Courtesy Castle Hill Partners

Castle Hill Partners, an Austin, Texas–based community developer, purchased the 5,261-acre master-planned community site known as Saddleback Heights. The parcel is the largest remaining undeveloped project site in the city of Peoria, Arizona, according to the firm.

Saddleback Heights was initially planned in the 1990s, and Castle Hill Partners has immediate plans to commence development of the site. The purchase marks the developer’s first master-planned community development in Arizona.

“This is one of the highest-quality sites for a new master-planned community we have seen in our search of the major U.S. growth markets,” says John McKinnerney, principal with Castle Hill Partners. “We are excited to begin our development journey with the city of Peoria and create a lineup of high-quality builders that will allow us to provide a variety of new-home options and desirable community amenities for future residents.”

Saddleback Heights is set among the natural Sonoran Desert foothills in the northwest Valley, providing mountain views, parks, trails, significant open space, and only minutes to the popular Lake Pleasant recreational area. Located in the immediate path of growth along Highway 74, the development is adjacent to the popular Vistancia community and only 15 minutes from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.’s computer chip fabrication plant, which is expected to open in 2024.

Land Advisors Organization professionals Greg Vogel, Ryan Semro, Bret Rinehart, Mike Schwab, and Wes Campbell represented Vandon Partners, a partnership between Diamond Ventures and VT LandGroup, as the seller in the transaction.

“Saddleback Heights is one of the last remaining development opportunities of its size in the Phoenix MSA,” says Vogel, CEO of Land Advisors Organization. “Castle Hill’s development expertise and ability to execute a project of this scale will certainly ensure its success and provide much-needed new residential options to accommodate the West Valley’s growing employment base.”