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Harvard Investments Closes 537 Homesites at its Verde Trails Community in Avondale, AZ

Harvard Investments Closes 537 Homesites at its Verde Trails Community in Avondale, AZ

Harvard Investments Closes 537 Homesites at its Verde Trails Community in Avondale, AZ

Land Advisors Organization Represented Harvard Investments on the Parcel Sales To Ashton Woods, Meritage Homes and Pulte Homes

Scottsdale, Arizona (August, 2020) – Harvard Investments, is pleased to announce that it closed five neighborhoods in Phase 1 of Verde Trails. Verde Trails is Harvard Investments new, 350-acre master-planned community located in the Southwest Valley of the Phoenix, AZ MSA.  Verde Trails is located at the southwest corner of 107th Avenue and Broadway Road in Avondale, Arizona. The 537 homesites were purchased by Ashton Woods, Meritage Homes and Pulte Homes.

“We’re very excited about the Phase I launch and the opportunity to build an exceptional community in Avondale,” said Tim Brislin, Vice President of Harvard Investments. “The location is ideal. It’s close to a variety of employment, retail and recreation choices. It has great connectivity with I-10 to the north, the South Mountain Loop 202 under construction to the east, and the planned State Route 30 just to the south of Verde Trails. The heart of Verde is a tremendous assortment of parks interconnected with off-street trails. This best-in-class builder group will offer wonderful home choices for individuals, couples and families.”

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.

“One of this community’s biggest appeal is its prime location, with easy commuter access to downtown Phoenix and other neighboring cities via the Loop 202. Additionally, its 4.7 acre neighborhood park and vast trail system add to the quality of life experience, making it an ideal home destination,” said Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise. “Avondale is excited to see the build out of Verde Trails as a quality residential community that residents can come home to.”

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

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