For many Arizonans, their condo/ townhome is a home for all seasons. For others, it does vacation or getaway duty.

Wherever the location, buyers have chosen the particular setting for the area’s climate and lifestyle amenities as well as the comfort and security of lock-and-leave living. In addition, communities with seasonal-property security, maintenance or management options are also attractive to part-time buyers, said Deana Keck, executive vice president of community development and sales for Pine Canyon, a private master-planned golf course and residential community in Flagstaff.

Urban Communities
For urban communities, location is a top priority — e.g., walkable convenience to stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, etc. “Seasonal buyers tend to seek highly amenitized communities that provide secure access for the lock-and-leave lifestyle,” said David Hovey Jr., AIA, president of Optima Kierland, Phoenix, whose Phase I 12-story condominium tower includes 173 one- to five-bedroom homes.

Located on approximately 10 acres at Scottsdale Road and Kierland Boulevard, Optima Kierland includes sports and exercise facilities such as a 16,000 squarefoot indoor/outdoor fitness center, golf simulator, and indoor basketball and squash court. The rooftop Sky Deck, with views of the surrounding McDowell Mountains, has a heated lap pool, spa and steam/sauna rooms. The building also features a rooftop bar and common areas for social gatherings around sundecks, barbecues and fire-pits.

“Seasonal buyers tend to seek highly amenitized communities that provide secure access for the lock-and-leave lifestyle.”

—David Hovey Jr., Optima Kierland

High-country beauty
For high-country devotees, the 620-plus-acre community of Pine Canyon, surrounded by the Coconino National Forest, offers championship golf, views of the San Francisco Peaks, a 35,000 square-foot clubhouse with a spa, fitness center and dining, a second recreation-focused amenity building and a number of family-oriented amenities.

A two-hour drive from Phoenix, Pine Canyon offers townhomes, condominiums, detached single-family homes, custom homes and home-sites. In addition, residents and prospective residents can rent luxury Club Cabins, which provide an owner’s experience, including service from Pine Canyon’s hospitality team.