Award-winning real estate development firm Optima is moving forward with its next Arizona residential development in North Scottsdale, Optima McDowell Mountain Village. The $1 billion sustainable mixed-use community will include the largest private rainwater harvesting system in the U.S. and will also be the first project in Arizona built under both the new International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and International Green Construction Code (IgCC).
Set to break ground on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and the Loop 101 Freeway in 2023, the 22-acre development will include six concrete-framed, eight-story buildings that will serve as condominiums and apartments for 1,330 luxury residences as well as 36,000 square feet of commercial and retail space.
The state-of-the-art, all-inclusive, health-based, amenity-rich community will be most notably known for its environmentally-friendly design where residences are expected to use half as much water as the average Scottsdale multi-family residence and a quarter as much water as the average Scottsdale single-family home. Optima is also providing the City of Scottsdale with 2,750 acre-feet of water that will be deposited into the Scottsdale water system.
Sustainable highlights of the new development include 75% open space of artificial turf, xeriscape landscaping and native plants; high-performance mechanical systems; solar panels; 100% underground parking to mitigate the heat-island effect and Optima’s signature vertical landscape system, which enables vibrantly colored plants at the edge of each floor to grow both up and over the edge of the building while providing shade, privacy, and better air quality.
Designed by internationally recognized architects David C. Hovey, FAIA and David Hovey, Jr. AIA, the six buildings will offer resort-style amenities including a rooftop deck with a 50-meter Olympic-length swimming pool; a sauna, spa and cold plunge; well appointed lobbies; a fitness center and yoga studio; a residents’ club with a game room and theater; an indoor pickleball and basketball court; a pet spa and more.
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