Starter Homes Boast Style and Function

Woodside Homes’ new community in Phoenix, Ariz., The Villages of Westridge Park, is a great example of the company’s recent success in core markets. The community features 216 single family detached homes that range in size from 1,383 to 1,859 square feet with up to four bedrooms, well thoughtout storage spaces and two-car garages. This gated community creates homeownership opportunities for buyers who want an affordable option for living and working near the city. Prices will start in the low $140s.

Founded in 1977, Woodside is a homebuilder and land developer that operates in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, and Utah. As one of the largest Western U.S. regional homebuilders, Woodside has close to 300 employees and has built more than 40,000 new homes. Focusing on building innovative single family and multifamily homes, the company specializes in the entry-level and move-up markets.

“We are proud to build near downtown Phoenix at the Villages of Westridge Park,” said Roger Gannon, Division President of Woodside Homes of Arizona. “This is a gated community with a pool and play area for families to connect and relax, and floor plans that make great use of space with ample natural light. Along with its location within walking distance to coffee shops, shopping and restaurants, Westridge Park is an ideal choice for first-time buyers.”

The Villages at Westridge Park is a collection of two-story single family, detached homes offering six brand new flexible floor plan options and a choice of three exterior elevations. Interior floor plans include walk-in closets and master walk-in showers. Additional features include flat panel, oak wood cabinets, granite countertops, recessed can lighting and stainless steel double bowl sinks with disposals in kitchens. Bathrooms feature elegant chrome accessories and faucets, cultured marble vanity tops, expansive plate glass mirrors, built-in medicine cabinets, elongated toilets in all baths and cultured marble surrounds for shower/bath in the masters.


Residences at the Villages at Westridge Park take on a smart approach to energy efficiency and are complete with ENERGY STAR certification.

In addition, Woodside Homes’ Environments for Living® program guarantees heating and cooling costs, one example of what makes homes at The Villages at Westridge Park approximately 30 percent more energy efficient than most while saving buyers money over time. Homes also boast low E3 vinyl windows, 50-gallon quick recover water heaters, G.E. ENERGY STAR rated dishwashers, 100 percent CFL lighting throughout, EFL Diamond level with EFL’s Energy Guarantee, low VOC carpets, paints and finishes, high performance WaterSense toilets, faucets and shower heads that reduce water usage up to fifty percent. Along with blown-in cellulose insulation, 14- SEER HVAC systems with fresh-air ventilation, and radiant barrier roof sheathing for healthier living. Residences are also complete with “solar ready” packages available.

The Villages at Westridge Park offer community amenities to keep residents active at home, and is located within a diverse economy and a strong school system. It is also only minutes away from downtown Phoenix and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as well as the Ak-Chin Entertainment Pavilion. The community presents quick access to I-10 and I-17 freeways and the 101 loop making access to top employment centers fast and easy.

One of the floorplans in this community, The Estrella, offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms with an open living room and dining area. The upstairs features a luxurious master suite with a large walk-in closet, double sink vanity, and separate tub and shower. The kitchen features maple cabinets and an upgraded 18” tile carried into the dining room as well as all wet areas. Located next to the greenbelt, community pool, and gated entrance, this home features a one-car garage and is less than one mile away from over 10 private and public schools.


The full-size pantry, granite counter tops, and upstairs laundry room make this a perfect start up home, though the detailed iron banister and outside water feature pair comfort with class. The first-floor hidden office space is perfect for the working homeowner needing a quiet space. The 1,583 square-foot home is priced starting in the $150s.

The Red Rock home design is the largest within the community at 1,859 square feet. This plan features two stories with four bedrooms and two bathrooms with an option to turn a storage space into a first floor powder room. Style meets functionality as the two car garage opens up to the spacious indoor living area, perfect for a growing family. The kitchen features a subway tile backsplash and light wood flooring that continues throughout the first floor and open living. The Red Rock Plan begins in the $160s.

At 1,803 square-feet, the Picacho plan includes many similar features while gearing the first floor living space toward entertaining guests with a large kitchen island that doubles as an eat-in breakfast bar. Natural light let in by open windows accent the light wood cabinets and tile flooring throughout. Pendant lighting in the kitchen area contribute to a refined elegance carried throughout the property as shown additionally by the chrome bathroom fixtures and glass panel doors.

One of the reasons for the success at Westridge is the groundbreaking “Better by Design” process that Woodside Homes created to help homebuyers select features, finishes and more. The first step of the Better by Design process involves taking a brief questionnaire (it can be accessed online or filled out in the sales office). The answers provided give insight into stylistic preferences: Classic, Eclectic or Contemporary – which can then be used to guide homebuyers’ choices throughout the entire design process. The product lines are coordinated by some of the most talented designers in the industry. The Better by Design concept has been incorporated into all Woodside communities in the Phoenix area and beyond.

Devon Douglas is an Editorial Assistant for Builder and Developer magazine. She may be reached at

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