June 2015 Around Town 2


NexMetro Announces Plans to Develop Single Family Leased-Homes Neighborhood

Phoenix-headquartered NexMetro Communities recently announced the purchase of 15 acres at the northeast corner of Warner Rd. and Grace Blvd., where it plans to develop 194 homes. The Avilla Grace development will feature one, two and three bedroom floor plans and continues the developer’s charter of building single-family, detached homes for lease that cater to lifestyle-conscious consumers. The deal is part of NexMetro’s aggressive growth strategy for 2015.The acquired property is less than two miles from Chandler’s Downtown District, which has undergone extensive redevelopment initiatives in the last several years. With only two multifamily properties constructed in the area over the last 11 years, the construction of the new Avilla Homes neighborhood is expected to be a significant catalyst in the community’s revitalization, attracting higher-income residents seeking a quality lifestyle.

“The City of Chandler is excited to see a project that is consistent with the recommendations of the Mayor’s 4-Corner committee to redevelop older, challenged commercial space,” says James Smith, Economic Development program manager. “The Avilla Grace development fits our strategy of bringing increased density and activity to intersections with underperforming commercial space. The influx of new residents will help support the remaining commercial space and provide density on an important transit corridor.”


State Forty Eight is a locally-based clothing company headed by three young entrepreneurs from Chandler: Michael Spangenberg, Stephen Polando and Nicholas Polando. The concept behind the brand is simple—Arizona passion meets Arizona fashion. State Forty Eight offers a quality clothing line that allows men and women to express their pride and passion for Arizona in a fashionable way; from its outdoor enthusiasts to its sports fans, State Forty Eight has something for everyone. The trio first launched the company out of their home in 2013. Word spread quickly about the brand and online sales began to pick up. In 2014, State Forty Eight took it to the next level. They were chosen to be one of the “Emerging Designers” at Phoenix Fashion Week, out of hundreds of up-and-coming brands from across the country. Though they didn’t win, the process proved to be a pivotal experience that help launched their brand into a profitable business. Since last fall, the guys have implemented many new designs and looks that represent Arizona, its sports teams and beyond. You can now find State Forty items across the valley at stores like Barre 3, Frances, Velvet Boutique, Here on The Corner, Clothes Minded and the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.


Chompie’s, Arizona’s NY Deli, invites families to dine at Chompie’s on Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21, where all Dads will receive a free slice of Black and White 7-layer cake with a single entrée purchase. In addition, Chompie’s is offering a special prix fix Father’s Day menu that dad is sure to enjoy. Chompie’s will be open on Father’s Day at 11 a.m. Chompie’s in Chandler is located at the Chandler Village Center, 3481 W. Frye Rd. For more information, visit www.Chompies.com.


There is more luxury development on the horizon for the in-demand Fulton Ranch neighborhood in Chandler. Valley-based Serenity Development is set to build 128 luxury condominium villas as part of Serenity at Fulton Ranch, the final new-home neighborhood of the premier Fulton Ranch master plan. Construction and sales are currently underway with first deliveries later this year and the project is expected to be completed in 2017.

“Being from the East Valley and knowing what’s important to our buyers, we set out to satisfy the demand for luxury condominiums and villas in the area and design a community that offers a premier level of luxury living in a highly desirable neighborhood at a truly accessible price point,” says Developer Andrew Hickey. “Offering a lifestyle that is equal parts luxury and low-maintenance, Serenity at Fulton Ranch is quickly attracting an array of affluent buyers ranging from young professionals to empty-nesters to winter visitors.”

Serenity at Fulton Ranch offers an exclusive gated community featuring a collection of beautifully designed condominium-style villas with resort-style amenities and lake views. Four spacious floor plans offer two and three bedroom options plus dens that range up to 1,900 square feet and boast stately architecture, elegant finishes and luxurious upgrades to blend stylish living and modern convenience with the latest new home features. Pricing starts in the mid $200,000’s. Serenity at Fulton Ranch is located at 4777 S. Fulton Ranch Blvd. For more information visit www.SerenityFultonRanch.com or call 602.682.4500.


The temperature is perfect and if you’re looking for one more excuse to soak up the gorgeous weather, then Nabers is the place to be. The comfortable, outdoor seating makes the patio an excellent Happy Hour spot. Nabers is a place where friends gather; the locally owned establishment focuses on good food, great drinks and fun music throughout the week. Hungry diners are welcome to stop by seven days a week between 2 and 7 p.m. to enjoy $3 off all appetizers, like the Drunken Buffalo Sliders or Pale Ale Battered Fried Pickles. These tasty bites pair well with the $4 house wine, $3 domestic draft beer, $4 craft beer and $4.50 well drinks. Naber’s is located at 825 N. 54th St., in Chandler. For more information visit NabersAZ.com.