is often synonymous with two things: superb amenities and an easy-breezy lock-and-leave lifestyle.
“If you are not interested in taking care of the exterior of your home but you want nice landscaped areas and a heated pool to swim in, condo ownership is the perfect option.” —Sue Goodrich, Cachet Homes
Many condo communities, such as Toscana of Desert Ridge on the Scottsdale-Phoenix border, are enhanced by top-notch amenities such as an on-site concierge director who is available to book golf, spa services, dinner reservations and other activities in and around the Valley of the Sun, said Shantelle Monongye, a representative of the community’s developer, the Statesman Group of Companies.
What’s more, condo owners “receive valuable savings through our Toscana VIP Resort Club Card toward several neighboring vendors providing dining, golf, spa services and other activities,” Monongye said. In addition, Toscana’s lifestyle director coordinates monthly activities such as wine tastings, casino night, Friday night social gatherings and yoga classes.
Toscana offers one-, two- and three-bedroom condos that are fully furnished and accessorized, Monongye said. Amenities include heated resort pools, outdoor barbecues, outdoor seating and lounge areas, pathways with water- and fire-features, fitness centers, media centers, a game room, a boardroom/business center with wireless internet and computer access, a caterer’s kitchen and steam rooms with private lockers.
Like at Toscana, at Optima Kierland in Scottsdale, luxurious amenities help define the community’s lifestyle.
“Along with the design of the buildings, the depth of our amenities is what really sets Optima Kierland apart,” said David Hovey Jr., president of the community’s developer, Optima Inc. “On the roof we have a zero-edge pool and spa, a pool deck with subset railing that makes it feel as if you’re on the edge of an aircraft carrier with 360-degree panoramic views, a steam room, sauna, hydrotherapy room, bar, barbecue grills and fire-pits.”
On the ground level, he added, is the 16,000-square-foot fitness center and residents’ club “with the latest in machines and free weights, a Wellbeats studio and a yoga studio with Zen garden.” There’s also turf for outdoor training and stretching, an indoor basketball court, spa, cold plunge, sauna, steam room, theater, pool, outdoor putting green, barbecues, fire-pits and personal training and nutrition, he said.
“We’ve located, designed and created amenities at Optima Kierland as if it was a five-star resort,” Hovey said. “Our location is adjacent to world-class dining, shopping and entertainment at Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter; our rooftop and grade-level fitness and wellness and residents’ club lifestyle facilities and amenities mean residents can easily engage in an array of healthy living activities right at home. All the residences and amenities are prewired with enhanced technology so residents can tap into wireless internet from anywhere at Optima Kierland and access speeds up to one gigabit, easily supporting their business and personal digital needs.”
Meanwhile, pools aren’t just for swimming anymore. Indeed, at the luxury condo community of Diamante in Scottsdale, Casey Bruce, a sales associate for the Meritage Homes community, said that their lounge pool, which is almost complete, “will have lounge chairs and umbrellas in it, channeling a hip and relaxing vibe. This pool area will also feature a spa and fountain as well as an outdoor kitchen with four gas grills.”
Whether you are a young professional who likes to travel every weekend, someone who just wants to simplify their lifestyle or a right-size buyer who no longer wants to take care of a pool and a lawn, people looking for a lock-and-leave lifestyle want to do just that, said Sue Goodrich, vice president of sales and marketing for Cachet Homes. Cachet is the developer of Cachet at the Wigwam (located in Litchfield Park), a mix of condominiums, townhomes and single-family homes. “You can lock the door and not have to worry about lawn or pool maintenance but still have the benefits of homeownership,” she said.
“Many of our residents chose the Diamante lifestyle because they want to spend their time away from work enjoying the area’s parks, trails and excellent shopping and dining rather than cleaning their pools and doing tedious landscaping,” Bruce said. “Our HOA-managed pool areas, community landscaping and RFID-accessed security gate (a radio-frequency identification-equipped electronic device that consists of a small chip and an antenna) facilitate the lock-and-leave lifestyle that our residents love.”