Desert dream no mirage
Calgarians purchase second home at Coyote Landing in Mesa, Ariz.
MESA, Ariz. — It’s a real family affair for Dale Norlin when the Calgarian spends downtime at his second home at Coyote Landing.
Not only do the Norlins — Dale, wife Janna and their 14-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter — have a place in the development in the southwest valley of the Phoenix desert area, his dad has also purchased a unit.
“And recently, friends of ours also bought in Coyote Landing. They see our place and one thing leads to another,” says Dale, who manages storage facilities in Calgary.
Coyote Landing launched its first phase of 104 units in 2007 and continued to sell while other projects collapsed during the U.S. economic downturn.
The project is now selling, building by building, the second and final phase of 188 units. Each building will house 12 units.
Eighty per cent of sales to date in the second phase have been to Canadians, compared to 60 per cent in the first phase.
Half of second phase buyers to date come from Alberta.
Coyote Landing realtor Shannon Aspeslagh says purchasers from other provinces, such as Saskatchewan and Manitoba, are becoming more common than in prior years.
“No one can beat our prices and the quality is the same as they would find in Scottsdale … you just don’t have that name,” says Aspeslagh.
Prices for the 1,279 square-foot units, which contain three bedrooms and two bathrooms, range from $157,900 to $169,900 US, with monthly homeowners’ fees of $165.
The units offer a modern, open floor plan, including split bedrooms, oversized balconies, granite in kitchens and bathrooms, and a separate garage/storage unit for each condo.
Each unit also comes with a covered deck.
Amenities in the gated development include a main, resortstyle heated pool, hot tub and outdoor events area attached to a community clubhouse that has a fitness centre, kitchen facilities and restrooms.
Two more pools are to be added to the complex as the second phase buildings are completed.
The project currently has an
Dale and Janna Norlin. AGES: In their 40s. BACKGROUND: Dale manages storage facilities in Calgary and Janna is a stayat-home mom. They purchased a second home at Coyote Landing in east Mesa, Ariz. They bought a three-bedroom condo they use for holidays about six weeks of the year. It was purchased as an eventual retirement destination. incentive program, including a washer, dryer and fridge as part of the price in the next several condos purchased. The condos come with a dishwasher, microwave and stove.
Asked why Canadians — and Albertans — are attracted to the Mesa project, Aspeslagh cites the Arizona weather, the easy “lock-and-leave” nature of the development, and the fact that the owners “come here to socialize. They are too busy at home to see them (friends),” even if they live in the same city.
The Norlins purchased their threebedroom unit when the project was in its infancy.
The family had spent time in Phoenix because Janna’s parents had a park model there and were looking for somewhere that could be a retirement spot later down the road.
“I’m only 45, but this was an opportunity to change our lifestyle and give us more chance to travel,” says Dale.
The family likes the Coyote Landing development location and Dale can’t say enough about the Arizona weather — and his opportunity to play golf.
“I play a lot of golf and we joined a golf/ tennis club 10 minutes away from us.”
The family currently spends holidays in Arizona. “It takes us six hours total to get from our house here to the condo — and that includes all waiting time,” says Dale, adding they will even head down for long weekends.
When they get there, Mesa is an easy starting point to all the things they can’t find at home in Calgary, including professional basketball games and easy family drives to Universal Studios and Palm Springs.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
PROJECT: Coyote Landing. The project is selling several buildings (12 units per building) in its second phase of 188 units. DEVELOPER: Walling Homes. LOCATION: The east side of Mesa, Ariz. The show home model in the development can be viewed at 10136 East Southern Ave. in Mesa. PRICES: Threebedroom, twobathroom condos range from $157,900 to $167,900 US. INFORMATION: Go to coyote landing.com, or call 1-480-7887693.
From The Insurance Bureau of Canada at ibc. ca:
How the vacation property is used and how often it is occupied will dictate which insurance packages are appropriate for you.
How much time do you spend there? Do you use it yearround? Do you rent it out at some point during the year?
The answers to these questions are important when you are considering what type of coverage to buy.
Most insurance companies will consider providing insurance for your vacation property only if you insure your primary residence with them as well. You can have your vacation property listed on your home insurance as a secondary or seasonal location, or you can have insurance for the property as a separate, stand-alone policy.
Vacation property insurance is almost always provided as a “named perils” policy, instead of a comprehensive policy. Named perils means you have insurance coverage for specific risks, such as fire, explosion or smoke damage. Coverage for certain risks, such as water damage or vandalism, may be more difficult or expensive to arrange, because of the parttime occupancy.
From RBC Royal Bank Canada at rbc. com:
Some signs to look for that an area is primed for recreation property growth:
Significant investment, in terms of people buying properties, developers building properties, and governments investing in infrastructure.
Upgrades to transportation that allow improved access from a wider area, such as the establishment of Calgary-toComox flights.
Talk to local realtors for their take on the trends in their area.
Proximity to other hot spots (such as Kelowna, B.C., or Canmore) can cause a ripple effect where locations farther out (such as Penticton, B.C., or Crowsnest Pass) experience growth.
Dale and Janna Norlin bought a vacation home in Coyote Landing, an Arizona project that has seen Canadians making up 80 per cent of sales in the second phase.
The pool provides a place for buyers to unwind in the resort.
A roof helps shade a picnic table.