss and beauty — takes the bathroom to a whole new level. “We as an industry have come a long way as far as using new technology in the bathroom,” said Paula Quan, luxury products manager for Bobier Sales in Phoenix. “We have everything from faucets that touch on and off to toilets that flush themselves. Many models of toilets have

“A lot of people don’t think of plumbing as fashion, but we think plumbing is the crown jewel of the bathroom.”

—Laura Ostenkamp, Moen Incorporated

extra glazing to keep the toilet cleaner longer. In addition, there are new toilet designs that only use one gallon of water.”

Toilet technology

A new favorite with consumers is a toilet-bidet combo by TOTO called a Neorest. It comes with a seat warmer, bidet function, heated dryer,

remote controls and one has the capability of downloading music from an SD card. Quan said that toilet-bidet options are priced from $3,000 to $6,200. A bidet-seat (or washlets) has many of the same functions and can be used on most toilets; it generally sells for between $650 and $2,200.

Quan also said freestanding tubs are another big bathroom buzz. Her company sells everything from soakers to air baths engineered to release warm air bubbles into the water. These high tech tubs feature lighting systems, cascading water flows, auto-fill functions and built-in heaters that keep the water warmer for extended periods of time. “People are spending more time in showers,” Quan continued. “So they are investing time and money in creating a spa-like experience.”

Pretty in plumbing

“A lot of people don’t think of plumbing as fashion,” said Laura Ostenkamp, marketing communications manager for Moen Incorporated. “But we think plumbing is the crown jewel of the bathroom.” One of the company’s most popular products is ioDIGITAL, technology that allows homeowners to set and maintain the water temperature and flow in the spa, shower and tub without physically moving a handle. Enlarged sprayfaces provide showers that simulate the look and feel of rainfall. “There is an actual control panel that you can put inside or outside a tub,” Ostenkamp said. “The remote allows a person to turn on the shower from

30 feet away. You can wake up, have a preset temperature, press a button and literally have your perfect shower waiting for you.”

Matching components

Moen and many other companies offer newhome buyers (and those remodeling) coordinated bathroom collections that include everything from faucet handles to paper holders and other accessories. These often come in multiple styles such as modern, traditional and transitional. “For a new construction or remodel,” Ostenkamp said, “the consumer gets everything they need for a perfect match.” Resources Bobier Sales: bobiersales.com Moen Inc.: moen.com

Gain a New Perspective

On the Best Value in Active Adult Living

Visit CantaMia.com or call 623-474-6960 to explore some of CantaMia’s best home sites before they’re gone. >:%5 JF,1) 3F-.':-4 =F2% ?.7H I0 ;9I<%11F BF<2+F)& 90$I/ 7( -,1%9 I0 I/% E0--$5,I)4 17700 West Star Point Drive, Goodyear, AZ. 85338.

Breathtaking views of the Estrella Mountains is only part of CantaMia’s attraction. It’s also the Valley’s BEST VALUE in active adult living with new homes from the $130s. Enjoy 30,000 sq. ft. of activities and fun at our Clubhouse: G 6,I5%99& F%<0C,E9& F5J ,5J00< :001 G 85 F::%I,!,5*& J%-059I<FI,05 2,IE/%5 G >$IJ00< <%90<I.9I)1% :001 F5J 9:F G B,E21%CF11& C0EE%& F5J +F12,5* I<F,19 G @F"#& C,11,F<J9 <00-& I%E/5010*) E%5I%< G A<0$: FEI,D,I,%9& 90E,F1 %D%5I9& F5J 5%+ "<,%5J9/,:9 This is not an offer in states and jurisdictions where prior registration is required and void where prohibited by law. No offer for sale or lease can be made and no offer to purchase can be accepted prior to issuance of the final Arizona Public Report. A public report is available on the Arizona state real estate department website located at www.re.state.az.us. JCH Construction LLC. ROC 256789. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. CANTAMIA, is an exclusive trademark of AV Homes Inc. Subject to availability. AR-0008002904-01


NH6

F R I D AY , M AY 3 , 2 013

C R E AT E D B Y R E P U B L I C M E D I A C U S T O M P U B L I S H I N G

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC

NEW HOMES LOCATOR MAPS

elin

60th St. & Lone Mountain Rd, Phoenix www.taylormorrison.com 480-296-0244

Courtland Communities

7 Lone Mountain Summit Collection

From the mid $400s

60th St. & Lone Mountain Rd, Phoenix www.taylormorrison.com 480-296-0244

7 Ironwood Ridge Expedition Collection

Taylor Morrison

Models Now Open From the $230s

Pulte Homes

Mirabel Village 8 Capstone & Pinnacle Collection Taylor Morrison

19th Ave. & Jomax Rd, Phoenix www.pulte.com 888-500-2107

98th St. & Cave Creek Rd, Scottsdale www.taylormorrison.com 480-734-2147 N Scottsdale Rd

