Maracay Homes: “LEEDing the Way” in Phoenix

Maracay Homes’ newest community exemplifies their vision for the greener future possible for all builders nationwide with move-up homes in a family-friendly location

By Elizabeth Delehanty

Like every Maracay project, The Preserve at Adora Trails started with selecting the highest quality land. Stephen Burris, product development manager at Maracay, explained the process, which began with a partnership with fellow homebuilder Taylor Morrison in the master planned community of Adora Trails in Gilbert, Ariz., a prominent suburb of Phoenix.

Adora Trails was the fastest selling master-planned community of Phoenix in 2016 and Maracay saw an opportunity for growth. Eighty-two lots within the property were sold to Maracay who quickly started construction on their own enclave, dubbed The Preserve to distinguish it from the larger community of Adora Trails.

The architectural design was thoughtfully crafted, and draws both from rural Mediterranean style and local Frank Lloyd Wright influences. Burris said, “Architecturally speaking, keeping our plans in tune with the theme of the master plan while still separating and setting ourselves apart was the goal. Spanish elevations are very popular in this region of the Southwestern United States, so that was an important part of the architecture.” It was Adora Trails’ already established target demographic of move-up ready families, as well as community amenities like an on-site elementary school, that drove Maracay’s ultimate decision to put their mark on Taylor Morrison’s master plan. Large lot sizes were also a factor, allowing for substantial backyard and sideyard spaces on each property.

A defining feature of The Preserve is that each home is single-story, making them ideal for families with children and able to support those who want to remain in their home for their later years. Most people who have purchased a home in The Preserve are coming from custom built homes and into Maracay’s product, which combines production homebuilding with the ability to customize both interiors and exteriors using Maracay’s FlexDesign program.

The surrounding landscaping of each property is composed of non-invasive plants which are indigenous to Phoenix’s southwestern locale and don’t require excessive watering.