3 Arizona communities rank among best suburbs in the U.S.
February 8, 2023. With rising mortgage rates and crippling inflation, homebuyers are looking for new ways to save. In a new study, SmartAsset analyzed the affordability, livability, and job situation of nearly 500 suburbs across the nation. And three somewhat surprising Arizona suburbs were ranked among the best suburbs in America.
Vail, Sahuarita and Apache Junction were all ranked among the best suburbs in America.
Large cities can be a great option for anyone looking for a walkable, fast-paced environment with easy access to shops and restaurants. However, the hustle and bustle of a large city isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition for everyone. Large cities are often expensive (average home values exceed $1 million in a handful of places) and may have higher crime rates than their surrounding areas. Suburbs, in turn, can offer more affordable housing, lower crime rates and a variety of entertainment options.
In this study, SmartAsset uncovered the best suburbs to live in near a large city. Specifically, we compared data for close to 500 suburbs located within 15 minutes to an hour by car of a large city (those with a population of 250,000 or more). To determine their ranking, we analyzed 13 metrics across three categories: jobs, affordability and livability. For details on our data sources and how we put all the information together to create our final rankings, check out the Data and Methodology at: https://azbigmedia.com/lifestyle/3-arizona-communities-rank-among-best-suburbs-in-the-u-s/
KB Home and Lennar hold Free Gem Show ticket giveaway event at Silver Ridge
February 04, 2022 – With MixFM radio on-hand playing music, games, food, raffles and gift giveaways, there is fun for the whole family. Discover why Silver Ridge at Rocking K, with beautiful views and homes adjacent to nature, is the perfect place to call home. The first 100 future Rocking K residents will receive Free tickets to the Main Gem and Mineral Show at the TCC, February 9-12.
Move-in ready homes with special financing incentives from KB Home and Lennar are available. Offering 19 floorpans, impressive views and homes adjacent to natural open space, this event is not one to miss.
KB Home Commits to EPA’s Highest Water-Efficiency Standards in Drought-Stricken States
July 2022 – KB Home, a Rocking K builder, announced that every home built in future Arizona, including California, and Nevada communities will be WaterSense labeled, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) highest standard for water efficiency and performance.
These homes, in some of the most drought-stricken areas of the country, will be rated using the RESNET HERSH2O system, which is said to help homeowners use less water as well as spend less money on utility bills.
“In many areas of the U.S., the frequency, intensity, and duration of drought events have been increasing. Water is not something we can take for granted,” says Jeffrey Mezger, chairman, president, and CEO of KB Home. “In 2010, KB Home delivered the first WaterSense-labeled home in the nation because we understood that this approach would help reduce the use of a precious natural resource, save our homeowners on utility costs, and mitigate drought conditions.”
According to the EPA, WaterSense-labeled homes use at least 30% less water than a typical home and can save a household 50,000 gallons of water annually, on average. To date, KB Home has built over 18,000 WaterSense-labeled and water-smart homes and installed over 900,000 WaterSense-labeled fixtures. The company estimates that these homes, together with the fixtures within them, conserve approximately 1.6 billion gallons of water annually.
“Water is an essential part of our daily lives, and EPA’s WaterSense program helps residents and businesses conserve this vital resource,” says Radhika Fox, assistant administrator for water at the EPA. “KB Home is a long-time WaterSense partner and seven-time recipient of the WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award. Their commitment to build homes in the Southwest that meet WaterSense criteria will help combat the megadrought in the West.”
More recently, KB Home implemented EPA’s new WaterSense Labeled Homes Program, Version 2.0, which was released in February 2021. The program was piloted in the Las Vegas area, and preliminary field data collected by the EPA confirms that homeowners are seeing significant savings. These homes built by KB had a median water use of just 44,000 gallons of water per year compared with the 97,000 gallons per year or more used by typical homes in the region—a 55% reduction in use.
For more information visit KB Home at Rocking K.