EA

Supe

1

W Baseline Rd

Gila Riv

202

Riggs Rd

Stel Airp

n Creek 10

ricop

d

Q u ee

d Mar

icop

aR

Casa Blanc Casa B

238

SOUTHWEST Arboleda Ranch 1 Joseph Carl Homes

From the low $400s

28th St. & E. Baseline Rd, Phoenix www.JosephCarlHomes.com 602-374-4487

2 Calderra at Palm Valley

Maracay Homes

From the mid $250s

Virginia Ave. & Monte Vista, Goodyear www.maracayhomes.com 623-594-2800

3 CantaMia by Vitalia

AV Homes

From the $130s

Estrella Pkwy, South of Elliot, Goodyear www.cantamia.com 623-474-6960

4 Canyon Trails Summit Collection

Taylor Morrison

Close-Out Community

Cotton Lane & Lower Buckeye Rd, Goodyear www.taylormorrison.com 623-476-7001

5 Juniper at Desert Passage

KB Home

From the $120s

Parker Rd and Lococo St., Maricopa www.kbhome.com 520-568-0582

La Mirada at Montecito in Estrella Taylor Morrison 6

Close-Out Community

Estrella Pkwy & Calistoga Dr., Goodyear www.taylormorrison.com 623-518-3912

Las Brisas Discovery & Encore Collections Taylor Morrison 7

From the $140s

Perryville & Lower Buckeye Rd, Goodyear www.taylormorrison.com 623-476-7001

8 Las Brisas Expedition Collection

Taylor Morrison

Now Open From the high $100s

Perryville & Lower Buckeye Rd, Goodyear www.taylormorrison.com 623-476-0141

5M a r i c o13 pa W

M

Los Vientos at Palm Valley Maracay Homes 9

From the low $300s

VirginiaAve. & MonteVista, Goodyear www.maracayhomes.com 623-594-2800

10 Medina at Estrella Maracay Homes

From the $180s

Estrella Pkwy & Calistoga Dr., Goodyear www.maracayhomes.com 623-327-2341

11 PebbleCreek

A Robson Resort Community From the $230s

PebbleCreek Pkwy and Clubhouse Dr., Goodyear www.Robson.com 623-935-6700

12 Rimrock at Del Rio Ranch

Courtland Communities From the $199s

120th Ave. & Whyman Ave.,Avondale 623-474-3125 www.courtlandcommunities.com

13 Sage at Desert Passage KB Home From the $120s

Parker Rd and Lococo St., Maricopa www.kbhome.com 520-568-0582

Saronno at Estrella 14 Joseph Carl Homes

Now Open; From the $180s

Estrella Pkwy & Calistoga Dr., Goodyear www.JosephCarlHomes.com 623-433-9982

15

Sin Lomas KB Home

Grand Opening

Cotton Lane & Lower Buckeye Rd, Goodyear www.kbhome.com 888-kb-homes 623-236-3893

16 Stone Gate in Estrella Rosewood Homes

Now Selling; From the $230s

Estrella Pkwy & Calistoga Dr. www.RosewoodHomes.com 623-925-8999

Verrado 17 Maracay Homes

From the $200s

www.blandfordhomes.com 480-895-2800

1 Adora Trails Discovery & Encore Collections

From the low $200s

S a c a t e We t Vi l l a g e Vi l

347

SOUTHWEST

SOUTHEAST

Taylor Morrison

S Ma

eR

a Rd

Firebird Lk

ltlin

Maracay Homes

123rd Ave. & Williams Rd, Sun City www.courtlandcommunities.com 623-474-3125

d nt R

asa

e P le

N 35th A

N 7 5 t h Av e

v

Ri

Fwy

107th Ave. & Happy Valley Pkwy, Peoria www.pulte.com 623-362-4033

Taylor Morrison From the $150s

21 Tierra Del RioCanyon

183rd Ave. & Bell Rd, Surprise www.taylormorrison.com 623-322-0164

Pulte Homes

From the $230s

17 Surprise Farms Encore Collection

107th Ave. & Happy Valley Pkwy, Peoria www.pulte.com 623-572-2779

Taylor Morrison From the $160s

183rd Ave. & Bell Rd, Surprise www.taylormorrison.com 623-266-0528

22 White Tank Foothills

Pulte Homes

18 Surprise Farms Odyssey Collection

From the $170s

Olive Ave. & Citrus Rd, Waddell www.pulte.com 623-466-9916

Taylor Morrison From the $180s

McDowell Rd &VerradoWay, Buckeye www.maracayhomes.com 623-236-9034

Val Vista Dr. & Riggs Rd, Gilbert www.taylormorrison.com 480-988-9098

2 Adora Trails Odyssey Collection

Taylor Morrison

From the mid $200s

Val Vista Dr. & Riggs Rd, Gilbert www.taylormorrison.com 480-988-1770

3 Adora Trails Summit Collection

Taylor Morrison Now Pre-Selling!

Val Vista Dr. & Riggs Rd, Gilbert www.taylormorrison.com 480-980-1770

4 Bella Via-Maestro Pulte Homes

From the $190s

Warner Rd & Signal Butte Rd, Mesa www.pulte.com 480-354-3373

5 Carmel at Mountain Bridge Blandford Homes From the low $300s

McKellips Rd & Hawes Rd, Mesa www.blandfordhomes.com 480-641-1800

6 Classics II at Cooper Ranch KB Home

Last Chance; From the $240s Warner Rd & Recker Rd, Gilbert www.kbhome.com 480-507-3931

7 Courts at Cooley Station KB Home

Frye Rd & Higley Rd, Glbert www.kbhome.com 480-507-3931

8 Elliot Groves at Morrison Ranch Landmark Collection

Taylor Morrison Now Pre-Selling!

Recker & Elliot Rd, Gilbert www.taylormorrison.com 480-734-2628

9 Entrada at Mountain Bridge

Mountain Villa Homes Grand Opening From the mid $200s

McKellips Rd & Hawes Rd, Mesa www.blandfordhomes.com 480-988-2400

Hamilton Heights 10 Pulte Homes

From the $300s

Arizona Ave. & Queen Creek Rd, Chandler www.pulte.com 866-765-8593

11 Hermosa Estates

Blandford Homes

From the $490s

McKellips Rd & Hawes Rd, Mesa

E Shea B l v d

12 Lehi Crossing

Taylor Morrison

Models Now Open From the low $320s

cDonald Dr Be

Grand Opening From the mid $100s

Pecos Rd & Power Rd, Gilbert www.blandfordhomes.com 480-988-2400

Lyon’s Gate 14 Maracay Homes

From the $280s

Higley Rd & Ray Rd, Gilbert www.maracayhomes.com 480-257-9685

15 Maplewood Court Summit Collection

Taylor Morrison Now Pre-Selling!

Alma School Rd & Willis Rd, Chandler www.taylormorrison.com 480-845-6173

16 Montelena

Maracay Homes

From the $300s

S. Hawes Rd, S. of Ocotillo Rd, E. on Via Del Palo, Queen Creek www.maracayhomes.com 480-699-1640

e

101

24

87

tion Fwy

ndler Blvd Chandler

r k

15

d

26 Sun Lakes

60

10

amp ge

Rd anca

20 Robson Ranch A Robson Resort Community

From the $130s

I-10 and Jimmy Kerr Blvd, Casa Grande www.Robson.com 520-426-3300

eH

22 Stonegate at Mountain Bridge

3 1

25

21 2

18

Queen 16e k C re

587

S t o t o n i c Vi l l a g e Lower Santan S w e e t Vi l l a g e Water Upper Vi l l a g e Santan Vi l l a g e7 Casa Blan ca R dS Sacaton a

wy

Ma

cato

187

n Rd Sacaton Flats Vi l l a g eB l a c k w a t e r

17 23

ric

op

387

a-C

as

From the mid $300s

McKellips Rd & Hawes Rd, Mesa www.blandfordhomes.com 480-641-1800

23 Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch Del Webb From the $130s

