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New community offers ‘introduction to luxury’ houses

New community offers ‘introduction to luxury’ houses
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BY COLLEEN SPARKS
Managing Editor

A builder known for providing high-end, estate-sized homes for the first time is expanding its reach to make houses with luxury-home features available at prices it believes the average buyer can afford.

Toll Brothers’ The Crossings at Meridian, is a neighborhood that will feature 129 homes with many amenities available in a growing area of Queen Creek near Ocotillo Road and 226th Street.

Potential buyers are already touring the model homes with ample floor plans, as well as large, walk-in closets and unusual, sliding pocket doors that allow residents to expand their living space.

The “introduction to luxury” houses range from 1,871 square feet to 3,164 square-feet and are situated on 6,050-square-foot home sites.

Shoppers can select homes with three, four, five or six bedrooms and they all come with two or three-car garages, elegant bathrooms, as well as many design choices.

Homeowners have access to an Olympic-size community pool, as well as miles of walking and biking trails, an outdoor movie ramada and park in the neighborhood.

The multi-slide pocket doors provide a larger space for people to navigate, merging the patios and living room areas.

“All the floor plans are so great,” said Meridian sales manager Deidre Hefel. “The floor plans are so diverse. They really do accommodate everyone. It really is affordable luxury.”

The Catalan is the least expensive of the homes, at 1,871 square feet with three bedrooms and two full bathrooms in ranch, farmhouse or modern exterior styles. The ranch-style starts at $291,995, the farmhouse design begins at $293,995 and the modern-type starts at $293,995.

“Our paradigm was to take what we know people like and incorporate it into the house,” said Kari Laszlo, marketing director for Toll Brothers Arizona. “If you look at the demographic information for Phoenix metro, you will see there’s a need for housing in this price range.”

Lots of sunlight beams into The Catalan model home at The Crossings at Meridian, where Toll Brothers touts the ease of entertaining on an open floor plan in the living and dining rooms.

A Kohler chrome, pull-out spray faucet, as well as Whirlpool, Energy Star qualified gas ovens/ranges, dishwashers and microwaves are highlights of the kitchens.

So too are polished-looking, crafted maple cabinets with 36-inch uppers in home buyers’ choice of finishes. According to its website, Energy Star is the government-supported symbol for energy efficiency, offering simple objective information to consumers.

Homeowners can pay for an upgrade to design their kitchen with popular farmhouse-style sinks, Hefel said.

“We have some very mindful options that are available to use but at a base level this house is amazing,” she said. “For 1,871 (square feet), this house is so popular.”

An owner’s entry cabinet, which is included in all the homes, gives people a convenient place to put their keys and mail right when they walk into the home through the garage.

A spacious master bedroom in The Catalan-style homes offers a king-sized, walk-in closet.

All the single-story homes in the various styles have 10-foot ceilings while the two-story houses in the development are about 21-feet-tall including the first and second floors.

The master bathrooms in all the houses come standard with glass-door shower enclosures and 36-inch adult-height vanities.

A large, covered patio offers expansive outdoor living space. The model homes revealed different types of pools, fire pits, outdoor ovens and other features homeowners can add for additional costs to create a luxurious outdoor entertainment venue.

The Calais, the largest of the single-story homes available in The Crossings at Meridian, provides three bedrooms and three full bathrooms in 2,226 square feet.

Prices for the ranch-style of The Calais start at $311,995, while the farmhouse-type also starts at $311,995 and the modern design starts at $313,995.

“This house is so popular,” Hefel said.

The model home in The Calais family reveals a separate space for the dining room but still an overall, open floor plan with lots of sunlight coming into the living and dining rooms and kitchen.

Laszlo said Toll Brothers saw the “exploding” growth in the area and The Crossings at Meridian are generating a lot of interest from families of all “shapes and sizes.”

Many children live in the area and good schools are nearby, she added.

“It’s an up and coming area,” Laszlo said. “A lot of people are moving here.”

A model home of The Savannah in the farmhouse style reveals the 3,164-square-foot, two-story house with a loft central to the upstairs bedroom.

Standing in the loft, a dramatic view of the staircase, a chandelier and entranceway can be seen in the model home.

This type of home has six bedrooms, four full bathrooms, a half-bath and a three-car garage. The master bedroom is on the first floor and has a luxurious master bathroom with a dual-sink vanity, a private water closet, a glass-enclosed shower and a roomy walk-in closet.

Potential buyers can see a five-burner stove, one of the upgrades available, in the model, The Savannah home. The Savannah modern-style starts at $360,995, the prairie design starts at $361,995 and the farmhouse style starts at $373,995.

“Everyone loves this floor plan,” Hefel said. “There’s so many different things you can do with this home.”

A big great room, as well as the dining room and kitchen create a perfect space for entertaining, according to The Crossings at Meridian.

Toll Brothers already has a strong presence in the East Valley including Toll Brothers at Avian Meadows, a community with about 60 luxury homes already built west of Lindsay Road and north of East Chandler Heights Road.

The builder has developed Dorada Estates, a luxury home gated community near South Recker Road and East Ocotillo Road in Queen Creek. Toll Brothers also has several luxury homes in Gilbert – Calliandra Estates, which is nearing completion; Legacy at Seville, which has models open and Toll Brothers at Whitewing, where sales are underway and models are under construction.

Two brothers, Bob and Bruce Toll founded Toll Brothers in southeastern Pennsylvania in 1967, inspired by their father, who was a home builder. Toll Brothers became a public company in 1986, and the company now builds in 22 states.

Information: tollbrothers.com

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