How to Create a Family Preparedness Plan

8/17/2016 12:00:00 AM

In the natural ebb and flow of life, sometimes the unexpected happens — the power goes out during a storm, our car breaks down during a road trip across the desert, or we experience a natural disaster.

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Trulia Guest Blog - New Homes Are Perfect for Young Families

8/10/2016 12:00:00 AM

Finding the right home is important for young families looking for an enriching place to raise children.

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Your 10-Step Guide to Buying a New Home

6/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

Why over complicate perhaps the most exciting purchase of your life? Streamline your home purchase with 10 steps designed to make buying your dream home both simpler and straightforward.

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6 Tips to Make Moving with Kids a Snap

5/31/2016 12:00:00 AM

Let’s face it – moving is stressful. Whether you are hiring a moving company or you and your family decided to tackle all of the packing and organizing by yourselves- moving is a lot of work. A move is stressful on everyone in the family, but can be especially stressful for children. A new home, a new school and a new neighborhood can disrupt the schedule they have grown accustomed to; however, with some support, encouragement and a little up-front planning, you can help ease the impact a move can have on your children.

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Fun and Relaxing Phoenix Area Staycations

5/27/2016 12:00:00 AM

With resort-style pools, spa packages, fine dining and special events a “staycation” can be just as fun, and potentially even more relaxing, than planning and organizing an out-of-state vacation. Arizona is home to some of the best staycation destinations to be had, whether for you and your significant other or the entire family.  Many are located within an easy drive from Estrella.

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Resident Spotlight: Mike “Odie” Park

5/25/2016 12:00:00 AM


The Estrella community thrives thanks to the hard work and dedication of its residents and their hands-on approach to creating a great place to live. The Estrella Trails Committee is a prime example of the impact that residents are able to make in the community. Committee members devote their free time to building new trails while maintaining Estrella’s extensive network of existing trails to ensure an enjoyable experience for all residents. One particular member, Mike Park, otherwise known as “Odie,” saw an opportunity to help make the trails at Estrella a top-notch amenity for outdoor enthusiasts and decided to join the Trails Committee, with a little push from his committee friends. Odie was kind enough to answer some questions in order to shed some light on the wonderful work of the Estrella Trails Committee and to share his story and connection with the community.

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Checklist : Prepping and Staging Your Home for Sale

5/20/2016 12:00:00 AM


Of course you want your home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Here’s a rundown of friendly reminders on prepping your house into a welcoming and marketable home.

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Founder of Estrella Youth Sports Ran with Olympic Torch

5/18/2016 12:00:00 AM


While it has been a handful of years since it happened, Dale Kamarata was one of three people from the United States to get the honor of running with the Olympic torch before the Summer Olympics in London in 2012.  It’s not often one see’s the Olympics, but be in them?  Here is what transpired and how he was selected. 

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Looking for design inspiration? Try these apps.

5/16/2016 12:00:00 AM

If you're wondering about how a new shade of paint will look in the kitchen, or the best way to arrange your new, fabulous furniture, we have the app—actually, apps!—for that.

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Fitness from Aquatics to Zumba

5/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

Estrella is home to many residents looking to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and the facilities at Starpointe can help meet any fitness goals. With a lakeside view and wide variety of classes, it’s the perfect place to get some exercise!

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Resident Spotlight: Tim Rilley

5/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

Tim Rilley has lived in Estrella since 2004 and loves his community for its beautiful scenery, fantastic neighbors and the access to golf and swimming. Estrella has been the perfect place for Rilley and his wife Debra, a kindergarten teacher at Estrella Mountain Elementary School, to settle down after his decorated military service including deployment in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968.

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Opportunities to Connect with Other Families – Estrella Youth Sports

5/11/2016 12:00:00 AM

Ever wondered why the neighborhoods of Estrella seem so quiet on Saturday morning? It’s most likely because many of the families with young children are at the ball fields cheering on their fellow teammates of Estrella Youth Sports (EYS).  It is a huge social gathering where neighbors catch up on the week’s events, and kids enjoy friendly competition on the playing field.

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Estrella Mountain Regional Park – Get to Know Your 19,000-Acre Neighbor

5/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

In addition to great neighbors, living in Estrella also brings with it the opportunity to be right next door to Estrella Mountain Regional Park, home to more than 19,000 acres of desert and mountain beauty. The first regional park in the Maricopa County Park System, Estrella Mountain Regional Park has a large wetland area and many great amenities including the only grass picnic area in the park system.

