Desert dream no mi­rage

Cal­gar­i­ans pur­chase sec­ond home at Coy­ote Land­ing in Mesa, Ariz.

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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

THE BUY­ERS

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.

Fi­nanc­ing

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.

Wil An­dr­uschak/for the Cal­gary Her­ald

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.

Pho­tos, Barb Liv­ing­stone/cal­gary Her­ald

The pool pro­vides a place for buy­ers to un­wind in the re­sort.

A roof helps shade a pic­nic ta­ble.

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