Arizona homebuilder starts luxury clubhouse, despite the slow market

Posted By Mike Padgett

Dec. 5, 2008

A prominent homebuilder in Arizona, confident of a rebound of the housing market, is moving forward with plans for a gated upscale community in the southeast Valley.

Shea Homes broke ground today on a luxury clubhouse in the company’s Encanterra country club community in the Queen Creek area. The Club at Encanterra is a 42,000-square-foot clubhouse designed by architect Bing Hu, founder of H&S International, a north Scottsdale residential and hospitality design company that specializes in high-end projects.

The gated community is part of Shea’s Trilogy Country Club designs. The development sits on 745 acres at the southeast corner of Combs Road and Gantzel Road/Ironwood Drive. The site is about eight miles southeast of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and just east of the Maricopa-Pinal county line.

Encanterra is Shea’s first venture into exclusive country club living. The community is designed for about 2,400 luxury residences. Buildout is planned for 2016.

There are three residential designs with 13 floor plans ranging from 1,400 to 3,700 square feet. The price range is from the high $200,000s to the mid-$500,000s. This month, 43 contracts are expected to close. Thirty homes are under construction.

Encanterra homebuyers will receive social memberships to the Club. They also will have the option of buying golf memberships to the private, 18-hole course designed by Tom Lehman. Completion of the Club is set for late 2010.

H&S International also designed the 11,000-square-foot clubhouse at Vistancia, Shea’s upscale community in the northwest Valley.


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Dec 5th, 2008

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