Deciding Where to Live in Southern Arizona

Posted by Kari Montoya on Sep 2, 2021 2:17:39 PM

Southern Arizona boasts a variety of living experiences, including eclectic downtowns, outdoor adventures, a thriving arts scene, world-renowned colleges and universities, and more. Families, singles, and retirees alike can benefit from the various locations and year-round warm temperatures from nearly 300 days of sunshine a year. 

Whether you’re moving to the area to begin a new job in a big city such as Tucson or interested in the quieter suburbs in the surrounding area, southern Arizona has a lot to offer. While the following list is not exhaustive, some of the best suburbs include: 

  • Green Valley
  • Dove Mountain 
  • Catalina Foothills
  • Sahuarita
  • Oro Valley

These suburbs are close enough to enjoy all that Tucson’s urban living offers: the culture, food, and energy. But they are removed enough to avoid the undesirable aspects, such as traffic, busyness, and student life at the University of Arizona. 

If you’re in the market to build a new home, these suburbs have a lot to offer in terms of property settings. To help you decide where you would like to settle, let's take a closer look at some of the best areas to find land in southern Arizona.

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Deciding Where to Live in North Valley

Posted by Kari Montoya on Sep 2, 2021 2:15:01 PM

The north valley of Arizona is equally perfect for those interested in building a home in the big city of Phoenix or in a quieter, more serene location near Tonto National Forest. The north valley is a beautiful, rapidly growing region of the state and is often referred to as the Valley of the Sun due to the warm temperatures and 300 days of sunshine per year. 

Whether you’re moving to the area to begin a new job in Phoenix’s thriving metropolis, start a business in one of the smaller villages, or enjoy your retirement years in the warm, sunny climate, the north valley is a unique region of the country that has a lot to offer. 

While the area does not have an official separate status, the north valley typically refers to the urban villages north of Phoenix, which include Paradise Valley, North Mountain, Deer Valley, Desert View, and North Gateway. If you’re in the market to build a new home, these villages have a lot to offer in terms of property settings. 

To help you decide, let's take a closer look at some of the best areas to find land in the north valley of Arizona.

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Building On Your Own Land? What Arizona Homeowners Need to Know

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 29, 2021 1:03:00 PM

Topics: Custom Home Builder, Build a Custom Home, Finding Land

Building the home of your dreams is an exciting life decision. Of course, there’s a lot to learn if you have never done it before, but with the help of an experienced builder, the process can go quite smoothly. 

If you’re thinking of building a new home in Arizona, one of the first steps is securing land. Doing so requires: 

  1. Obtaining pre-approval for financing
  2. Performing due diligence to understand restrictions of land use
  3. Understanding lot restrictions, building restrictions, and the permitting process
  4. Getting your land surveyed and utilities connected to the site
  5. Completing site development tasks 

And if you already own a lot, there’s still some work to do, including learning what you can and cannot do on the property and planning for the costs associated with preparing the site for construction.

To help you get started on your homebuilding journey, here are some tips for securing your own land in Arizona.

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What Washington Homeowners Need to Know Before Building

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 25, 2021 1:43:00 PM

Topics: Build a Custom Home

Whether you want to be near the ocean, the mountains, or in the center of one of the country’s largest tech hubs, Washington is an excellent place to build a new home. 

Just like in any other state, you have choices in Washington when opting for new construction. You can choose from a limited selection of styles in a preplanned development—which are typically boilerplate designs with little to no option for customization—or you can build a custom home on your own lot. 

If you already own land or are looking for property in Washington, there are a few things to keep in mind before you build:

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Popular Custom House Plans in Central Oregon

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on May 19, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Topics: Central Oregon

With stunning mountain views, 300 days of sunshine, and a desert-like climate that will make you want to get outside and explore the natural beauty that surrounds you, Central Oregon is a great place to settle into a new custom home. Whether you want a clear budget from the outset or just don’t want to make every little decision, starting with custom house plans is a great way to kick off the homebuilding process. You can choose a layout based on your current lifestyle and future plans so you’ll get the most from your investment.

Among the many benefits to a partnership with Adair Homes is our involvement from start to finish. While Adair Homes doesn’t supply purchasable lots to customers, our Home Ownership Counselors have close professional relationships with those who do. 

Joe Zampko is one of these well-connected Home Ownership Counselors. In one of our virtual open houses, Zampko said, “We are a build-on-your-own-lot builder, which means that with our financing, we allow you to include the land, home, [and] site development all in one through our sister company, Alliance Financial Services.” 

