GOLF: Club

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How­ever, the Golf Club Scotts­dale — which has spec­tac­u­lar views from its 18 holes that are not hin­dered by hous­ing on the course — bor­ders the project.

Home­buy­ers in Sierra Re­serve have the op­por­tu­nity to buy club mem­ber­ships in the golf course, which was de­signed by ar­chi­tects Jay Mor­rish and Dick Bai­ley.

“I love the nat­u­ral Sono­ran desert and this project is right next door to acres of open space,” says An­der­son. “It is a very unique piece of prop­erty be­cause it is sur­rounded by open space on three sides.”

Sierra Re­serve is also An­der­son’s small­est project. The man known for his de­vel­op­ment of North Scotts­dale’s nearby Desert Moun­tain (3,200 hectares, with six Nick­laus golf cour­ses), and Desert High­lands (344 hectares, with one golf course) is now build­ing on slightly more than 90 hectares.

There will be 250 cus­tom homes, which will be of­fered as 19 dif­fer­ent sin­gle-storey floor plans rang­ing from 3,000 to 6,000 square feet.

An­der­son says he al­ready has ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for some of the lots and con­tracts will be signed start­ing in Septem­ber. A sales/de­sign cen­tre is on the site.

Six ar­chi­tec­tural styles will be avail­able, from Mediter­ranean and South­west to Ari­zona mod­ern (in­clud­ing a flat roof with the op­tion of a roof gar­den).

From start to fin­ish, each home is ex­pected to be com­pleted in be­tween eight to 10 months. The homes in­clude three-car garages, while swim­ming pools are op­tional in each de­sign plan.

Lots will range from 0.12 to 0.2 hectares, with prices from $1.5 mil­lion to $2.5 mil­lion US.

An­der­son fully ex­pects that 20 per cent of the mar­ket for the homes will be an in­ter­na­tional one, with the ma­jor­ity of buy­ers from Canada.

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“Cana­di­ans have been in­ter­ested in Ari­zona for a long time and it is a nat­u­ral thing to come in the win­ter,” he says. “They like Ari­zona and they par­tic­u­larly like Scotts­dale.”

Beyond lik­ing Ari­zona sun­shine, Cana­dian buy­ers tend to be ac­tive, out­door peo­ple who like golf and have plenty of friends al­ready in the desert area.

An­der­son says his cus­tom home project will take the worry of build­ing away from the for­eign mar­ket be­cause ev­ery­thing will be han­dled by his team.

He will also be con­struct­ing a 75-room bou­tique re­sort ho­tel, in­clud­ing vil­las, that will be avail­able for pur­chase and in­clu­sion in a rental pool.

After be­ing out of the de­vel­op­ment mar­ket since 2008 — when An­der­son’s long­time lender, the Bank of Scot­land, took con­trol of four of his projects af­ter run­ning into fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties — he is def­i­nitely back, adding the tim­ing is right.

“In Scotts­dale, I have de­vel­oped more than 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares),” he says.

“I feel I know the mar­ket and the lack of land and in­ven­tory of new prod­uct — well, there are no more prop­er­ties like this and I feel there will be high de­mand.”

The de­vel­oper has done his con­sumer re­search on what the gen­er­ally empty-nester home­buyer in this new mar­ket wants.

The re­search, An­der­son says, shows they gen­er­ally want onelevel homes with a strong in­door/out­door re­la­tion­ship com­plete with court­yards and pa­tios.

They also want an easy, open floor plan, large mas­ter bed­rooms with equally large clos­ets, a great room/kitchen com­bi­na­tion and gen­er­ally large rooms through­out.

Sierra Re­serve will be cen­tred around The Villa, a 15,000-square-foot com­mu­nity gath­er­ing place for all res­i­dents.

It will in­clude five build­ings with con­nect­ing pa­tios, cov­ered walk­ways and wa­ter fea­tures that An­der­son says will be “an ex­ten­sion of peo­ple’s homes.”

There will also be ten­nis courts, pools, ex­er­cise fa­cil­i­ties, so­cial fa­cil­i­ties for pri­vate par­ties and a cantina that will be open dur­ing the day.

There will also be a dog park and a chil­dren’s play area.

Again, this op­por­tu­nity to bring peo­ple to­gether at a so­cial cen­tre is a re­sult of An­der­son’s re­search.

“Peo­ple used to think they wanted their pri­vacy and had to be off on two acres (0.8 hectares) by them­selves. They found that they missed peo­ple,” he says. Sierra Re­serve will give home­own­ers their pri­vacy when they want it, but bring them to­gether at the Villa.

Even with a five- to six-year time frame for com­ple­tion, the 70-year-old An­der­son says this project is un­likely to be his last. “I may do some more; maybe with Nick­laus.”

The desert drew the Seat­tle na­tive al­most 40 years ago, the last 30 of which he has spent de­vel­op­ing his com­mu­ni­ties, pri­mar­ily in Ari­zona.

“The first time I was here, I walked the desert and I was drawn to the cac­tus, the plant life,” says An­der­son. “It is a botan­i­cal won­der­land.”

Hectares of won­der­land, in the Sono­ran desert, is what An­der­son is bet­ting will draw buy­ers into Sierra Re­serve.

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