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Meet Estrella's Longest Running Principal

5/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

Since 2000, Dave Bogart has been a fixture in the Estrella community, much of that time spent leading our innovative STEM school as Principal of Westar Elementary.

 

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Have questions? The New Resident Orientation Has Answers

5/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

Moving to a new community can be overwhelming, but our New Resident Orientation program will help you get a leg-up on the ins and outs of the community. We are committed to making this process simple and informative, and helping residents feel comfortable with their new community is our main goal.

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Quality of Life Earns Goodyear One of “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live”

5/10/2016 12:00:00 AM

Residents of Goodyear think their city is one of the best places in the country to live — and it turns out they’re not alone. 24/7 Wall St. recently released its list of the 50 Best U.S. Cities to Live, and Goodyear made the top 10, coming in at number seven.

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10 Amazing Facts about Saguaros

4/30/2016 12:00:00 AM

Estrella is located in the Sonoran Desert, which happens to be home to one of the most majestic of all desert plants, the saguaro cactus.  Below are ten interesting facts about this Arizona icon, courtesy of the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum and Phoenix About.com. 

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Get the Star Tower Experience

4/26/2016 12:00:00 AM

When you leave Phoenix behind and make the drive to the master-planned community of Estrella, you can feel the hustle and bustle of the city melting away as you cross the Gila River and wind your way up Estrella Parkway. Just before you arrive in the community, you’ll notice a curious spiral tower just off the road to your right.

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Your Guide to Arizona Wine Country

4/22/2016 12:00:00 AM

There’s no need to travel to California to enjoy some of the best wines in the West.  Stretching from the northern part of the state in the Sedona Verde Valley region to the southern tip of Tucson, Arizona is becoming nationally-known for producing stellar wine. We’ve noted a few of our favorite wineries below. 

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Day trip to Sedona

4/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

Arizona is home to many destinations full of natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes and Sedona is one of the most popular. Luckily, for those of us here at Estrella, Sedona is an easy day trip. Especially in the summer, it provides a refreshing change from the hot desert heat.

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The Benefits of Home Ownership

4/15/2016 12:00:00 AM


There’s no place like home, and the benefits of home ownership can go well beyond a place to live.

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Earth Day

4/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

Earth Day is on April 22 and is a day to celebrate this amazing planet we call home. When it comes to respecting our Mother Earth through our day-to-day actions, it doesn’t take a lot of change. If we can collectively make slight adjustments to our everyday living, together we can make a big difference.

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Life Hacks

4/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

Between hectic schedules and the never-ending list of things that need to get done, we don’t always have time to take care of ourselves. When time is limited, we like to rely on some simple and easy, every day changes and activities to help our families live and be a little healthier.

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Resident Spotlight: Estrella Mountain Elementary School Principal – Sharon Marine

4/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

For the past 17 years Estrella has been home to resident and school principal, Sharon Marine, her husband and their three Yorkshire Terriers. Marine is the Estrella Mountain Elementary School Principal, whose vast experience in education includes 13 years of teaching. From teaching, Marine moved to the administrative side and became the assistant principal at Freedom Elementary before returning to Estrella as principal, a position she has now held for six years.

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Resident Clubs from A-Z

4/6/2016 12:00:00 AM

Offering nearly 30 resident-organized clubs, Estrella is always buzzing with a packed calendar of social and athletic activities, meetings and events. These groups offer something for everyone and are a chance to get to know neighbors and participate in a variety of fun activities.

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Tips for Throwing a Housewarming Party

4/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

One of the most exciting aspects of moving into a new home is showing off your hard work and eye for interior décor to friends and family, as well as meeting the new neighbors. The perfect housewarming party is a fun and exciting way to welcome everyone to your new beginning!

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Checklist : Prepping and Staging Your Home for Sale

4/23/2016 12:00:00 AM

Of course you want your home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Here’s a rundown of friendly reminders on prepping your house into a welcoming and marketable home.

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Caring for Our Native Plants

5/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

Estrella is a community that is not only sensitive to the desert environment but to upholding the integrity of its natural vegetation and wildlife. To ensure our native plants are preserved we are intentional in the steps we take to identifying and marking plants that can be saved and relocated. 

 

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Ten Unique Places to Take House Guests in the West Valley

5/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

 

Having friends and family visit from out-of-town is a nice treat, but you may not want to spend the whole time cooped up at home. We’ve scoured the town to bring you some of the top West Valley attractions.

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Your Guide to the Arts in Estrella

3/30/2016 12:00:00 AM

Opportunities to experience the arts close to home are abundant if you live in the Estrella community. Estrella has long been a supporter of the arts and promoting family-friendly cultural programs. While festivals, concerts and art shows are always on the calendars there are two unique signature events worth bragging about.

