In a booming real estate market like Flagstaff, new homes are being built all the time, including communities like Woodshire on Butler, one of Flagstaff’s most highly anticipated new neighborhoods. Tucked away in a wooded area just minutes from downtown Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University this gated community offers a combination of both scenery and convenience. At Woodshire on Butler, residents will have the option of a variety of 2 story bungalows (3 featured home types have been dubbed “the Meadowlark, “the Oriole,” and “the Warbler” on the community’s website). In this blog, we’ll give you the low-down on what to expect from this new build so you can decide if Woodshire on Butler might be right for you.
What is Woodshire on Butler in Flagstaff all About?
Building up and out in Flagstaff is nothing new to the city, but the way Brookfield Communities, a Phoenix-based developer, is doing it is. They are represented by Village Land Shoppe. As of March 2019, Brookfield Communities announced its intention to build 50 single-family homes with affordability in mind. The homes would be built on a four-acre piece of land south of Butler Avenue and east of Harold Ranch Road. Philip Peterson, president of Brookfield Communities, originally told The Daily Sun that not only was the entire development expected to produce homes within the range of $275,000 to $290,000. We have learned the will most likely be an increase in prices and will most likely be in the $295,000-310,000 range (still well below the Flagstaff median cost of $419,000 in 2019). We understand also that 5 units would be set aside (as part of an affordable housing deal with the city) and priced 10-20 percent lower than the others, making Woodshire on Butler an exciting and innovative new development.
What Features Can I Expect?
The new Woodshire development has many wonderful features to offer. All homes are stand-alone, providing both privacy and additional outdoor space on the property. They are also split-level with roomy covered patios, offering peaceful views of the surrounding area and additional opportunities for relaxation and outdoor recreation. The homes also come with a high-efficiency gas furnace, granite countertops, oak cabinets, stainless steel kitchen sinks, and carpeting in living rooms, bedrooms, halls, closets, and stairs. Floor plans for each featured model at Woodshire — as well as a community map — can easily be found on their website.
Who Will Benefit from the Woodshire on Butler Neighborhood?
At a more affordable price than most other homes in Flagstaff, Woodshire on Butler is an excellent choice for first-time home buyers and for both families and singles alike. The location alone also makes Woodshire on Butler an ideal spot for outdoor enthusiasts — from skiers to hikers to mountain bikers — being close to both the urban trail system and only a short drive from Arizona Snowbowl. At a little over 1,100 square feet, the compact but cozy homes — conveniently located off of I-40 — could make for a perfect all-season vacation getaway but are large and versatile enough to serve as a more permanent home-sweet-home, too.
What are the Positives of the Woodshire on Butler Neighborhood?
Outside of being the newest and nicest new homes available in Flagstaff for under 400k, one of the number one qualities that makes the Woodshire on Butler homes so desirable is the surrounding area, bordered by forest land to the south and Butler Avenue — a straight shot both east and west to most of Flagstaff’s best amenities (such as the local restaurants, bars and shops of downtown Flagstaff, the NAU campus, as well as to the east, Continental Golf Club and the Flagstaff mall). At the same time, despite being almost smack-dab in the middle of Flagstaff, Woodshire on Butler will be somewhat isolated from other already densely populated parts of Flagstaff, thereby providing a relaxing reprieve from the more busy parts of the city.
What are some other things to consider when looking for homes in the Woodshire on Butler Neighborhood?
One thing potential buyers should keep in mind is that homes at Woodshire will not have garages. Residents will be provided with one designated parking space per unit. Additionally, Woodshire on Butler will also be maintained by a Homeowner’s Association with fees of $175 per month covering all common areas, water, trash, and sewer.
What Does the Construction Timeline Look Like?
If you’re interested in buying a home at Woodshire on Butler and participating in this exciting new venture, you might need to move fast. Lot reservations are being accepted. There is a $2,500 refundable deposit. This might seem like jumping the gun for a home that hasn’t even been built yet, but the folks at Brookfield communities are moving fast, hoping to break ground in the spring and have the first bungalows up by the end of the year. They anticipate having the public report approved by the State of Arizona by the end of February.
Though Woodshire on Butler might not be the right match for everyone, it is nonetheless a scenic and well-rounded new community that has lots to offer to wide variety of potential homeowners — whether your priority is access to nature, a safe and relaxed environment, nearby culture, nightlife, and other amenities, or above all, affordability. If you’re interested in buying a home at Woodshire on Butler or just looking for more information on this up-and-coming new community, the Elite Team at RE/MAX is here to help.