Merrill Ranch Pkwy & Hunt Hwy, Florence www.delwebb.com 520-413-6100

Taylor Morrison

#

#

Val Vista Dr. & Adobe St., Mesa www.taylormorrison.com 480-275-2118

25 Villagio

Maracay Homes

From the mid $200s

East of Sossaman Rd on Queen Creek Rd, Queen Creek www.maracayhomes.com 480-235-0665

26 The Waters at Ocotillo

Trovita Estates 24 Summit & Pinnacle Collections

#

W McCartney Rd

a

From the $400s

NW

Coolidge

93

Blandford Homes

Taylor Morrison

Higley Rd & Ocotillo Rd, Gilbert www.taylormorrison.com 480-821-0655

13

Phooenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

20

21 Shamrock Estates Odyssey Collections

Close-Out Community

4

10

Blandford Homes

McKellips Rd & Hawes Rd, Mesa www.blandfordhomes.com 480-641-1800

11

19 5

S a n Tan Va l l e y

From the $400s

From the $550s

22

60

oodyear Village

18 The Pecans

Blandford Homes

9

E Main St

8 6

E Rig gs Rd

From the $120s

19 The Reserve at Mountain Bridge

Mesa

E Guadalupe Rd

S a ntan F wy

Pulte Homes

Chandler Heights & Ellsworth Rd, Queen Creek www.blandfordhomes.com 480-987-7820

wy

Gilbert 202 E Ray Rd 14 Williams Field Rd E7

17 Parkside at Anthem at Merrill Ranch

Merrill Ranch Pkwy & Hunt Hwy, Florence www.pulte.com 520-413-6175

12202

Salt Riv

che Blvd

eli

wy line H

r b DRed Mountain Fwy

13 The Lofts at Power Ranch

Blandford Homes

Be

87

101

Val Vista Dr. & Thomas Rd, Mesa www.taylormorrison.com 480-270-8617

ne H

SOUTHEAST

lvd

WC

Be

9 Reserve at Plaza Del Rio

Only one lot left!

From the $180s

Guadalupe Ahwatukee

Santa Cruz

Cactus Rd & Reems Rd, Surprise www.courtlandcommunities.com 623-474-3125

13 Silvergate at Crossriver Courtland Communities

Pulte Homes

10

S Rural Rd

S 5 1 s t A ve

Te mp

W S o u t h e r n Av e

Camelback Rd & Perryville Rd, Litchfield Park www.taylormorrison.com 623-322-0164

20 Tierra Del RioCactus

16 Surprise Farms Discovery Collection

Close-Out Community

8 Renaissance at Greer Ranch Courtland Communities From the $208s

West Canyon Springs Blvd & Sun Valley Pkwy, Buckeye www.delwebb.com 928-252-6551

tB

Estrella Pkwy

17

Savannah Voyage 12 Collection Taylor Morrison

From the $160s

gh

16 14 10

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

py

Salt Riv

ve ll A

10

N

Mi

8

d

E

E M cD o w e l l R

E Van Buren St

Tol l e s o n W Buckeye Rd

12

a w Pe a k Fw y S qu

N 7 t h Av e

W McDowell Rd 10

E C a m e l b a ck R

H o h o k am E x

S Cotton Ln

v

6

e

101

t in SAv o n d a l e Ma W Lower Buckeye Rd

Baseline Rd

3

dA

7

15 4

an

Goodyear

W Broadway Rd

Agua Fria Riv

10

PhoenixGoodyear Airport

W Camelback Rd

Phoenix

Gr

W Camelback R d

Glendale

W

Glendale Municipal Airport

N 5 1 s t Av e

Ag ua

Luke A.F.B.

11

Grand Opening

Camelback Rd & Perryville Rd, Litchfield Park www.maracayhomes.com 623-266-0359

183rd Ave. & Bell Rd, Surprise www.taylormorrison.com 623-322-0164

S Hawes Rd

From the $230s

Vistancia Blvd & Lone Mountain Pkwy, Peoria www.taylormorrison.com 623-255-3392

From the $200s

From the $170s

15 Sun City Festival Del Webb

S Sossaman Rd

4 Fireside at Norterra-Skyline

Savannah 11 Maracay Homes

Taylor Morrison

N Bush Hwy

19th Ave. & Jomax Rd, Phoenix www.pulte.com 623-582-1588

Taylor Morrison

19 Surprise Farms Premiere Collection

S Power Rd

From the $280s

Cactus Rd & Reems Rd, Surprise www.courtlandcommunities.com 623-474-3125

51st Ave. & W. Stetson Valley Pkwy, Phoenix www.pulte.com 623-434-5123

S Higley Rd

Fireside at Norterra 3 Pulte Homes

From the $222s

78th Lane & Jomax Rd, Peoria www.courtlandcommunities.com 623-474-3125

183rd Ave. & Bell Rd, Surprise www.taylormorrison.com 623-266-0528

From the $180s

Courtland Communities From the $342s

101

acaton Casa GranSde Rd Rd

Deer Valley Rd & Aviano Way, Phoenix www.delwebb.com 602-337-1818

6 Heritage at Greer Ranch

10 Reserve at Rock Springs

Agua Fria Riv

N Lindsay Rd

From the $300s

9 17

Cactus Rd & Reems Rd, Surprise www.GehanHomes.com 623-584-0903

From the low $500s

Del Webb - all ages

2

From the $240s

Thunderbird Rd & Plaza Del Rio Blvd., Peoria www.maracayhomes.com 623-388-4016

W Camelback Rd

Stetson Valley 14 Pulte Homes

From the $200s

Glendale

a

6 Lone Mountain Capstone Collection Taylor Morrison

2 Fireside at Desert Ridge

Litchfield Park

Hacienda at Greer Ranch Gehan Homes 5

Litchfield Park

W Northe

Gr

North side of Campbell Ave. at 33rd Place, Phoenix www.RosewoodHomes.com 602-252-0088

W Camelback R d

West Canyon Springs Blvd & Sun Valley Pkwy, Buckeye www.pulte.com 928-252-2450

60th St. & Lone Mountain Rd, Phoenix www.pulte.com 480-488-2973

Glendale Municipal Airport

11 12

From the $120s

From the $300s

Grand Opening! From the $470s

303

Pulte Homes

Lone Mountain 5 Pulte Homes

33 Campbell Place 1 Rosewood Homes

Luke A.F.B.

