By Brian Petersheim

Brian Petersheim, Realtor. Photo by Victor Moreno

The Villages? Rancho El Dorado? Tortosa? Alterra? Everyone that is introduced to the city of Maricopa asks, “Which is the best subdivision?” When shopping subdivisions, amenities can play an important role in determining whether a community is the right fit or not. Buyer should begin their search by asking themselves a few questions…

  1. How important are amenities?
  2. How important is drive time into Phoenix/Chandler?
  3. How important is the monthly HOA fee?
  4. What does that monthly HOA fee provide?

Read on, my friends….



Acacia Crossings

750 Homes/lots: Subdivision is completed

HOA: $71.50/month. Basic cable OR credit toward Internet included in HOA.

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, basketball courts.

Fun Fact: The HOA actually modified a walkway from the center of Acacia to be able to walk to the stores in the Basha’s center, so resident wouldn’t have to walk or bike all the way around the subdivision to shop!

 

Alterra

862 Homes out of 1005 lots: No current building in the subdivision

HOA: $62.92/month. Basic cable not included in HOA.

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas.

Fun Fact: Much of Alterra was underwater in 1983 due to a flood. Since then, many changes have been made to the “wash system” to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

 

Cobblestone Farms

884 homes on 892 lots: Last homes being completed now.

HOA: $278.45/quarter (92.82/month). Basic cable included in HOA.

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, pool, horseshoes, basketball court, lake, sports field.

Fun Fact: All the homes were built by Fulton homes, while most other subdivisions have multiple builders.

Fun Fact 2: Cobblestone/Fulton built the only basement homes in Maricopa, which are approximately 4,000 square feet.

 

Desert Cedars

418 homes/lots: Subdivision is completed.

HOA: $60/month. Basic cable not included HOA.

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas. Desert Cedars is the closest subdivision to Maricopa’s Copper Sky Multigenerational and Aquatic center, which means not only an easy walk to the festivities, but an up close and personal view of the Fourth of July fireworks from your house.

 

DESERT PASSAGE (aka Smith Farms)

548 homes of 705 home sites: Currently building.

HOA: $109/month. Basic cable included in HOA

Amenities– Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, pool, basketball court, sports fields, baseball/softball field.

Fun fact: Desert Passage has a pool, but many people forget about it when talking about subdivisions with pools.

 

GLENNWILDE GROVES

1,412 homes on 1,948 home sites: Currently building

$88.75/month.  Basic cable included in HOA

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, 2 heated pools, tennis, basketball, soccer, baseball/softball, stocked fishing lake.

Fun fact: Some of the sporting fields actually belong to the city’s Pacana Park, but since Glennwilde surrounds the park, they are part of the amenities.

 

HOMESTEAD NORTH

1,568 homes on 2,295 home sites: Currently building,

HOA: $48/month. Basic cable not included in HOA.

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, basketball courts, and lake subdivision.

Fun Fact: DRHorton was supposed to be the only builder in Homestead, so they named the main thoroughfare DRHorton Drive, but when other builders came in and started building, the name was changed to Homestead Drive.

 

MARICOPA MEADOWS

1,537 homes on 1,626 home sites: No current building in the subdivision.

HOA: $219/quarter ($73/month). Basic cable included in HOA.

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, basketball court, outside workout trail, pickle ball court and lake.

Fun Fact: Maricopa Meadows is home to Maricopa’s only full disc golf course.

 

PALO BREA

113 homes on 525 home sites: No current construction.

HOA: $55/month. Basic cable included in HOA

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, basketball courts and home of one of the few Sand Volleyball courts in Maricopa.

Fun Fact: Palo Brea only has homes on about 20 percent of the lots. Beazer Homes was the only builder there. The remaining lots have been for sale by the developer for several years.

 

PROVINCE (Villas or Gemini homes 55+ community)

1,323 homes on 2,124 lots: Currently building

HOA: $917.61/quarter ($305.87/month). Basic cable included in HOA

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, lakes, shuffleboard, tennis, pickle ball, indoor/outdoor pools, full workout facility, craft rooms, poker room, clubhouse, library & BBQ areas

Fun Fact: The smaller Villa or Gemini homes cost more per month on the HOA than the stand alone homes because it includes a roof insurance policy since 2 separate units share a common roof.

 

PROVINCE (Single Family detached 55+ community)

1,323 homes on 2,124 lots – currently building.

