Coming Home to a Neighborhood You Love


The first rule of real estate, as we’re sure you’ve heard before, is location, location, location. Most homebuyers have a list of criteria that influence where they focus their search efforts. The list is usually made up of things like proximity to work, the quality of the school systems, access to shopping and entertainment, and as we discussed in our interview with Yavapai Regional Medical Center, access to quality healthcare. Once a homebuyer has a general area in mind they can then focus on more specific homes and neighborhoods to make their final decision. But what, you may be wondering, are homebuyers looking for in neighborhood features?


That’s a broad category, but it’s broad for a reason. This is because each homebuyer’s unique lifestyle puts emphasis on access to different places. If easy access to downtown—for restaurants, entertainment, or shopping for instance—is an important consideration for you, then it makes sense to focus your search efforts there. Our neighborhoods at Astoria, and Pinnacle Views and Solstice Ridge at Prescott Lakes are located just minutes north of downtown Prescott. If, on the other hand, you don’t anticipate spending much time downtown or are looking for a home with easier access to medical facilities, consider Enclave at the Dells, which is centrally located in the quad cities. Alternatively, Pronghorn Ranch in the Prescott Valley area offers easy access to the Yavapai Regional Medical Center and the Prescott Valley Entertainment District, which features restaurants and entertainment options as well as the Prescott Valley Event Center.


Another important factor to think about when choosing a neighborhood is the amenities that a neighborhood offers. For homebuyers that anticipate spending a lot of their leisure time out and about in their community, neighborhoods that offer community centers or entertainment options are a must. Our communities at Prescott Lakes offer just that. From golf and fitness to swimming pools, tennis courts, and a full-service salon and spa, both Pinnacle Views and Solstice Ridge offer a resort-style experience. Similarly, Pronghorn Ranch in Prescott Valley offers putting greens, heated pools, three parks and both tennis and pickleball courts. For homebuyers emphasizing community over activity, consider looking for neighborhoods with community centers or common areas. Our Astoria neighborhood offers a Town Square Park and Victorian Bandstand Gazebo inspired by the Prescott Town Square gazebo that is ideal for communing with your neighbors.


It’s difficult to overstate the importance of a beautiful view when you’re buying a new home. It greets you in the morning when you wake up and is there at night when you’re off to bed. Here in Prescott we’re blessed with some of the most beautiful views in the American southwest, especially at sunset. The Cliffs at Astoria offer sweeping lake and mountain views while Solstice Ridge overlooks the 8th hole of the Hale Irwin Signature Golf Course. Alternatively, Pinnacle Views at Prescott Lakes offers unparalleled views of the Granite Dells, San Francisco Peaks, Granite Mountain, and Willow Lake. Lastly, Enclave at the Dells, our newest community, was built to celebrate the panoramic views of the Granite Dells and neighboring mountains.

At Dorn Homes, before we begin developing a new community, we have one requirement. The land has to speak to us; it has to offer something unique. When you’re deciding to buy or build consider approaching your neighborhood choice the same way. While a house can be built to your specifications, the features of a neighborhood are already in place. Make sure you choose a neighborhood where the features match your lifestyle. If you’re interested in exploring our neighborhoods stop by, or schedule an appointment with an Online Home Advisor today!

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