Camelot Homes, Arizona’s 2015 Homebuilder of the Year came to the rescue of a neighborhood that had fallen victim to the recession, eventually turning it into Gold Mountain Preserve. A niche community along the Peoria/Phoenix border in the Northwest Valley, Gold Mountain is one of the very few high-end, luxury custom communities in the area.
Camelot acquired 29 lots in a former custom home community and immediately began to re-invigorate it by enhancing the landscaping and improving the overall infrastructure of the neighborhood.
Despite the inherent challenges faced when developing mountainside lots, their hard work and dedication has resulted in a beautiful, revitalized community, as evidenced by the recent completion of their award winning 9002 model home.
“A gated, mountainside enclave nestled in the high desert, Gold Mountain Preserve offers an unprecedented fusion of luxury and value that is sure to impress even the most discerning buyers,” said Managing Director of Camelot Homes, Mark Hancock.
Gold Mountain enters the West Valley’s untapped market for luxury homes, supplemented by gorgeous mountain views, Sonoran desert landscape and accessibility to local amenities and freeways. This unique custom home community is within close proximity to shopping, schools, hiking trails, parks, professional sports venues and Lake Pleasant—perfect for year-round activities.
Gold Mountain features a total of eight home plans, each offering different options that will surely accommodate homebuyers across the spectrum. Homes range from three to seven bedrooms, two-and-a-half to six-and-a-half baths, and three to six car garages, all on approximately half to oneacre home sites—with some available lots offering more than 30 mile views across the Valley of the Sun. Prices begin in the mid- $500s, in an area where recent re-sales have been priced up to $1.9 million. “For a person seeking a custom home but not wanting to start from scratch, these homes fit the bill,” said Hancock.
The on-site model, Plan 9002, was recently awarded the MAME award for the Best Detached Product Design for Homes from $500,001-$750,000 at the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona’s Major Achievements in Merchandising Excellence (MAME) Awards. You can see why from the minute you enter through the front gate and find yourself amidst a huge, fully-decorated courtyard, around which the entire home revolves. Beyond the courtyard, the space opens to the main house and guest casita.
Once inside the formal entry you are greeted by an enormous great room with multiple seating areas, a wet bar, an oversized gourmet kitchen and huge center island.
Other features include a formal dining area, multiple indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces and a split master suite with an outdoor shower and huge closets. Options within this plan include multiple bonus rooms on both sides of the home, 4-5 car garages per-plan, beamed ceilings, French doors, security systems, pre-wiring for music and surround sound theater, extended covered patios, and much more. Kitchens at Gold Mountain Preserve are a gourmet’s delight, with 42-inch raised panel alder upper cabinets, a choice of granite slabs for the countertops, a spacious island with a pull-up seating area, walk-in pantries, and several energy-efficient Whirlpool Gold appliances throughout.
The exteriors of the homes feature classic architectural themes, including Colonial Spanish, Transitional Ranch, and Tuscan styles. The interiors feature a transitional contemporary look with soft color tones, white cabinets, and light wood floors that create a spacious and expansive feel. The neutral tones are further accented with fresh splashes of color and texture to create a visual spectacle at every turn.
Homes at Gold Mountain Preserve will surely entice luxury buyers who seek a mixture of sophisticated architecture, f lexible f loorplans, and mountainside and city light views—all with custom quality.
In addition to building high quality homes, Camelot excels at providing homes that are environmentally-friendly and energy efficient. Gold Mountain homes are ENERGY STAR 3.0 rated, featuring an increased insulation methodology and window specifications to help ensure energy efficiency throughout the home. Their use of dual-paned windows with low E-3 glass, programmable digital thermostats, energyrated 50 gallon gas hot water heater with recirculating pump and timer, and 14 SEER rating heating and cooling ensure that the homes are not squandering energy when not needed, translating to fiscal benefits for residents. Their building process also involves using 2×6 inch exterior walls at livable areas, R-23 insulation value at exterior walls, and R-30 insulation value at ceilings in livable areas. Extending beyond energy efficiency, Camelot also designs with healthy alternatives, using low-VOC paint that does not release any detrimental toxins in the homes, as well as offering low-VOC carpet options.
Camelot Homes is a native Arizona builder, with three generations of family roots to guide the incredible growth of the company. Through commitment to homebuyers and a commitment to create communities with lasting value, Camelot has thrived in the industry for over four decades.
They have been the recipient of multiple homebuilding honors, including Gold Nugget and National Association of Homebuilders awards, the aforementioned product recognition at the MAME awards, as well as being named 2015 Small Volume Builder of the Year by the Home Builder’s Association of Central Arizona for the second year in a row.
Other communities by Camelot Homes include Bocara and the Villas at DC Ranch, both in Scottsdale, Arizona. Their next project is a recently acquired parcel of state land that will begin development in the first quarter of 2016. That community will boast half-acre plus lots and will be located just north of DC Ranch on Pima Road in Scottsdale.
Sergio Flores is the Editorial Assistant for Builder and Developer magazine. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.