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Top 10 Reasons to Live in Northern Arizona

Thursday July 19, 2018
There’s a lot to think about when you’re relocating to a new community or building your dream retirement home. One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is deciding where you’d like to go. With that in mind, here are 10 reasons that Northern Arizona should be the top destination on your list.

Introducing Rain Water Harvesting at Saddlewood

Monday July 16, 2018
At Dorn Homes our Organic Home promise means that you’ll enjoy healthier indoor air and construction with low or no-VOC materials. At Saddlewood at Deep Well Ranch, you’ll be one of the first homebuyers to take advantage of Dorn Homes’ New water harvesting system. You’ll use collected water for exterior irrigation, saving money every month and enjoying the peace of mind that comes with lower utility bills and a smaller ecological footprint. Stop by Saddlewood soon and speak with one of our Sales associates about all the cool things your new home can do!

Meet Your Neighbors: Ruthie and Jim Baker

Thursday June 28, 2018
As part of our ongoing efforts to introduce our homebuyers to their neighbors we’d like you to meet two of the newest members of the Dorn Homes community: Ruthie and Jim Baker. In this edition of Meet Your Neighbors we’ve asked the Bakers to share their story about finding Northern Arizona, what they enjoy about living here, and why they chose to make their new home in Pronghorn their “last move,” as Ruthie put it.

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Introducing Saddlewood at Deep Well Ranch

Tuesday June 19, 2018
With the launch of Saddlewood at Deep Well Ranch, Dorn Homes is pleased to invite homebuyers to become part of the Quad Cities’ newest and most exciting community. Saddlewood at Deep Well Ranch is centrally located, just north of Highway 89A, and offers convenient access to both Prescott and Prescott Valley via Pioneer Parkway. These new homes are built with the same exclusive building science and Organic Home promise as any other Dorn Home and start affordably in the mid $200s. This means that you can enjoy the quality of life that living in a Dorn Home brings without breaking the bank.

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Life in Astoria

Thursday May 24, 2018
When you picture living in Prescott you probably imagine a quaint Victorian home perched on a hillside. You see yourself rising with the sun for a morning walk through a community full of friends and neighbors. The sunlight sparkles off the water of a nearby lake and across the granite hills that define Prescott.

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Make the Master Bath your Own Private Spa

Monday April 30, 2018
When you’re designing your master bath the first priority should be building a space that meets your lifestyle needs. Choices like dual sinks, a walk in shower or tub, and appropriate medicine cabinet and storage space have an impact on your day-to-day quality of life. But meeting those needs is just the starting point for designing the perfect master bath. We’ve put together five tips to help you take your master bath from a functional space to a soothing retreat.

Meet Your Neighbors: Lloyd and Joan Mason

Thursday April 12, 2018
Those of you familiar with Dorn Homes know about our emphasis on community. The most important part of any community is the families and individuals that make those communities thrive. With that in mind, we’ve recently sat down with two of our newest homeowners for a little insight into their decision to move to Northern Arizona, their experience working with Dorn Homes, and their advice for any homebuyers that are considering purchasing a new home. Without further adieu, allow us to introduce Lloyd and Joan Mason.

6 Important Questions to Ask a New Home Builder

Wednesday April 4, 2018
Buying a new home is not a decision that most people take lightly. Frequently, that new home purchase is a side effect of a big transformation in your life. From relocating for work or family reasons, to downsizing or upsizing for retirement, or even pursuing a lifelong dream, your new home purchase is normally part of a larger transition. Those transitions can easily feel overwhelming if you’re uncertain about the future, and that feeling can cause confusion about even the most straightforward decisions. While we can’t give you answers to some of life’s hardest questions, we can help you be more prepared for the home-buying process. To help you prepare, here are 6 important questions to ask a new home builder.

Take Advantage of Every Square Foot: 5 Ways to Maximize Your Living Space

Wednesday March 28, 2018
If you take a moment to think back to the last time you toured a model home, you’re probably remembering two things. The first is likely the way that the professionally designed interior inspired you to design your own home, to choose or upgrade fixtures, or even just to choose color palettes and paint swatches. The second is imagining what it would be like to actually live in the home. That meant making decisions about which room would be the guest room, which would be an office, and figuring out whether or not your furniture will fit (let alone everything in storage in your garage).

