Category Archives: Communities

How to Find the Perfect Neighborhood for Your Family

Okay, so you’ve made the decision: You’re going to build a home. But before you buckle down on the details, you need to find the perfect place. Looking for the ideal neighborhood is about more than just the location of your house: It’s where you’ll make your home. Follow these tips and choose wisely.

1. Visit at Different Times of Day

You’d be surprised at how different a neighborhood looks, depending on the time of day. A sleepy 2 p.m. neighborhood might become more alive at 4 p.m. If you love a community, come back and see what it’s like throughout the day to make a more educated decision.

2. Check Out the Schools

If you have children, the schools might make a big difference as to what neighborhood works best. Make an appointment to tour the available schools in the area to make sure you’re moving into a school district that will nurture your children and help them to grow.

3. Find the Amenities

Time to take a drive around town: What do you see? Check for proximity to stuff like firehouses, city offices, parks, running trails and libraries. You can also get a better idea of the convenience of your chosen location. How long does it take to get to the nearest grocery store, for instance?

4. Ask Around

Your final step is to spend a little time getting to know your would-be neighbors. You’ll probably find that residents are more than happy to “sell” you on why their community is the best. After all, who knows the neighborhood better than those who live, play and work there?

Choosing a neighborhood may seem like a game of residential roulette, but if you do your homework, you’ll know which one is right for you and your family.

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5 Reasons We Love Santaquin

Santaquin-dwellers unite! One of our newest neighborhoods is Sunset Trails, located in beautiful Santaquin UT.  A little off the beaten path, but still close to everything you need, why did we choose Santaquin as the site for our newest community? Find out five reasons we love this little town.

1. Small Town Feel

We can’t help but fall in love with the small town feel that Santaquin offers. While the city boasts almost 10,000 residents, you’d never know it by driving down sleepy Main Street or visiting one of the city’s clean, quiet parks.

2. The Rodeo

Santaquin’s annual Orchard Days brings visitors from far and wide, especially when it comes to the yearly rodeo. Voted as one of the best in the state, we have to admit that Santaquin knows how to put on a rodeo… and a summer party!

3. Scenery

Where other towns offer partial views, the beauty of Santaquin is the 360-degree views of the mountains. Nestled just by Mt. Nebo, you can’t help but feel surrounded by nature, even in the newer developments. Orchards, parks and mountains – check!

4. Community

Community programs, events and celebrations make this town one to watch, especially for young families. In fact, the community made headlines this year for banding together and helping to rebuild a veteran’s damaged roof. Who wouldn’t love that kind of community spirit?

5. The Temple

One of the newer features of Santaquin’s best view lots (and those in Sunset Trails)? The new Payson Temple. While technically in Payson, we love that you can see the temple from almost anywhere in Santaquin.

Curious about Santaquin? Come visit our model home, located in our new neighborhood and see for yourself why we love this little big town.

 

Benefits of New Development in Your Community

We totally get when city and town residents have trepidation toward new development: It means change, new people and things will probably get a little dusty. But while you might have a few concerns about new real estate development where you live, it’s ultimately an awesome thing for the community on the whole. By driving growth and revenue to your town, new development means a better city for everyone. Here are some of the other benefits you can expect:

1) Job Growth

New real estate development often means job opportunities for people right in your own backyard. Home construction companies require contractors and sub-contractors and often hire from a pool of professionals who know the area best: Your neighbors. 

2) Recreational Facilities

Cities and towns often require that new developers include recreational facilities as part of their urban planning, which means current residents reap the benefits of new parks and facilities. 

3) Community Funding and Revenue

Developers pay taxes and impact fees to develop in a particular city, and those funds go toward everything from mitigating utility costs to paying for community programs. 

4) More Efficient Properties

The efficiency guidelines developers use to build new neighborhoods today are vastly different from the guidelines from 20 and even 10 years ago. Housing is much more green and efficient now, thanks to regulations for building materials. Everyone benefits from cleaner, more efficient housing. 

5) New Amenities

From better biking paths to more cultivated green space, these are just some of the amenities you can often expect with new development. Developers are working to create communities — not just neighborhoods, which often means amenities that the whole town can enjoy.

Change can be hard, but we know that the right developer paired with awesome homeowners mean that new development can make your town a better, more unified place. 

4 Secret Benefits of Buying a New Home

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It’s the age-old question: Should you buy an existing home or go for something new? You’ve probably even heard some of the same old arguments, like how new homes have less maintenance. But building new isn’t just about cutting down on repair and renovation costs. In fact, you might be missing some of the secret benefits you score by going with new construction. Check ’em out here:

1. Building a New Community

New homes are often built in new communities, right? Well, it makes for the perfect opportunity for your family to help establish a new neighborhood. Block parties, play groups and BBQs? It’s all you. There’s something to be said for the experience of establishing yourself (and your family) in a brand-new community.

2. Tax Benefits

Ask your accountant about some of the tax benefits of buying a new home versus purchasing an older one. There are tax breaks available for greener appliances, loan interest and more, so building a new home might actually reduce stress come tax time.

3. Energy Efficiency 

Speaking of greener appliances, there’s one area where new construction has existing homes beat: Energy efficiency. Everything from new insulation to windows means your new home costs less to run when compared to an older, less-efficient home.

4. Modernization

The truth is that we simply don’t live and entertain the way we used to. While older homes often have fewer, smaller rooms, our new open floor plans mean plenty of room for entertaining and living with your family. There’s definitely something to be said for a more modern home that matches your more modern lifestyle.

So, if you’re still on the fence on your home purchase – old or new? – keep in mind that not all of the pros and cons are so easy to see. Instead, it’s the smaller, more hidden benefits that could be the factors that sway you to make a decision.

Spanish Fork and Pleasant Grove Make “Top 10 Cities in Utah” List

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Awesome news alert: This report names Pleasant Grove and Spanish Fork among the top 10 cities in Utah, based on data from the U.S. Bureau quantifying factors like income, chances of being involved in a violent crime, commute time, restaurants and average education.

Good thing we have communities available in both Spanish Fork (ranked 1st) and Pleasant Grove (ranked 7th).  You can check them out here:

Muhlstein in Spanish Fork
Parley’s Place in Pleasant Grove

Of course, we think Salem, Mapleton, Provo, Orem and Payson are all pretty great too.