303

S Val Vista Rd

H

NORTHEAST

4 Festival Foothills

202

60

W

E M cD o w e l l R d

W Northern Ave

W Greenway Rd

N 51st Ave

Be Salt Riv

r b DRed Mountain Fwy

Youngtown

N Pinal Ave

d

y e Hw

Cl u

v

1

101

22

101

Maricopa Lk

N Gilbert Rd

N Scottsdale Rd

dA

a w Pe a k Fw y S qu

E C a m e l b a ck R

87

78th Lane & Jomax Rd, Peoria www.courtlandcommunities.com 623-474-3125

W Bell Rd

Sun W G City 9 ra E l M i r a g e n d Av e

S Gilbert Rd

N 7th St

Crk Cave

an

W McDowell Rd 10

N 7 t h Av e

N 7 5 t h Av e

Riv

New

N 3 5 t h Av e

lvd

N 5 1 s t Av e

tB

Gr

e

B

E McDonald Dr

W Cactus Rd6 5 8

From the $272s

E Shea B l v d

igh

Paradise Val l e y Phoenix

01

Wr

Fwy

Ll o

E Shea Blvd

W

W Camelback Rd

Fountain Hills

yd

51

W Northern Ave

Glendale

k

an

17

Fr

60

ria

E Bell Rd

W Greenway Rd

N

ve

3 Enclave at Rock Springs Courtland Communities

N C o u n t r y Cl u

W Bell Rd 101

Fwy

S Alma School Rd N Arizona Ave S Count r y Club Dr

P ima

S A r i z o n a Av e

101

W Union Hills Dr

W Bell Rd

Ln

2

16 17 18 19

appy Val W H14

Aqu

Aqua Fria

P r i c e Fw y

Fw y

Scottsdale

S u r p r i se

4 15

10 New Riv

ve

Phoenix-Deer Valley Airport

13

Sun City West

T De rilby W ten tion ash Bas in

4

A q ua F r i a

N. Vistancia Blvd & W. Happy Valley Rd, Peoria www.kbhome.com 888-kb-homes

5 6

3

20 21

w

N Scottsdale Rd

Rd

an t

eas

3

W Happy Valle y Rd

New Riv

KB Home

7

17

2

orial P

Peoria

N 99th A

Peoria

ve 60

2 Coldwater Ranch

1

E Mirage Rd

ump M Bob S t em orial Pkwy

dA

Ne

E Carefree Hwy

74

74

Loop 303 & Lone Mountain Rd, Peoria www.taylormorrison.com 623-255-3215

8

C a re f re e

an

N Lak

Close-Out Community

Cave C re e k

r

Gr

ump M Bob S t em

ia

Taylor Morrison

New River

W Carefree Hwy

NW

303

Ag ua Fr

1 Blackstone Summit Collection

7

N Litchfield Rd

NORTHEAST

NORTHWEST

N Reems Rd

NORTHWEST

17

Pulte Homes

From the $370s

Dobson Rd & Price Rd, Chandler www.pulte.com 800-665-4140

SW

NE

Master Planned Communities Single Family Developments Active Adults

NOTE: Maps are not scaled equally.

SE


THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC

F R I D AY , M AY 3 , 2 013

C R E AT E D B Y R E P U B L I C M E D I A C U S T O M P U B L I S H I N G

NH7

Used wIth perMIssIOn Of deL weBB / pULteGrOUp Used wIth perMIssIOn Of Gehan hOMes

Hacienda at Greer Ranch, Surprise By Gehan Homes

G

ehan Homes is revealing an all-new lineup of floor plans at Hacienda at Greer Ranch in Surprise. A model home is now open at 11520 N. 156th Lane, where homebuyers can see the six new floor plans and 18 new front elevations that are exclusive to the Phoenix market. Gehan Homes’ floor plans feature open kitchens, flexible spaces, game rooms and casitas, and all plans have three-car garages, large great rooms and covered patios. Personalized options are also available in the energy-efficient floor plans that range from 2,001 square feet to 3,947 square feet. Streetscapes are tree-lined and all of the homes are within walking distance of the Dysart district’s Sonoran Heights Elementary School which has an ‘Excelling’ rating from the Arizona Department of Education. Gehan Homes chose to build in Greer Ranch for several reasons, including its proximity to hiking trails, parks, shopping and more. Prices start at $247,990. More info 11520 n. 156th Lane, surprise 85379 623-584-0903 gehanhomes.com

Used wIth perMIssIOn Of Gehan hOMes

FYI: Hacienda at Greer Ranch Lot size: 58’ wide; lots vary Number of homes: 66 homesites Nearby schools: sonoran heights (K-8), shadow ridge high school Nearby hospitals: Banner Boswell, Banner del e. webb Nearby shopping: west point towne center, arrowhead towne center, tanger Outlets Nearby amenities: University of phoenix stadium, peoria sports complex, surprise stadium, Uptown alley, Luke air force Base, white tank Mountain regional park, Lake pleasant, surprise aquatic center Directions: from Loop 303: head east on cactus road. right on reems road. right on cholla street. right on 156th drive. Model home is on the left. from Bell road: head south on reems road approximately three miles.turn right on cholla street. continue as above. from I-10: head north on Loop 303 to cactus road exit. right on cactus road. right on reems road. continue as above. Sales office hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily; fridays 1–6 p.m. Prices: from the $240s

Used wIth perMIssIOn Of deL weBB / pULteGrOUp

Fireside at Norterra, North Phoenix By Pulte Homes

L

ocated in North Phoenix, Pulte Homes at Fireside at Norterra offers upscale amenities and a range of housing options designed for a variety of lifestyles including young professionals, couples, empty-nesters and families. The setting offers plenty of privacy at the base of the Sonoran Mountain Preserve, but is also just minutes from the Shops at Norterra, dining and entertainment. Fireside at Norterra has 18 floor plans in three series of homes ranging from 1,518 to 4,368 square feet; plans include one- and two-story single-family homes. Considered very energyefficient, the average HERS rating for the homes at Fireside at Norterra is 67. Community amenities include a resort-style family pool, adult lap pool, fitness center, community center, tennis and basketball courts, trails, playgrounds and more. Homes start in the $230s.