Pronghorn Ranch Community

Thursday March 22, 2018
When you think about living in Prescott you probably imagine homes nestled in the Granite Dells, perched on a hillside, or built on postage stamp lots downtown by Courthouse Square. What you may not imagine is community pools, parks, or homes built on large lots with ample room for outdoor living. Well, that’s exactly what you’ll find in Pronghorn Ranch in the wide-open spaces of nearby Prescott Valley. You can enjoy all the benefits of living in northern Arizona, like the weather, the small town feel, and the beautiful views, with larger and more affordable homes and lots.Pronghorn Ranch is located near Highway 89A and offers easy access to both Prescott and Prescott Valley’s Entertainment District where you’ll find shopping, dining, and entertainment. Take in a show at the Theatre on the Green or attend one of the many classes offered daily in the Prescott Valley Public Library, which shares facilities with the Northern Arizona University Yavapai Campus. Prescott Valley is also home to the state-of-the-art Yavapai Regional Medical Center, which you can learn more about here. From its conception, Pronghorn Ranch has been designed with open space in mind. This 640-acre master planned community features a multitude of hiking and biking trails that wind through and around the community’s many parks. Pronghorn Ranch also hosts a variety of community social events at the Clubhouse, the signature feature of the neighborhood. With events like an annual car show, Christmas craft fair, and even live music and community speakers, there’s fun to be had year-round. If you’re looking for entertainment options close to home, you’re in luck because Pronghorn Ranch features a suite of amenities carefully selected to both entertain and foster community living.The Clubhouse boasts a 24-hour fitness center that’s accessible to community members and their guests around the clock. If you feel like spending a day relaxing, find a book at the Clubhouse library and put your feet up in the lounge, or spend some time in the game room playing pool, board games, or just enjoying a cup of coffee from the coffee station. The Clubhouse is also an ideal location to entertain visitors from out of town. You can luxuriate in one of the pools or spas and then spend a sunny summer day enjoying a BBQ on the Clubhouse patio.If you’re a golfer looking to practice your short game, grab your putter and head over to the community putting green. You’ll find it near the pickleball courts, where you’ll frequently see neighbors enjoying a game of one of the fastest growing and most popular new sports around. For residents that are looking for friendly competition but don’t know the difference between a dink and a half-volley, Pronghorn Ranch also features Tennis and Basketball courts to entertain residents and visitors alike.To schedule a tour of Dorn Homes’ models, speak to an Online Home Advisor today. While you’re there, be sure to tour the Clubhouse amenities and take some time to experience Pronghorn Ranch for yourself.

Tags Prescott ValleyNeighborhoods

Community Perks in Quailwood

Thursday March 1, 2018
Quailwood Legacy features a Community Center with a large pool and heated spa as well as a fitness center and sauna. The Quailwood Community Center provides residents with recreational, social and fitness perks in a clean, modern facility featuring all the latest amenities. In addition, it also serves as a community gathering and meeting place — a perfect place for socializing with current friends and acquaintances, as well as meeting new ones. The Center features quarterly special events, while regularly scheduled activities include popular offerings such as Pilates, yoga, Zumba, movie and social nights, and even laughter yoga!

Tags Prescott ValleyNeighborhoodsCommunity

Introducing Eco Evolve: The Next Evolution in Home Building

Monday February 5, 2018
Eco Evolve is a service that allows our homeowners to generate and store their own energy and take thousands of dollars each year off their utility bills. When you choose Eco Evolve from Dorn Homes, we install solar panel technology and the Sonnen Home Battery, allowing you to generate clean and reliable energy throughout the day while saving money and using stored energy at night.

Making Communities Stronger with DornCares

Tuesday January 30, 2018
DornCares is a way for our organization to effect meaningful change around us. DornCares allows our employees to share the causes they’re most passionate about. It allows us to connect worthy charities with community members that are looking to volunteer time and resources to support the causes that most affect those around them. In other words, DornCares is community-driven. By connecting community members and focusing our efforts, DornCares will present a platform that can solve problems and provide for others in a way simple financial donations cannot. Embracing that mindset has inspired the first goal for DornCares: ending homelessness in the Quad Cities in the year 2020. An end to homelessness means an available bed for everyone that wants or needs one.

Finding Peace in Nature

Thursday November 9, 2017
Once named the most beautiful place in America by USA Weekend magazine, Sedona, Arizona is a must-see for any outdoor enthusiast. Whether you’re traversing a few of the hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, climbing the Red Rocks, or fishing in Oak Creek, you’re sure to find a sense of tranquility in the natural world around you. When Dorn Homes began planning Sedona Ranch it was with that feeling in mind, the feeling that you’re at home in the world around you. Every aspect of the home and community design process has focused on blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living.

Hitting the Trails: Hiking and Biking in Prescott, Arizona

Wednesday November 8, 2017
The natural beauty of Prescott, Arizona is one of the many factors that consistently ranks our town as one of the best retirement destinations in the country. Combine that with the mild winters, cool summers, and clean air, and it makes it hard to imagine living anywhere else. What better way to enjoy all of that than grabbing a bottle of water and hitting some of the city’s hiking trails? The City of Prescott maintains over 70 miles of hiking and biking trails in and around the city while the Prescott National Forest offers over one million acres of land to explore.

Tips for Touring our Model Homes

Monday October 30, 2017
As outlined in our recent article about retirement planning, it’s never too early to start researching builders or touring model homes when you have a destination in mind. To help make sure that you get the most out of your visit to our model homes we’ve reached out to our Online Home Advisors and New Home Specialists to gather some recommendations for your visit.

Small Town, Big Tastes: Wineries

Sunday October 15, 2017
In our previous installments of Small Town, Big Tastes we’ve highlighted downtown Prescott dining and local microbreweries, and if you’ve read those you may have noticed a few recurring themes. For one thing, we don’t really use this space to talk about new home design or homebuilding in general. Instead, Small Town, Big Tastes is a place for us to celebrate businesses that share Dorn Homes’ values. Values like commitment to quality, dedication to craftsmanship, and contributing to the community. This is also a place for us to show you some of the things that make Prescott so unique, a small town with all the creature comforts of a big city.

Dorn Designs: Walden Farms

Thursday September 14, 2017
Continuing our series of highlighting unique design features to improve your life, Dorn Homes presents Walden Farms. This article will explore the choices that have shaped Walden Farms, our newest community in Prescott, Arizona.

The Performing Arts in Arizona’s Mile-High City

Wednesday September 6, 2017
As we discussed in a recent post, Prescott is fortunate to have a vibrant local art scene. The Mile-High City’s embrace of the arts does not stop there. In fact, Prescott also boasts a lively performing arts pedigree.

Welcome to Walden Farms: The Sunflower Model [Video]

Wednesday August 23, 2017