The Reserve at Eagle Heights construction breaks ground
Sage Lentz, left, CEO of The Reserve at Eagle Heights developer Western Pacific Homes, and the company’s vice president Jason Monczka, stand in the foyer of one of the models under construction at the site at Rose Garden Lane and 75th Avenue.

The Reserve at Eagle Heights is like no other development in Arrowhead Ranch. Sure, it has the stuccoed exteriors, and there are tiles on the roof. But the tiles are not the typical red ones that cover the Valley. And the homesites boast another trait unlike other developments. They are a minimum one-quarter acre.

The development does not look like much right now. But there are three model homes under various stages of construction at the 75th Avenue and Rose Garden Lane site. Western Pacific Homes CEO and developer Sage Lentz gave a tour of The Reserve, driving to what will eventually be the main entrance off Rose Garden Lane just west of 75th, stopping at the two water features, then northwest to a mini-lake alongside New River, which borders the property. Alongside the mini-lake is a walking trail between the two waterways.

What makes this development unique? No two-story structures. However, each has an optional basement, and another option in the basement n a wine cellar. The third option is a casita, like a small apartment homeowners can utilize for in-laws or for an office.

Because the Reserve is so close to the Loop 101, Lentz said special attention is being paid to buffer zones. Vegetation is being planted to further silence traffic along 75th.

When he first stepped onto the property almost three years ago, Lentz said he was impressed by the “spectacular mountains and the convenience to the 101.” He also took note of the nearby amenities, including A.J.’s Fine Foods, Rolf’s, the Peoria Sports Complex, and Arrowhead Towne Center, all within just a few minutes’ drive.

What sums it up for him, Lentz said, is the last line on the first page of The Reserve at Eagle Heights brochure: “All in all, The Reserve at Eagles Heights offers the bet of luxury living in a communitiy that offers the best of everything.”

“I think the product that we’re building is more a semi-custom similar to DC Ranch and Desert Ridge,” Lentz said.

And size is important here. Homes range from 2,700 square feet to 3,700. Options boost the size to almost 5,000 square feet.

“Since they’re single level, the minimum distance between homes is 20 feet. We rezoned this property to low density,” he said.

Prices start at the mid-$700,000s to the low $800,000s. But Lentz does not blink when he quotes the prices. He reasons that all homes have Jeld Wen wood-clad windows, and carriage garage doors and all exterior and interior doors are solid wood, not hollow core. Too, all interior doors are the same height as exterior ones at eight feet. Insulation is blown in, which fills all voids, creating a quiet and energy efficient structure. Standard countertops are granite, and floor ceramic tiles are 18 by 18. Homes are wired with cap 5 speakers in all bedrooms, and they are pre-wired for fans in all rooms. Door hardware is satin nickel, not brass. Standard kitchen appliances are stainless steel and homeowners have the option for Sub Zero refrigerators and Wolf ranges. Standard also are brick paver walkways and driveways. There’s no work involved on the front yard, either. All front yards are landscaped in the base price package.

“We’re definitely not building square units,” Lentz said, as he pointed to the three models under construction.

Jason Monczka, vice president for construction at the Reserve, almost echoed Lentz’s words when he said all structures are built with two-by-six studs on 16-inch centers, both on the exterior and interior.

Look for paving to begin soon on the roadway leading into the Reserve as well as all around the 46-acre development. The first sign that the main sales office is open will probably be the completion of the main water feature at Rose Garden Lane and 75th. Lentz said it would be like no other water feature in the area.