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History of Dorn Homes


  • Dorn Homes opens Rimstone, offering luxury homes in Sedona, AZ.

    Construction begins within Laughlin Ranch, a master planned community in Bullhead City, AZ.

    Dorn Homes breaks ground in Prescott Lakes, adding Pinnacle Views and the Retreat to the community.

  • 2012

  • Dorn Homes becomes the largest builder in Northern Arizona.  

    Steve Davis joins Dorn as Director of Construction.

    Dorn Homes begins construction in Quailwood, a master planned community in Prescott Valley.

  • 2011

  • Under Jim Gunby & Ellen Carpenter's leadership, Dorn opens the Northern Arizona Division in Prescott Arizona. 

    Dorn becomes principal builder in Prescott Lakes.

  • 2009

  • Dorn Homes enters the Rio Rico and Oro Valley housing markets.

    Dorn Homes becomes first production builder in Arizona to offer standard full solar homes (Solar Smart). 

    Dorn Homes starts the Midwest Division, led by Dan Houx, entering two communities in Missouri.  

  • 2005

  • Dorn Homes becomes largest builder in the historic town of Tubac, Arizona. Builds custom homes, golf villas, Barrio de Tubac master planned community, and Tubac Golf Resort housing.  

  • 2000 - 2004

  • Dorn Homes is ranked the #1 Custom Home Builder in all of Southern AZ, including Tucson, four years in a row! 

    David and Ellen Grounds become sole owners of Dorn Homes.

    Dorn Homes launches their Building Science Initiative, offering their customers the most energy efficient homes in their marketplaces.

    Ellen Carpenter joins Dorn and becomes the Executive Vice President. 

  • 1990 - 1998

  • Michael and David, and their spouses Linda and Ellen, grow Dorn Homes into the most successful builder and developer in the towns of Green Valley and Sahuarita.   

    Santa Rita Springs becomes the #1 Selling Active Adult Master Planned Community in all of Southern Arizona. 


  • 1980

  • Michael Dorn begins building shopping centers, restaurants, auto centers, and office buildings in the Scottsdale area.  

  • 1971

  • Michael Dorn moves to Scottsdale, Arizona and begins building custom homes and apartments. Over the next 15 years he builds hundreds of apartments and custom homes. 

  • 1968

  • Michael Dorn begins building multi-family apartments in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area after a career in the lending business. 

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