Agritopia in Gilbert

Traditionally, master-planned communities have surrounded a gold course, fitness center, or some kind of woodlands. But a new type of community is challenging the notions of what a planned community can — or should — be. Located outside of Phoenix on 160 acres, Agritopia’s central feature is a working farm.

Despite its proximity to a vibrant metropolitan area, Agritopia features a bucolic village lifestyle where an observer noted, “amid precision-cut lawns and craftsman-style homes, lambs caper in common green areas, chickens scratch in a citrus grove, and residents roam rows of heirloom vegetables to see what might be good for dinner.”

The Farm

Sixteen of Agritopia’s dozens of acres are certified organic farmland. Crops include artichokes, zucchini, apple and citrus trees, olives, and dates, as well as chickens and sheep. Surrounding the farm is the community’s 452 single-family homes, which feature wide front porches and low fences that encourage neighborly interaction.

The hub of the community is a square that overlooks the farm. Once a week, residents who pay the $100-per-month membership in the community-supported agriculture program can pick up boxes of freshly harvested produce along with local eggs and honey. The square also features a coffee house, a restaurant serving farm-to-table dishes, and an honor-system farm stand.

The Homes

The Great Recession of 2008 curtailed new construction for the last seven years, but the ongoing housing market recovery has paved the way for a groundbreaking of new farm-focused tracts. Agritopia is ideal for individuals and families who crave access to open space, lush fields, and fresh food, and who believe in promoting sustainable, eco-friendly living.

The floor plans of existing homes provide maximum usable living space, and many homes feature basements. Another benefit is that the land is zoned to allow more than one dwelling unit on a lot, so the homeowner can live in the main residence and have a smaller unit for parents, older children, or renters.

Current homes have hit the market with prices as affordable as $226,900 or as valuable as the high $500,000s.

The History

The Reber family originally settled and farmed the land in 1927. In 1960, the Johnston family bought the homestead and built a house on the farm. By the late 1990s, with the region rapidly growing in population and development, the Johnston family decided to develop the land in a way that stayed true to the land’s history. What they designed was a planned community that preserved urban agriculture, encouraged walking over driving, and fostered neighbor relationships and camaraderie. Agritopia broke ground in 2000 and today is a model for other so-called agrohood communities. The Johnston family still lives in Agritopia.

The Community

The community is comprised of 450 residential lots in addition to commercial, agricultural, and open space tracts. Agritopia boasts pedestrian-friendly, narrow, tree-lined streets and sidewalks. Homes come with white vinyl fences that facilitate backyard conversations with neighbors. Garages are located away from the street to better showcase the residential architecture. Pathways throughout the community connect the homes, farm, gardens, school, parks, and commercial areas, recreating the sense and sensibility of a village offering a simpler but richer lifestyle.

Agritopia was designed to attract a diverse community: younger, older, singles, and families; to that end, it offers a wider range of floor plans and prices than many other communities that cater to a more narrow demographic target.

To further promote the sense of community, instead of each house needing to have a pool or expansive yard, Agritopia offers these as communal amenities. While individual homeowners can build their own pool, the communal amenities make it less necessary. It also encourages personal interaction and saves families the time and cost of maintenance.

The Generations at Agritopia

The Johnstons’ vision included retirees and senior citizens. Generations at Agritopia offers studio to two-bedroom apartments, and the community provides a wide variety of activities, such as painting, chess matches, wine tasting, afternoon high tea, and exercise classes.

Amenities include a concierge, beauty salon/barber shop with day spa services, on-site mobile health care services, happy hours and social events, Wi-Fi, gazebos, housekeeping, and personal laundry and linen services.

The Location

Agritopia is conveniently located near the San Tan Freeway (Loop 202), is adjacent to Cosmo Dog Park, and is a short drive away from an array of local businesses, schools, and services, including ASU Polytechnic, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Crossroads Park, San Tan Village Regional Mall, and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. And with its easy access to convenient transportation, the amenities of the broader Phoenix metro area are quickly within reach.

The Opportunity

With renewed growth at hand, Agritopia is buzzing with interest and the opportunity for a well-balanced lifestyle few can even imagine. Contact us today to take a closer look and dig into what your future dream home could look like.

Resources

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/gilbert/2014/11/22/agritopia-epicenter-gilbert-third-dining-core/19349833/