North Scottsdale Green Home Community Impresses


Meritage Homes advances up green homebuilder list

As EcoBroker-Certified Realtors who are committed to helping our clients find the greenest homes on the market at comparable prices to standard-built homes, we were delighted to see a local homebuilder score high in a national ranking of green homebuilders. We see that as an indication that the inventory of high-quality, affordable green homes is improving in metro Phoenix — good news all the way around.

Kudos, therefore, to Meritage Homes for advancing to third place on a national investment firm’s list of “greenest” publicly traded homebuilders. To qualify, the Scottsdale-based company had to accurately assess and report its environmental impact and use of energy-efficient products, processes and materials as standard features in its homes.

Here at, we’re always on the lookout for quality homes that offer our clients not only energy savings and healthy living environments, but also ones that represent high-quality construction at an affordable price. Both the Lyon’s Gate community in Gilbert and Montery at Mirabel Village in Scottsdale are the types of green homes that we love to see, show — and sell! Meritage also offers quality green homes at Cibola Vista in Peoria and Verrado in Buckeye.

We invite you to contact us to scheule a time to meet us at any of these communities and view a “deconstructed” green home that demonstrates the techniques used in bringing the latest energy-saving technologies to homebuyers.

Phoenix Eco-Friendly Hotels Earn Green Designations

On the hunt for eco-friendly lodging while visiting Phoenix and Scottsdale to look at green homes for sale?  Your friends at suggest you check out these ten local hotels certified under the state’s “Green Hotel” program:

  • Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
  • Phoenician
  • Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
  • Scottsdale Camelback Resort
  • Royal Palms Resort and Spa
  • Pointe Tapatio Cliffs Resort
  • Hotel Valley Ho
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Fairmont Scottsdale
  • Arizona Grand Resort

Points are earned for various eco-friendly categories such as kitchen, housekeeping and energy. For example, hotels earn points in housekeeping for use of environmentally friendly cleaning products, while employing solar energy and high-efficiency appliances scores points in the energy category.

Green goes luxury in this custom Desert Hills horse property!

Looking for a special Phoenix Green Home? We’re proud to have a new green home for sale in the Desert Hills area of North Phoenix. Located on an acre-plus lot zoned for horses, this handsome new custom-built Santa Fe-style green home with city light and mountain views is perfect for the buyer who values superior quality workmanship and energy efficiency. Special features include a detached guest casita, hand-crafted alder cabinets and interior doors, stained concrete floors, smooth-finish sheetrock and stucco — plus an oversized three-car garage with 8′ tall doors and a 24′ x 48′ deep RV garage/workshop with 12′ x 10′ tall door.

Numerous green credentials include Apex block construction for up to 50% savings on your cooling/heating bills over standard construction, Icynene insulation, beautifully finished and stained concrete flooring, reycled corrugated steel overhangs, two Rheem Tankless indoor direct vent propane water heaters, high-performance, low E windows throughout, proper North/South orientation and two Goodman four-ton, two-stage 15-Seer heat pumps for superior energy efficiency.

Neighborhood Description

Located in the community of Desert Hills in far North Phoenix, the area borders Cave Creek and features spectacular Sonoran desert and mountain scenery, numerous horse properties, riding trails, hiking and Santa Fe-style architecture.

Market Area

Desert Hills is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Phoenix, yet readily accessible to shops, restaurants and schools, the Carefree Highway and I-17 corridors, as well as the charming western communities of New River, Cave Creek and Carefree.


Price:  $649,000

Square Footage: 4,080

Lot Size:  Acre +

Bedrooms: 5

Baths: 4

Parking: Minimum 5-car garage

Contact: Peggy and Glen Roberts, EcoBroker Certified Realtors, West USA Realty, 480-947-2106

N. Scottsdale custom green home on acre-plus lot under $300K

Amazing gourmet kitchen with custom walnut cabinets

Custom N Scottsdale Green Home on acre-plus lot for $298,000!
Custom N Scottsdale Green Home on acre-plus lot for $298,000!











Here at, it’s always a good day in real estate when you get a beautiful GREEN listing of a brand-new four bedroom custom home on an acre-plus lot for less than $300K…but that’s what happened today. We are delighted to present this amazing value in the Rio Verde Foothills of N. Scottsdale, priced to sell quickly at $298,000. Best of all, it’s NOT a short sale and NOT bank-owned…remember the good ol’ days when you got to deal directly with the seller? That’s what we have here, folks!

What makes this beautiful energy-efficient Scottsdale home green? Most notably, its construction of Structual Insulated Panels, or “SIPs.”

SIPs are one of the most environmentally responsible building systems available ,according to the Structural Insulated Panel Association.  According to the organization’s website, “A SIP building envelope provides high levels of insulation and is extremely airtight, meaning the amount of energy used to heat and cool a home can be cut by up to 50 percent. The energy that powers homes and commercial buildings is responsible for a large portion of greenhouse gasses emitted into the atmosphere. By reducing the amount of energy used in buildings, architects, builders, and homeowners can contribute to a clean environment for the future.”

For more information about this fabulous SIP-constructed, energy-efficient green home, please visit our website at or call Glen Roberts, EcoBroker, at 602-999-3009. West USA Realty.

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Our new 3.8 Kw leased solar system

Our new 3.8 Kw leased solar system

Attending Realtor tours is perhaps one of the most enjoyable parts of my career. I get to meet and network with other real estate professionals, stay on top of market trends and look at beautiful homes. (And I get to be the one asking the questions!) Always on the hunt for green homes, last week I was particularly looking forward to the 2nd Annual green tour and eco symposium, part of the Scottsdale Luxury Home Tour.

Several of my favorite “green people” spoke at the eco-symposium, including Mick Dalrymple, a principal at a.k.a. Green Environmental Building Supplies; green builder Kevin Edwards; and Anthony Floyd, Green Building Program Manager for the City of Scottsdale.

The panelists agreed that in order for the Valley to improve its green home inventory and help put the brakes on climate change, homeowners will need to focus on green renovations vs. “building our way out of it.”

I think this will most certainly be a growing trend as energy costs rise and homebuyers begin demanding “healthier” homes with better indoor air quality, efficiency and comfort.  Over the past couple of months alone, Glen and I plus three different friends have added photovoltaic solar systems to our homes, generating clean renewable energy from our rooftops. So today, while it’s really tough to find a super green-credentialed home in metro Phoenix, hopefully it won’t be this way for long.

Will the cost and effort required to green our homes pay off when it’s time to sell? According to Appraiser Jay Josephs, who also spoke at the symposium, yes it will!  Josephs’ “Green Appraisals” take energy-saving improvements into account. When valuating these improvements, he multiplies the annual energy savings by 15. So for example, if you installed a solar hot water system to your home that saves you $300 per year, this would add $4500 to the value of your home!

I really love it when doing the right thing comes with a pay day.

Energy-saving tips for Phoenix Green Home Buyers

Green features homebuyers should seek has good news for you: Going green is not only good for the planet, it saves on your energy bills, too. Check out Glen’s “green tips for homebuyers” in the Arizona Republic, by Kara Morrison.