More New Homes in Tucson


IMG_20160406_130216adjustedsmI had the pleasure recently of attending an open house for another Miramonte development closer to downtown in Tucson. These homes are nestled in a small enclave between Glenn St. and Park Ave. Priced between $247,400 and 259,400 they range in size between 1,786 and 1975 square feet of living space. This small neighborhood – Miramonte at Glenn – is almost sold out with only about five homes left.

Here’s a look at the neighborhood and some of the well-designed spaces.

The living room, dining area, and kitchen flow together to provide an open space for entertaining, as well as a feeling of openness. The sliding glass doors open to the patio to extend the entertainment space.


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In the model home three bedrooms and an open space for an optional fourth bedroom were on the second floor, along with a full bath and master suite. The laundry was also conveniently placed on the second floor.


This niche at the top of the stairs can serve as a play room for children or an office space.


The master bedroom has a full-length closet along one wall, with an additional walk-in closet adjacent to the master bath.



The master bath also has separate shower and toilet areas.


There is an option for a washtub and stackable unit available.

These homes feature energy efficient systems that many home buyers who are interested in “green living” will appreciate.

A word of caution:  These homes have too levels, so if you have bad knees, like I do, they are probably not for you!

Courtesy: Long Realty Company

All photos Copyright Su Swanne


Trends in Upscale Design

Last week I had the opportunity to visit some new construction sites in the Dove Mountain area, just northwest of Tucson, near Marana.

The home builders ranged from Mattamy Homes to Miramonte Homes, to Toll Brothers to The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. The model homes provided a look at the newest trends in new home design in this area. Here are some photos of some of the details from my field trip.

Flooring tile placed in various configurations was a big feature in all of these homes that ranged in price from $437,995 to $1,595,000.

The use of tile patterns to show the shift from one room to another creates visual interest. as well as some visual confusion. The stripes in this home, below, seemed to cut through the space, perhaps to interrupt the vast expanse of floor.

Here are two entries that give cues about the use of the space and what lies beyond.

Ceiling details include brick and tile applications as well as curved portals, again to define the space.

Tile in the kitchen is the favored wall treatment. Here are a couple of kitchens that display possible tile designs. I especially like the small windows under the kitchen cabinets.

Other features of these homes included spacious and well-appointed baths, a kitchen with a custom attached banquette instead of dining table, and living rooms that opened fully to the exterior spaces through the use of movable glass walls.

These photos show the details of the tracks in the floor and ceiling for the movable glass walls. Some of the models also had “telescoping” sliding doors, so that they folded behind each other against the wall.

Many of these new homes have pools of various shapes, sizes, and uses. I especially enjoyed the infinity pool with water that flowed over the edge of the pool.

And finally, here are some other features that I found interesting. Most of the kitchens had pantries with glass doors, so one could see into the space. I don’t know that my pantry would be up to that kind of scrutiny! One of the pantries did have a frosted glass door – it could let in the light, but hide the mess! And one house had a viewing roof approached by a spiral stair from outside. Obviously this home was designed with younger owners in mind!

And these windows in a master bedroom I found interesting, as they provided some light and ambiance, along with some privacy.

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