By Brian Petersheim

So, you have decided that Maricopa is the city that you want to call home? Now what? There are many different subdivisions to choose from, with many differences. Here are a few questions to ask before making the big commitment.

  1. How important is the commute time into Phoenix/Chandler?
  2. What do I get for my money?
  3. How strict is the HOA with parking?
  4. What amenities are included?
  5. In the past, how often does the HOA raise the monthly rates?
  6. Is there still construction going on in the area?

 

Acacia Crossings
739 homes on 739 lots. Subdivision is completed
HOA: $76.47/month. HOA provisions include discounts on some Orbitel services.
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 Crossing to be able to walk to the stores in the Bashas’ center, so residents wouldn’t have to drive or bike all the way around the subdivision to shop.

Alterra
899 Homes out of 1,005 lots. Lennar Homes is currently 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: The main entrance to Alterra used to consist of a large fountain/waterfall, but was changed into a large planter after the pump system had to be replaced multiple times

Cobblestone Farms
892 homes on 892 lots. Subdivision is completed.
HOA: $279.38/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: Cobblestone Farms has one of the quickest commute times into town based on the location and traffic in the subdivision.
Fun Fact 2: Cobblestone/Fulton built the only basement homes in Maricopa, which are approximately 4,000 square feet.

Desert Cedars
418 homes of 418 lots. Subdivision is completed.
HOA: $225/quarter. Basic cable not included in HOA.
Amenities:– Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas.
Fun Fact: 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)
690 homes of 706 lots. KB Homes is currently building.
HOA: $99/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
1,775 homes on 1,948 home sites. Fulton Homes is currently building
HOA: $92.25/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: Pacana Park in the center of Glennwilde Groves used to Be the city’s main gathering place for all the festivals/sporting events before the larger Copper Sky Multigenerational Complex was built.

Homestead
2,020 homes on 2,406 lots. Meritage Homes is currently building.
HOA1: DRHorton (non-gated) homes: $48.50/month. Basic cable not included in HOA.
HOA2: DRHorton (gated) $101.80/month. Basic cable not included in HOA.
HOA3: Meritage/KBHomes $67/month. Basic cable not included in HOA.
Amenities: Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, volleyball court, basketball courts, and lake subdivision.
Fun Fact: The entire subdivision of Homestead is called Homestead North, but locals and residents refer to the gated parcel as Homestead South.

Maricopa Meadows
1,560 homes on 1,626 lots. K.Hovnanian is currently building.
HOA: $219.30/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, Frisbee golf and lake.
Fun Fact: Maricopa Meadows is home to one of Maricopa’s two disc golf courses.

Palo Brea
156 homes on 525 lots. Richmond American Homes is currently building.
HOA: $65/month. Basic cable not 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: Richmond American Homes has recently started constructing homes in Palo Brea and plans to make a walking path from the area directly to Copper Sky. Palo Brea is the only subdivision to have homes that offer an attached RV garage.

Province (Villas or Gemini homes 55+ community)
1,588 homes on 2,214 lots. Meritage Homes is currently building
HOA: $990.60/quarter. ($330.20/month) Basic cable included in HOA.
Amenities: Gated community, walking/biking/jogging paths, lakes, shuffleboard, tennis, pickle ball, indoor/outdoor pools, full workout facility, craft rooms, poker room, 50,000+sqft clubhouse, library & BBQ areas.
Fun Fact: The smaller Villa or Gemini (duplex) homes cost more per month in the HOA than the stand-alone homes because it includes a roof insurance policy since two separate units share a common roof.

Province (Single Family detached 55+ community)
1,588 homes on 2,214 lots. Meritage Homes is currently building.
HOA: $712.26/quarter ($237.42/month).      Basic cable INCLUDED in HOA.
Amenities: Gated community, walking/biking/jogging paths, lakes, shuffleboard, tennis, pickleball, indoor/outdoor pools, full workout facility, craft rooms, poker room, 50,000+sqft clubhouse, library & BBQ areas.
Fun Fact: The entire subdivision of Province is comprised of single-story homes only.

Rancho El Dorado
3,132 homes on 3,132 lots. Subdivision is completed.
HOA: $134.95/quarter. 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; when the homes were built the nearest supermarket was in Chandler or Casa Grande

The Lakes at Rancho El Dorado (Rancho El Dorado Phase 3)
658 homes on 1,608 home sites. Currently no homes being built.
HOA: $67/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
548 homes on 2,136 home sites. LGI and DRHorton are currently building.
HOA: $91.75/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 four builders originally scheduled to build in Rancho Mirage, two never broke ground, and four more came in and started building.

Santa Rosa Springs
618 homes out of 788 home lots. Costa Verde Homes is currently constructing homes.
HOA: $73/month. Basic cable not included in HOA.
Amenities: Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas.
Fun Fact: The original builders used extra insulation for noise reduction because of the proximity of the train tracks.

Senita (Maricopa Groves)
1,375 homes on 1,375 lots built. Subdivision is completed.
HOA: $65/month. Basic cable not 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
730 homes out of 821 total lots. Starlight Homes and Scott Communities are currently building.
HOA: $75.50/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 two new builders quickly putting up homes in Sorrento.

Tortosa
1,169 homes out of 2,462 total home lots. DRHorton is currently building.
HOA: $91/month. Basic cable included in HOA.
Amenities: Walking/biking/jogging paths, children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, lake, 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.

The Villages at Rancho El Dorado
1,941 homes out of 1,941 lots. Last lots are being built on now.
HOA: $258/quarter. HOA provisions provide reduced rates on all Orbitel, services (cable, Internet).
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 area 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.

The HOA monthly fees are the “ongoing payments” that a homeowner makes monthly or quarterly. Please keep in mind that there may be additional one time fees when buying or selling a home in an HOA community. Be sure to specifically inquire about disclosure fees, capital improvement fees, transfer fees and community enhancement fees. The disclosure fee is always paid by the seller, but any other fees are negotiable in the contract to purchase.

Brian Petersheim is a Realtor with Homesmart Success.
602-206-9644
BrianPetersheim@gmail.com