 

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Gardening in the Desert

3/26/2016 12:00:00 AM

Estrella is home to some of the best desert views around. But if you’re feeling a little intimidated by the weather and soil conditions and think a garden is out of the question, think again!  Don’t let the dry temperatures and sun keep you from the perfect year-round backyard or garden.

 

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EFHS Culinary Club

3/24/2016 12:00:00 AM

High school students know a little about being on the go - between school, homework, extracurricular activities and the all-important – spending time with their friends, learning how to cook quick, healthy meals is a must. Enter the Culinary Club at Estrella Foothills High School. Under Chef Lisa DeCota’s tutelage, students learn a variety of kitchen skills and even cater local events and compete in statewide competitions.

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Our Volunteers Brighten 3,500 Children's Lives

3/23/2016 12:00:00 AM

Meet the members of Hugs & Stitches, a volunteer sewing group in Estrella that has sewn thousands of colorful pillowcases to cheer up children in the hospital:

 

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4 Pet-friendly Home Tips

3/18/2016 12:00:00 AM

We would all do anything for our furry kids, but they can provide challenges from time to time — especially when enjoying your new home. Here are a few low-key ways to achieve harmony with your pets!

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

3/16/2016 12:00:00 AM

Springtime in the Valley of the Sun is beautiful. The desert gets a little greener, and we are reminded of all the wonderful traits the season brings -- blooming flowers, new life and a fresh, clean start. It’s no wonder that our annual deep clean is inspired by these seasonal changes.

 

 

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Top Places to Have a Picnic in Estrella

3/15/2016 12:00:00 AM


The Estrella community is home to many picturesque spots that residents have discovered are perfect for a great picnic. Being a resident gives you access to so many parks that is easy to pack a blanket and picnic basket and head to one of the locations below for a fun outing.   Want to experience one of these great parks yourself, why not come be a Resident for a Day?  We’ve included suggestions on how to fill your baskets based on our favorite tasty treats, but use your own imagination when planning your alfresco dining adventure.

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5 Ways to Sell Your Home Faster

3/4/2016 12:00:00 AM


Moving is exciting, but it’s also work. Here are 5 tips from HGTV.com to make your transition a happy one.

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Discovery Days Program - Explore CantaMia® and Live Like a Resident

3/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

Would you buy a new car without test driving it first? Or let your kid go to a college before visiting the campus? We know people like to try things out before making a commitment, and buying a new home is no different. That’s why we created the Discovery Days Program for CantaMia, our expansive 55-Plus community. Participants get to experience the CantaMia community, homes and amenities for three whole days, giving them the inside experience they need to make an educated decision. Read on for more details!

 

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Residents Who Play Together Stay Together

3/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

We love the diverse interests of our residents in the Estrella community, which is reflected in the number of social groups in the area. So no matter how you like to spend your free time, there is most likely a perfect club in Estrella for you.

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Best Brunch Spots Around Estrella

3/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

We all look forward to the upcoming weekend. It combines some our our favorite things – family, time to relax, beautiful weather – and delicious breakfast!  After a morning of activities, you need to refuel and refresh. Weekend brunch is a popular tradition among many families, and from pancakes and sausage to eggs benedict and omelets, we are lucky here in the West Valley to have a lot of great options. To help narrow the options, we’ve put together a list of our favorite breakfast spots in Goodyear --- happy brunching!

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Estrella’s Pre-Schooner Club — The Chance for Parents to Take a Break

2/26/2016 12:00:00 AM

As any parent can attest — sometimes you just need a little break from your kids. Even if it’s just for an hour or so, parents need some time to themselves to get in a good daily workout, or just relax. It’s hard to balance work, personal time and children in the daily grind.

 

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The Insider’s Guide to Spring Training in Goodyear

2/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

Once a year, nearly two million baseball fans from around the country stream into the Phoenix area for the annual spring training extravaganza. The Goodyear Ballpark, training home to the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds, offers the ideal spring-training experience for fans, with its close proximity to other Cactus League facilities in Phoenix, as well as its wealth of local restaurants, attractions and hotels.

 

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Root for the Home Team! – Year-round Professional Sports

2/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

Arizona is a sports fan’s dream! Home to a major league team in all four major sports. Each stadium or arena is just a short drive from any of the many great neighborhoods in Estrella.

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Come be a Resident for a Day

2/18/2016 12:00:00 AM

 


The Estrella master-planned community is a unique place to live, and what better way to show it off than by allowing you, our future residents the opportunity to experience it before making your decision - at least for a day.   

