Christopher Todd Communities at Estrella Commons

The new Christopher Todd Communities at Estrella Commons features a dog park.

Homes for sale are in great demand in the West Valley—and then there are rentals.

It’s a landlord’s market, with prices rising dramatically over the last few years and would-be renters having difficulty finding a variety.

Enter Christopher Todd Communities at Estrella Commons in Goodyear, which opened last week. This is the seventh “hybrid rental community” the developer has opened.

It even has a dog park.

The gated community has 286 one- and two-bedroom homes, with prices starting around $1,250 for one bedroom and $1,400 for two.

“We are constantly evaluating and refining what we do, bringing continued innovation in the multifamily industry,” said Todd Wood, CEO of Christopher Todd Communities.  

The new community is at 15385 W. Fillmore Street, near the Interstate 10 and across Estrella Parkway from the everything-you-need Estrella Marketplace.

The single-story homes with 10- to 11-foot ceilings come with smart home technology and maintenance-free private backyards—great for working from home and social distancing. 

Pet doors are included, and each home is equipped with DirecTV and technology for keyless door entry, remote door locking, and climate and entertainment control via smartphone or tablet. 

The community also has a resort-style heated pool and spa, ramada with TVs, fitness center and yoga studio.

Tour options include contact-free, technology-guided tours; traditional tours with a leasing associate; or a self-guided tour. 

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• Vickie Chelini is on top of things. 

She already knew about the new  Sequoia Pathfinder Academy at Verrado in Buckeye near the I-10 (“now enrolling” for fall).

Chelini’s question to BB last week was about a parcel across fromthe new school, with big construction equipment. “Let us know about what is going in there,” she asked.

According to DMB, the developer, the equipment is just parked/staged there temporarily. “So there isn’t anything going on at the moment,” explained Annie DeChance, a Buckeye spokeswoman, after one of her staff looked into it.

What about any new shops or restaurants in that area?

“Nothing we can announce yet,” DeChance said.

Stay tuned…

• Coffee, anyone?

The Goodyear Planning and Zoning Commission heard a request for a Starbucks—with a drive-thru, of course—on a vacant  parcel, located within Palm Valley Crossing at the southeast corner of I-10 and Litchfield Road. It would be right next to Rudy’s BBQ.

• Still, more coffee is percolating: The Planning Commission also heard a request from the owners of Aldi (a discount grocery store coming soon) for a new coffee shop with a drive-thru at the southeast corner of Roosevelt Street and Estrella Parkway.