UNCOMMON COURTYARDS: Despite an active sellers' market, the developers of Village at South Mountain offered larger lots, customized floor plans, and multiple outdoor spaces to attract buyers and boost the sales price.
UNCOMMON COURTYARDS: Despite an active sellers' market, the developers of Village at South Mountain offered larger lots, customized floor plans, and multiple outdoor spaces to attract buyers and boost the sales price.

WHY ITWORKED: Set in a new redevelopment area, this small, gated community offers urban professionals a mountain setting with spectacular views that is close to downtown Phoenix.

  • With only 41 homes—each placed on a ¼-acre lot (about a third larger than the market average) at the base of South Mountain—the community creates exclusivity and a competitive sales edge.
  • The Barcelona plan (shown) features two courtyards and two covered patios, a grand entry turret, a generous, multipurpose kitchen island, and arched openings that frame views of the mountain, desert, and city skyline.
  • Floor plans altered to accommodate city setback requirements and odd-shaped lots deliver customization and added value.
  • Part of the “Baseline Corridor” south of Phoenix, the village is part of a larger gentrification effort that includes more than 50 new housing projects and an influx of commercial and retail development.
  • Residents enjoy access to South Mountain Park Preserve, the largest municipal park in the country, as well as historic landmarks throughout the south Phoenix area.

PROJECT CREDITS

Project: Village at South Mountain, Phoenix; Sales started: November 2004; Sales through June 2005: 41 (sold out); Units planned/released: 41; Price: $594,800 to $810,400; Unit size: 2,611 to 4,234 square feet; Developer/Land planner/Landscape architect: National Developers, Tempe, Ariz.; Builder: Sonoran Family Communities, Tempe; Architect/Interior designer: Desert Design Studio, Tempe

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Phoenix, AZ.