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The Open Collection Features Versatile Floor Plans To Suite Every Lifestyle

The Open Collection, the newest luxury community in The Village at Litchfield Park in Southwest Arizona, features unmatched value with versatile, customizable floor plans to suite every lifestyle. Set amongst a picturesque backdrop of the stunning and lush Sonoran Desert, these new homes were designed to take full advantage of the spectacular views and offer a rich array of amenities and custom features.

“At The Open Collection, our goal is to allow our homeowners to determine how the home lives rather than the other way around,” says Vincent J. Barbato, principal of Family Development. “For the most part, every room in these homes can be used in a multitude of ways.  Whether it’s a den, a teen room, an office, a dining room, a nook, or simply a bedroom for family or guests – no matter its use – the room choice will integrate perfectly with the rest of the home.”

Discerning buyers have three spacious floor plans from which to choose ranging from approximately 3,200 to 4,300 square feet. Each customizable plan can be designed to fit every family’s individual tastes and needs, whether the three to seven freely functional rooms are intended to be used as bedrooms, offices, hobby rooms, or gyms. Stunning architecture coupled with state-of-the-art design elements and a wide selection of custom features available in each residence, creates the perfect combination for even the most distinguishing homeowner.

Each of the 35 luxurious, yet causally elegant single-story homes in the master-planned community is thoughtfully designed on spacious one-third acre home sites. Plus, many are located on the world famous course of the iconic Wigwam Golf Resort. The highly desirable Family Development community is set to include fabulous recreational spaces including multiple parks, playfields and meandering walkways. The Open Collection residents are only a five-minute bike ride to the many chic restaurants and special events in Old Town Litchfield Park, making it a much sought-after location to call home.

Models are available for tour daily from 10 – 5 p.m. Homebuyers are encouraged to come down to The Open Collection offices during business hours or can make an appointment with Bob Normile at (623) 535-4255.

The Open Collection is being built by Family Development Homes.  Having overseen the development of nearly 1,000 homes throughout Arizona and California since 2003, Family Development is one of the most successful private home building firms.  The principals of the company have a firm commitment to quality and design believing that a home should be designed to live the way its owner lives, not the other way around.

Seven Builders to Construct New Homes in Verrado’s Heritage District

The newest phase of residential development in the Heritage District at Verrado includes seven of Arizona’s most respected homebuilders, adding more than 630 homes to DMB Associates’ Buckeye community, now celebrating its 10th anniversary.

These seven builders, selected for their commitment to quality and design, will offer a mix of residential options. This group of builders includes national, publicly traded, international and local homebuilders. The builder roster includes: AV Homes (NASDAQ: AVHI), Lennar Homes (NYSE: LEN), Maracay Homes (NYSE: WY), Mattamy Homes, Meritage Homes Corporation (NYSE: MTH), Pinnacle West, and William Ryan Homes. These are the first neighborhoods in Verrado to feature models by Lennar, Mattamy, Pinnacle West, William Ryan Homes and AV Homes.

The combined purchase by the homebuilders encompasses approximately 150 acres, totaling sales of just over $45 million.  Pinnacle West’s unique green court homes are an exciting addition to the housing options in Verrado.   

“Our builders construct homes that offer flexibility, exceed expectations for today’s modern living needs and create a sense of place,” said Dan Kelly, general manager for Verrado. “In addition, the builders are keeping with Verrado’s hometown spirit by creating front porches and diverse, authentic architecture, ideal for Arizona living.”

Home prices start in the mid-200,000s for the new collection of Heritage District homes:

AV Homes – 170 lots, 10 home plans ranging from 1,959 to 4,072 square feet

Lennar Homes – 22 lots, 5 home plans, ranging from 1,875-2,515 square feet

Maracay Homes – 92 lots, 13 new home plans, ranging from 2,063-4,152 square feet

Mattamy Homes – 144 lots, 6 home plans, ranging from 1,627–2,947 square feet

Meritage Homes – 123 lots, 11 home plans, ranging from 2,200-4,700 square feet

Pinnacle West – 82 green court lots, with 4 plans ranging from 1,875-2,515 square feet

William Ryan Homes – 82 lots, 4 home plans, ranging from 1,933-2,806 square feet

In total, the Heritage District now includes 2,175 home sites. The District currently offers residents 16 neighborhood parks, and a fire station.

Verrado is launching new amenities concurrent with the construction of this final phase of the Heritage District, which include the opening of 16 additional new parks (total of 32 parks), the resort-styled Heritage Swim Park, a temporary dog park and the Verrado Coffee Company. Verrado also is partnering with the Litchfield Elementary School District to open a new K-8 elementary school that will accommodate up to 950 students.

The deals were brokered by Nate Nathan, Dave Mullard and Casey Christensen of Nathan & Associates Inc. in Scottsdale.

