by Ray Newton
Taking advantage of the appeal that caused Forbes Magazine to call Prescott “one of the top retirement cities in the country,” executives with Mandalay Homes have aggressively pursued home-building opportunities not only in Prescott, but throughout the Quad-City area.
Jessica Walls, Marketing Manager for Mandalay Homes, said the primary corporate office is in Prescott, but other home-building operations are located in Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. Beyond those, she noted the company also has sites in Cottonwood/Clarkdale, Wickenburg and the greater Phoenix area.
Walls said she is proud to be a native of Mayer. She attended Yavapai College, University of Phoenix and recently earned her MBA from Grand Canyon University.
New Home Communities in The Greater Prescott Area
Yavapai Hills: In the immediate Prescott area, the development known as Yavapai Hills is the newest of the Mandalay Homes projects. Located in the rolling hills on the northeast edge of SR 69 as it enters Prescott, this master-planned community lets homeowners select custom homesites and luxury floorplans to accommodate their preferences. Floorplans range from 1,900 to over 2,900 square feet depending on selections and owners can pick options to fit their unique style.
The Dells: One of the areas newer master-planned communities is called The Dells. This 1,100-acre development on the northeast border of Prescott just off SR 89A lets home buyers choose from several floorplan options ranging in size from 1,400 to over 2,100 square feet. Major emphasis is upon the mix of comfortable residential lifestyle in a quiet open space, with hiking and biking trails pointing in all directions. Panoramic views are said to be spectacular as well.
Mingus West: With lots of almost a half-acre, these homesites in Prescott Valley are off Fain Road (SR 89A) past the fairgrounds on the way to the historic town of Jerome. Buyers are able to select from several floorplans, all of which have many optional features that permit some personalization of the home. Open hiking and biking trails lead to outdoor activity. Wide roadways take residents into the community and shopping, entertainment, business, schools, medical services and other conveniences are just minutes to the east. Floorplans range from 1,800 to over 2,500 square feet depending on options selected, RV and hobby garage options are available as well.
Mollie Rae, Bright Star and Highlands Ranch: These three distinct developments in Chino Valley let home buyers choose from floorplans that appeal to their particular needs, interests and incomes. The rolling terrain and rural atmosphere will give discriminating buyers the chance to select energy-efficient floorplans ranging from 1,300 to over 2,500 square feet. Any of the three neighborhoods are located just minutes off Highway 89, which runs through the center of Chino Valley. RV and hobby garage options are available at the Mollie Rae community as well.
Communities Coming Soon
Foothills at the Dells and Ridgeview at the Dells: These two neighborhoods are part of the second phase of The Dells community. Located just south of SR 89A at the northwest Prescott City limits, both neighborhoods will offer buyers the opportunity to select distinctive home features. The Foothills neighborhood will have floorplans ranging from 1,600 to more than 2,100 square feet, with a wide range of bedroom options. Floorplans at the new Ridgeview neighborhood are still in the planning stages but will have a focus on low maintenance for home owners and will range from 1,400 to 1,600 square feet. Buyers interested in those homes are invited to contact a Mandalay Homes sales executive or visit MandalayHomes.com to learn more.
Jasper: The 1,200-acre clean energy community is located west of Glassford Hill Road at the north edge of Prescott Valley. Homes within Jasper will be designed to exceed current construction standards for innovative, environmentally friendly and stylish home designs. Ultimately, 2,900 homes will be constructed, with a wide variety of floorplans to choose from.
Home prices vary depending upon the particular community in which buyers are interested. “We have homes that start in the mid-to-high $200s and they can go well into the $700s or more in some of the higher-end communities, depending on the interior finishes and homesite selected,” Walls explained.
Energy Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Building Practices
“What makes our homes unique is that our construction processes are designed to be highly energy efficient, while still creating comfortable living spaces for our home owners. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy recognized Mandalay Homes as the most innovative builder in America and ENERGY STAR has named Mandalay Homes the ‘2018 Partner of the Year’ for the second year in a row because of the innovative building processes we follow,” Walls said.
“For instance, Mandalay-built homes use 60 percent less energy because of the multi-layer insulation and AeroBarrier sealing technology that fills gaps and spaces as small as hair follicles,” Walls explained. “This type of energy efficiency significantly reduces heating and air-conditioning costs. The effect is a HERS rating significantly lower than virtually every other home in the nation; new construction or existing; thus, saving our homeowners money.
In addition to being Energy Efficient, Mandalay Homes are environmentally friendly. Our building practices provide improved indoor air quality for a healthier home as well as water sensibility and a smaller carbon footprint for less impact on the environment.”
Mandalay Homes Has Long-term Commitment in Area
Marketing Manager Walls, who has been in the residential and commercial real estate industry for nearly 15 years, said Mandalay Homes is in the area for the long haul. “We have more than 60 professional employees involved in our operations, along with nearly 50 local trade partners, local engineers, Realtors®, and developers who help us achieve our business goals. There is something really special going on here at Mandalay Homes and I am excited to be a small part of it.”
Dave Everson Founder and CEO of Mandalay Homes said the company is “honored to be one of the premier new home builders in the Prescott area market. Our local home building industry is among the best in the country at embracing and implementing the highest standards of energy efficiency, comfort and health benefits for our home buyers. It’s great to be part of this wonderful offering.”