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Resident Stories

Meet the neighbors who came, saw, and made Estrella home. Keep reading for our resident reviews!

Meet the Hocking Family

Alyssa Hocking grew up in Estrella, and returned here to raise her family.  They truly get the most out of the amenities, from Paul's passion for the trails to their daughter's love of South Lake park and StarSplash WaterPark. Watch their story now. 

Meet the Rojas Family

Rudy and Tracy Rojas and Tracy's mother Ruby found everything they needed in a perfect home for them, and made it their reality.  They love getting to know their neighbors and feel their life in Estrella is a dream come true.  Watch their story now.

Meet the Doud Family

Longtime residents of Estrella, Kim and Leslie Doud share a love for their home town. Much of their extended family has fallen in love with the community and have moved here as well. Watch their story now.

"Small town feel that's tucked away"

We love living in Estrella for several reasons. The biggest thing that attracted us to this community was the small town feel that’s tucked away. We also love the great amenities here!! We take advantage of what our association offers very often and love everything right here for our family to enjoy.

-The Siebert-Forsythe Family

"Friday and Saturday evenings never disappoint"

My husband and I love living in the Fairways in Estrella Fall, Winter, and Spring because the weather is gorgeous, and the flora and fauna are lovely as well. We enjoy playing pickleball, hiking, biking, and attending sporting events in the West Valley. Most of all we like spending time with friends outside and being active. The Golf Club dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings never disappoint and Happy Hours on the patio are fun too.

-Gary and Denise

"We love the extensive trail system"

Many years back while visiting family in AZ, my son and I ventured out to the Estrella Mountain Regional Park to ride the trails on our mountain bikes.  Noticing a road winding up the hill and a sign that read, Estrella Mountain Ranch, “A Home in the Country,” we finished our ride, loaded up the bikes, and meandered up the hill to find a cul-de-sac with a construction trailer and a lake in the distance.  We had wandered into the beginning stages of what is now Estrella. Several years later we bought a new home, moved in, and have called Estrella “Home” since 2001. We love the community with its lakes, Resident Clubs, and especially the extensive trail systems. Every time I drive up the hill and see the fountains on North Lake, I exhale and say to myself, ‘It’s good to be home.

-Kim and Leslie

"We enjoy Starpointe and Presidio Residents Clubs"

We previously lived in Estrella from 2011 through 2013 before moving to Phoenix. After leaving Estrella, we realized we missed the serenity and small town-like feel. After living in the city of Phoenix for 3 years, we moved back to Estrella. We love walking around the lakes and really enjoy Starpointe and Presidio Residents Clubs. Having access to exercise facilities is awesome!

-Marcus and Tamara

"We couldn't be happier"

We have lived in Estrella for 19 years. We love it so much, 2 years ago we moved from Turtledove Dr. to Cottonwood in CantaMia. We couldn't be happier.

-Don and Pat

"Everyone is friendly and kind"

What we love most about living in Estrella is the community itself. Everyone is friendly and kind. People come together when a neighbor is in need. That really means something to us.

-The Carroll Family

"Estrella makes my soul so very happy"

Living in Estrella makes my soul so very happy! As a Phoenix native, I always wanted to live in a true desert environment like we enjoy here. The separation from the city, the beautiful drive up the hill, and the welcoming view of Star Tower and Starpointe Lighthouse…tell me that I’m home. We thoroughly feel a sense of community here, we love that we have incredible amenities to choose from, and fun events to attend. There is a home for everyone here at Estrella-small budgets up to the larger ones. We’re so happy to have found our Estrella!

-Anne and Jeff

"Hidden gem of the West Valley"

To us Estrella is the hidden gem of the West Valley. We love the small town feel yet with easy access to major transportation hubs. Being retired, we were looking for an active community that offered the type of amenities that we both enjoyed. What we found was one of the friendliest places that we've ever lived in and it took no time at all to feel part of the neighborhood. The fact that our days and calendars are full show that Estrella was the right move. We love that our David Weekley home is located on on the golf course with gorgeous mountain views and offered us a lot of flexible options. We also love how the big windows really bring the outside in.

-Joe and Fran

"We love the quality outdoor amenities"

We have lived in Estrella for 8 years and there hasn’t been a week that we haven’t hiked, biked or ran the trails.  Walked the lakes, played on the pickleball courts, or used the basketball courts.  We love the quality outdoor amenities our neighborhood has to offer!  The beauty of the surrounding Estrella Mountains makes it easy to be outside.

