Ahwatukee Condos provide more carefree lifestyle to their owners
AZ Central published this story about Shea Homes re-opening the Ahwatukee condo community at Vantage. Vantage is one of the last few remaining unfinished subdivisions in Ahwatukee.
Ken Peterson, vice president of sales and marketing for Shea Homes Arizona, said one of the trends the homebuilding industry is seeing right now is a preference by some buyers for a more carefree lifestyle, and condos can certainly provide that.
So it’s exceptionally good timing, then, that Shea Homes also is prepping two condominium communities — Carino Villas in Chandler and Vantage in the Ahwatukee area — for a spring 2016 opening. That’s right: two condo projects opening soon in the East Valley, marking the Scottsdale-based builder’s initial foray into the Arizona condo market.
Situated at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Chandler Boulevard in the Ahwatukee region of Phoenix, the 69 new, Shea-built Ahwatukee condo development at Vantage also offer two- and three-bedroom, two-bath units with attached one- or two-car garages. The units’ square footages run from 1,432 to 2,067, and pricing is slated to begin around the high $200s.
Vantage, which had an existing 58 condos, also boasts a full clubhouse with a kitchen, two swimming pools, a media room and workout and meeting areas.
Peterson added that the Ahwatukee Condo units at Vantage are well appointed, with fully tiled showers, granite countertops in the kitchen and stainless steel appliances.
Peterson said Shea Homes acquired both of the projects’ original plans and hired the existing architectural firms to ensure the cohesiveness and continuity, then re-engineered the design plans and made updates where they were called for and possible to do.
That process alone took several months, but was necessary so the builder could be “proud to put our name on it,” he said.
“We really pride ourselves on thoughtful design and how to utilize space,” he said.
Not only were the heating and cooling systems were slightly modified, but windows also were upgraded from aluminum to vinyl and even smaller, thoughtful touches, such as soft-closing drawers, were incorporated into the design.
And although the perimeter of the Ahwatukee condo complex units could not be changed, most received modified interiors.
For instance, many of the units’ laundry rooms got bumped up in size a bit, some tweaks were made to heighten ceilings in some units and many of the secondary bedroom sizes that once were 10-by-11 square feet got slightly expanded to 12-by-12 square feet or even 12 by 13 square feet, he said, making those spaces large enough to comfortably accommodate a queen-size bed.
What’s more, Peterson said, many of the improvements in the newer Ahwatukee condo units are thanks to the suggestions of the existing homeowners, who opened up their homes to the Shea Homes team.
When, for example, members of the team learned the existing homeowners at Vantage often relied upon battery-powered lights under their cabinets and elsewhere to brighten up the kitchen, the decision was made to expand the lighting package in every new Ahwatukee condo at Vantage.
And when it was learned that there was more sound transfer between the first-floor unit and the second than the residents desired, Peterson said, Shea Homes brought in sound consultants to come up with an improvement to quiet things down a bit.
“We learned so much that we feel much more skilled in moving forward and building a new Ahwatukee condo community,” Peterson said, adding that Shea Homes is actively looking at sites throughout the Valley to do just that.
To view the Ahwatukee condo properties at Vantage or to see any listed Condos in Ahwatukee contact:
Henderson Real Estate
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