Always dreamed of living in a new home at Fulton Ranch in Chandler? Now may be the time to make your move.
Serenity, a gated, low-density, luxury condominium development that launched in July, has already had over 30 sales to date, according to developer Andrew Hickey of Serenity Development, a boutique firm that focuses on infill projects.
All the other subdivisions within the 520-acre, master-planned community full of parks, walking paths and lakes have sold out, he added.
“Serenity represents the final opportunity to buy a new home in this prominent neighborhood,” Hickey said. “You can purchase a resale home, but we are the final opportunity to buy a new home.”
Like other condo projects around town, Serenity has a bit of a backstory to it. Originally built by another company, which completed and sold 56 units, the project had to be turned over to the bank in the last market downtown, Hickey said.
Serenity Development purchased it from the bank and then set about doing some redesign work to make the units more airy and in tune with today’s buyers.
Hallways were eliminated, bar tops were done away with in favor of expanded islands in the kitchens, and expansive swaths of glass really open up the great rooms, he said, many of which feature greenbelt views and a few which boast lakeside vistas.
The bedroom of one floor plan also was reconfigured to make the space more functional.
Four models, sporting Mediterranean-inspired architecture and ranging from 1,350 to nearly 1,900 square feet, are available; prices start at the mid-$200’s.
Each unit has a gourmet-style kitchen with stainless steel GE appliances and an attached, two-car garage with direct villa access. At build-out, expected to be in late 2017, there will 32 four-plex buildings consisting of 128 total units.
“Condos don’t typically come in with this kind of square footage or appointed in the finishes we provide,” Hickey said. “For our buyers, it’s all about lifestyle. They’re looking for that lock-and-leave convenience but don’t want to compromise luxury. Here, you have proximity to world-class amenities within the community, you’re within walking distance to shopping, salons, boutiques and restaurants and all the outdoor activities you could possibly want. Serenity truly sets the bar in this price range.”
Serenity buyers, he noted, are active adults who “want to spend their time wisely.” Many are second-home buyers and roughly 40 percent of sales thus far have been to local empty nesters who’ve ditched their large, maintenance-heavy homes in favor of a place where they can focus their time on living, not upkeep.
“Our owners prefer to lock the front door, go on a hike, play at one of the neighborhood golf courses or go on a trip to Napa Valley,” he said. “We call it ‘lock-and-love’ or ‘lock-and-live.’ ”
What’s more, he said the fact that so many Serenity buyers are second home owners means that the 20-acre community and its amenities really can be described as low-impact.
Speaking of amenities, the clubhouse’s interior also got a remodel and boasts multiple lounging areas and a full kitchen, a 70-inch TV, a small fitness facility and a heated, resort-style pool and spa with nearby ramadas and restaurant-quality barbecue grills.
The second phase of the project will also include a community gathering area with more grills and water features, Hickey added.