Through Alliance, you can determine whether you’re prequalified to purchase a piece of land. As Zampko said, “We make sure you’re on track to building your dream home with Adair.” 

Part of keeping you on track to building your dream home means providing you with upgrades to create the home that’s right for you. However, where Adair Homes separates itself from the competition is in what we include in our base price that our competitors consider upgrades. For example, “All of our homes come with central A/C and [a] heat pump,” Zampko said. “Typically, that’s a $16,000-$18,000 upgrade [for other builders], so that’s a huge value Adair has to offer for our clients that’s built into the base price of the home.”

If you’re all set to check out some of our most popular customizable floor plans in Central Oregon, we have created a rundown of the highlights of each of these homes to help you decide on which one is right for you.

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Cost to Build a New Custom Home in Northwest Washington

Posted by Kari Montoya on Mar 26, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Custom Home Washington, Homebuilding Tips, Mid Columbia Valley, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, Homeowner Testimonial, FAQs, value

If you’ve been looking for fresh air and mild winters in an outdoor enthusiasts’ dreamland, you’ve been looking for Northwest Washington. Nestled between three prominent national parks of unparalleled natural beauty, Northwest Washington boasts a robust economic center, a significant art and culture scene, and coffee. Lots of coffee. You’ll also find caring communities and hands-on civic discourse. So grab your mountain bike and a local brew, a laptop and a smile; you belong here. This is a special place to live.

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Cost to Build a New Custom Home in Mid Columbia Valley

Posted by Kari Montoya on Feb 15, 2021 12:36:49 PM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Custom Home Washington, Homebuilding Tips, Mid Columbia Valley, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, Homeowner Testimonial, FAQs, value

The fertile land to either side of the mighty Columbia River has been a destination long before the housing boom of the past few years. This area, crossing through both Oregon and Washington State, boasts stunning natural views up and down the Gorge, bountiful harvests, mild winters, and world-class recreational opportunities. All that, and the housing is still reasonably priced.

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Building in Treasure Valley: Answers to Common Questions and Where to Live

Posted by Kari Montoya on Jan 18, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Homebuilding Tips, Treasure Valley, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, FAQs, sweat equity, value, manufactured homes

If you’ve been dreaming of living in Idaho—you’re not alone! Caldwell, Idaho and the entirety of the Treasure Valley has seen a fantastic revitalization in the past two years. Today, Caldwell is a community transformed—a boom town of sorts! And why? According to the City of Caldwell, part of the growth can be attributed to their focus on small business: “Our Economic Development team is committed to supporting the creation, sustainability and growth of both small and large businesses and entrepreneurs.” With many new businesses flocking to the urban areas, the Treasure Valley has experienced unprecedented growth.

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Replacing the manufactured home on your property with a new custom home in Mid Columbia Valley

Posted by Kari Montoya on Jan 5, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Custom Home Washington, Homebuilding Tips, Floor Plans, Design, Custom Homes, Finding Land, Homeowner Testimonial, FAQs, value, manufactured homes

As an on-your-lot builder, Adair Homes has the privilege of working with landowners all across the Mid Columbia Valley, determining the best layout and placement for new custom homes. Many of our clients have newly acquired properties that already contain structures, like manufactured homes. These properties can often be purchased at a ‘reduced’ price in comparison to like-properties with stick-built homes, and create an opportunity to live on property while a new home is being constructed. Talk about a two-for-one! Due note, however, that this live-onsite option is not available in all jurisdictions, so be sure to talk to an Adair Home Ownership Counselor about the process.

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Building in Southern Oregon: Determining Total Project Cost

Posted by Kari Montoya on Dec 30, 2020 11:13:41 AM

Topics: Custom Home Builder, Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Realtors, Homebuilding Tips, Site Development, Southern Oregon, Floor Plans, Financing, Homebuilding Process, Custom Homes, Finding Land, appointment, sweat equity, value, cost, Farmhouse, custom home oregon

If you’re wondering how much it costs to build a custom home, you’re not alone. It’s a common question with a complicated answer. There are seemingly thousands of line items from site costs and materials to permits and fees—it’s no wonder so many people hesitate in pursuing building a custom home! Well, hesitate no more. Adair Homes has created a pathway to understanding your total project costs in Southern Oregon. Our online tools and helpful guidance break down the numbers so you can feel confident in moving forward with a custom home built by Adair. No outrageous surprises, no oopsies, no overlooked utility costs. Today, calculating the cost of your new home is easier than ever before. 

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