FYI: Fireside at Norterra Lot size: 4,700 sq. ft. to 16,255 sq. ft. Number of homes: 180 Nearby schools: norterra canyon (K-8), Barry Goldwater high school Nearby hospitals: John c. Lincoln, Mayo clinic Nearby shopping: shops at norterra, happy Valley town center, walMart, Lowes, desert ridge Marketplace (approx 20 minutes), arrowhead towne center (approx 20 minutes) Nearby amenities: Lake pleasant regional park, Jobing.com arena, westgate city center, peoria sports complex, hiking and biking trails Directions: from southbound I-17: exit Jomax road and turn left (east). Left (north) onto 19th avenue/north Valley parkway. right (east) at Quail track. Left onto 18th Lane. right onto desperado way. sales office is located on the right-hand side. from Loop 101: exit at I-17 heading north. exit Jomax road and turn right (east). Left (north) onto 19th avenue/north Valley parkway. continue as above. Sales office hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily; wednesdays noon–6 p.m. Prices: from $238,990–$430,990 More info 27016 n. 14th Lane, phoenix 85085 623-582-1588 pulte.com/phoenix

Used wIth perMIssIOn Of rOBsOn cOMMUnItIes

Used wIth perMIssIOn Of taYLOr MOrrIsOn

Used wIth perMIssIOn Of rOBsOn cOMMUnItIes

PebbleCreek, Goodyear By Robson Communities

L

ocated in Goodyear, PebbleCreek is a 2,300-acre active-adult resort-style community that features 12 openconcept floor plans ranging from 1,589 square feet to 3,134 square feet. Each home has two bedrooms and either two or 2.5 baths, and for those who need a work-at-home office or have frequent visitors, several models include optional dens and/or offices plus optional courtyards and casitas. Each home is HERS-rated for energyefficiency, and each participates in the Environments for Living program (EFL), an independent program that guarantees the heating and cooling performance of a home. An EFL-Certified home comes with a written limited guarantee that states how much buyers should expect to annually use to heat and cool the home, as well as a comfort guarantee. Community amenities at PebbleCreek include a performing arts center, sports club, tennis, bocce ball and pickleball courts, multiple resort-style pools, restaurants and two championship golf courses.

FYI: PebbleCreek Lot size: varies Number of homes: 4,115 Nearby schools: estrella Mountain community college, asU west campus, Glendale community college Nearby hospitals: cancer treatment centers of america, Barrow neurological Institute, arizona heart Institute and hospital Nearby shopping: Goodyear centerpointe, the Market at estrella falls, palm Valley pavilions west shopping center, safeway, fry’s Nearby amenities: white tank Mountains, estrella Mountain regional park, Lake pleasant, Goodyear Ball park, easy access to Loop 303 and I-10 Directions: I-10 and pebblecreek parkway. north approximately six miles to clubhouse drive Sales office hours: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. daily Prices: from the $230s

Adora Trails, Gilbert By Taylor Morrison

L

ocated in Gilbert, Adora Trails is a family-friendly community with both single and two-story homes. Adora Trails offers four different collections of homes — the Discovery, Encore, Odyssey and Summit Collections — with a total of 29 unique floor plans. The community is located within minutes of San Tan Village shopping mall, San Tan Mountains and Chandler Unified School District schools. Adora Trails appeals to families who enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle thanks to a 10-acre park and Adora Trails lake where residents can fish off of the lake’s private pier. In addition, there are a number of basketball courts as well as soccer and baseball fields, and residents also have access to a 4,000-square-foot neighborhood clubhouse with a demonstration kitchen, community living room, game rooms and multimedia/audio-visual room.

More info

More info

3003 n. 164th ave., Goodyear 85395 623-935-6700 robson.com

2272 e. Galileo dr., Gilbert 85298 480-988-9098 adoratrails.com

Used wIth perMIssIOn Of taYLOr MOrrIsOn

FYI: Adora Trails Lot size: discovery and encore 55x110; Odyssey 65x115; summit 75x120 Nearby schools: charlotte patterson elementary, willie and coy payne Junior high, Basha high school Nearby hospitals: Mercy Gilbert Medical center Nearby shopping: san tan Village Nearby amenities: clubhouse, heated pool, water playground, fishing lake, walking trails, barbecue ramadas, tot lots, basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields Directions: from the Loop 202 san tan freeway: exit Val Vista drive. south to riggs road. Left (east) to adora trails Blvd. right on adora trails Blvd. south to dunbar. right on dunbar to Galileo drive to models. Sales office hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily; fridays 1–6 p.m. Prices: starting from the low $200s


NH8

F R I D AY , M AY 3 , 2 013

C R E AT E D B Y R E P U B L I C M E D I A C U S T O M P U B L I S H I N G

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC

Capacity, ergonomics

“When you think of French doors, you think about fresh-food capacity,” Clark said. “In that same family is the four-door, which offers a drawer in the middle for easy access that is eye-level for your kids without actually opening the French doors.” It is also important to think ergonomics when purchasing a refrigerator. “What do you need at eye level?” Clark asked. “What do you use the most? What do you frequently go into the refrigerator for? Are you in the freezer more?”

Numerous options

Used wIth perMIssIOn Of GeneraL eLectrIc

Trends in refrigerators

French-door, bottom freezers come out on top BY RHONA MeLSKY

T

he hottest models with the latest design trends are out and they’re sleek, sophisticated and stylish. But they’re not walking a designer’s runway — instead, they’re strutting their stuff at an appliance store near you.