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4 Easy Ways to Update Your Patio & Yard

2/16/2016 12:00:00 AM

You can’t beat Arizona weather. We have ample opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors – Estrella residents can take advantage of the many hiking and biking trails, its' 72 acres of lakes and multiple community parks – or just relaxing in the comfort of their own back yard. Need a few ideas on how to spruce up your patio and yard?  Here are four easy tips.  

 

 

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3 Inspiring Ted Talks on All Types of Love

2/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches, love is in the air and on the brain. There are so many questions to consider — which flowers to get your beloved, what to write in the card, and what to do for your family members? As you consider the best way to show your loved ones how much you care, consider the advice of the following Ted Talks about the different aspects of successful and meaningful love. For those not familiar with Ted Talks, they are a lecture series of 20-minute talks by experts in various fields.

 

 

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Get to Know Your CantaMia Lifestyle Director

2/9/2016 12:00:00 AM


CantaMia is Estrella’s 55 Plus community where Lifestyle Director Tammy Dixon is charged with keeping activities and event calendars full, giving residents the option of being as active or social as they like.  Chances are you will find something that is just perfect for your life, whether it’s an organized ride or hike, attending a cooking demonstration or sitting back for a concert under the stars.  Tammy’s got it covered.

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5 Must-do’s When You Arrive at Your New Home

2/5/2016 12:00:00 AM


Moving is exciting, but it’s also take preparation and work. Here are 5 tips to make your transition a smooth one.

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3rd Annual Goodyear Lakeside Music Festival Returns to Estrella

2/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

We’re already getting excited to host the Goodyear Lakeside Music Festival (GLM Fest) here at our lakeside amphitheater, a grand celebration of local music and culture. Organized by the West Valley Arts Council and the City of Goodyear, this free event is open to the public and will feature 13 live bands and solo artists across a wide range of genres. GLM Fest will be held on April 16th from noon – 9 p.m. and will feature a kids’ zone, food vendors including local food trucks, free parking, a beer and wine tent, and music on two stages.

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Get Social with Estrella

2/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

Estrella by Newland Communities continues to find new methods to connect in meaningful ways with residents, home shoppers, homebuilders, and real estate agents. We make it a priority to engage with the public and offer multiple channels of communication to share Estrella news and community information. We would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to our social media platforms so you can pin, like, connect and tweet along with us!

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Celebrate Your Love of Breakfast at These 5 Great West Valley Restaurants

1/29/2016 12:00:00 AM

Happy National Breakfast Week! Are you looking for an egg-tastic restaurant in the West Valley? Look no further — we found five great places to stop in for breakfast in the area! These places broke free of the restaurant chain mold and serve your favorite breakfast foods with delicious originality, along with great lunch menus. Whether you’re craving mouth-watering eggs benedict, gluten-free pancakes, or South-of-the-Border omelets, our list has you covered.

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Golf Tips from the PGA Pros at Golf Club of Estrella

1/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

Anytime you’re trying to improve your skills in a particular field, it’s really nice to have a bona fide professional give you some pointers. If you’re hoping to improve your golf game in 2016, we have the perfect solution for you — Golf Club of Estrella has two PGA pros, Head Golf Professional Trevor Finton and PGA Pro Doug Rikkers, available for personal instruction. In the meantime, we chatted with them and they gave us some great advice for lowering your handicap and improving your golf swing in 2016. Here are some of our favorite tips.

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Why Do Residents Love it Here?

1/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

Is it the 72 acres of lakes and natural beauty? Estrella's five-star amenities? Or our inviting, close-knit community?

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Estrella Foothills High School: Our Students Get the High-Tech Advantage

1/17/2016 12:00:00 AM

In the fall of 2015, Estrella Foothills High School launched its “Get Connected” program, further demonstrating the school’s strong commitment to bringing enhanced technology to the classroom.

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A Very Special Group - CantaMia Founders’ Club

1/15/2016 12:00:00 AM

Estrella’s 55-Plus community, CantaMia, hosted its grand opening in 2010 with the unique approach of integrating an active adult community within a robust, existing master-plan.
Trusting the vision for CantaMia, the first 100 to purchase a home in the community were a very special group and became what we call – The Founders’ Club.

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Places Your Furry Friend Will Enjoy

1/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

Our furry companions are an important part of the family and at Estrella we understand that once in a while your pets need to get out of the yard to explore our great community with you. If you’re looking for fun places to take a walk with Fido we’ve got you covered.

