CantaMia – a new 55+ retirement community

dreamstime_l_5059099CantaMia 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.

CantaMia, an Arizona Active Adult Community

I recently visited CantaMia and discovered this jewel in the Estrella Mtns

Is the New Home market picking up?


The Arizona Republic today has an article about Signs of Life in the new construction home market.  Reading through the article the only real “news” is that the New Home Builders are buying up land again.  The article mentioned the amount of $90 million purchased recently.   This lets me know that the builders are seeing and expecting more home sales.

Hopefully they are correct, and the trend of confidence in the housing market continues.

Artesia a New community next to McCormick Ranch

As you gaze across Camelback Lake from the McCormick Ranch Golf Club you see a strange site in this area.  You see new construction.  Starpointe’s new community Artesia is not in McCormick Ranch, but is just next door and so I am including it in the area communities.

The community located off Scottsdale Rd just north of Indian Bend Rd is in a great location, with restaurants (including the soon to open Roka Akor) and shopping walking distance from the homes.  The community will have a fitness center, yoga and aerobics room, massage rooms, lap pool, spa, clubhouse with theater, event/ game rooms, state of the art golf simulator, pet spa and much more.  The community besides being on the golf course will also have 10 acres of private park area, four miles of walking paths, and water gardens.

In Artesia there are two styles of buildings.  The first has what they are calling Residences, single level condos, starting from $354,900 for a one bedroom unit, on the first thru third floors, and two bedroom units starting from $434,900.  On the fourth floor they have the Penthouse with 2260 sqft, and 1211 sqft of private wrap around deck, I am sure the views will be stunning.  The pricing is $1,199,900 for the penthouses.

The second style is the Brownstone collection, three story units starting at 2907 sqft with private garages, and  views of the Pines course at McCormick Ranch.  The prices start from $1,064,900.

If you are looking to be close to everything Scottsdale has to offer, and looking for new properties in an urban setting, Artesia may be right for you.