Four main types

Of the four main types of refrigerators, from top-mount-freezer, single-door with bottom freezer, side-by-side and French-door with bottom-mount freezer, “the trend is moving toward French-door,” said Frank Downing, senior director, products and design, Electrolux Major Appliances North America in Charlotte, NC. The French-door refrigerator is becoming the trend-leader due to its convenience of storage space. It features two refrigerator doors and is wide open, plus the shelves are adjustable in height and can change configuration to accommodate storage needs. However, side-by-sides are holding their own; both types are available in the 23- to 28-cubic-foot range in two categories: • Standard-depth refrigerators typically protrude out into the kitchen a few inches beyond the front of the counter • Counter-depth units are installed to match the front of a kitchen’s counters to give a built-in look and finished appearance

Used wIth perMIssIOn Of whIrLpOOL cOrpOratIOn

COLOR OR STAINLESS? whirlpool just launched its Ice collection, including white ice, black ice and stainless. “It basically takes the traditional white and black and updates it for today’s style,” said Monica teague clark, senior manager of public relations, whirlpool corp. in Benton harbor, Mich.

the latest finish offering from Ge is called slate. It offers a strong rich metallic look but in a matte finish that is darker in color and doesn’t show fingerprints, according to Michael Mattingly, Ge refrigeration product manager.

“GE has a filter that removes five key pharmaceuticals that are commonly found in trace amounts of tap water, giving people an advanced level of filtration that they cannot find in other refrigerators.” —Michael Mattingly, Ge refrigeration product manager

Trends in best-sellers

“Traditionally, the standard-depth have been best-sellers, but over the past two to three years, counter-depth has taken a real bite out of that share,” Downing said. “Slightly under 20 percent of standard-depth buyers plan to purchase a counter-depth unit next time around.” French-door with bottom freezers came about to meet the changing

demands of consumers who are buying more in bulk, according to Monica Teague Clark, senior manager of public relations, Whirlpool Corp. in Benton Harbor, Mich. In fact, as of 2012, French-door refrigerators accounted for 25 percent of all refrigerators sold, said Julie Wood, spokesperson at GE in Louisville, KY. That number has grown 40 percent since 2007.

According to Michael Mattingly, GE refrigeration product manager, the ice and water through the door is what catapulted Frenchdoor to the top. “GE has a filter that removes five key pharmaceuticals that are commonly found in trace amounts in tap water, giving people an advanced level of filtration that they cannot find in other refrigerators,” he said. In addition, GE’s model offers consumers a tall and wide dispenser that can fit a pitcher, sports bottles and an 8-inch pot and can also auto-fill using ultrasonic sensors. Side-by-side and French-door Frigidaire models offer a variety of shelving options. Flip-up and slide-under shelves are available and give more height for products such as wine bottles. Removable and adjustable shelves are another advantage for easy cleaning. “Most of the shelves are spillproof so that if you have a spill the shelf will capture it so you have the opportunity to wipe it out before it runs over the edge,” Downing said.

The bottom line

When buying a refrigerator, consumers should think about budget and space constraints along with usability. At the same time, “we’ve worked and designed it so you can use every little nook and cranny,” Wood said. Resources electrolux: electroluxappliances.com Frigidaire: frigidaire.com Ge: ge.com Kenmore: kenmore.com LG: lg.com Maytag: maytag.com Whirlpool: whirlpool.com White Westinghouse: whitewestinghouse.com

Home trade-in program a hit

Changing the home-buying — and selling — experience BY DOLOReS TROPIANO

S

teve Rider believes that he has changed the home-buying experience for hundreds of people in Arizona — and now he’s taking his expertise to the rest of the country. Rider, president of the National Builder TradeIn Program and a Keller steve rider Williams Realty broker, helps homebuyers enjoy the excitement of buying a new home while working to eliminate some of the stress involved with selling the old one.

Three options

Rider’s trade-in program offers three options that help homeowners, homebuilders and real estate agents. “Providing the seller has equity in their home, we can purchase the old home, allowing them to move quickly into their new home,” he said. “Or we can put it (the previous home) on the open market and sell it for top dollar.” The third option is the company’s three-year guaranteed lease program.

“Providing the seller has equity in their home, we can purchase the old home, allowing them to move quickly into their new home.” —steve rider

“Basically, we help them manage their property for three years,” Rider said. “We do everything but collect the rent and at the end of three years we will sell the home at a discounted commission of 4.5 percent instead of six percent.”

Numerous families helped

Rider has helped nearly 300 families with his program that draws on his 37 years of experience analyzing the ups and downs of the real estate market. “Three years ago, 70 percent of our clients were involved in the lease program because of all the families that had negative equity in their homes,” Rider explained. “Now those families are extremely happy that they kept their homes because the values have gone up 20 percent.”

National expansion

Rider has developed his business into an educational tool for real estate professionals across the country. He is now taking the course to 50 major cities nationwide teaching it through live HDTV. “It is the largest builder trade-in program in the country,” Rider continued. “I’m planning to put it in 100 cities by the end of the year.” Resources The Rider elite Team: azeliteteam.com

(KITCHENS, continued from page NH1) “It gives you more room in the fresh-food compartment and a smaller freezer,” said John Polainer, general manager of Scottsdale Spencer’s TV & Appliance store. “People are freezing less and want more fresh food. With the French-door, you can put in huge platters.” Refrigerator drawers: One of the hottest new trends is in refrigerator drawers — which look just like they sound. Many families install them in kitchen islands and store them with kids’ necessities such as juice boxes, fruit and snacks. Since they’re at a child’s height, kids can open the drawers and easily grab their goodies. Dishwasher drawers: Another common drawer product is dishwasher

drawers with many consumers using them in kitchen islands or wet bars. All are typically 24 inches, the standard width of a dishwasher. Wine storage: Speaking of bars, wine storage is often a must for any modern kitchen or bar area. Most are standard counter-height, which means homeowners need just a power outlet and the under-counter space for installation. “There are endless configuration possibilities with our refrigeration,” said Marisa McClure, Southwest marketing manager for Sub-Zero Wolf Southwest. “Our largest wine storage unit holds 147 bottles and has two temperature zones for optimal storage.”

Used wIth perMIssIOn Of GeneraL eLectrIc

Beverage centers: Similar to the wine storage concept, beverage centers are standard counterheight appliances designed to refrigerate beverages from sodas and bottles of water to juice and, yes, wine. They’ve become popular in places like wet bars and family or game rooms and most typically have a clear, see-through door so there’s less lounging to make a selection — simply grab and go.