HOA: $603.76/quarter ($201.25/month). Basic cable included in HOA.

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, lakes, shuffleboard, tennis, pickleball, indoor/outdoor pools, full workout facility, craft rooms, poker room, clubhouse, library & BBQ areas.

Fun Fact: The entire subdivision of Province is comprised of single story homes only.

 

RANCHO EL DORADO (not Villages or Lakes)

Maricopa’s largest subdivision with 3,381 homes/lots: Subdivision is completed.

HOA: $127.90/quarter ($42.63/month). Basic cable not included in HOA.

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, lake, driving range, restaurant/bar (at the golf course). Maricopa’s only golf course subdivision.

Fun Fact: Rancho El Dorado was Maricopa’s first master planned community; some of the homes were completed in 2002.

 

LAKES at RANCHO EL DORADO (Rancho El Dorado Phase 3)

643 homes on 1,594 home sites: No current construction.

HOA: $62.92/month. Basic cable not included in HOA.

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, lake and water feature.

Fun Fact: It is permissible for residents to use non-motorized boats like canoes or paddle boats on the lake.

 

RANCHO MIRAGE

280 homes on 2,163 home sites: 1 builder currently constructing homes.

HOA: $91.67/month. Basic cable included in HOA.

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, lake with walkout pier and water feature.

Fun Fact: Of the 4 builders that were originally scheduled to build in Rancho Mirage, 2 of them never broke ground and 4 more came in and started building.

 

SANTA ROSA SPRINGS

160 homes out of 788 home lots: 2 builders currently constructing homes.

HOA: $68/month. Basic cable not included in HOA.

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas.

Fun Fact: The original builders in that community used extra insulation for noise reduction because of the proximity of the train tracks.

 

SENITA (Maricopa Groves)

1,375 lots/homes built: Subdivision is completed.

HOA: $65/month. Basic cable INCLUDED in HOA

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas

Fun Fact: Senita 1 and 2 are the parcels west of the bridge over the wash while Senita 3 is the parcel East of the bridge.

 

SORRENTO

366 homes out of 821 lots in the subdivision: Current construction

$63.30/month. Basic cable not included in HOA.

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, lake, splash pad, water feature, tennis courts.

Fun Fact: There are currently 2 new builders quickly putting up homes in Sorrento.

 

TORTOSA

1,055 homes out of 2,462 total home lots: No builders currently constructing homes

HOA: $91.00/month. Basic cable included in HOA.

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, water feature.

Fun Fact: There were several streets in Tortosa with partially built homes, but no builder! The builder ran out of money and went under. Some of the homes were sold unfinished, but eventually the bank came in, finished and sold the homes.

 

VILLAGES at RANCHO EL DORADO

2,086 homes out of 2,104 total lots in the subdivision: Last lots being built on now.

HOA: $86.00/month Basic cable OR credit toward Internet INCLUDED in HOA

Amenities – Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, 2 pools, clubhouse w/kitchenette for resident use, workout facility, basketball & tennis courts.

Fun Fact: The original owners of the land where the Villages is located still live in the same house in the villages that they lived in when the subdivision was just farm land. If you look closely driving around Butterfield parkway, you will see a lovely, older home behind a gate with large mature trees! The home was built in 1956.



Please keep in mind that there are specific costs when buying a home in Maricopa’s HOA communities that are not listed here. Each subdivision may have its own fees for community improvement, reserve contribution or working capital that will need to be addressed in the offer to purchase a home. HOA disclosure paperwork costs approximately $400 and that specific fee must be paid by the seller. The rest are negotiable.

If you are considering buying or selling a Maricopa property and have questions, please reach out to a Maricopa real estate expert.

 

Brian Petersheim is a Realtor with Homesmart Success. He can be reached at 602-206-9644 or  BrianPetersheim@gmail.com

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi maam,
    There were about 20 or so homes being built there in 2006ish. The builder was named Hallcraft. They had almost finished many of the homes, and one day I went there and the trailer where the salespeople had always been had been locked up tight. Over the next several years the homes were vandalized and eventually the homes were razed by the city. The subdivision is named “Santa Rosa Crossing” not to be confused with Santa Rosa Springs which is across the street from Walmart! While Santa Rosa Crossing is already subdivided and ready for homes, I am unaware of any builders to start there in the short term!

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