Strategic Location plays Key role in Growing the Business and Helping to Better Serve Forbes Real Estate’s Client’s Needs

Forbes Real Estate today announced the opening of its Boston Headquarters at 209 Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts.  Company Founder Ally Forbes also announced that Melissa Deutsch has joined the Forbes Real Estate team. 

Forbes Real Estate is a distinctly personalized boutique agency, offering a unique approach that expands the notion of a full-service agency for buyers, sellers, renters and investors.  The Forbes Real Estate team addresses every aspect of their client’s preferences, guiding them from the beginning to the end of their real estate journey.  Each member of the Forbes Real Estate team possesses an unrivalled understanding of the Boston market, which is used to deliver an exceptional level of service to the company’s growing list of clients.

Forbes Real Estate’s wide range of services include:

  • Residential sales and leasing
  • Buyer, seller, and tenant representation
  • Commercial sales and leasing
  • Property management
  • Relocation assistance
  • Concierge services
  • Translation services
  • Interior design
  • Staging and more…

“The opening of the Newbury Street Office marks a significant milestone for the company that will help us grow the business, attract more talent to the network, and better serve our client’s needs,” said Ally Forbes.  “I’m excited to welcome Melissa to the team, and we’re looking forward to a long and successful run on Newbury Street in Boston.”

Eastmark to Celebrate New Community Event Pavilion with May 3 “Party at the Pavilion”

Event Pavilion

Event Pavilion

Eastmark, DMB Associates’ new community in Mesa, is celebrating the opening of its event pavilion in The Eastmark Great Park™ with an all-day free, public music concert featuring four of the East Valley’s favorite bands, local school bands and food trucks during the “Party at the Pavilion” on May 3.

Guests are invited to bring a blanket and lawn chair for the day of music and relaxation in The Eastmark Great Park, which will span 100 acres at completion. Performances include Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns, Kool Band, Silhouette Band and Static Band. In addition, the Highland High School Symphonic Strings and BASIS Band are performing.

“As part of Eastmark’s goal to create a sense of community, we are celebrating the opening of the event pavilion by spending time with friends and family during a day of free music,” said Dea McDonald, DMB’s senior vice president and Eastmark’s general manager. “The Party at the Pavilion officially opens the event pavilion for community activities and performances.”

More than 100 homes have been completed at Eastmark since it held its grand opening in June 2013.


BASIS Mesa opened an Eastmark location in August 2013. In addition, Sequoia Pathfinder Academy at Eastmark announced it will open a school in August. Grand Canyon University is opening a second campus at Eastmark in 2015. Apple recently began operating a manufacturing facility at Eastmark.


What: Party at the Pavilion

Cost: Free

Where: The Eastmark Great Park

Parking: Eastmark Visitors and Community Center, Ray and Ellsworth roads in Mesa

When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 3

For Kids: Splash pad, face painting and inflatable slide


Event Schedule:

East Valley School Bands and Choruses (including Highland High School Symphonic Strings and BASIS Band) – 11 a.m.

Silhouette Band (Jazz) – 2 p.m.

Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns (Blues/Rock) – 3:30 p.m.

Kool Band (50s, 60s and 70s Cover) – 5 p.m.

Static Band (Dance & Hip Hop) – 6:30 p.m.




Historical Guest Ranch, Rancho De La Osa, for Sale by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Own a piece of American history with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s Rancho De La Osa listing in Sasabe, Arizona. Just about an hour and a half south of Tucson, this 300-year-old ranch hosts one of the oldest buildings in the United States. 

Listed at $1.9 million, Rancho De La Osa boasts Arizona history with Mexican antiquities incorporated into each room, as well as vintage furniture throughout the ranch. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s presents 239 acres of history, relaxation, beauty and enjoyment located at 1 West La Osa Ranch, Sasabe, AZ

Rancho De La Osa is one of the last great Spanish haciendas in America. This piece of history entertains nine buildings, two houses, two dining rooms, an infamous cantina, 33 fireplaces, and 19 guest rooms that have hosted several celebrities such as John Wayne and President Lyndon B. Johnson. The guest ranch also provides tranquil activities such as horseback riding, guided hikes, nature walks and bird watching.

“There are only a few signature properties in the entire state of Arizona and given its history and immaculate preservation, the Rancho De La Osa is one to be cherished,” said Gary Brasher, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Reality listing agent. “It is our hope to find another steward of this precious asset of our state so the Rancho De La Osa can be preserved for generations to come.”

Among the unique features of Rancho De La Osa, the guest ranch also radiates history. Originally built by Jesuit priests to continue missionary work for Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, the building was used for more than a century as an outpost to trade with local Indians and Mexicans.  The guest ranch was fired on by Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution, and his indent on the walls were implanted into the main house décor. Rancho De La Osa first opened as a guest ranch in 1924, and still continues its spirit and tradition today, 90 years later.