Sterling is Gold

By Christina Birchfield | 12/12/2013

Sterling at Silverleaf boasts NAHB National Green Building Standard and USGBC’s LEED program.


“We are changing the way our industry builds luxury homes and proving there is a way to create the ultimate in green, luxury living,” said Nathan Day, president of developer the Cypress Development Group.

The second phase of 12 Estate Villas has broken ground in Sterling at Silverleaf, one of the neighborhoods in the Silverlake Village in the DC Ranch master plan community, Scottsdale, Ariz.

“Demand has been high since we announced the second phase at Sterling because our product is so unique to the marketplace. This is about building smart, innovative homes that provide a real value for our buyers,” Day says.

The three and four-bedroom, two-story home plans designed by Scottsdale architect Bing Hu range from 3,980 to 4,800 square feet. Each home has an attached cabana or casita with a private entrance. Luster Custom Homes is building the homes with exquisite details such as wire-brushed beamed ceilings.The 12 villas start at $2.2 million.

A feature in the Arizona Republic describes architect Bing Hu as having arrived from China with just “$50 in his pocket, a guitar and a scholarship to study at Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.” He is now principal of the award-winning firm H&S International,

Many of the home features are straight out of the luxury home playbook: “Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, exotic stone countertops, natural stone and marble floors, custom cabinetry, custom hand-forged iron stair railing, 9’ ceilings in second story, a full masonry fireplace, a private two or three-car garage, a game room with a mini bar, professionally designed walk-in closets, his and hers bathroom vanities, a Jacuzzi bathtub in the master bathroom and a climate controlled wine room.”

Then there are the green features and the tech.

The master plan DC Ranch deliberately and carefully preserves and enhances much of the Sonoran Desert. Homes cluster in the villages, including the Silverleaf Village (named after the Silver Leaf mine claim on the ranch).

HERS ratings on homes in the first phase are 56 and 57; the homes save 74 percent in energy costs per month when compared to the traditional home. That translates to owners paying $184 average energy and gas bills per month compared to $440 the owners of a typical comparable new home would pay.

Homes feature dual-pane, low-E windows. Gaco Wallfoam Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation provides a seamless air barrier keeping outside air out and inside air in. Tight insulation reduces monthly energy bills by up to 40 percent, creates a comfortable, draft-free home and controls exterior and interior noise levels.

The Eternal tankless hybrid water heater is 98 percent efficient, durable and leaves almost no carbon footprint. Up to 80 percent of the energy used by a traditional heater is used to reheat the stored water.

The homes also feature lush courtyards, mature landscaping and sweeping mountain and city views.

Four iPads installed in each villa control home automation and security systems. Owners can remotely control every home element from audio, video, lighting, window coverings, security to even the wine room temperature from anywhere. “Sterling at Silverleaf also developed a proprietary Eco-Mode App with Crestron, which dims the lighting in the home to 80 percent of full power levels, automatically saving 20 percent on the energy bill.”

At build-out, Sterling at Silverleaf in Silverleaf Village will have 28 villas; the 16 phase one villas have all sold.

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