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CantaMia at Estrella

17700 W. Star Point Drive, Goodyear, Arizona 85338

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Nestled Within the All Ages Community of Estrella, the Beautiful 55+ Enclave of CantaMia has Single Family Homes, an 18 Hole Golf Course, Lakes and 500 Acres of Green Spaces

Goodyear is in Phoenix's West Valley and is a rapidly expanding bedroom community. It is the home of Estrella, a large, master planned community for people of all ages. Nestled within Estrella, is the 55+ single family home enclave of CantaMia.

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As one of Estrella's newer neighborhoods, CantaMia is dotted with a handful of lakes and waterways. Although very much a part of the larger development, the neighborhood has its own gated entrance, village center, parks and trail system. AV Homes began development in 2010 with an eye toward creating healthy, eco-friendly, low maintenance homes. At build out, Canta Mia will have 1,700 homes.

The 13 different floor plans range from 1,220 square feet to almost 3,000 square feet. Most residences have two to four bedrooms and a two to three car garage. Features and options include echo solar system panels, energy efficient appliances, extended outdoor living space, dual master suites and Xeriscaping (decorative rocks, cacti and other native plants).

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Architectural styles include Mediterranean and variations of Prairie and Territorial. Many homes, even ones at the lower end of the price spectrum, have a swimming pool. Mountain views are an added perk.

Prices start in the high-$200,000s. Please verify this price with a Realtor as it is bound to change over time.

CantaMia's beautiful 29,000 square foot Village Center has a fitness center, a cafe, a library, a demonstration kitchen, a learning center, massage rooms, an indoor lap pool and outdoor beach-entry pool. An on-site social director helps fill the community's calendar with classes, excursions and an indepth menu of events.

CantaMia homeowners also enjoy the Starpointe Residents Club as well as the 18-hole Golf Club of Estrella. Community shopping and dining are less than four miles away at the Mountain Ranch Marketplace.

Goodyear has been noted for its "livability" and is a pleasant place with a fresh newness about it. The city is the site of two major league baseball training camps, one for the Cincinnati Reds and one for the Cleveland Indians. The nearby Estrella Mountain Regional Park has a diverse menu of rodeo, horseback riding, fishing, camping, and hiking.

West Valley Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.

Summer temperatures reach into the low-100s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The shines 300 days a year, and the area receives eight inches of rain on average per year.

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Arizona:

On February 14, 1912, Arizona became the 48th state to join the Union. In the southwestern region of the United States, it borders New Mexico to the east, Utah to the north, Nevada and California to the west and Mexico to the south. The Cactus Wren is the state's bird, and the Saguaro Blossom is the state flower. The capital and largest city is Phoenix.

Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, one of the nation's oldest national parks, and the Hoover Dam. It covers 113,000 square miles, making it the nation's 6th largest state. However, only a small portion of the land, about 15%, is privately owned. The rest of Arizona belongs to national parks, state parks and Native American reservations.

Interestingly, the majority of Arizonans - everyone except those in the Navajo Nation - do not observe Daylight Savings Time.

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Stats:

Population - 6,931,030 

Persons 65 years old and over - 17%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 86% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27% 

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 31% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 58% 

Median household income - $50,225 

Median home value - $167,500 

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Are 55+ Communities Really "Retirement" Communities?

Many people who live in age-restricted communities (usually for people age 55+) are still gainfully employed. So why would they live in what is considered a "retirement" community? Why not continue to live in a standard neighborhood? People still employed choose age-restricted communities for the same reasons as people who are retired do: the safety, amenities and sense of community that one can provide. And whether employed or not, once the kids are grown, it is sometimes nice to live in a neighborhood where small children do not congregate.

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