-The Ratkus Family

"Easy access to the gym, swimming, and a cafe"

The biggest benefits of living in Estrella by far are the outdoor lifestyle and our close proximity to Presidio. We love spending time hiking the trails and exploring the desert. Presidio is within walking distance from our home and offers easy access to the gym, fitness classes, swimming and a café. Coming from the Midwest where we lived in a home that did not have a lot of natural daylight, we love that our new Terrata home has large sliding doors that bring the outdoors in.

-Tim and Rebecca

"Friends have become family"

Everyone thought we were crazy wanting to move to Goodyear from the Bay Area. They thought we wouldn't last one summer in the desert. Thirteen years later and no regrets. Friends have become family and Arizona is now home. We will forever be grateful to our Estrella community who gave us the care and support we needed when we were down.  We absolutely love our "Bubble"!

-The Harman Family

"We are so happy with the quality of construction"

We moved here on September 28, 2016 and purchased a Gehan home, model Seville. We are so happy with this home in the quality of construction, details of design, and space. We are also happy to report that Shane Lewis carried out the execution of the purchase of our home with professionalism and friendliness. We think that our builder is one of the best in the community.

-Gordon and Cheryl

"We found a community we now call home"

We spent several years talking about making a change in our home situation, yet we were not in any hurry to do so. We have a young son, and knew that my mother would be living with us at some time in the future. In our move up home, we wanted to have a home large enough to accommodate all of our needs. We wanted a home with enough room for our son to have a play area as well as his own bathroom, a guest room/office space, a large kitchen, yard and a casita. Over the years, we looked at many homes in many different areas of the west valley. Our favorite area was always Estrella. We love the feel of being away from it all, but still close enough to get to wherever we need to go in just minutes. We wanted a community where our son could grow up and go through his school years at. We finally found that home at Tranquility by William Ryan Homes in Montecito.  We love how unique our William Ryan floor plan is and how it fits our family needs so perfectly.  We didn’t just buy a beautiful house, we found a community we now call home.  We have a fabulous sunset views from our tranquil and beautiful neighborhood.

-The Chitwood Family

"We love this community - the people - the space - the desert."

We have owned our home since September 2014. We had just walked 400 miles of the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain and were looking for a home away from the Illinois cold where we could hone our hiking skills and be active. We looked at Florida - too flat - ended up looking at Phoenix area with all its mountains. After multiple trips out here and looking at 50+ homes, we finally found one online and bought it here in Estrella. We love this community - the people - the space - the desert. Every interaction we have had with the HOA has always been great. Add a pool - no problem - remove an obnoxious tree and replace with a different approve one - no problem - common wall issue - section removed and replaced at no cost - no problem. From the office staff - the Design Review Committee - the people on the grounds crew - excellent. The small cost of quarterly assessment - guaranteeing a safe, clean community - well worth the money and the very low annual increase, more than acceptable. Friends and family who visit are impressed at what we have here in Estrella. Great neighbors - opportunities to socialize or be private - unlimited.

- The Metcalfes

"A quiet community close to convenient shopping"

My wife and I decided to move from Northern Carolina to Arizona in 2017 to be closer to our oldest son who has lived in Estrella for several years. We did not realize how close we would get – four blocks away! After looking at several communities we picked Estrella. There were several reasons: the beautiful natural setting with mountain views; aesthetically pleasing quality homes in well planned sub-divisions; age diversity (we decided against a retirement community); a quiet community far enough away from the busy/noisy I-10 commerce but close enough for convenient shopping; and lastly the recreational opportunities within Estrella including: Presidio, Starpointe, hiking, golf, etc. We are pleased of our decision to make Estrella our home.

-The Jones Family

"Wonderful community with lots of amenities"

We have lived in CantaMia for a little over 4 years now. Wonderful community with lots of amenities. Our favorite is music bingo, poolside fun, and bocce.

-Jim and Denise

"We love how tranquil the community is"

We love Estrella’s quietness and how tranquil the community is. Living here lets us experience all of the nature that’s unique to the Arizona desert! Plus the amazing amenities and activities that are available mean we never get bored. 

-The Jiles Family