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5 Creative Ways to Turn 2015 Memories into 2016 Home Decor

1/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

For many in the Estrella community, 2015 was filled with great memories of moments like the Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest, the monthly Farmers Market, regular walks around the lakes, or occasional rambles along the scenic trails. It’s so easy to put pictures of fun memories like these on Facebook, and then forget about them completely. Get your favorite 2015 memories off your Facebook wall and onto your actual walls with this list of fun and creative crafts.

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Long-Term Sustainable in Action

1/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

Before it was popular, Newland Communities was looking at ways to protect and restore the land we develop, preserving or improving areas of natural topography, and integrating them within the community plan.  We take every measure we can to protect the rich history and traditions of the land, while providing healthy living opportunities for our homeowners. 

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Estrella Welcomes Beazer Homes Back to the Community

1/6/2016 12:00:00 AM

We are excited to announce Beazer Homes will again join the community with another neighborhood and anticipated model opening this spring. They will offer five home plans, three single-story and two two-story. Beazer's “Overlook” neighborhood will be located in the Mountain Ranch community and feature two new models to tour. This will be Beazer's return to building at Estrella, having previously built 800+ homes in the community.

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Apps and Amenities: How Estrella Helps its Residents Meet Their Resolutions

1/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

There's hope on the horizon if you live in the Estrella master-planned community, or plan to in the future, to keep your resolutions. Our community amenities and features empower residents to meet their goals; here are some of our favorites, as well as some handy apps to help you stay motivated along the way.

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6 Steps to Designing a Custom Home

12/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

Custom homes offer a variety of benefits. If you decide to build a custom home, you’ll have input in every phase of the building process, allowing you to tailor to your wants and needs. That means it includes exactly what you want — and nothing that you don’t.

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2015 highlights for the Estrella community

12/28/2015 12:00:00 AM

With 2016 underway, it’s a great time to think about all the wonderful things that happened in our community in 2015. With so many fun community events, major amenity upgrades, and resident successes, there are a lot of good things to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites.

Tags: Amenities,David Weekley Homes,Parks and Trails,Gehan Homes,William Ryan Homes,AV Homes,Shea Homes,CantaMia by AV Homes 55-Plus

Tips and Recipes to Make Baking with Kids Sweet

12/22/2015 12:00:00 AM

The kitchen is a great place to make memories, as parents and children come together to talk, laugh and make something delicious. While stove-top cooking might be hard to do with little ones, children of all ages can contribute when it comes to prepping and decorating goodies and treats.

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3 ways to create a welcoming guest experience over the holidays

12/11/2015 12:00:00 AM

Hosting overnight guests at your home during the holidays can be wonderful, enriching and, sometimes, a little bit stressful. Here are three ways you can keep stress at bay and help ensure your guests enjoy a welcoming experience at your home.

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Host gift ideas from Shea Homes

12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM

Show your party or overnight vacation hosts your gratitude for their hard work with a thoughtful host or hostess gift. People sometimes get stressed out by the idea of giving host gifts as they struggle to find one that achieves the perfect balance of cost, function and personal touches. Here are some things to consider when choosing your gift.

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The state of the Arizona housing market is looking up

11/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

Buying a new home is a big decision. Not only do you have to consider your own finances, but you also need to gauge the state of the real estate market before moving forward. Thankfully, things are looking up for real estate in Arizona this year, according to several sources. We’ve come a long way since the U.S. housing bubble burst in 2007, and now, several key indicators of real estate health in the area are on the upswing — a positive reflection of national trends. If you’ve been dragging your heels about the decision to purchase a new home, perhaps the following data will help you pick up your feet.

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Planning the perfect Thanksgiving dinner party

11/16/2015 12:00:00 AM

As any host or hostess knows, there is a lot of work that goes into planning a party , especially when it’s for a special occasion like Thanksgiving dinner. You have to clean your house, decorate, make delicious food, and plan entertainment — all while providing that special something extra to make it even better than last year. This round-up of our favorite Thanksgiving hosting pins on Pinterest will give you some great ideas for making this year’s celebration one to remember.

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How to find the right volunteer opportunity

11/9/2015 12:00:00 AM

If you’re looking to give back this holiday season, we have done some research to help get you started. There are so many ways to get involved that it can get a little overwhelming deciding where to invest your time and energy. Thankfully, there are several websites offering personalized recommendations of where your talents are needed most.

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Start planning your holiday fun

11/4/2015 12:00:00 AM

‘Tis the season for gingerbread lattes, holiday shopping and family gatherings.  With all the busyness this time of year, you might look up one day and realize you missed a whole bunch of fun ways to celebrate the season with your friends and loved ones simply because you forgot to put them on the calendar.

