Distinct Homes in a Stunning Desert Landscape

The new White Horse community offers unique single-story homes that complement the beautiful desert environment

By Tamara Philips

The city of Scottsdale, Arizona is surrounded by a world of natural beauty, including eye-catching rock formations, peaceful trails, and thriving cacti. Now Scottsdale is home to a community that embraces the local natural beauty with contemporized architecture that gives a new meaning to indoor/outdoor living.

The community, White Horse, represents the pinnacle of Camelot Homes’ nearly five decades of building experience and was inspired by Camelot’s desire to create a neighborhood that would reignite and invigorate buyers’ passion for a new home. They proposed to do this by offering unexpected designs in a uniquely dramatic yet meaningful way.

Design and development of White Horse began in 2016 and, after two full years of hard work, the community celebrated its grand opening in February of 2018.

To create White Horse, Camelot Homes, acting as both builder and developer, partnered with renowned custom home architect Bob White from Forest Studio in Laguna Beach, CA. “We were thrilled that he took on this project because he shared our goal of creating something truly unique and special,” said Camelot Homes Managing Director, Julie Hancock.

Camelot Homes also collaborated with a team of designers, including landscape architect Jeff Berghoff of Berghoff Design Group, and interior designer firm Pacific Dimensions, Inc. (PDI). The teamwork between each of these parties was imperative and resulted in home designs that were fluid and coordinated with Camelot’s unique vision.

White Horse features three distinct architectural styles, Modern Mediterranean, Contemporary, and Urban Farmhouse. The different styles are compatible with each other in form and materials, but contrast enough to create an interesting streetscape and offer buyers various styles to fit their personal aesthetics. White Horse offers five distinctive single-story floor plans with homes ranging in size from approximately 4,000-6,000 square feet and includes three- to five-car garages. Unique exterior finishes include white stone, metal and concrete roofs, iron and wood accents, beautifully popping against the desert backdrop. A final unique feature of several of the plans is a hidden garage at the rear of the home, giving owners the opportunity to enjoy a private gated driveway.

“The White Horse community appeals to the experienced luxury/custom homebuyer who doesn’t have the time or desire to plan a new custom home from the ground up, but also doesn’t want to compromise on quality,” Hancock described. The homes are filled with resort-style amenities including peaceful spa-like master bathrooms and courtyards, patios and outdoor living areas designed for entertainment. Camelot Homes knows their buyers are not looking for cookie-cutter homes, and they allow them a wealth of options to personalize and outfit their home with the best products and finishes possible.

“We believe people in the Phoenix market have been starved for something fresh and new in home design, and our traffic and sales are indicative of this,” says Hancock. “We have seen over 1,000 people per week viewing our models since our grand opening, and sales have been extraordinary with the community now halfway sold out.”

The immersion of the White Horse residences in the surrounding desert habitat inspired Camelot Homes to ensure that they supported, rather than compromised, the environment.

All of the homes at White Horse feature Nest digital thermostats, low-e dual-glazed Anderson windows, tankless gas water heaters with re-circulatory lines, energy efficient Trane 14 SEER rating heating and cooling, insulated garage doors, automated photo cell exterior lighting at the garages, and 2×6 framed construction with spray foam insulation. Other optional features include electric car charging ports and ENERGY STAR appliances.

Up next, Camelot Homes is focusing on Lane’s End, a new community in the McDowell Mountain Ranch area, with prices starting in the high $900,000s. They are also excited about their new luxury home enclave, The Villas at Seven Desert Mountain, which will feature 2,500 to 4,500-square-foot, single and two-story homes on 49 lots in a gated golf course location. Pre-sales for The Villas at Seven Desert Mountain are slated for Fall 2018 with an opening in 2019. Camelot Homes is also beginning to work on Heirloom at Morrison Ranch, a luxury community in Gilbert that will focus on family-friendly front yard living.

Tamara Phillips is the Managing Editor for Builder and Developer Magazine. She may be reached at tamara@penpubinc.com

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