Registration open for HOA Academy!

Peoria’s annual HOA Academy is scheduled for Feb.1st!

The program is designed to educate HOA board members, management teams and interested homeowners about maintaining homeowners associations.

The West Valley Homeowners Association is partnering with the City for the one-day training course, which will run from 8:30a.m. to 3:30p.m. on Feb. 1st. Lunch is provided.

For more information and registration contact Jaime Gonzalez, Planning & Community Development at 623-773-5140 or www.peoriaaz.gov/HOA

Mountain Trails at Cortessa- Waddell, AZ ( Near Phoenix)

AV Homes,Inc., has announced the purchase of 86 home sites in the Cortessa master planned communtiy in western metropolitan Phoenix. The new community will be marketed under the name of ” Mountain Trails at Cortessa.” Pre-Sales are scheduled to begin mid-January of 2014.

The community will offer single and two-story homes ranging in size 1,560sf to 3,600sf with an estimated starting price in the $160s. These homes will feature a variety of exterior elevations and open living concepts. According to the developer the Cortessa community ” captures a small town feeling along with beautiful amenities, easy access to freeways and The White Mountain Regional Park.”

Residents of Cortessa will be able to enjoy five parks, 88 acres of landscaped common area- maintained by a HOA and beautiful views of the White Tank Mountains.

Cortessa is one and a half miles west of the Arizona loop 303 freeway, which will provide easy access to employment and entertaiment. It is two and a half miles away from the White Tank Mountain Regional Park which offers a wealth of outdoor activities from hikin trails to mountain biking on the park’s competition track. More information on Cortessa can be found on the HOA website at www.cortessaliving.com and the community website www.traditional.avhomesinc.com/communities/mountain-trails-cortessa. To contact the builder call 480-214-7400.

5 Shea Homes projects approaching completion

Shea Homes is in the final stages of completing five West Valley communities, the builder said.

Five communities in Buckeye, Litchfield Park and Peoria have more than 30 homes and vacant lots available for purchase at ” outstanding prices,” Shea Homes said. Shea is selling vacant lots that are available for move-in company officials said.

The Brighton at Watson Estates community in Buckeye has three homes and 14 lots available. The Kensington community, also at Watson Estates, has four lots available, and two homes are slotted for sale in the next few months. Shea  has more than 250 homes in Watson Estates communities. Prices start at $130,000.

In Litchfield Park, Shea has one lot and three houses left in Mountain Shadows at Arroyo Mountain Estates. The home builder has constructed more than 160 homes in the Litchfield Park community.  Meanwhile, Shea has one lot and two homes for sale in the Estates. Shea has built about 50 homes in the Litchfield Park neighborhood. Three more houses are expected to become available soon. Prices start at $220,000.

Caletas at Blackstone has two homes and four lots available within Peoria’s Vistancia master-planned community. Shea built about 50 homes at Caletas at Blackstone. Three homes will also be available within the next few months. Prices start at $230,000.

Each community is different, Ken Peterson, the vice president of sales and marketing for Shea Homes said.  Some communities are larger and have bigger houses, while others can be described as boutique style, Peterson said.  The economic downturn significantly affected these communities, because there are far fewer home buyers, he added.” We were building all those years, but we definitely took a huge hit,” Peterson said. ” Still, we never closed a community.”

As these communities come to a close, the builder plans to open five more in the West Valley, starting 2014.

Gehan homes has 66 sites available in Surprise

Dallas-based homebuilder, Gehan Homes, is ready to start construction on new homes for it’s Hacienda @ Greer Ranch community in Surprise.  Greer Ranch lies between Cactus Road and Peoria Avenue on the north and south and Sarival Avenue and Reems Road on the west and east.  The community is southwest of Marley Park. Prices for Gehan’s spacious,  energy-efficient homes start at just under $248,000.  Prices range as high as $311,900 for a four-bedroom house with 3,947 square feet.