Estrella is home to so many exceptional first responders who help keep our neighborhoods safe, including members of the Goodyear Fire Department. Recently we picked the brain of Goodyear firefighter Tim Jones in an effort to get to know some of our local first responders.
Those eager to enjoy the great outdoors with all the comforts of home can look no further, glamping (glamorous camping) has arrived, and one Estrella couple is capitalizing on the growing trend. Don Stevens and his wife Lorraine founded Arizona Luxury Expeditions (ALE) for outdoor enthusiasts who want to enjoy great camping at popular Arizona destinations without all the work of traditional camping.
Life in Estrella comes with a strong sense of community, and our volunteers are a large part of what makes this community so great. Inspired at a young age, we are proud to introduce some of our youth volunteers.
Did you know that we have royalty living among us in Estrella? Miss Teen Arizona International, Isabella Hart, just started her state reign in May. This week, Bella competes internally in Charleston, West Virginia for the world title of Miss Teen International.
Estrella is fortunate to have outstanding first responders watching over our neighborhoods and the Goodyear Police Department is no exception. The department takes a proactive approach to protecting the community and providing excellent customer service to residents. Recently we picked the brain of Estrella resident Sergeant Jamie Benker in an effort to get to know some of our local first responders.
One of the most fun groups in our community is the Estrella Mountain Car Club. Founded by residents in 2006, the club operates under the mission to inspire fellow auto enthusiasts, share knowledge, forge new friendships, and support the community. Members boast a wide-range of import and domestic vehicles from the 1930s to brand new – everything from antique cars and restored classics to hotrods and specialty cars.
For the last 16 years, Ed Blanchard has been a resident in Estrella. He and his wife of 54 years, Darnell, love everything about their experience here. They enjoy the natural beauty, such as the serene lakes and parks. Their favorite pastime is to walk together through the parks and trails. They have also made many friends because of the community’s strong focus on building bonds between residents through social events and monthly get-togethers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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