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Ari­zona com­plex in Sono­ran Desert fea­tures unique con­nec­tion to Ritz-Carl­ton ho­tel

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Front Page - JOSH SKAPIN

Live like you’re stay­ing at a Ritz-Carl­ton ho­tel, but in your own home. Spa, room ser­vice, even concierge is part of the pack­age for buy­ers at The Res­i­dences at The Ritz-Carl­ton, Dove Moun­tain in stun­ning Marana Ariz.

When Sherry He­witt took her hus­band Hal on a day trip while they were vis­it­ing Ari­zona, she was sure to keep her lips sealed about where they were headed.

Sherry had heard about a new de­vel­op­ment called The Res­i­dences at The Ritz-Carl­ton, Dove Moun­tain in Marana, Ariz., and wanted to take a closer look. The only thing was, she knew it would take some con­vinc­ing to get Hal to join her.

“Go look at prop­er­ties? No, I don’t think so,” Hal says, laugh­ing. So Sherry kept that lit­tle de­tail to her­self and Hal was happy she did. “I hi­jacked him,” re­calls Sherry.

The Ritz-Carl­ton Res­i­dences, Dove Moun­tain in­cludes 300 home sites just down the road from a RitzCarl­ton ho­tel. Home­own­ers get full ac­cess to the ho­tel’s ameni­ties, in­clud­ing the spa, room ser­vice, land­scap­ing, house­keep­ing and concierge.

... it does feel like you’re in a dif­fer­ent world HAL HE­WITT

The He­witts are a Cal­gary cou­ple in their 60s and the first buy­ers at the de­vel­op­ment. Hal’s in the oil in­dus­try and Sherry once owned an ad­ver­tis­ing agency, but is now re­tired.

“As we were go­ing up the hill, we were both get­ting more en­am­oured,” says Sherry about their first drive to the project, nes­tled in the high Sono­ran Desert.

This area is fa­mous for its nat­u­ral beauty and lush veg­e­ta­tion. Their drive was just as the sun was set­ting and ev­ery­thing was in full bloom, adds Sherry.

“It’s about a 10-minute drive up the hill and it’s one of these things where it’s our happy place,” says Hal.

“I don’t want to get mushy about this, but it does feel like you’re in a dif­fer­ent world.”

At the site, the He­witts got their first look at the home op­tions in a 5,000-square-foot show home.

But home plans are of­fered in a wide range of sizes, in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing from 1,700 to 6,000 square feet.

They’re priced from $800,000 to $3 mil­lion, but most are in the $1-mil­lion to $2-mil­lion range.

“Our project is in an au­then­tic south­west de­sign,” says David Mehl, pres­i­dent of Cot­ton­wood Prop­er­ties, de­vel­oper of the project.

“(They have) ma­jor win­dows that open to cre­ate an in­doorout­door liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

He says this in­cludes spa­cious pa­tios and yards.

“You have the most amaz­ing views of the en­tire val­ley to the north­west and south,” Sherry says.

“You have to pull up a chair and spend an hour watch­ing the sun­set be­cause they are just un­be­liev­able.”

In­side the show home, Sherry and Hal were quickly sold.

“I was ready to move in,” says Sherry. That’s when they learned they would have ac­cess to all the ser­vices at the ho­tel it­self.

When the He­witts moved in, they threw a house­warm­ing party. But they had the ho­tel cater it, so the cou­ple didn’t have to lift a fin­ger.

“We had just been shop­ping and we were driv­ing up the hill and I looked at Sherry and said, ‘this is the coolest thing be­cause we’re host­ing a party but it feels like we’re go­ing to a party,’” says Hal.

“We just showed up like we were guests.”

When the He­witts are vis­it­ing their sec­ond home, they don’t just sit around.

They en­joy stay­ing ac­tive and have made use of the area’s world-class hik­ing trails.

Hal says their home is about two blocks from the head of a trail that stretches for more than 30 kilo­me­tres.

There’s also a scenic, 27hole Jack Nick­laus golf course where the Tor­tolita Moun­tains take cen­tre stage.

“We have bik­ing and walk­ing in ad­di­tion to the hik­ing, which is re­ally ter­rific,” says Mehl. “Nearly any­thing some­one would want to do out­doors, we re­ally have it and have it in an ex­cel­lent fash­ion.”

Dove Moun­tain

Home­own­ers at The Res­i­dences at The Ritz-Carl­ton, Dove Moun­tain in Ari­zona get full ac­cess to the Ritz-Carl­ton ho­tel’s ameni­ties.

Pho­tos: Dove Moun­tain

The great room in one of the homes at The Res­i­dences at The Ritz-Carl­ton, Dove Moun­tain of­fers mag­nif­i­cent views of the Ari­zona land­scape.

The de­vel­op­ment is close to hik­ing trails and a 27-hole golf course.

An out­door liv­ing space of­fers sun­set views.

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