Thoughts on the Vistancia area of peoria?
We built a house in Vistancia a little over 18 months ago. We LOVE our neighborhood! For Halloween us and about 10 neighbors put together a little block party and we are planning the same thing for the Superbowl. We take out 2 and 4 year old for a walk daily, and so do many other families. Biggest "crime" so far this year was some packages stolen from front doors. The nearest regesterd sex offender is in a retirement community about 5 miles away.
Out house Summer electric bill was around $400, and the winter around $150, over half was fees and taxes. Now that we are on equalizer billing (you can do that after one year) it's $205 / month. Our Natural Gas bill is around $30 in the summer and $70 in the winter (gas furnace, stove, water heater and dryer). Our water /sewage / trashbill is around $60/month. We also pay $105 a month for fiber internet (no data caps) and average 850Mb down and 625 up.
Now the bad.. The HOA! Out of the 4 community I've lived in, this HOA is by far and away the worst. When there is an issue they are somewhat slow to fix it. The board is very condescending and generally find a way to make whatever the problem is your fault. This is very evident in several threads that are on the "Nextdoor" app. The HOA actually TOWED MY CAR last Friday for it being parked in a "visitor parking space." here's the thing… THE HOA ISSUED ME A PERMIT TO PARK THERE A YEAR AGO!! we have a 2 car garage and no driveway, so the HOA issued me a parking permit for the 3rd car. They told me that the problem was "Accounting didn't tell Enforcement our account was current, but if I had notified them of our account standing this would have never been an issue." OK, two things, 1) I've been in their office, those two people have cubicles that face each other! 2) I also have automatic payments set-up, so we are NEVER delinquent! We've also been fined for "unrepaired storm damage" yeah, a flag got ripped off our house overnight by a thunderstorm. The security patrol came by two hours later and reported it. We've also been fined for the placement of our directv dish and the color of the wire coming off of it, that got overturned because there's nothing in the CC&R's about that. We've also been fined for excessive noise after hours… Yeah, that was when my youngest had Colic. If you buy in the Acacia Grove or Primrose Estate subs, you will have TWO HOA's as those two subs have their own "mini HOA" that covers the two private community pools (one isn't open yet due to not passing a building inspection) landscaping and a semi-private playground, plus the Vistancia Village HOA that covers the 2 mile nature trail, the 2 community pools at the community center, the playground at the community center and monthly activities at the community center.
Also, something else that is going on is that all the northern subdivisions in Vistancia are fighting with APS (the local Electric Company), the City of Peoria and the Arizona Corporation Commission (who oversee public utility's) over the placement of new electrical transmission lines. APS wants to build towers, the residents want the lines to be underground so the views are not ruined. There is also a number of construction projects that are kicking off that will connect Vistancia to the Peoria municipal water system (currently Vistancia uses city run ground water wells) Last thing, Vistancia is very close to an Auxiliary Air Field for Luke Air Force Base, so F-35's flying around at all hours is somewhat common
Overall, I would recommend the area, just do your best to stay under the HOA radar