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Tips for a safe (and spooky!) Halloween

10/27/2015 12:00:00 AM

 Get those candy bowls and costumes ready – Halloween is on its way. Halloween activities like pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating are always a blast, however they can come with some not-so-festive hazards. But fear not! Builder of the Month AV Homes has assembled a list of tips to keep your spooky celebrations as safe as possible.

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4 simple steps to throwing a great football watch party by William Ryan Homes

10/21/2015 12:00:00 AM

NFL season has arrived and that means Sunday, Mondays, and Thursdays are a little more exciting for football fans and party enthusiasts alike. How does Estrella builder William Ryan Homes suggest celebrating? A couple of great game-day recipes and a lot of team spirit, for starters.  Kick off your game day party with these simple steps.

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Resident Spotlight: Meet the Valencias

10/16/2015 12:00:00 AM

Estrella is a community that was founded upon friendship and family. This is the reason that Estrella continues to thrive, and the bond between those who work and live here only grows stronger. The Valencias are a great example of how a strong sense of community can be a deciding factor in choosing where to live and raise a family.

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The Estrella Lakeside Farmers Market: a fresh, fun way to enjoy a Saturday

10/12/2015 12:00:00 AM

Farmers markets. We all love them. Being outside. Having access to fresh, local produce. The ambiance of the farmers market is all around pleasant. Combined with Arizona’s beautiful weather, they have become a fall and winter weekend staple.

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The Estrella Information Center welcomes new additions and upgrades

10/2/2015 12:00:00 AM

 

Have you stopped by the Estrella Information Center recently? If not, add it to your calendar because we’ve made some awesome improvements in the past couple of months. The Information Center was just one part of an expanding list of community improvements that have made for a busy summer at Estrella.

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To save or to splurge? A guide to fall home improvement projects

9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

With the holiday season just around the corner, now may be the perfect time to tackle some much-needed home improvement projects.  A full-home overhaul might not be realistic, so we pulled together a “Splurge or Save” guide to projects that will fit in any home improvement budget.

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Tour 80+ open houses at the fall Estrella Tour of Homes

9/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

Estrella will host its fall Tour of Homes, a two day community-wide open house event on October 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visitors can tour approximately 80 homes† including models, quick move-in homes as well as resale homes and custom homesites. The self guided tour starts at the Information Center where maps to each open home will be provided. The Estrella Information Center is located at 10300 S. Estrella Pkwy, Goodyear, AZ 85338. The event is free and open to the public.

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Tags: Tour of Homes,Custom Homesites,Open House

Fall Decor Tips

9/10/2015 12:00:00 AM

We might not have fall weather quite like the rest of the country, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the warm colors and cozy aesthetics that come with the new season. In the spirit of all things harvest - and yes, all things pumpkin- we pulled together some of our favorite decorating trends to bring the spirit of autumn to the Sonoran desert.

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Salute Our Troops 10K, 5K and family fun run 2015

9/3/2015 12:00:00 AM

The Salute Our Troops Run returns to Estrella for the third time November 7 and you know what that means: It’s time to lace up those running shoes and race for a great cause. The 10K run, 5K walk/run and family fun run will weave through Estrella’s paths and trails system offering runners fabulous views of our lakes and landscape. 

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Tags: Salute Our Troops Run,Fitness,Family Fun,Fun Things to Do

Resident Feature – Robert and Karen Cooks' move to CantaMia

8/28/2015 12:00:00 AM

Three out of five American’s say that they would like to retire somewhere other than where they live now, but for most, this dream is lost when push comes to shove. When Robert Cook and his wife, Karen, took a vacation to Arizona about a year ago, little did they know, they would one day call their vacation destination “home”. Finding the perfect community, with great amenities for their active lifestyle and having expert assistance throughout the process became the reality for this east coast couple, and they couldn't be happier with their relocation.

Tags: CantaMia by AV Homes 55-Plus

Great Fun Close to Home

8/20/2015 12:00:00 AM

Estrella is a lively and vibrant community residing in the foothills of the Sierra Estrella Mountains, and while the community is tucked privately away in Goodyear, it is minutes from some of Phoenix’s top attractions. Within a 30-minute radius of Estrella, The Valley hosts a bevy of hotspots that provide a great change of pace for the whole family.

