Homebuilder Seeks to Break Monotony of Design
Peggy Noonan is tired of all the new homes in the Valley (and Tucson) looking the same. Stucco walls and tile roofs on every house in every development is not her idea of a welcoming home or neighborhood.
And Noonan, owner of Noonan Barrett Contracting, a design/build contracting firm with offices in Tucson and Phoenix is putting her money where her mouth is. She has spent a lifetime around building design and creating livable environments, such as her loft renovation of the historic Fillmore Lofts at 1st Avenue and Fillmore Street and the new Stadium Lofts, both in downtown Phoenix. Her latest development is Vista del Sol, a 21-home project at 15th Avenue and Roeser Road in the South Mountain District.
The 5-acre development will be focused on design and making it warm and inviting, said Noonan, creating a comfortable neighborhood that she said will be unlike other cookie-cutter homes around the state.
“It’s totally different than anything else that’s out there,” she said. “I’m tired of all of the stuff that looks the same.”
The three different floor plans at Vista del Sol will feature architecture based on contemporary Mexican design and include livable front courtyards and colored facades, what she believes is more appropriate design in the desert. The three models range in size from 1,650 sq. ft. to 1,850 sq. ft. with three elevations to choose. Home prices start between $245,000 to $310,000.
“This will be more fitting for the environment,” she added. “It takes into account how people are going to live in the space and the feelings it evokes. Nobody is going to forget which house they live in.”
Also a proponent of “green” building, Noonan is pushing the envelope on environmentally friendly and energy efficient additions to the homes in an effort to lighten the load on the natural landscape of the Sonoran desert.
Vista del Sol offers the Energy Star Platinum Plus Entergy Saver Options, which include vinyl-clad windows and sliding glass doors, gas furnace (95 percent AFUE). Other environmentally friendly feature includes R6 duct insulation, xeriscape landscaping, low water-use toilets, zero VOC paints and low-toxic caulks, among others.
Noonan grew up in New York City and graduated from Arizona State University in 1970. She returned to New York and attended Parsons School of Design. While in school she began an interior design company, which lead to a career in real estate development, beginning in New York where she specialized in restoring townhomes and rehabilitating older buildings in concert with their original design details. With an affinity for the desert, Noonan returned to Arizona in 1995 and started Reliance Commercial Construction in Tucson, where she specialized in high-end restaurant, retail and residential construction around the state. She recently launched Noonan-Barrett in order to capture the custom home market both in the Valley and Tucson. Her projects have been recognized in Architectural Digest magazine, Phoenix Home & Garden as well as the book “Total Design,” by author Clodagh.
For more information on Vista del Sol, contact Stacy Esman with Keller Williams Realty at 602-881-9980.