A new development with 650 homes is teed up for a site at the base of Phoenix’s South Mountain, where a golf course operated for almost 60 years.
Maracay Homes has paid $10.5 million for 83 acres of the links that closed a few years ago. The builder plans to develop a gated community called Vistal at South Mountain, after the golf course it will replace.
The Vistal links, formerly the Thunderbirds Golf Club, closed a few years ago. Last year, the city of Phoenix approved zoning for the land to become residential.
The former golf-course site backs up to the 16,000-acre South Mountain Park. It’s bordered by 14th Street to the east, Seventh Street to the west and Dobbins Road to the north.
“It’s an amazing piece of land that we want to build a special community on,” Maracay President Andy Warren said. “It’s also an infill site close to many of the Valley’s new jobs that are concentrated in downtown Phoenix and Tempe.”
The homebuilder hasn’t finalized plans for homes yet. Maracay’s purchase includes 204 lots in the new development.
Warren said Maracay is working with an architectural firm to try to design modern-style homes influenced by Phoenix’s Midcentury architecture.
Home sales in Vistal at South Mountain aren’t expected to start until 2019.