Phoenix, Arizona, is known for its desert heat, beautiful mountains and Southwestern food and architecture. Folks can take a break from the heat at one of the city’s many high-end resorts, complete with pools and golf courses. As Arizona’s capital city, Phoenix has seen a steady population increase over the past decade, with more folks relocating each year. Ready to move to Phoenix? Take a look at these popular area master planned communities.
A 27-mile drive west from downtown Phoenix will take you to the master planned community of Verrado. This community is practically its own city — with the local Main Street district lined with shops and restaurants, 21 miles of hiking and biking trails and more than 75 parks, all you need is right here. Well-known builders such as Toll Brothers have developed Verrado into a thriving community with beautiful homes. Toll Brothers offers six floor plans, with prices starting in the low $400,000s. Verrado rests at the base of the White Tank Mountains, so fans of hiking and nature will enjoy having the great outdoors in their backyard.
Just east of Verrado is the master planned community, Arroyo Seco. You can work up an appetite while playing at the community’s basketball and volleyball courts, and then have a picnic at the community ramadas, complete with barbecue grills. Arroyo Seco houses start in the mid-$300,000s, with plenty of customizable floor plans to choose from. With the White Tank Mountains an easy, drivable distance away, and all the fun of Phoenix nearby, Arroyo Seco is right in the middle of exciting opportunities.
Located in the city of Goodyear, Estrella is approximately 33 miles southwest of downtown Phoenix. An oasis in the Arizona desert, Estrella offers 72 acres of lakes, where you can have fun fishing, kayaking and picnicking along the shores. Children here can attend public schools located within the community, allowing easy access to great education. You also have your choice of several builders to construct your dream home. For instance, check out the homes by The New Home Company, with prices starting in the high $300,000s.
Located 20 miles northwest of Phoenix in Glendale, Marbella Ranch is a riverside community with beautiful views. With amenities like playgrounds, barbecue grills and picnic areas, Marbella Ranch is designed to bring the community together. Builders like Meritage Homes design modern homes with flexible floor plans to make your dream home a reality. Meritage Homes offers spacious, one-story homes with up to four bedrooms, all starting in the mid-$300,000s. With the Agua Fria River practically in your backyard, you can spend your days hiking and fishing along the river.
Located 20 miles north of downtown Phoenix, Sky Crossing is know as “the brightest star in desert living.” This master planned community is home to multiple sports courts, plenty of open spaces, a pool and lounge areas to watch the desert sunset. Pulte Homes is one of the primary developers, offering more than 10 floor plans with prices starting in the mid-$500,000s. Several entertainment sources are within easy driving distance, including golf courses, the Musical Instrument Museum and the beautiful Cave Buttes Recreation Area.
Find your new home in Homestead, a master planned community in Maricopa. One community highlight is its enormous park, complete with its own lake — nothing beats a sunny morning jog there. Among the builders in Homestead is Richmond American Homes, which offers homes starting in the mid-$300,000s and floor plans named after precious rocks and minerals. Homestead is a 10-minute drive from The Shops at Maricopa Fiesta, where you can shop and eat to your heart’s content.
Harvest is a new master planned community in Queen Creek. Sprawled across 400 acres, Harvest was built with community connectivity in mind, as you can enjoy interconnecting trails and paths that lead to neighborhood parks. Builders like Beazer Homes create beautiful homes with sleek architecture and prices starting in the mid-$300,000s. Nearby attractions such as Schnepf Farms and Queen Creek Olive Mill give you the opportunity to enjoy local, homegrown food, right in your backyard.
Located in Gilbert, about 22 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix, the 3,000-acre Morrison Ranch is broken down into different neighborhoods, all with their own recreational facilities, retail spaces and other amenities. Tri Pointe Homes builds beautiful houses with modern architecture here. Prices start in the high $600,000s, and you have your choice of up to five bedrooms. Sports fans will enjoy the adjacent golf course and sports center, and outdoors enthusiasts will delight in the nearby Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch.
Palm Valley is a large master planned community in Goodyear. If you love golf, this is the community for you. Palm Valley is home to Palm Valley Golf Club, as well as plenty of hiking trails and other green spaces. Southwestern style architecture reigns supreme in this community, with builders like Meritage Homes offering beautiful homes starting in the mid-$400,000s. Located just a mile north of I-10, Palm Valley is only a short drive away from all the eateries, retail stores and other recreational facilities along the highway.
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Sarah graduated from Trinity University in 2012 with a degree in International Relations and Political Science. She writes blogs on new homes, decor, communities, and more for NewHomeSource. When she’s not writing, you can find her spending time with her three cats.