Move Over Pool Houses And Man Caves – Casitas Offer Amazing Flex Space


Estrella’s variety of builders and distinctive floor plans make it easy for families to find the perfect home for their individual lifestyles. One of the most versatile new home amenities is the casita - Spanish for “little house,” a casita can be a detached structure or a separate area within the main home. Functional as so much more than a guest suite or pool house, the sky is the limit when it comes to utilizing this flex space.

Multi-generational Residences

Many of the residents in Estrella live in multi generational families, or households with two or more adult generations under the same roof. Whether it’s for grandparents or adult children, a casita can function like a private apartment. It’s also a great way to allow family members who many need a little extra help, like aging parents, to retain a measure of independence. Many of the attached casitas, sometimes referred to as “In-Law Suites” even feature a single car garage and private entrance like the Almeria plan by Gehan Homes or AV Homes’ Madrigal in Estrella’s 55-Plus CantaMia community.  Alternatively, William Ryan Homes’ Carina – in the builder’s Tranquility at Montecito neighborhood in Estrella – offers a detached pool house with optional kitchenette, allowing this space to function entirely as a separate residence.


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A casita is a great option for families and can be designed as a life-size dollhouse, the best fort on the block, or multi-function play room for kids to unwind - and stay out of their parent’s hair. The space can grow with the family and shift to include video games and a mini-fridge as they get older. Providing teens with the best hangout in the neighborhood will not only earn you cool parent points, but offer a little peace of mind knowing they are safe and nearby. 

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Adult Game Room

You don’t have to have children to want the ultimate playroom. Turn your casita into an adult game room with mounted TVs, a pool table or arcade games, and built-in wet bar. Decorate with comfortable furniture and themed décor to take couple’s game night to the next level. Pinterest is a great way to find inspiration for outfitting your adult getaway.

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Whether you work from home, run a small business or simply need a place to conduct business away from the office once in a while, a casita makes for the perfect workspace. Being separate from the rest of the house makes this office both private and allows for a more clear delineation between work and personal space, something many people who work from home struggle to manage.

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A home theater, exercise room, dance studio, hobby area… the opportunities for customizing a casita are endless. For more information on floor plans and builders offering casitas and flex space, contact the Estrella Information Center at 623-386-1000 or stop in, the office is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.