On Tuesday, Dec. 7, Brookfield Residential, alongside D.R Horton’s Phoenix East division and the city of Apache Junction, broke ground on the first phases of the East Valley’s newest communities at the Superstition Vistas. The Superstition Vistas are 275 square miles of Arizona State Trust land located in north central Pinal County. This area is equal in size to Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, and Tempe combined and is the largest contiguous parcel of land near a metropolitan area that is held in trust by the Arizona State Land Department.
Within the larger Superstition Vistas lies a 2,783-acre parcel where the first master-planned communities have broken ground. Located in the easternmost boundary of the Phoenix-Mesa metropolitan area, the communities sit just south of Elliot Road, bordered to the west by Meridian Road, east by Idaho Road and south by Ray Road. This location offers majestic northeastern views of the Superstition Mountains and southern views of the San Tan Mountain range and is conveniently located near the U.S. 60, Loop 202 and State Route 24.
The first two master-planned communities of Superstition Vistas are being developed by Brookfield Residential, developer of the highly successful nearby Eastmark community and the West Valley’s Alamar community, and D.R. Horton, the largest volume builder in the United States since 2002. These communities are expected to open in 2023.
These two mixed-use projects will offer at least 40 acres of commercial use, over 20 acres for an elementary school site, 73 acres dedicated to outdoor and recreational space and 10 acres for a public safety facility, which may include a library, police and fire stations or other services. The two communities are planned to consist of approximately 10,500 residential units once completed. Some 1,825 first-phase home sites are expected to be available for sale to homebuilders in early 2022. These communities will be developed in multiple phases over a currently estimated 10 years.
“This is a big milestone for Apache Junction and the Superstition Vistas area, and we are incredibly proud to kick-off the first communities in this project. We know this will be one of the East Valley’s new signature communities which reflects the strong relationship between Brookfield Residential, the city of Apache Junction, D.R. Horton’s Phoenix East division, and the Arizona State Land Department. Our communities will seamlessly tie Superstition Vistas generous green spaces and connect the corridors with the city’s sustainable communities’ initiatives,” said John Bradley, president of Brookfield Residential Arizona.
Read more about the groundbreaking ceremony here.
These two master-planned communities within Superstition Vistas will include a 16-acre regional park co-developed with the city of Apache Junction. The park is expected to serve as the central hub for the community and be one of Apache Junction’s most popular venues for outdoor events and gatherings. The regional park will also include a lake, ramadas, basketball courts, dog parks and be designed to bring Apache Junction residents together year-round.
The communities are expected to feature five additional large community parks ranging from 14 to 18 acres each with unique designs and diverse amenities to serve the communities’ diverse needs. Residents will also enjoy more than 30 spacious, one-acre neighborhood parks. Unlike the parks that serve as retention basins, these level green spaces allow for many uses such as basketball half-courts, benches, ramadas and play equipment.
For outdoor enthusiasts, residents will enjoy approximately four miles of hiking and exercise trails, which offer convenient routes for walkers, joggers or bikers throughout the communitiy neighborhoods, parks and beyond. Lastly, there will be two commercial centers programmed to serve the communities’ needs.
“We are developing a system of parks, trails and open space to meet the recreational and health needs of Apache Junction residents and visitors,” Bradley said. “This is a future-forward community focused on family connectivity, health, and wellness with generous outdoor and open recreational spaces. The thoughtful, deliberate community planning will significantly raise the bar for master-planned communities in the Phoenix marketplace, and with its unique open space designs, it will pay homage to Apache Junction’s rural heritage, while incorporating future-forward theming and design to seamlessly blend into the surroundings and the natural beauty of the Superstition Mountains.”
“We thank all of our partners who have been working with us on the single biggest project in the city’s history,” Apache Junction City Manager Bryant Powell said. “It’s more than historic. It will change the face of our city and the region. We, the city of Apache Junction, are putting our unique stamp on the East Valley and beyond. It is our time. And I am so excited that Apache Junction’s time is now. We have been working so long and we can’t wait to see shovels in the ground today and rooftops soon.”
About City of Apache Junction
Nestled at the foot of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction is strategically positioned as the eastern gateway into the Greater Phoenix metro area (Valley of the Sun) and the western entry to the Tonto National Forest’s recreation venues. The surrounding geography and western atmosphere draw more than half a million visitors through the city annually. From the mysterious stories of hidden treasures to the people who follow them, Apache Junction is surrounded by legends.
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About Brookfield Residential Arizona
Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. is a leading land developer and homebuilder in North America. The company entitles and develops land to create master-planned communities, builds and sells lots to third-party builders, and conducts their own homebuilding operations. It also participates in select, strategic real estate opportunities, including infill projects, mixed-use developments, and joint ventures. It is the flagship North American residential property company of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager. For more information, please visit brookfieldresidential.com.
- Current projects by Brookfield Residential in the Arizona Marketplace include:
- Eastmark, Mesa (in conjunction with DMB Associates Inc.)
- Alamar, Avondale
- Harvest at Queen Creek, Queen Creek (in conjunction with TerraWest Communities LLC)
- Trilogy at Verde River, Rio Verde (in conjunction with TerraWest Communities LLC)
- San Tan Ridge, North Pinal County
About D.R. Horton
Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Arlington, Texas, D.R. Horton has operations in 98 markets in 31 states in the North, East, Southeast, South Central, Southwest and Northwest regions of the United States. D.R. Horton has been the largest builder in the United States by volume since 2002. For over 40 years, D.R. Horton has consistently delivered top-quality new homes to homebuyers across the nation. The livable floor plans, energy-efficient features and robust new home warranty demonstrate our commitment to excellence in construction. D.R. Horton exhibits leadership in residential development through design innovation, superior craftsmanship and responsiveness to the needs of its customers. The simple vision that began over 40 years ago represents years of value and security when you choose America's Builder to make your dreams come true. For more information, visit our website at www.drhorton.com/phoenix. Home and community information including pricing, included features, terms, availability and amenities are subject to change and prior sale at any time without notice or obligation. Square footage dimensions are approximate. D.R. Horton is an equal housing opportunity builder.