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Tags: Family Fun,Around the Area,Phoenix,Things to Do Nearby

Newland 10 Year Anniversary at Estrella

8/11/2015 12:00:00 AM

2015 marks the 10 year anniversary of Newland Communities as the developer of Estrella. Since 2005, Estrella has grown with the help of some of the best homebuilders in the country as well as a dedicated and inspired group of homeowners.

Tags: Amenities,David Weekley Homes,Gehan Homes,Custom Homesites,Shea Homes,William Ryan Homes,CantaMia by AV Homes 55-Plus,Presidio Residents Club,KB Home,Beazer Homes

Back to school tips and supplies

8/6/2015 12:00:00 AM

It is back to school time! Be sure students are ready for the new school year with these helpful summer-to-school transition tips and a comprehensive rundown of supplies.

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New Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Estrella

7/27/2015 12:00:00 AM

Estrella continues to grow and we're excited about two recent additions to the communities’ recreational repertoire.  The Estrella Trails Committee recently completed its work on Overlook Trail that connects into the extensive community-wide trail system of more than 20+ miles.  Also, the City of Goodyear and West Valley Trails Alliance completed Phase II of the bicycle “pump track” located within Estrella, one of the hottest trends for cycling enthusiasts.

Tags: Amenities,Fitness,Parks and Trails,Outdoor Lifestyle

An interview with the Estrella Photo Group President

7/20/2015 12:00:00 AM

We sat down with Estrella resident and Photo Group President, Alice Slack, to talk about art, photography and the benefits of getting involved in the Estrella community’s groups and clubs.

Tags: Clubs,Residents

A few tips from a Starpointe personal trainer

7/13/2015 12:00:00 AM

Estrella is a community that values living a healthy lifestyle and features an abundance of amenities such as miles of hiking paths, various community parks, pools and sporting fields/courts. Starpointe Residents Club features a state-of-the art fitness facility and personal trainers that work on-site to help residents achieve their fitness goals. One such trainer, Bob Jankowski, offered up a few tips for starting and maintaining an exercise program. Jankowski is a certified personal fitness trainer and Estrella resident.

Tags: Amenities,Starpointe Residents Club,Fitness

Arizona Getaways

7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM

Even though Estrella is home to a wide variety of amenities, a trip north is always a great change of pace for its residents. Northern Arizona offers a ton of fun with a host of weekend destinations. Information on a few weekend getaways is listed below.

Tags: Outdoor Lifestyle,Fun Things to Do,Fun Activities

Presidio Residents Club groundbreaking

7/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

Newland Communities is pleased to announce Estrella’s second residents club, Presidio, which broke ground on June 12. In preparation for this highly anticipated new community addition extensive research was conducted to better understand what are the most important amenities to residents and today’s homebuyer. Estrella is growing and it is essential for Newland to focus on the needs of today's consumer, which continues to want a community that meets the needs of their active lifestyle, while focusing on health, wellness and social gatherings. The result will be a club designed to help meet the needs of our growing master-planned community.

Tags: Amenities,Fitness,Presidio Residents Club

Design trends by Shea Homes

6/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

Summer Design Trends by guest blogger, Aundrea Boyd, Shea Homes Design Center

As the temperature goes up and the A/C goes down, summer is finally upon us here in Phoenix. The summer season may be packed with work, family and vacations, but let your house be what you look forward to coming home to every day. Whether you’re looking for a fresh idea or a total interior design remodel, we have you covered. These five summer design trends are extremely popular this season with our customers in the Shea Homes Design Center.

Tags: Shea Homes,Design Ideas

Safety Tips for Kids

6/22/2015 12:00:00 AM

Whether you're hitting the road or hanging poolside, keep these everyday safety suggestions in mind. 

Tags: Amenities,Starpointe Residents Club,Outdoor Lifestyle

10 energy saving tips from Gehan Homes

6/10/2015 12:00:00 AM

Some of the benefits of owning a new home are the many energy saving features that often come standard in new builds.  Estrella’s newest builder, Gehan Homes, offers a wealth of energy efficient design options, and offers tips to slash those energy bills for any homeowner.

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Estrella Homes and Land 2nd Annual ON-SITE Shred-A-Thon and Hope's Closet Fundraiser

4/2/2015 12:00:00 AM

Estrella Homes and Land is having their second on-site Shred-A-Thon and Fundraiser for Hope’s Closet on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM. This event will be held at the Market Ranch Marketplace in the parking lot by their offices.