Built-in coffee makers: Luxury kitchens — and even other areas of a home like the master suite — are getting a custom jolt of java through built-in coffee makers. Consider this delightful gem an in-house barista — it’s pre-plumbed to a water line and grinds beans, brews and serves a piping hot cup of perfection all in one. Depending on the model, owners can program the brewing cycle so their

Used wIth perMIssIOn Of fIsher & paYKeL

only responsibility is actually picking up the cup. Ranges and induction cooking: Ranges aren’t what they used to be and Polainer said that now some of them are available with double ovens or a warming drawer. Most of these newer configurations replace the under-oven drawer with a more functional, gourmet appliance. Also making the rounds in cooking technology

is induction cooking. “It uses electromagnetic technology to heat the food,” Polainer said. “The top itself does not get that hot, the only thing that gets really hot is the cookware and the food you’re cooking. You can actually boil water in 90 seconds. It’s the next best thing to gas.” Resources for information on energyefficient kitchen appliances, visit energystar.gov.


THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC

eastmark Great park rendering

RECHARGED FOR 2013

Eastmark

Be a part of Estrella’s growing oasis. Get ready for fresh new neighborhoods and home designs that embrace a variety of living options. We’re reinvigorated for 2013 with new model homes to tour, new homebuilders, and exciting new shops and services. All to go with a great outdoor lifestyle in the Sonoran Desert. Learn more at Estrella.com/recharged

Grand Opening of new DMB development on June 1st

O

throughout the parks system, family games and entertainment and activities for all ages. At the day-long event, visitors will be able to explore The ‘Mark (Eastmark’s Visitors and Community Center) and enjoy the first 10 acres of the Eastmark Great Park plus eleven neighborhood parks, piazzas and plazas. Trollies and pedicabs will take guests around the tree-lined streets to enjoy activities such as outdoor concerts, kiteflying and food trucks. Visitors can also tour more than 10 new home models from the first seven homebuilders who have been selected by DMB to build inside Eastmark, all of whom are offering unique-toEastmark floor plans. Phase One builders are Maracay Homes, Mattamy Homes, Taylor Morrison, Woodside Homes, Ryland Homes, Standard Pacific Homes and Meritage Homes Corporation.

NH9

ESTRELLA

Used wIth perMIssIOn Of dMB assOcIates

n Saturday, June 1st, Eastmark — the first new largescale integrated community to launch in the Phoenix area in 10 years according to its developer, DMB Associates — will hold a grand opening event designed to showcase its first phase of residential homes and the first phase of the Eastmark Great Park. At five square miles (3,200 acres), Eastmark sits at the center of a major transportation hub anchored by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, three major freeways, numerous businesses and a number of educational institutions. At buildout, the expansive 106-acre Eastmark Great Park will connect residential areas, resort components, employment cores, recreational spaces and commerce. To encourage visitors to discover the lifestyle at Eastmark, DMB is planning a day of festivities that will include music

F R I D AY , M AY 3 , 2 013

C R E AT E D B Y R E P U B L I C M E D I A C U S T O M P U B L I S H I N G

EASTMARK

GRAND OPENING DATe: saturday, June 1st

New neighborhoods, shops & more!

TIMe: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHeRe: ray and ellsworth roads in Mesa

+1,- "8'&( &28< ';$&2 ;< 0'&68!!> 3>6#">=( .;;:=8>6( 97 % 455/*4)/),--

COST: admission is free INFO: eastmark.com

HISTORIC ROOTS some sixty years ago, General Motors (GM) needed a private hot-weather setting where they could test vehicles for durability, road-handling and emissions. what the executives at GM found back then was an isolated site in Mesa, a site that became known as the desert proving Grounds. for nearly half a century, the desert proving Grounds would be a center of top-secret automotive innovation, but by 2000, the city of Mesa had greatly expanded, and GM found it to be increasingly difficult to protect trade secrets from an ever-increasing population.

New homes from the low $100,000s Newland Communities is the largest private developer of planned residential and urban mixed-use communities in the United States. We believe it is our responsibility to create enduring, healthier communities for people to live life in ways that matter most to them. www.newlandcommunities.com

In 2000, GM announced their plan to relocate the desert proving Grounds to Yuma, and in 2006, dMB purchased 3,200 of the 5,000 original acres and set out on a multi-year process to envision and build this brand-new community.

Actual development may vary from developer’s vision. No guarantee can be made that development will proceed as described. )G/ 37EF-B+CF7 1/A7+)D/C) B- +/7E /*)7)/ G7* CB) ,(7EF-F/1@ FC*A/3)/1@ B+ /'7DFC/1 )GF* B--/+FCI? 8 CCA III-Estrella Mountain Ranch, LLC (“Fee Owner”) is the creator of the Estrella Community (“Community”). Certain homebuilders unaffiliated with the Fee Owner or its related entities (collectively “Newland”) are building homes in the Community (“Builder(s)”). Newland is not co-developing, co-building or otherwise responsible for any of the obligations or representations of any of the Builders, and Newland shall have no obligations to any buyer regarding a home purchase from a Builder. Purchasers of homes from any ;% 4#& 52!L<&96 .>!0& >JH =L>!K6 >$>!J64 C&.L>J< >9!6!J$ ;24 ;% 4#&!9 :29=#>6& 49>J6>=4!;J? 8 A9!=&6@ 6:&=!"=>4!;J6@ <&4>!L6 >J< availability of Builder’s homes are subject to change without notice. 2013 © Estrella. All Rights Reserved.

AR-0007984722-01

Grand Opening !

Sales Office & Models Open Daily 10-6 Friday 12-6

®

GRAND OPENING! From the s $240’

33 Campbell Place

     C C !

H-R  S ! G D/S !C L C   L 

Hacienda at Greer Ranch All New Floor Plans & Elevations! As one of the top 30 builders in the U.S., award-winning Gehan Homes brings a 20-year legacy of homebuilding excellence to the Phoenix Valley. Please join us as we launch our inaugural Phoenix area community and unveil an exciting, new line-up of floor plans.

L    $,’

11520 North 156 Lane . Surprise, Arizona (Reems Road and Cactus Road)

623.584.0903

33RD PL. CAMPBELL AVE.

Model Hours

10 am-6 pm Daily 1 pm-6 pm Fridays

RH.

..

