‘Great time’

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recre­ation & In­vest­ment Prop­er­ties -

“With the strength of the Cana­dian dol­lar and the low prices be­ing of­fered, this is a great time to get your outof-coun­try va­ca­tion home,” says Lori Tuter, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing. “With the mon­e­tary ex­change be­ing iden­ti­cal in both mar­kets, and a buyer’s mar­ket con­tin­u­ing to flour­ish here in Ari­zona, there is seem­ingly no bet­ter time like the present to in­vest in Dolce Vita.” The eight-year-old gated com­mu­nity has a to­tal of 345 new and re­sale homes on the large prop­erty.

Its goal is to have 720 homes by build-out — a date very much de­pen­dent on mar­ket con­di­tions.

Be­ing an age-re­stricted com­mu­nity, Dolce Vita re­quires that at least one of the pur­chasers per home must be at least 55, adding that no one un­der the age of 40 may re­side in a unit — although chil­dren and grand­chil­dren can come visit any time.

As a man­u­fac­tured home com­mu­nity, Dolce Vita has eight dif­fer­ent mod­els to choose from at prices from $94,900 to $142,900 US.

It in­cludes cathe­dral ceil­ings, bay win­dows and sky­lights, as well as a master suite and kitchen is­lands.

There is no sales tax on “re­cently built” homes, says Tuter, adding that Dolce Vita will pay the sale tax on any up­grades re- quested by a home­buyer.

The homes are built on land that is leased for be­tween $395 and $530 per month.

As an added in­cen­tive to buy, a man­u­fac­tured home com­pany has part­nered with Dolce Vita to pro­vide two years free lot rent on se­lect homes un­til March 31.

This pro­mo­tion is avail­able for all new con­struc­tion.

Be­cause the land com­po­nent is taken out of the equa­tion, Tuter says re­sale prices are not as volatile as in the tra­di­tional hous­ing mar­ket.

“You don’t have the land mov­ing the price around,” she says.

The lease pay­ment of­fers full use of Dolce Vita’s fa­cil­i­ties, says Tuter.

These in­clude a 33,000-square­foot, Mediter­ranean-style club­house with a book-filled li­brary, along with a com­puter cen­tre and bil­liards room with eight ta­bles.

There is also a work­out room fea­tur­ing top-of-the-line car­dio and cir­cuit train­ing equip­ment.

Other fea­tures in­clude a craft room and card rooms, as well as a movie the­atre and a 6,200-square-foot ball­room for con­certs, dances and par­ties.

In terms of out­door ameni­ties, res­i­dents can en­joy a 3,000-square-foot, ocean-en­try pool that’s also heated.

There’s also two spas, ten­nis courts, bocce ball, horse­shoes, shuf­fle­board, a putting green and an am­phithe­atre.

Tuter says there is a good blend of buy­ers from the U.S. and Canada, adding one of the strong points with Dolce Vita is that about 75 per cent of res­i­dents are there year-round.

“That’s good be­cause un­like a lot of other com­mu­ni­ties, this doesn’t be­come a ghost town in the sum­mer,” she says. “There are al­ways peo­ple around and things to do.”

With the Cana­dian dol­lar as strong as it is, Tuter says the tim­ing couldn’t be bet­ter to in­ves­ti­gate what Dolce Vita has to of­fer.

“We warmly wel­come our Cana­dian neigh­bours to ex­pe­ri­ence Dolce Vita here in Ari­zona,” she says. “The stars have def­i­nitely aligned — great ameni­ties and a fan­tas­tic lifestyle at an in­cred­i­bly low price.”

With the club­house as a cen­tral point, Dolce Vita in Ari­zona has new and re­sale homes priced from $94,900 to $142,900.

The project of­fers views of the mys­te­ri­ous Su­per­sti­tion Moun­tains.

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