Welcome baklava and all that good Middle Eastern food.
And thank you, reader Joy Bowley, for a very hot tip on a new West Valley restaurant: “Xanthi is a great new family-owned restaurant. They opened mid February and I have been there three times since.”
Xanthi Greek Food is at 10575 W. Indian School Road, Suite 101, Avondale. For more information, visit xanthigreekfoods.com.
•The Estrella Tour of Homes, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21, has been canceled.
“Estrella by Newland is adhering to the guidelines set forth by the city, CDC, and local health officials and as a result Spring Tour of Homes has been canceled,” said a notice on the company website.
“Although we will no longer be hosting a public event, Estrella is still open.”
For more information, visit Casa Lucero New Home Information Center, 8175 South Hillside Drive, Goodyear or estrella.com/tour-of-homes.
•Also on the homes front:
Taylor Morrison Home this week launched Arroyo Seco in Buckeye.
“When planning our West Valley expansion, we knew Buckeye was the ideal location for our Landmark Collection,” said Andrea Murphy, vice president of sales for the Taylor Morrison Phoenix division.
Priced from the low $300,000s, Arroyo Seco Landmark Collection offers a variety of one- and two-story home designs ranging from 2,153 to 3,693 square feet with 3-5 bedrooms, 2.5 to 3.5 baths and three-car garages.
All homes include high-quality kitchen appliances and energy saving features, though “buyers have the opportunity to customize the home of their dreams.”
The 51-site community is at 19827 W. Earll Drive, Buckeye near Jackrabbit and Osborn roads.
Arroyo Seco is a 340-acre master planned community surrounded by open space and walking trails.
For more information, visit taylormorrison.com.
•Big plans are unveiling in Avondale.
At its March 2 meeting, Avondale City Council approved the $2.3 million purchase of 7 acres on the northeast corner of Avondale Boulevard and Van Buren Street.
This potentially will extend “The BLVD” area that Avondale launched last year.
Avondale council also approved a request from Patel and Associates on Alamar Phase 2, 346 homes on 100 acres at Avondale Boulevard and Broadway Road.
The 430 homes of Alamar Phase 1 are under construction. Alamar Phase 3, with another 317 homes, is also in the planning phase.
Add them all up and you get more than 1,000 new homes scheduled for south Avondale.