Richmond American Homes Debuts New Community in Tucson
June 2022 – Richmond American Homes is pleased to announce that Sky Village at Rocking K is now open for sales. This notable new community in Rocking K is close to parks, trails, playgrounds, sports courts, and a wildlife sanctuary. Our residents will enjoy parks and playgrounds, a nearby wildlife sanctuary, trails, an equine center, and tennis and basketball courts. This stunning community is located in the highly-rated Vail Unified School District, near Davis-Monthan AFB.
It showcases six inspired ranch and two-story floor plans, and two fully-furnished model homes, Cassandra and Townsend, are open for tours by appointment.
For more information visit Sky Village at Rocking K.
Vail Ranked No. 2 As Best City In The West For Raising Kids
March 2022 –Vail, AZ is ranked at No. 2 in the real estate research platform Dwellics’ list of the Top 100 Best Cities to Raise a Family in the West.
Dwellics looked at data from about 15,000 cities in The West to compile its list. Some of the factors in the ranking included educational quality, the percentage of households with married parents and school-aged children, number of days between 50-90 degrees, the number of parks and outdoor activities in the area, internet speeds, safety, childcare costs, property prices and cost of living.
Vail is ranked high for its climate, ample sunlight for most of the year, and little rain or snow. It also ranked well for its low possibility of natural disasters and its highly rated public school district.
Location is everything in real estate, and at Rocking K you will find your new home. Tour our 10 models today and enjoy living in harmony with nature in a high-ranked city.
Dwellics is a personalized recommendation engine helping people rank over 50,000 cities in America and find the best locations to live based on their preferences across 100+ metrics and hundreds of thousand unique data facts.
Valencia Rd. Now Open; Rincon Valley now connected to Tucson
November 2020 – Valencia Road is a regionally significant roadway and designated State Route 910. Valencia Road begins at Ajo Highway in the southwest quadrant of Rocking K and continues east connecting major employers and destinations in the Tucson, terminating at Houghton Rd.
With the KB, Lennar and Pulte announcing their commitment to the first phase of homes in Rocking K, Diamond Ventures, the master developer worked with regional transportation planners and Pima County leadership to extend Valencia Road from Houghton Road to Old Spanish Trail. The P3 public-private partnership received the support of the Department of the Interior, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, U of A Science and Tech Park, Vail School District, Rincon Valley Fire District and several other community organizations.
Construction on the eastern extension of Valencia Rd., which connects Houghton Rd. to Old Spanish Trail, Construction took place in Q3 2019 through Q1 2021, with the road completed in November 2020. The completion of this eastern section of Valencia Road serves to connect the eastern and western regions of our community and provide convenient access for the residents of Vail to major points of interest in Tucson.
Award Winning National Builders make Strong Move to Rocking K
August 2019 – Tucson-based Diamond Ventures is pleased to announce the opening of the first phase of homes within the long-anticipated Rocking K Master-Planned Community, located at the base of the Rincon Mountain foothills, adjacent to Saguaro National Park East, within the community of Vail and the award-winning Vail School District. The approximately 5,000-acre master-planned community will be accessed by Valencia Road and Old Spanish Trail. Construction on the eastern extension of Valencia Rd., which will connect Houghton Rd. to Old Spanish Trail, is slated to start construction later this year.
Rocking K set for Grand Opening
April 2019 – The long-anticipated wait is finally over as the Master Planned Community of Rocking K, Tucson’s premier new master-planned home community located at the base of the Rincon Mountain Foothills in the Vail School District, is set to Grand Open in early April 2021. Rocking K provides residents over 10 miles of trails and 30%+ designated open space and is adjacent to Saguaro National Park East, making it the premier Master Planned Community in the Southwest.
Rocking K’s offers Arizona-inspired homes in a high Sonoran Desert setting. Phase 1 consists of 811 homesites and over 33 home designs, of which model homes for KB Home and Pulte Homes will be opening in March 2021 and model homes from Lennar will be opening in April 2021. Richmond American Homes Models Opening in the Fall of 2021. Early adopters are already calling this community home, as Pulte Homes and KB Home are preselling the first new homes within the community.