Maracay Homes continues to expand into the northwest area with three new residential developments in the works in the towns of Marana and Oro Valley.
Of those, two are planned to open before summer of next year, according to Andy Warren, president of Maracay Homes.
Tortolita Vistas is a gated community in Marana north of Tangerine Road on Thornydale Road that will be limited to 54 home sites, all of which will feature one-story home plans from Maracay’s Imperial Collection, with designs ranging from 2,710 to 3,580 square feet.
The minimal amount of homes on the site will allow for residents to enjoy the natural desert surroundings, says Warren.
“You’re located in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountains, so not only will the views be amazing, you will also be able to enjoy the natural, open desert space,” he said.
As with the other two communities to come, Tortolita Vista will also feature the Energy Star and Maracay Homes’ LivingSmart technologies for performance and cost efficiency.
In the neighboring community of Oro Valley, Rancho Del Cobre, to be located south of Tangerine Road and La Cholla Boulevard, is a 68-lot development also featuring all one-story designs. Warren says like Tortolita Vistas, many of the home sites back up to washes and desert, and take into consideration the importance of open space. The development will implement Maracay’s Hallmark, Imperial, and Paragon Collections, ranging from 2,719 to 3,844 square feet. Rancho Del Cobre is scheduled to open next spring.
The largest project, a 345 single-family-residential development, will be located in Rancho Vistoso on 129 acres where La Cañada and Pebble Creek drives intersect.
Warren says the 129-acre development, which will be surrounded by the Golf Club at Vistoso, will cost about $40 million to develop.
Council voted unanimously in September to allow the development.
“We were excited about the enthusiasm that the entire council and staff had for our project,” said Warren. “We are equally enthusiastic about what the outcome will be once completed. In some ways, this will be the crown jewel of the Rancho Vistoso master plan. We didn’t want to undertake this property unless we could really make it special.”
Warren says lot sizes will range from 4,500 to 11,000 square feet, and four different Maracay collection options will be available for homebuyers.
“One of the cool things about this opportunity is the availability of options to the shopper,” said Warren. “Some homes will be larger estates, some will be targeted for the growing family – there really is an option for several different scenarios.”
While town code would have allowed about 1,100 homes in the area, Warren says the decision to only build 345 was based on citizen feedback and consumer demands for the types of properties to be available.
The development will feature six gated neighborhoods with three parks, various trails, and single and double story homes.
The development is scheduled to open for sale in the first quarter of 2015.