Arizona Real Estate Highlights

Posted By Mike Padgett

Nov. 1, 2008

Seattle luxury homebuilder opening in Arizona

A luxury builder active in Washington state for more than 40 years is offering seven new homes in Carefree, an upscale suburb of Phoenix.

Seattle-based Chaffey Homes opened its sales office Oct. 30 in its Casa Serena model, which has 4,264 square feet of livable space. The Tranquil Trail Estates development is at the intersection of Tranquil Trail and Carefree Drive. The seven homes range in size from 3,500 to more than 4,200 square feet. Prices start at $1.2 million.

The sales office will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday. A public unveiling of the model is set for Dec. 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit, or call 480-595-0185.

Restoration team courted by Mesa, Glendale

A redevelopment team credited with reviving Chandler’s downtown has met with officials in other Valley cities to discuss similar work. Desert Viking Cos. co-owner Niels Kreipke confirmed that he and his father-in-law partner Michael Hogarty have been invited to work in Mesa and Glendale.

“I’m sure we will eventually, but right now our heart and soul are in the two areas we’re working in,” Kreipke says.

City officials and business leaders have applauded Desert Viking for restoring the Gold Spot Market at Third Avenue and Roosevelt Street near downtown Phoenix and historic buildings in downtown Chandler.

Home tour to benefit Hospice

Proceeds from the upcoming Desert Mountain Luxury Home Tour will benefit Hospice of the Valley. A $25 donation for the tour is requested, but not essential, to visit up to 15 custom homes in Desert Mountain, an 8,000-acre gated luxury development in north Scottsdale.

The homes will be open for touring from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 7. A donation entitles visitors to enter several prize drawings as well as a cocktail reception at the community’s Chiricahua Clubhouse after the tour.

For more information, call 480-488-2998.

Luxury villas planned at Enchantment Resort

Eight luxury homes are planned next to Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment Resort in the red rock country of Sedona, Ariz.

Gluckman Mayner Architects, the company that designed the 24,000-square-foot spa, plans to add the villas on the grounds of the spa and resort. The villas will have about 3,200 square feet. Gluckman-Mayner’s notable designs include the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and Study Center in Santa Fe and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

Enchantment Group, based in Arizona, also recently announced plans for a 30-guest room Mii amo destination spa, along with 25 residential condominiums, in Punta Mita, Mexico. For more information, visit

Taylor Morrison expanding

One of the largest homebuilders in metro Phoenix is flexing its financial muscle. Taylor Morrison has purchased 116 acres, its largest-ever land deal, for 419 new homes in the Surprise Farms community near 183rd Avenue and Bell Road. The location is near where Taylor Morrison is building its Legacy and Premier series of homes, priced from the $180,000s to the $200,000s.

Plans for the new purchase include four new communities, each with its own model center, says Charlie Enochs, president of Taylor Morrison’s Phoenix division.

“The current real estate market presents a challenge but our focus is on the company’s long-term growth,” Enochs says.

Taylor Morrison operates more than 200 communities across the United States, including about 40 new home communities throughout metro Phoenix.

Nov 1st, 2008

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