AR-0008001091-01

AR-0007961482-03

gehanhomes.com Sales and Brokerage Services provided by Prime Equity Real Estate, LLC, licensed in the State of Arizona (LC644121000). Advertised prices may not include promotions, incentives, features, options, lot premiums. Proposed amenities, site and floor plans, elevations, designs, artist renderings or dimensions associated with the overall project and the units may be preliminary in nature and are subject to change without notice. Square footage and dimensions are estimated and may vary in actual construction. Community Association fees may be required. This is not an offer to sell, or solicitation of an offer to buy, any unit in states where such solicitation cannot be made. A public report is available at the State Real Estate Department’s website. Gehan Homes of Arizona, LLC, AZ ROC # 281891. © 2013 Gehan Homes. All rights reserved.

N

36TH ST.

24TH ST.

Model Home NOW OPEN

40TH ST.

CAMELBACK RD.

32ND ST.

Sales by Rosewood Sales Group, LLC. Rosewood Homes Construction, LLC ROC # 250901. © Rosewood Homes 2013. PD 4/20/13

In the interest of continuous improvement, Rosewood Homes reserves the right to change or modify pricing, plans, designs, materials, features and specifications without prior notice or obligation. All dimensions, square footages, ceiling heights and window sizes, styles and locations are approximate and may vary per elevation. All renderings, floor plans and landscape are the artist’s conception and may vary from the actual plans and homes as built. Please consult your Sales Associate for details. Prices subject to change.


NH10

F R I D AY , M AY 3 , 2 013

C R E AT E D B Y R E P U B L I C M E D I A C U S T O M P U B L I S H I N G

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC

BY ALISON STANTON

Q:

What is a SEER rating? Is it better for air conditioning units to have a higher SEER or a lower SEER? Why and how is the SEER rating important to the comfort of a home? How can a SEER rating impact an energy bill?

A: Used wIth perMIssIOn Of caMeLOt hOMes

Camelot Homes: A family affair Three generations of homebuilders BY ALISON STANTON

I

n the mid-1950s, J.W. Hancock and his wife Maggi started J.W. Hancock Homes in an effort to answer the growing demand for new homes in the Valley. One of the first communities the company built was Colony By The Green in Mesa, where families could purchase homes for around $13,000. The couple named two of the streets in the neighborhood after their sons, Mark and Trevor.

Becoming Camelot

Julie Hancock, managing director for Camelot Homes, said J.W. and Maggi changed the company’s name in 1969, after Mark, who is her husband, saw the movie “Camelot”.

“In the movie, Camelot was described as ‘The perfect place to live’ and in the theme song the lyrics said ‘In short, there’s simply not a more congenial spot for happily-ever-aftering than here in Camelot’,” Julie said. “Mark came home and told his parents they needed to rename their company Camelot, and so they did.”

Innovative features

Julie said that during the early years, the company focused on luxury designs and unique architectural elements that helped them stand apart from builders that were building production-style homes. “Camelot was one of the first builders to allow buyers to make custom changes to their homes,”

“In the movie, Camelot was described as ‘The perfect place to live’.” —Julie hancock

she said. “We built interior atriums, vaulted ceilings with beams and center islands in the kitchen. These were novel ideas at the time.” Cammie Hancock Beckert, current managing director for Camelot Homes and Julie and Mark’s daughter, said the company was also one of the first to do away with a separate living and dining room in favor of the ‘great room’ concept. In 1979, J.W. (who died on New Year’s Eve 1985) and Maggi (who is now 92)

Used wIth perMIssIOn Of caMeLOt hOMes

retired and Mark and Julie took over the company name and continued their focus on innovative features.

SEER stands for ‘Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio’. It is the measure of the total cooling output provided by an HVAC system divided by the amount of energy consumed by that unit for a typical cooling season. A higher SEER means the system is more energy-efficient; for example, it consumes less electricity for a given amount of cooling output. SEER has no impact on comfort; it is simply a measure of efficiency. A system with a higher SEER rating should have a positive impact on a homeowner’s utility bill because it requires less energy to provide the same amount of cooling as a low SEER system. SEER is measured using a national average cooling season — similar to what Kansas City will experience. Because the desert Southwest has a much longer and more severe cooling season than the rest of the country, SEER is not always the best measure of energy-efficiency in hot, dry climates. Consumers should also look at the EER, or Energy Efficiency Ratio, rating of an HVAC system. This rating is performed at 95 degrees Fahrenheit outdoors and is a better measure of energy-efficiency than SEER for systems in desert climates. Source: Greg Cobb, President and CeO, Sonoran Air, Inc. Contributing Editor JIM wILLIaMs jlwilliams@republicmedia.com Managing Art Director traceY phaLen tphalen@republicmedia.com

A family affair

Since the company opened, Julie said they have built over $1 billion dollars worth of homes throughout the metropolitan Phoenix area, adding that they are one of the last remaining family-owned and run homebuilders in the state. For more information, visit camelothomes.com.

a division of the arizona republic 200 e. Van Buren st. phoenix, aZ 85004

Design sw!tch stUdIO rMcp@switchstudio.com

General Manager caMI KaIser ckaiser@republicmedia.com

Republic Media Intern nIcK KOstenKO

Manager Creative Development Isaac MOYa imoya@republicmedia.com Editor paULa hUBBs cOhen paula.cohen@cox.net

Advertising MIcheLLe MUrrIetta 602-444-8208 MMurrietta@republicmedia.com For general advertising inquiries, contact republic Media at 602-444-8000.

EASTMARK GRAND OPENING

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013, 10a.m. - 5p.m.

We’re not just opening a new community. We’re opening a new way of living. Exclusive model home tours from seven of the valley’s finest builders. Prices starting from the low $200s.

Elliot Rd.

Free Parking

Live Music

Tour our Visitors and Community Center

Family Entertainment

Food and Refreshments

Ellsworth Rd.

Make plans to join us for one of the most anticipated community Grand Openings in years. This special, daylong celebration is the ideal way to experience how DMB’s visionary approach to community crafting is coming to life.

Warner Rd. 202 Freeway Ray Rd.

See what it means to Live in SynchroniCity™

© 2013 DMB Mesa Proving Grounds LLC. Obtain the Property Report or its equivalent, required by Federal and State law and read it before signing anything. No Federal or State agency has judged the merits or value, if any, of this property. All features, dimensions, drawings, renderings, plans, and specifications are conceptual and subject to change without notice. The information provided in this advertisement is strictly for informational purposes and shall not be construed as an offer to sell real property. Sales terms and prices are established by builders and subject to change without notice.

AR-0007940803-01

Ray Rd.

RSVP at eastmark.com


NewHomesAZ-May2013