2/7/2014 6:01:00 AM Real Estate & Home Life: Quality Homes in Southern Vista
When developers Mike Hill and Jay Schritter each bought 40 acres of land north of Hualapai Mountain Road in the early 2000s, they had a definite goal in mind.
"We wanted to build a nicer subdivision close to Hualapai Mountain Road because we thought it would be the next area to be developed," said Hill, who is the owner of Hill Development. "Stockton Hill Road and other locations we were interested in had already been developed, and this was one of the nicest areas in town."
That land has since become Southern Vista I through IV, a phased-in subdivision that features a variety of lot and home sizes. Hill owns Southern Vista I and III, while Schritter owns Southern Vista II and IV. The four phases are bounded by Southern Avenue on the north, North Central Street on the west, Karen Avenue on the south, and Seneca Street on the east.
Hill said lot sizes in the four subdivision phases range from 7,000 square feet to an acre, with 32 one-acre lots in Southern Vista I and II and 132 smaller lots of 7,000 to 10,000 square feet in Southern Vista III and IV. Hill said phases I and II were opened in 2004 and phases III and IV in 2006. Currently, there are about 50 finished homes in the four phases, he said.
House sizes range from 1,500 square feet to about 2,500 square feet, said Hill, with 12 floor plans available for buyers. Prices for the stucco and stone houses range from $150,000 to $500,000. The codes, covenants and restrictions call for tile roofs, block walls and landscaped front yards.
Tyler Angle, chief financial officer for Angle Homes, said his company has built 11 houses in Southern Vista I and II in the past year. Of those, three are on Southern Vista Drive, a street boasting one-acre lots topped with expansive custom houses. Angle said the homes built by his company range from three to six bedrooms and feature many finishes.
"Southern Vista Drive is one of the premier streets to live on because it has large homes with well-kept yards that attract doctors and lawyers," said Angle. "The other streets are very nice, too, but the lots and houses aren't as big. They're purchased by a mix of retirees who have moved to the area from Colorado and California for a cheaper cost of living and new families just starting out. Southern Vista is a very nice subdivision and I would consider it one of the top in Kingman."
Hill said construction throughout the subdivision has picked up again over the past year after a slowdown in 2007 and 2008 when the housing market fell. Hill agreed that people in the medical field are snapping up the larger homes, while retirees and people relocating from California and the Midwest are buying the smaller homes.
"I see a steady growth in sales, but not a big boom," said Hill. "Kingman has always had a 4-5 percent growth, although it went a little crazy in 2004 and 2006 during the housing boom. But now it's back to where it was. I'm looking to have phase III of this subdivision built out in the next five years. It's one of the nicest communities in Kingman and it's well maintained. And we build quality homes."