Harvard Investments Verde Trails

Harvard Investments is getting ready to launch Verde Trails, the first phase of a 350-acre community in Avondale. 

You don’t need a Harvard degree to know the West Valley housing market is soaring.

Buckeye and Goodyear have had plenty of publicity for rapid-fire gated communities pumping up their spots on the fastest-growing cities in the country.

But watch out—here comes Avondale, on the outside lane.

Harvard Investments is closing the first phase of a massive, 350-acre master-planned community in Avondale.

Verde Trails will be at the southwest corner of 107th Avenue and Broadway Road in Avondale, near Sunset Farms and Lions Gate communities. 

The 537 home sites were purchased by Ashton Woods, Meritage Homes and Pulte Homes.

“Harvard’s interest in Avondale goes back many years, as it’s a great in-fill city that has remaining development opportunities and infrastructure,” said Harvard Investments Vice President Tim Brislin. 

He said that, after groundbreaking on the first phase coming soon, “The strong market is accelerating the timing for our future phases. We estimate the build-out of homes in the next three to five years.”

Harvard Investments is a Scottsdale-based real estate investment and development firm. 

This will be a “green” community, with emphasis on open space.

“The heart of Verde is a tremendous assortment of parks interconnected with off-street trails,” Brislin said.

Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise likes that, noting Verde Trails’ “4.7 acre neighborhood park and vast trail system add to the quality of life experience. ... Avondale is excited to see the build-out of Verde Trails as a quality residential community that residents can come home to.”

• Buying a car isn’t what it used to be.

In fact, places like Carvana will sell you a car—online.

It’s a very COVID-friendly operation:

“Browse used cars online and have your next vehicle delivered to your door with as soon as next day delivery.”

The online auto retailer is hiring 100 for its Tolleson inspection center “to fill multiple positions spanning entry-level inventory associates, automotive technicians, and auto body and paint technicians for its newest vehicle inspection center in Tolleson.”

Carvana’s vehicle inspection center is at 600 S. 94th Avenue, near the JBS meat-packing facility.

After a recent job fair, the company still lists multiple job openings. For more information, visit carvana.com/careers.

• Also on the jobs front: Viable Staffing Solutions of Avondale is joining staffing agencies from across the nation in celebrating National Staffing Employee Week through Sept. 20. 

According to American Staffing Association, which organizes staffing week, 67,200 temporary and contract employees work in the staffing and recruiting industry every week.

“National Staffing Employee Week salutes the temporary and contract employees who contribute to the economy of Arizona and that of the entire nation,” said Greg Johnson, CEO of Viable Staffing Solutions.

He said Viable is celebrating National Staffing Employee Week by providing associates with a referral bonus for new job seekers, giving away gift cards and delivering gifts to associates. 

For job listings or more information, visit vssjobs.com or call 602-283-3770.