(Credit West Valley View for Original Article)
Rosewood Homes is developing the gated Golf Villas neighborhood in Estrella with 61 homes among 28 acres of land tucked in the surrounding mountain landscape.
Rosewood homeowners will see a private road leading to a gated entry with a view of the 10th hole of the Golf Club of Estrella. The development will feature open space spread throughout the community with 59 percent of the site preserved for a mix of passive and active recreational uses.
“We always loved Estrella because it’s such a unique and beautiful property tucked into the mountains,” said David Kitnick, president of Rosewood Homes. “It’s close enough to modern conveniences, but far enough away that you feel like you are on vacation at a nice resort.”
Kitnick said his staff had their eyes on this 28-acre parcel for more than 20 years because of the mountain views. The design enabled 80 percent of the homes to be along the Estrella golf course.
“This property was originally approved by the city of Goodyear and the master developer to have 86 homes,” he added. “However, Rosewood reduced the number down to 61 homes to maximize mountain and golf course views. We also preserved 59 percent of the property as ‘open space’ with a mix of natural and active recreational uses.”
Amenities are aplenty. Golf Villas homeowners can use two residents clubs, each offering a wide variety of features including resort-style swimming pools, exercise studios and a range of activities and community events. The community also boasts more than 72 acres of lakes for boating and catch-and-release fishing, community access to more than 40 miles of walking, hiking and biking trails, and multiple neighborhood parks with volleyball, basketball, pickleball and tennis courts.
Prospective residents will have their choice of four floor plans in a variety of architectural styles that range in size from approximately 1,886 to 2,891 square feet. Three of the four home designs will be single-story plans while the fourth is designed as a partial two-story plan with the master suite on the first floor. Each home at Rosewood’s Golf Villas will include standard features, along with numerous opportunities to personalize each home including optional “disappearing walls of glass” that provide indoor/outdoor living.
“Each Rosewood home is designed with generous standard features and abundant ‘no-cost’ opportunities to personalize each home. Our homes are also among the most energy efficient with the typical Rosewood home being 60 percent to 70 percent more energy efficient than most resale homes.”
Rosewood also offers a vast array of options and upgrade opportunities that prospective residents can chose from with assistance from an interior designer at the onsite design center. They can choose from different countertops, cabinets and flooring as well as appliances, sinks, faucets, lighting fixtures, fireplace styles, decorative cabinet knobs, paint colors, door styles and door hardware. Builders can install a custom stereo, security and/or technology system.
Rosewood’s project reflects Estrella’s successful year, said Bill Olson, vice president of Newland/Estrella.
“Estrella has had a wonderful year,” Olson said. “The net home sales for 2017 are the highest they’ve been in 13 years. We credit that to the wonderful team at Newland and our supporting teams.”
Olson chalked up the success to a healthy market and buyers wanting to “seize the opportunity to take advantage of good financing and the ability to pick high-quality, master-planned community like Estrella. The builders have been enthusiastic.
“So it’s a culmination of a much-improved economy, a much-improved housing market, and consumers who have confidence and jobs. There’s terrific growth and, candidly, based on the studies, some of which we have commissioned, the Maricopa Association of Governments has informed us that over the next 20 to 25 years, 43 percent of all Metro Phoenix growth will be in the West Valley. That’s almost 50 percent. So that bodes very well for the future, not just today.”
Olson added there are 12 homebuilders, including Rosewood who have come on board, and two or three on the cusp of opening models. By the time Rosewood opens, it’ll be 14.
Estrella is 22,000 acres, with 5,200 homes in the community now, Olson said. About 14,000 people call Estrella home, and there are three schools. At build out, it’ll have 55,000 homes.
“It is a very, very large community,” Olson said. “We have about 2,780 lots in various stages of planning and development right now.”
As for Rosewood, Kitnick said each neighborhood is different because the staff strives to create memorable neighborhoods based on the characteristics of each site and the homebuyers’ decisions.
“As an example, every Golf Villas home will be on its own legal lot but they are designed as ‘large villas,’ with two or three homes connected by a specially designed ‘common wall’ with each home ranging in size from 1,886 to 2,892 square feet, plus each home includes a traditional oversized two-car attached garage along with a private backyard. Each home lives like a spacious single-family home because they range in width from 45-feet wide to 50-feet wide.”