Meritage Homes is now offering floor plans at Province in Maricopa, Arizona under its LiVE.NOW. scheme. The scheme began in 2016 for the company's active adult communities, and it has been slowly rolling out across the country. Though the scheme is aimed to help millennials and first-time buyers become homeowners, it has now reached the 55+ active adult community of Province, 35 miles south of Phoenix.
Province originally opened in 2004, and in 2006, it was voted Best Active Adult Community in the country by the National Association of Homebuilders. In 2009, Meritage Homes bought the community from the original developers, Engle Homes.
The Preserve at Province
Soon to be known as The Preserve at Province, these new-build homes offer single-story living with up to 1,905 square feet, two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. These starter homes include features like kitchen islands, pantries, and granite countertops as well as upgraded cabinets, laundry rooms, plumbing fixtures, and appliances. These homes also come standard with spray-foam insulation, and prices start in the low $200s.
Province is a gated community for 55+ active adults, and it has over 2,200 attached and single-family homes. The community is located in Maricopa, a city of about 50,000 people, and though it's part of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, it's separated from urban Phoenix by desert landscapes.
The Sonoran Desert National Monument, which extends almost 500,000 acres and has three mountain ranges with hiking trails, is a 25-minute drive away. It's a similar time to both Interstate 10, which goes north to Phoenix and south to Tucson, and Interstate 8, which goes west to San Diego from I-10. It's about a 5-hour drive from Province to the California coast.
Amenities at Province include a 32,000-square-foot clubhouse surrounded by a picturesque 50-acre lake. The community was designed so that 30 percent of the land is dedicated to parks and other open spaces. Other amenities for residents include an indoor pool, a fitness center, a ballroom, a library, several arts and crafts studios, an 18-hole putting green, walking and biking trails, and courts for basketball, bocce, tennis, pickleball, and shuffleboard. There are also four golf courses within a 10-minute drive.
Province also has numerous clubs, groups, activities, and classes covering such things as bowling, hiking, golf, arts and crafts, painting, card and board games, food and wine, RV camping, and travel.
Home Models at Province
Although these new homes are intended for millennial first-time buyers, they also provide an opportunity to experience life in Province and decide if the community is what you want. If you later decide you want to upgrade to a larger home or downsize to a smaller home, Province has many other floor plans available.
The smallest homes are 1,172 square feet with one bedroom, a den/second bedroom, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. Prices for these start in the high $100s. If you later decide you need more space, the largest models at Province have 2,830 square feet with up to four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and a three-car garage. Other similar models have slightly less square footage but provide up to four bedrooms and a three-and-a-half-car garage. Prices for these larger homes go up to the high $500s.
Meritage Homes is the seventh-largest builder of public homes in the USA. The company has been in business for over 30 years, and in that time, it has built over 100,000 homes across the country. Meritage is especially noted for the energy-efficiency of its homes, with such things as water-saving features and UV-blocking windows built-in as standard. The company estimates that these features can save homeowners up to 50 percent on their energy bills, which can amount to anything from a few hundred dollars to over $1,000 a year.
Some of these features are particularly important in the Arizona climate. With about 300 days of sunshine a year, those bright rays can soon fade furniture and other home fittings. Many people pay several hundred dollars, if not more, to have UV-blocking shields put on their windows, but that comes as standard with these homes. Environmentally-aware homeowners can also take pride in the water-saving features which contribute to the conservation of the Colorado River.