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Why Buying New Makes Sense

3/31/2015 12:00:00 AM

We know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing your new home and finding the perfect place to live. Located only 17 miles from Downtown Phoenix, Estrella is a vibrant, master-planned community offering luxury indoor/outdoor resort-style living. Estrella boasts a variety of rich amenities including shopping and dining conveniences, more than 20 miles of hiking/biking trails and 72 acres of lakes for fishing, sailing and paddle boating. Estrella is also home to three highly rated schools that are committed to providing enhanced programs and quality education for all students. These elements combined with six distinguished builders create a new home community that is ideal for families of all ages.

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Tags: Home Buying Tips,New Homes,Homebuilders

Welcome D’s Café at the Starpointe

3/23/2015 12:00:00 AM

Starpointe Residents Club is thrilled to have hosted the grand opening of D’s Café at the Starpointe on February 7. D’s is open to the public and offers delivery within the Estrella community. Tony and Marlene DeMaio have been Estrella residents for seven years and will run the café with daughter Dawn and other family members. Dawn started the venture with D’s Foods Catering in 2007, featuring a menu that showcased Chicago Style Italian cuisine. Dawn has nearly 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, having worked closely with the executive chef of nationally acclaimed restaurant chain, Portillo’s.

Tags: Amenities,Starpointe Residents Club,Restaurants and Retailers

A Community of Quality New Home Builders

3/13/2015 12:00:00 AM

We take pride in our diverse selection of new home builders and the quality of homes they offer. Beazer Homes was welcomed back to the community with its Overlook neighborhood and homebuyers are raving about the plans.  The neighborhoods of Golf Canyon by David Weekley Homes and Golf Ridge from William Ryan Homes continue to take shape with new neighbors moving in all the time. CantaMia the 55-Plus community by AV Homes is thriving while Palazzo by Gehan Homes and Inspire by Shea Homes remain in high demand. Let us share some insight on each of our builders and the thoughtfully designed homes they offer.

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Tags: David Weekley Homes,Gehan Homes,William Ryan Homes,Shea Homes,CantaMia by AV Homes 55-Plus,Beazer Homes,AV Homes

Estrella Community-Wide Home Tour Event To Feature 100 Homes In The Goodyear Master-Planned Community

2/28/2015 12:00:00 AM

Estrella by Newland Communities will host its spring Tour of Homes, a two day community-wide open house event on March 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visitors can tour approximately 100 homes† including models, quick move-in homes as well as resale homes and custom homesites. The self guided tour starts at the Information Center where maps to each open home will be provided. Visitors can enter for a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card, at the Information Center, as well as additional gift cards from Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn, just to name a few, at each builder sales office along the  tour.†† The Estrella Information Center is located at 10300 S. Estrella Pkwy, Goodyear, AZ 85338. The event is free and open to the public.

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Tags: David Weekley Homes,Gehan Homes,Custom Homesites,William Ryan Homes,AV Homes,Shea Homes,CantaMia by AV Homes 55-Plus,Open House

The West Valley Arts Council Presents The Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest At Estrella

1/22/2015 12:00:00 AM

The West Valley Arts Council and City of Goodyear are proud to announce the Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest at Estrella. Designed to be a true celebration of arts and culture, the music fest will feature bands with a wide range of genres – everything from country to rock to reggae, jazz and beyond. The free event, which is open to the public, will be held on April 11 from noon – 9 p.m. and will feature an arts expo, beer and wine garden and food vendors.

Tags: Events and Activities,Outdoor Lifestyle,Lakes

Golf Club of Estrella

1/15/2015 12:00:00 AM

The weather this time of year reminds us why we call Arizona home—it’s one of the most beautiful times to be outside and a perfect opportunity to enjoy the Golf Club of Estrella™. Managed by Troon® and open to the public, the Nicklaus Design championship course has been recognized by Golfweek as one of the "Best Courses You Can Play" and ranked in the top 20 on the magazine’s list of “America's Best Courses, State by State.”

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Gehan Homes comes to Estrella

1/4/2015 12:00:00 AM

Newland is proud to announce that Gehan Homes has closed on 80 lots in a two-phase takedown in Estrella. The builder is anticipating the Grand Opening of their “Palazzo” neighborhood in February. Gehan will offer five single-story floor plans ranging from 2,397 – 3,192 square feet. A variety of plan upgrade options are available.

 

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A busy start to 2015

1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

There are a lot of exciting things happening in and around Estrella during the first quarter of the New Year. Below are some of the highlights on these upcoming events. On February 28, Estrella will host the Flavor Run™—a 5k similar to a color run but utilizing blasts of 100% safe, FDA approved, delicious fruit flavored color powder. This unique family friendly event engages all of the senses—especially taste and smell!

Tags: Events and Activities,Outdoor Lifestyle

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