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Harvard Investments Active in Surprise, AZ

Harvard Investments Active in Surprise, AZ

Harvard Investments Active in Surprise, AZ:

Launches its next phase of the Desert Oasis MPC, Sells the Sunrise Ranch Community to Landsea

Land Advisors Organization Represented Harvard Investments on the Parcel Sales to Meritage Homes, Richmond American Homes, and Landsea Homes

Scottsdale, Arizona (September, 2020) – Harvard Investments is pleased to announce the launch of its next phase at the Desert Oasis master planned community, and the sale of Sunrise Ranch to Landsea Homes.  Both communities are located in Surprise, AZ.

“We are very excited about these two Surprise communities,” said Tim Brislin, Vice President of Harvard Investments. “Surprise, located in the Northwest Valley submarket, is a highly desirable city for homebuyers with limited development ready parcels.  Both communities boast interesting land features, natural desert terrain, washes and mountain views making them ideal home destinations.”

The newly launched phase at Desert Oasis features 304 homesites in three distinct neighborhoods.  Richmond American Homes acquired 205 homesites in two neighborhoods.  Meritage Homes purchased 99 homesites in one neighborhood.  The land development is underway with the start of model construction in late 2020.  The remaining 528 homesites in Harvard’s final phase are anticipated to break ground in early 2021.

Best in class amenities are central to Harvard’s communities and drive its planning efforts.  Desert Oasis currently has a community pool facility and series of great parks, and trails.  The future phases of Desert Oasis build on this amenity set with new parks and trails that connect the many neighborhoods.  Desert Oasis is located at the northwest corner of 171st Avenue & Jomax Road.

Sunrise Ranch is a 130-acre community with 476 finished homesites purchased by Landsea Homes. Sunrise Ranch is a residential community composed of multiple neighborhoods and a unifying central park amenity. The community is located at the northeast corner of 171st Avenue & Jomax Road.

“Sunrise Ranch in Surprise provides Landsea Homes with another great opportunity to grow and expand in the highly sought-after northwest Phoenix market,” said Greg Balen, Arizona division president, Landsea Homes. “We’re looking forward to offering buyers these new homes that meet their needs, providing modern living with high-quality features and our great attention to detail at an attainable price point.”

Bret Rinehart, Ryan Semro, and Ben Heglie, who specialize in home builder developments and master-planned communities throughout Arizona for Land Advisors Organization’s Metropolitan Phoenix office, represented Harvard Investments in the transaction. “It was a pleasure representing such a well-regarded master-planned community developer, Harvard Investments, on this transaction,” said Ryan Semro of Land Advisors Organization’s Phoenix Homebuilder team.

About Harvard Investments

Harvard Investments has over 35 years’ experience in community and property development throughout the Southwest and specializes in building award-winning, fully planned communities–each one committed to the principles of quality, longevity and sustainability. Harvard Investments is the U.S. subsidiary of The Hill Companies; a family-owned company based in western Canada. The Hill Companies has roots that go back to 1903, when it specialized in real estate development and insurance. More diversified today, The Hill Companies continues to develop real estate and has added other businesses over more than a century, including oil and gas production and distribution, broadcasting, manufacturing, and more. To learn more about Harvard Investments, visit

About Land Advisors Organization

Founded in 1987, Land Advisors Organization is the nation’s largest land brokerage firm specializing in

providing deep market insights to landowners and purchasers for the most comprehensive and effective evaluation of land in markets across the country. By integrating current local market information with cutting-edge technology and geographically specialized professionals, Land Advisors Organization advises clients in identifying and capitalizing on valuable land opportunities in all economic environments. Land Advisors Organization serves landowners and purchasers from offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Casa Grande and Prescott, Arizona; Irvine, San Francisco, Century City, Pasadena, Roseville and San Diego, California; Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville, Florida; Boise, Idaho; Las Vegas, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico;Charlotte, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah and Seattle, Washington. Stay connected with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIN.

About Landsea Homes

Landsea Homes is a California-based homebuilding company that designs and builds best-in-class homes and sustainable master-planned communities in some of the nations most desirable markets. The company has developed homes and communities in New York, Boston, New Jersey, Arizona, northern California and southern California.

An award-winning homebuilder that builds suburban, single-family detached and attached homes, mid-and high-rise properties, and master-planned communities, Landsea Homes is known for creating inspired places that reflect modern living and provides homebuyers the opportunity to “Live in Your Element”.  Our homes allow people to live where they want to live, how they want to live – in a home created especially for them.

Driven by a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Landsea Homes’ Performance collection features homes that are responsibly designed to take advantage of the latest innovations with home automation technology supported by Apple®.  Homes in this collection include features that make life easier and provide energy savings that allow for more comfortable living at a lower cost through sustainability features that contribute to healthier living for both homeowners and the planet.

Our Garrett-Walker collection offers unique, affordably priced and value-based single-family homes in some of the nation’s fastest growing and most desirable markets. Homebuyers enjoy the confidence of owning a quality home that provides lasting value.  One of the most trusted brands in the region, this collection continues to attract everyone from first-time homeowners to those seeking more room for their growing families.

Led by a veteran team of industry professionals who boast years of worldwide experience and deep local expertise, Landsea Homes is committed to positively enhancing the lives of our homebuyers, employees and stakeholders by creating an unparalleled lifestyle experience that is unmatched. For more information on Landsea Homes, visit: